Hometown: Huntsville, TX
Born: November 7, 1975
Born in Houston, Texas and raised in Willis, Texas, Luttrell attended Sam Houston State University. He joined Delta Tau Delta fraternity. He began training for the SEALs at age 14 with former United States Army Special Forces soldier Billy Shelton, who lived nearby. He trained every day with his twin brother, Morgan, and others who aspired to join the military. Shelton, a former Green Beret, trained them using various weight and endurance exercises.
Luttrell joined the United States Navy in March 1999. He began Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training with Class 226 in Coronado, California. He graduated with Class 228 after suffering a fractured femur early in his training. He was deployed to Afghanistan in 2005. Prior to Afghanistan, Luttrell had been part of SEAL Team 5 and participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom doing various operations there.