Basic Training and BUD/s

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  1. jakeUSNA9

    jakeUSNA9 Member

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    When do NROTC students attend basic training? what does a school year involve. How much training is involved during NROTC and is it job specific. How competitive is BUD/s to get into what is the critiera to get in
     
  2. cooper1234

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    For someone that wants to be a SEAL and in the Navy, you sure don't like to research.

    In the NROTC, you PT about 3 times a week, which should get you in good shape.

    For BUD/S you must pass the SEAL PST which will qualify you for BUD/S.
     
  3. goldfarb1

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    PT is specific to the school. Most schools do PT on Monday, Wed, and Friday. You will attend a 3 credit hour class a week in military science. You'll learn everything from naval history to modern day conflicts. Some schools hold additional training. For example, 2 hours of drill a week.

    As far as job specific training...There is really no purpose of this in NROTC. First, you aren't going to know what job you get until the end of your college career. Plus you'll get job specific training once you hit the fleet. For this reason NROTC sends scholarship kids on "summer cruises." These expose the midshipmen to the various naval communities.

    Your summers would look like this. 3/C CORTRAMID, exposes midshipmen to all communities. 2/C Cruise, exposes midshipmen to life in a specific community as an enlisted. 1/C Cruise, exposes midshipme to life in a specific community as an officer.

    There are some midshipmen who will have the oppurtuninty to attend more specific training in their summers, such as mini-SEAL camp...but these are on a competitive basis.

    Extremely competitive. Don't expect to get this at all. And don't go into NROTC hoping to become a SEAL. If you do go into NROTC making this your goal, make sure you are willing to settle for a more than likely backup.

    To put the criteria in layman's terms, you'll need to be a PT stud and practically be at the top of the class when they rack and stack.
     
  4. jakeUSNA9

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    No i love to research i am just double checking i know about the basics im looking for people with personal expierence in the program. How many people would you say get into BUD/s out of NROTC. Why is it so competitive
     
  5. goldfarb1

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    I've never seen hard numbers for this. I've read something from a Navy recruiter that said taking USNA out of the equation, SPECWAR only takes 10-12 SEAL officers a year. Of that, 5-7 will be non-priors. Not sure about the validity of this at all, so take it with a grain of salt. But I'm guessing the numbers aren't too far off.

    I don't know how die hard SEAL you are. But if SEALS is what you want, enlisting is going to give you the biggest chance of getting it. I had considered enlisting USMC (took the ASVAB, etc.), and a Navy recruiter called wanting to talk to me. While I wasn't interested in enlisting Navy, I said why not. I talked to him and out of curiosity (not interested in SEALS, personally) asked about SEALS. What I found was that you can actually get an enlistment bonus for SEALS. My guess is this is because the type of guys that are actually qualified are tough to find. The guys that do it are no where near the physical condition you can possibly imagine. But depending on where your ASVAB scores and fitness scores are, they give you a shot at going BUD/s. Now I'm sure you already know the washout rate is out of this world, so if you weren't to get through...you'd be stuck with a job you many not want. This is just some info to think about.

    This should really be self-explanatory.
     
  6. jakeUSNA9

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    I know what SPECWAR entails and that is where i will end up. I am just wondering how hard it will be. Ill achieve my goal though
     
  7. Pima

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    I think you need to read it in a blunt manner, so I apologize for being blunt, but here goes....

    DON'T JOIN NROTC IF YOU ONLY WANT TO BE A SEAL.

    NROTC does not exist to make SEALS, SWO's RIO's, etc. They exist to make OFFICERS.

    ROTC is 4 yrs of time and dedication, unless you are psychic you cannot predict what will occur in the next 4 yrs. You can't predict if you are playing ultimate frisbee and dislocate your knee which may require surgery and jeopardize your chances. What you can predict is that if DODMERB clears you after that surgery for a desk and not SEALS, your butt will be sitting at a desk for 5 yrs.

    It is great to have that dream, and by all means go for it, just be prepared to accept the fact that for some dreams are just that dreams, they never become reality.

    Let's also play the game, you get selected for SEALs, go to training and you wash out. Guess what, you still will owe the Navy time. This is also a reality for many people who have walked the path before you. Just saying, be ready to take whatever is handed to you, good or bad.

    In other words, DON'T DO NROTC JUST TO BE A SEAL, DO IT BECAUSE YOU WANT TO SERVE AS AN OFFICER IN THE U.S. NAVY.

    Want to know what they call a Navy Ens. SEAL? Ensign!
     
  8. jakeUSNA9

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    No thank you for being blunt. And i take no offense. Yes my first goal is to become a naval officer. But my chosen carrer would be SEALs and SPECWAR. I want to be the direct action guy and recon. SEALs and SPEC OPS is just me. Thank you
     
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    Jake, you should check out the website run from BUD/S, sealswcc.com. They give a lot of info on the different routes to take to get to BUD/S. All officer routes are competitive since there are many more who want it than there are spots available, but you can help yourself prepare to be competitive if you know what they are specifically looking for.
     
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    Thank you very much. I will check it out.
     
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    My son is an NROTC Senior. He did the SPECWAR Cruise this summer. All of the advice given is correct from his experience. He is 1st in his class in grades and PRT scores. He works very hard. There are no sure things.
     

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