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Navy Commissioned Officer Job Designators Description & Qualification Factors

SPECIAL WARFARE (SEAL)

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OVERVIEW:

Age: At least 19 and less than 29 at time of commission. Waiver up to 2 yrs for prior AD service.

Education:

- BA/BS
- Technical degree preferred.
- Min 2.0 GPA. (Higher GPA more competitive.)

Training:

- OCS (12 wks)
- BUD/S (6 mos)

Vision/Med:

- Correctable to 20/20 (waivers considered).
- Color vision required.
- PRK and LASIK only eye surgeries waiverable.

Professional: N/A

Service Obligation:

- 4 years Active from commission or 3 years from completion of training, whichever is longer.
- Total of 8 yrs Active & Inactive.

Special Info:

- Must pass "class-up" test prior to BUD/S. (The "class up" test consists of: Obstacle course run in 19 min., a 2 mi. beach run in 16 min., a 1000 meter pool swim with fins in 22 min., 15 sec., and a rope climb.)
- BUD/S-Phase I-Physical Conditioning (8wks)
- Phase II-Diving (7wks)
- Phase III-Demolition (8 wks)
- SEAL Qualification Training (12 wks)
- Parachute Training (3 wks)
- Earn "Trident"
- Must be eligible for Secret clearance.
- Applications will only be considered if available for OCS within 24 months.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

Community overview. The word SEAL is an acronym that stands for the environments in which Naval Special Warfare (NSW) units operate; the Sea, the air and the land. NSW personnel are organized, trained, and equipped to conduct maritime special operations across the spectrum of conflict. These highly trained specialists are deployed worldwide in support of joint and fleet operations. The unique training regimen in place to produce the basic SEAL operator is based on the four Special Operations Forces (SOF) Truths: Humans are more important than hardware; Quality is better than quantity; SOF cannot be mass produced; and, Competent SOF cannot be created after emergencies occur.

Course Description. BUD/S consists of three phases. First Phase is known as the physical conditioning phase, with strong emphasis placed on running, swimming, obstacle course, physical training and basic water and lifesaving skills. Second Phase, the diving phase of BUD/S, emphasizes the skills required to be a Naval Special Warfare combat swimmer. Finally, Third Phase, the land warfare phase, operates under the principal of turning "Sailors into Soldiers." Emphasis in Third Phase is on small unit tactics, patrolling, weapons training and demolition. All phases share common evaluations, including running, swimming and obstacle course. Indoctrination (INDOC) prepares students for the rigors of First Phase, and culminates with a class-up test that students must pass before beginning First phase. The test consists of an Obstacle course run in 19 minutes, a two-mile beach run in 16 minutes, a 1000-meter pool swim with fins in 22 minutes 15 seconds, and finally a rope climb.

I. First Phase (Physical Conditioning)
First Phase is eight weeks in length. Continued physical conditioning in the areas of running swimming, and calisthenics grow harder as the weeks progress. Students will participate in weekly four mile timed runs in boots, timed obstacle courses, swim distances up to two miles wearing fins in the ocean, and learn small boat seamanship. Week three is Hell Week, featuring 120 hours of continuous training on less than four hours of sleep. This week is designed as the ultimate test of one's physical and mental motivation while in First Phase. The remaining five weeks are devoted to basic SEAL skills, which include hydrographic reconnaissance, patrolling, weapons handling and load-bearing exercises. Additionally, Close Quarter Defense (CQD) training is now taught in First Phase, along with a three-day maritime operations course of instruction. Each student will have the opportunity to operate a SEAL Combat Rubber Raiding Craft through the surf zone, and participate in a helicopter cast and recovery exercise from a CH-46. Perhaps most cherished by the students is the over-the-beach insertion from the MK V high speed Special Operations Craft.

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