EJ "Skullcrusher" Snyder
EJ Snyder is highly decorated Army Combat Veteran with 25 years military service under his belt, serving Ranger positions in Infantry and Airborne units. He joined the armed forces at 19. He moved up the ranks quickly, seeing combat in both the Gulf War in 1991 and a 15-month tour during Operation Iraqi Freedom 2 in 2004 to 2005. EJ earned two Bronze Star Medals, the Legion of Merit, the Order of St. Maurice (Centurion), and over 40 other Medals and decorations while serving the Nation. During his time in the Army, EJ attended a vast number of schools highly increasing his diverse set of skills, deployed on training and missions all over the world, and received many accolades throughout his career. He stepped up as a Ranger Instructor, Survival & Tracking Instructor, and Drill Sergeant, EJ was a renowned athlete and fighter during his time, earning the nickname “Skullcrusher”. EJ retired at the Rank of Sergeant Major/E-9. You may know EJ from the Discovery Channel series “Naked and Afraid” and “Dual Survival“. EJ is an Extreme Survivalist, Adventurer, and Retired Army Combat Vet. He is an expert in leadership, tracking, trapping, building shelter and equipment, primitive weapons, navigation, security, self-reliance, and self-defense.
EJ grew up in Northern New Jersey just outside NYC in tough Italian neighborhoods. EJ learned many outdoor skills and love for the wilderness with his late kid brother Jeff, when their Father took them camping, hiking, hunting, fishing, and trapping. They furthered those skills by canoeing, rafting, rock climbing, and long extended hikes. EJ and his brother could often be found near the nearest set of woods or waterway they could find within the confines of the concrete jungle honing their skills. EJ’s brother was killed before his 22nd birthday. It greatly affected EJ. When EJ was attending US Army Ranger School he received his first formal Survival Training and fell in love with the concept right away, so he started a self-study on the skill. Once he was assigned as a Ranger Instructor, he attended US Army Survival School (SERE-C) and Tracking Course and became the Primary Survival and Tracking Instructor for the course. Upon retirement EJ worked as a Government Contractor for 6 Years teaching Survival Skills to future Green Berets and other Soldiers at the US Army SERE School. EJ says that whether in the wild or on the field of combat he will always live by his motto: Tua Sponte Superstes, which means to “Survive By Your Own Will.” EJ has been formally teaching survival skills to Soldiers and civilians ever since for well over 20 years.
EJ is an Extreme Survivalist and Adventurer who employs a “Train as you Fight” approach to survival, and believes in pushing not only the limits of your environment but yourself as well. He is constantly pushing these limits and trying to continually break through the “Law of 3’s of Survival”. He has thrust himself into many extreme survival situations and environments to grow as a survivalist and pass these lesson onto others. EJ believes that his brand of survival can be dropped into any environment, with no notice and little supplies, making it out where no man should walk. EJ prides himself on being one tough old SOB with the tenacity, fortitude, willpower, and determination to be dropped anywhere in the world with nothing and come out on top! EJ also believes that if he is with other people, that he can lead them there as well – unscathed! You can also hear EJ from miles away screaming to the heavens with his battle cries! EJ’s quest and journey to where he now stands is a testament of struggle, perseverance, dedication, and hard work.
EJ still teaches survival skills, does adventure trek guiding, serves as a motivational speaker, and does appearances. EJ is known for his hardened and tough exterior as well as for being a “Man’s Man,” but has compassion for his fellow man, passion for life, and a huge heart. EJ believes giving back to the community and the less fortunate is very important and works with many charities and causes in his spare time, many dealing with Cancer, Kids, Anti-Bullying and Veterans. He is always looking for his next adventure and challenge. EJ says he stands ready at any moment to leap into action on a minute’s notice, whether it’s a survival situation, helping a stranger in need, or reacting to a crisis. "Tua Sponte Superstes"