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5 Veteran YouTubers You’ll Want to Follow

They’re physically impressive. They’re helpful. They’re funny and “out there.” Life in the service brought these veterans all over the world, and they have perspectives to give you and stories to tell. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll get crazy motivated. Here are 5 veteran YouTubers I think you’ll love following.

1. CT Fletcher Motivation — C.T. Fletcher

Intense, gregarious, and no-nonsense – C.T. Fletcher is a former soldier with an in-your-face attitude. His list of accomplishments backs up his motto of “question impossible.” He’s been an actor, a martial artist, a personal trainer, a media star, and a three-time World Champion in both bench press and strict curl. Fletcher is raw, sometimes vulgar, and always fun to listen to, even if you’re not into body-building.

  • Service: U.S. Army Veteran
  • Location: Signal Hill, California
  • Videos: 410
  • Subscribers: 1.49 million

2. Christopher Chaos — Christopher Bandini

Christopher Chaos is the “stage name” of Army veteran Christopher Bandini. Christopher is a tatted, four-eyed truth-teller with a knack for talking right to the issues. He works hard at this, putting out almost daily content about life in the Army. His channel is chock-full of expert advice on everything from getting married (or divorced) in the Army, to the new changes to the AWOL rules. If you are looking for advice and info about life in the Army, Christopher is your man!

  • Service: U.S. Army Veteran
  • Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Videos: 926
  • Subscribers: 72,100

3. Sam Ekholm

Young, new, and good with the technology, Sam has put together a very-well-done and very new channel of informative and fun videos about the U.S. Air Force. He’s currently on active duty, so his information is fresh and from the inside. He’s great with the camera, so you get lots of original on-the-scene content, such as Sam flying (and puking) in a jet for the first time. Sam’s videos are highly produced so he’s not a daily poster. But the quality of the channel is very high.

  • Service: U.S. Air Force Active Duty
  • Location: United States (Undisclosed)
  • Videos: 6
  • Subscribers: 11,700

4. NavaTheBeast — Armando Nava, Jr.

Armando Nava, Jr. is a former-Marine who now sells real estate in San Antonio, Texas. But that’s not what makes his channel so interesting. It is cool to watch this young, fit, good-looking dude show high-end properties on video. But his channel is also full of veteran-interest topics like a battle between U.S. Army and U.S. Marine PT testers. Since Armando is a Marine, you can probably guess how those two videos turn out. Check out NavaTheBeast.

  • Service: U.S. Marine Corps Veteran
  • Location: San Antonio, Texas
  • Videos: 434
  • Subscribers: 568,000

5. Jocko Podcast — Jocko Willink

I had to include Jocko Willink on the list. Jocko is a former Navy Seal and a warrior’s warrior. And he is a thinker and an author. He’s an expert on leadership and discipline and has carved out a niche for himself teaching individuals and corporations about making themselves better and holding themselves accountable. Listening to Jocko fires me up. If you’re looking for a serious man talking about serious stuff, but with humor and immense credibility, then the Jocko Podcast channel is a great place to be.

  • Service: U.S. Navy Veteran
  • Location: San Diego, CA
  • Videos: 794
  • Subscribers: 974,000


These five veteran YouTubers (well four vets and one active duty) are a great mixture of fun, engaging, motivational content. I think you’ll love these channels and the rabbit-holes they start you tunneling!

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  • Jeff is a retired USAF officer from Louisiana with two Masters Degrees, a teaching credential, and lots of jobs and interests. He owns a couple of education-related businesses and is an active school teacher and professional coach.

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