A standout from the beginning of his military career as a Naval Officer, Courtley was the Class Leader in his BUD/S (Basic Underwater Demolition / SEAL) training. After 19 months, two Hell Weeks, three broken legs and a fractured skull, LT Courtley graduated and became a Navy SEAL. He was then chosen to attend the elite SEAL Sniper school, privilege only given to a select few. During his 9 years of active duty, Courtley went on to lead highly classified, high-risk operations around the world as an Assistant Platoon Commander, SEAL Team Two; and later Platoon Commander, SEAL Team One. As the Senior SEAL Instructor (Naval Special Warfare Center) he realized his operational (shooter) life was nearing an end and began to make the transition to a second career in civilian life. Opportunity came knocking when he received a phone call to participate in Mark Burnett's "Combat Missions." His new career landed him in Hollywood where he made several more television and film appearances, worked as a technical advisor and wrote a produced screenplay. Having not quite "gotten it out of his system" Courtley decided to return to his former high-risk profession with several recent tours to Iraq working as an "Independent Contractor." His strong background in military Special Operations made him the obvious choice to host the Spike TV original series "Surviving Disaster." Courtley, currently living in Los Angeles, is continuing his success in the entertainment industry with his involvement in several new TV and feature projects. "Never quit." - Once a SEAL, always a SEAL.