Scott Mann Green Beret Writes a Play About Combat

Scott Mann Veteran on the Move

Scott Mann has spent nearly 23 years in the Army, of which 18 has been as a Green Beret with deployments in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Panama, Iraq and Afghanistan. During Scott’s last combat tour to Afghanistan, he was one of the architects of the Village Stability Operations program. He has a book on this topic entitled “Game Changers: Going local to defeat violent extremists.”

Scott Mann- It’s Time 

Scott was a career Green Beret and spent 18 of a 23 year period in Army Special Forces, mostly in 7th Special Forces Group.  He was working in Central and South America before 9/11 and then after 9/11, his primary focus with Southwest Asia in particular southern Afghanistan where he did four tours.  Scott retired as a Lieutenant Colonel and knew that it was time to transition.

I felt like it was time for me to go.  My Dad had always told me like, you’ll know when it’s time to retire.  And I just felt like I could do more good on the outside than the inside.  I was still passionate about the mission. I was still passionate about stability.  My brother and I, a former paratrooper, we had started buying real estate.” – Scott Mann

Transitioning from the Military

After retiring from the Army, Scott founded the non profit Stability Institute where he still advises senior commanders and law enforcement officers on community-based operations. Scott is also a passionate advocate for veterans transitioning to civil society. He is a consultant to the Green Beret Foundation on military transition and has written a book entitled “Next Ridgeline” on this topic. Scott lives in Tampa, Florida, as a real estate entrepreneur, speaker, trainer, and author.

Storytelling to the Start of a Business

Scott found himself in some pretty dark places after retiring and had trouble transitioning.  He had lost his sense of purpose and knew he needed to share his experiences as a Green Beret with others.  Scott credits storytelling as the catalyst to pulling him out of the dark.

“I just started learning how to tell my story from the stage and bringing out lessons from those trust depleted places.  I coach executives at Capital One, Fannie Mae, Sempra Capital, and I use my story to bridge those two worlds.  It saved my life, but it also gave me a business. I’ve just found that storytelling for veterans, I believe is one of the most powerful transition tools you can have.  The ability to develop and share your experiences, your struggles, your lessons from your time in the military with your community, your family, and the businesses that you work with.” – Scott Mann

Rooftop Leadership and The Heroes Journey

Scott and his wife have a business for profit which is called Rooftop Leadership.  He trains corporate leaders and entrepreneurs in how to use old school Green Beret interpersonal skills and their low trust environment to build connections.  Additionally, on the nonprofit side, they have The Heroes Journey. They teach that same high end storytelling skill in workshops.

“In my book Mission America, I have an online video series that’s free and we’re building this whole tribe around storytelling where we train.  I’ve got kids books that parents can use storytelling with their military kids. We are also building this culture of storytelling as a transition tool and we have all these different mediums to deliver it.“ – Scott Mann

Play About Combat

Scott recently decided to write a play about the war using storytelling from live theater from the stage to help civilians and politicians understand that they keep sending the same people over to this war.  He shares that it is starting to affect our families and our resiliency.  Scott reminds them that our children are not fight this war.  He tells the real story about this war and what is going on.

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Scott Mann links:

Game Changers: Going local to defeat violent extremists

Rooftop Leadership

The Heroes Journey


Mission America

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