How To Become a SEAL?

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  1. Bellicose Affairs

    Bellicose Affairs Member

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    When you go to the Naval Academy how do you get in the program to become a SEAl?
    I know that there are only a certain number of slots for Midshipmen, but how do you get into the running for it?
    Is there any extra training that you must go through or what?
    I am very interested and thank all who can provide me with helpful information.
     
  2. wannabe2013

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    a)Service selection is at the end of your first semester senior year, but basically when I was at my CVW the question was asked and the admissions officers literally said you have to be a bad a**
    b)In recent years there have been upwards of 25 (I believe 27 in '09) male midshipmen who selected Special Warfare (SEAL) and another 15 mids for EOD/Navy Diver. This number is likely to go up if Sec. Gates' new Spec. Ops. focused military model is implemented.
    c)there are trainings with the SEAL Officers on campus once a week, but really just do well in class, do well in military training, pone the PFT, and dominate in leadership (read bad a**)
     
  3. USNA13hopeful

    USNA13hopeful Candidate Appointee

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    Someone please correct me if i am wrong, but I believe there is also an 18 hour mini-BUDS you have to take 1C year to determine if you can proceed with it.
     
  4. 2012mom?

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    My Plebe has mentioned company mates who were participating in "SEAL screener" weekends this year. There was at least one per semester. The guys got about two hours of sleep, and the only time they made it into the company area was ~0200 to 0400, if then. I don't think that Plebes were allowed to do it, but not sure of that.
     
  5. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    The guy who stood next to me (based on height) in my plebe summer squad went on to a career as a SEAL (after a tour as a SWO). He would not have been described by anyone who knew him as the above. Not saying that he wasn't one -- but, rather, most SEALS are fairly unassuming when you meet them. They're not the biggest guys, the loudest guys, the most obnoxious guys, etc. in the room. They don't have to be. That's what makes them so good.
     
  6. Capt MJ

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    usna1985, my experience agrees with yours -- I've observed a combination of acute mental agility, amazing trouble-shooting skills, low-key manner that can be tuned to the situation at hand (bad a** toggles on and off as need be), superb swimmers, physical stamina and unwavering focus. The team ethic is very strong in the special forces communities, as it should be. Prima donnas are dangerous. Mids who want to go SEALs excel academically, put in the hours in the pool/weight room/doing "outers" (*) go to all the community briefings, stay out of bone-headed conduct trouble that indicates they have problems with impulse control, seek out leadership experiences, challenge themselves and don't take the easiest path to slide out of things.


    (*) Outers and inners, as in, running an outer or an inner, various longer and shorter circuits around USNA Yard.
     
  7. MM3 Kim

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    I know that you will have to pass the SEAL screener and rank high enough to be selected. I believe this is either 2nd Class or Firstie year. You will be ranked after the evolution is done, I think its an entire weekend, and then from there they will take the top 25 I think.
     
  8. 2012mom?

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    Some Mids I know are now doing what you might call "mega-outers." USNA to E-course, run E-course twice, then back to USNA. Done in boots & utes, of course. For "fun."
     
  9. wannabe2013

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    He didn't say it as a loud obnoxious person. It was more you have to be the best of the best at every thing you do if you want to succeed.
     
  10. Bellicose Affairs

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    Does anyone know how many people go through this "creening" or how many people try to become SEALS in the Academy?
     
  11. theraven

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    Man, Navy Seals or Aviation?... I really am pissed I have only one life to give to my country.
     

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