Bob Schoultz attended StanfordUniversityon a Navy scholarship, graduating with a BA in Philosophy in December 1974. He was commissioned an Ensign in the Navy and then attended Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training, graduating in the summer of 1975. He subsequently had a thirty year career as a Naval Special Warfare officer, serving in a wide variety of assignments until he retired from the Navy as a Captain on 1 July, 2005. During his 30 years in the Navy, he:
– served as the US Navy Exchange officer for two years with the Kampfschwimmerkompanie in Eckernfoerde, Germany;
– commanded the Naval Special Warfare Unit in Panama, responsible for all SEAL and Special Boat operations in Latin America;
– served as the first Special Operations chair teaching at the Naval War College;
– commanded Naval Special Warfare Group TWO in Little Creek, Va. in charge of all the SEAL Teams on the East Coast and three overseas supporting units;
– served as Director of Leadership and Character Development at the US Naval Academy.
Along the way, he learned to speak German and Spanish, and graduated with highest distinction from the Naval War College with a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies. He also served as Operations officer of the premier maritime Counter Terrorist unit in the world, participated in and led combat operations in Operation Just Cause in Panama, and played a key role in planning and leading Special Operations support to various contingencies in Africa and Bosnia.
After leaving the Navy, he served as the Director of the Master of Science in Global Leadership program in the School of Business Administration at the University of San Diego for six years. He left that position in 2011 to teach, speak, consult, and coach independently and in 2013, he formed his own company Fifth Factor Leadership. He serves on the Advisory Council of the National Outdoor Leadership School, and instructs on at least one NOLS expedition each year. His hobbies include golf, playing Celtic music on the fiddle, and Master’s Swimming and he leads two reading groups.
He and his wife Mary Anne have been married for 36 years and reside in Imperial Beach California. Their oldest son is a SEAL officer currently assigned to a SEAL Team on the East Coast. Their second son is a musician in New York City and their youngest, a daughter is a graduate of UC San Diego, and is currently instructing for the National Outdoor Leadership School.