Author | Speaker | Screenwriter | Consultant | Former U.S. Army Ranger
Joel is a global risk and crisis response specialist. He served as an Assault Team Leader for the U.S. Army Special Operations unit, the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment during some of the most active years of the Global War on Terrorism. Throughout his years of service, he participated in four (4) combat deployments, three (3) Operation Iraqi Freedom and one (1) Operation Enduring Freedom: Afghanistan.
Since his honorable discharge from military service, Joel has participated in multiple support deployments as a protective security specialist and as a risk & safety advisor for the CBS TV reality series, The Amazing Race (U.S. and China franchises), traveling to 5 continents, 37 countries visited, and over 130,000 miles traveled.
Joel graduated with a B.A. in Criminal Justice cum laude and is currently pursuing a master’s in International Relations and Conflict Resolution. He is an advocate for veterans’ initiatives who co-founded the Aaron Grider Foundation (AGF) a non-profit designed to assist widows and orphans of fallen service members.
Joel's private sector experience has allowed him to gain a keen sense of awareness, and deep worldwide cultural knowledge and understanding.
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Hazard Ground Ep. 41 - Joel Carpenter - Oct 31, 2017
There's probably no greater act of patriotism or selflessness than signing up for military service right after your country has been attacked. That's exactly what Joel Carpenter did after September 11, 2001. Prior to 9/11 he had gone to Hollywood to pursue a career in film and television, but the coordinated terrorist attacks compelled him to fulfill a higher sense of purpose, even though Joel was teetering on the cusp of "making it" in LA. He soon joined the ranks of the Army Rangers at the 75th Ranger Regiment, alongside a few others who had given up lucrative paths in life to serve their country.
After serving multiple combat deployments as a Ranger, Joel decided it was time to leave the military and head back to civilian life and a job in the private sector. Part of that transition included picking up where he left things off in Hollywood. He has since taken on developing and writing the screenplay for a film about the Battle of Takur Ghar, the story that was the impetus for "Hazard Ground," and one that Joel is deeply connected to.
Hear about Joel's journey from actor and screenwriter, to Army Ranger, and back to writing the stories of sacrifice in combat that deserve an enduring mark in history, on this special episode of "Hazard Ground."
The Mission Next Podcast - Episode 35
Today's show is with former Army Ranger, Joel Carpenter, and retired Navy SEAL, Eric Muller. Muller and Carpenter are the authors of the bestselling book 'SET UP FOR SUCCESS: A Veteran's Guide to Re-acclimation'. This book is a series of their personal accounts and post-discharge strategies - an instructional manual for today’s transitioning veteran service members.
Joel is an Army special operations veteran, who before Sept 11, 2001 was an aspiring actor and spec-screenwriter living in LA. He grew up as a military brat living in multiple states that ultimately lead him to Texas. In 1996 he moved to Los Angeles, California to pursue a career in acting. Over the next several years he attended theatrical institutes like the Stella Adler Academy to perfect his craft and auditioned for hundreds of roles to include lead roles in major feature film productions.
In 2000, he gained some ground after authoring a spec-screenplay which got him repped with a top talent management company. After September 11, 2001 he set aside his creative aspirations and patriotically enlisted at the Hollywood Army recruiting station. Within a year he was assigned to the U.S. Army’s special operations unit, the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment in Savannah, Georgia.
In 2006, after participating in (3) combat deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and (1) combat deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom–Afghanistan, he successfully completed his enlistment time and service and was honorably discharged. Today Joel is a vetrepreneur working as a risk/safety consultant, and side-hustling as an independent film producer in the entertainment/media space e.g. two feature film projects based on true stories "TALL MOUNTAIN" (post-war love story) and "SKIDBOOT" (dog movie) as well as multiple competition reality shows in development.
Joel recently authored the book “Set Up for Success” about veteran transition and has partnered as a co-producer on a film with one of the industry’s top inspirational film producers and has worked on 38 episodes of the CBS reality show “The Amazing Race.”