Stewart Smith

Stew Smith

Stewart Smith is a former Navy SEAL with over eight years of military experience as a Naval Officer, and over 20 years of freelance writing experience. He has published 12 books on military fitness training and over 1000 articles on; and runs his own podcast, the Tactical Fitness Report.

Stewart Smith is the U.S. Military expert for The Balance, and covers topics ranging from military recruiting to retirement and the jobs and life in between.


Stewart graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1991, after which he pursued his SEAL training and spent about 8 years in the SEAL Teams. He is also an instructor at the Naval Academy, having finished his career as the SEAL mentor/recruiter at the Naval Academy.

After his time in the Navy, Stew Smith was involved in technical writing for security consulting firms, but eventually moved to writing full-time as a self-employed freelance writer on the topic of Tactical Fitness, which concerns the physical training of military, special ops, law enforcement, and fire fighting professionals.

Stew is on the editorial staff of the Tactical Strength and Conditioning Journal operated by the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He also speaks at a Tactical Strength and Conditioning conferences.


  • US Naval Academy - BS Political Science / Russian Language
  • US Naval Basic Underwater Demolition / SEAL Training - Class Leader 182
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association - CSCS

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