About Stanley McChrystal

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Military official Stanley Allen McChrystal was born on August 14, 1954, in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, the fourth of six children born to Mary Gardner Bright and Major General Herbert McChrystal. Stanley's father was a two-star general who served in Germany during the U.S. occupation after World War II, and later served for a stint at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. Growing up in the McChrystal household was described by extended family members as "intense," and steeped in military tradition; all of Stanley's siblings would go on to either join the military or marry into it.

Stanley McChrystal was no exception, and he entered the United States Military Academy at West Point in upstate New York in 1972. After graduation in 1976, McChrystal began serving in the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne Division, moving up the ranks from second lieutenant to executive officer within the span of two years. He also married his long-time girlfriend, Anne, in April of 1977.

In 1978, McChrystal was accepted into the U.S. Naval War College in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, with the intention of training at the Special Forces School to become a Green Beret. At Fort Bragg, McChrystal lived an ascetic lifestyle, running 12 miles morning, eating only one meal a day, and often sleeping less than four hours a night. Gaining instruction in unconventional warfare and counter-terrorism tactics, McChrystal developed a fanatical mental database of terrorism and terrorists—data that would serve him well in later years.

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Stanley McChrystal: Public Service Is an 'Investment in Life'

Stanley McChrystal: Public Service Is an ‘Investment in Life’

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Retired U.S. Army General on the Franklin Project’s goal to encourage young people to enter public service, and how it can’t be done just by ‘one part of America’

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