(right): Navy Special Warfare Trident insignia worn by
qualified U.S. Navy SEALs. Navy SEALs are named after the
environment in which they operate, the Sea, Air, and Land, and
are the foundation of Naval Special Warfare combat forces.
They are organized, trained and equipped to conduct a variety
of Special Operations missions in all operational
environments. Today's SEALs trace their history from the elite
frogmen of World War II. Training is extremely demanding, both
mentally and physically, and produces the world's best
maritime warriors. U.S. Navy photo (RELEASED)
conduct clandestine missions from the sea, air and land. SEALS
are truly silent professionals with razor-sharp precision, who
possess uncompromising standards with unwavering loyalty and
teamwork. SEALs are considered the premier maritime special
operations force in the world. Their missions include counter-
terrorism operations, special reconnaissance, direct action
operations and clandestine/unconventional warfare.
SEAL teams train in a wide diversity of environments from
desert, urban, mountain, woodland, jungle and arctic. Special
tactics, techniques and procedures apply to each setting and
mission. SEAL teams employ a wide variety of special equipment
in accomplishing our nations top priority missions in winning
the Global War on Terrorism.
BUD/S (Basic Underwater Demolition / SEAL) - Naval Special
SEAL training is extremely demanding, both mentally and
physically, and produces the world's best maritime warriors.
Their focus during this training is based on three core pillars:
Men of Character: The nature of our mission requires men who
will uphold the Navy Core Values - Honor, Courage, and
Physical: The nature of their mission also requires men who
are physically fit and capable in every environment,
especially the water.
Technical: Finally, maritime Special Operations require men
who are intelligent and can quickly learn new tasks.
Naval Special Warfare Training: Following basic training at
Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, IL, and the NSW
Preparation Course, Great Lakes, IL, you will begin Basic
Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) Training in Coronado, CA.
This six-month course of instruction will focus on physical
conditioning, small boat handling, diving physics, basic
diving techniques, land warfare, weapons, demolitions,
communications, and reconnaissance.
SEAL Team Missions
Special Operations is characterized by the use of small units
with unique ability to conduct military actions that are
beyond the capability of conventional military forces. SEALs
are superbly trained in all environments, and are the master's
of maritime Special Operations. SEALs are required to utilize
a combination of specialized training, equipment, and tactics
in completion of Special Operation missions worldwide.
A tactical force with strategic impact, NSW mission areas
include unconventional warfare, direct action, combating
terrorism, special reconnaissance, foreign internal defense,
information warfare, security assistance, counter-drug
operations, personnel recovery and hydrographic
reconnaissance. Although NSW personnel comprise less than one
percent of U.S. Navy personnel, they offer big dividends on a
small investment. SEALs' proven ability to operate across the
spectrum of conflict and in operations other than war in a
controlled manner, and their ability to provide real time
intelligence and eyes on target, offers decision makers
immediate and virtually unlimited options in the face of
rapidly changing crises around the world.
The most important trait that distinguishes Navy SEALs from
all other military forces is that SEALs are Maritime Special
Forces, as they strike from and return to the sea. SEALs (Sea,
Air, Land) take their name from the elements in and from which
they operate. Their stealth and clandestine methods of
operation allow them to conduct multiple missions against
targets that larger forces cannot approach undetected.
During the Second Phase of training you will be given a
Preference of Duty Document "Dream Sheet" upon which you will
indicate the Team you would like to be assigned to.
The West Coast Teams are based in San Diego, California, while
the East Coast Teams make their home in Virginia Beach,
Virginia. You may receive orders to the Team of your choice;
however, the needs of the Teams always come first.
Once assigned to a team you may be assigned to duties
Become a SEAL
Contact your local US Navy recruiter if you are a civilian.
A. SEAL ASVAB Scores: GS+MC+EI=165 or VE+MK+MC+CS=220
B. Eyesight Requirements: Uncorrected can be no worse
than 20/200. Both eyes must be correctable to 20/20. Color deficiencies
require BUMED approval.
C. Must be 28 years old or less.
D. Be E-5 or below.
E. Must be a U.S. Citizen
F. Applicants must meet minimum performance standards.
Evaluation marks should be at least 3.0 and above.
The Physical Screening Test is as follows:
500-yard swim using breast and/or sidestroke
1 1/2 miles Run
wearing boots and trousers
See your US
Navy Career Counselor for additional requirements and
United States Navy SEALs Creed
In times of war or uncertainty there is a special breed of
warrior ready to answer our Nation's call. A common man with
uncommon desire to succeed. Forged by adversity, he stands
alongside America's finest special operations forces to serve
his country, the American people, and protect their way of
life. I am that man.
My Trident is a symbol of honor and heritage. Bestowed upon me
by the heroes that have gone before, it embodies the trust of
those I have sworn to protect. By wearing the Trident I accept
the responsibility of my chosen profession and way of life. It
is a privilege that I must earn every day.
My loyalty to Country and Team is beyond reproach. I humbly
serve as a guardian to my fellow Americans always ready to
defend those who are unable to defend themselves. I do not
advertise the nature of my work, nor seek recognition for my
actions. I voluntarily accept the inherent hazards of my
profession, placing the welfare and security of others before
I serve with honor on and off the battlefield. The ability to
control my emotions and my actions, regardless of
circumstance, sets me apart from other men. Uncompromising
integrity is my standard. My character and honor are
steadfast. My word is my bond.
We expect to lead and be led. In the absence of orders I will
take charge, lead my teammates and accomplish the mission. I
lead by example in all situations.
I will never quit. I persevere and thrive on adversity. My
Nation expects me to be physically harder and mentally
stronger than my enemies. If knocked down, I will get back up,
every time. I will draw on every remaining ounce of strength
to protect my teammates and to accomplish our mission. I am
never out of the fight.
We demand discipline. We expect innovation. The lives of my
teammates and the success of our mission depend on me - my
technical skill, tactical proficiency, and attention to
detail. My training is never complete.
We train for war and fight to win. I stand ready to bring the
full spectrum of combat power to bear in order to achieve my
mission and the goals established by my country. The execution
of my duties will be swift and violent when required yet
guided by the very principles that I serve to defend.
Brave men have fought and died building the proud tradition
and feared reputation that I am bound to uphold. In the worst
of conditions, the legacy of my teammates steadies my resolve
and silently guides my every deed. I will not fail.
(Source: US Navy)