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  1. TheNaterrater

    TheNaterrater Member

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    Hello, I'm an appointee to the class of 2018. My BGO told me to consider the SEALs. I ran in high school and played numerous sports and would say I'm in pretty good shape. However, I was wondering what a good club or sport at the academy would be that would help me with the SEALs. Triathlon club? Crew? Boxing? What would be most beneficial for me to try?

    Thank you!


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  2. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    The most important thing is to focus on your academics. From what I've been told, in order to select SEAL, you must stand quite high in your class. You can be the best athlete in the world, but if your order of merit is low, you're probably doomed in terms of going SEAL.

    Beyond that, I think there is a PT program for aspiring SEALs, but I defer to a current mid or more recent grad on that topic.
     
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    Thank you!


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    This year, a large number of the special warfare selectees were on the wrestling team. Something like 6 of them.
     
  5. GoNavyPro

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    There's the Combat Arms Team (can only try out as a Plebe) and the Special Operations Team that can help. Also wrestling, boxing, and triathlon have all been known to prepare for SEALs.

    But a head warning, I'm all for people trying to go SEALs and fulfill their dreams but understand the odds that you're going up against. Out of a graduating class of about 1100 people, only 20 some people were selected to go SEALs. Granted there's a SEAL screener, SEAL summer cruise, and interview process to go through as well as good academics. It's a very hard service selection to persue, but best of luck.
     
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    SEAL Officers in the Field

    Something I haven't seen talked about much here. I've talked with a number of SEALs on different teams over the years, and my impression is that SEAL officers very seldom actually kick down doors. This is partly because SEALs often deploy in small (fire team) groups - the team leader is usually a CPO. Ensigns will probably be promoted to LTJG before they ever see the field and Lieutenants are about as high as generally get to go out and play. So, 4-6 years active in the field, other than that training problems and exercises, but very little chance of seeing action.

    Force Recon officers have a little longer shelf life, because they have more operations with larger units, though unlike SEALs, Force Recon enlisted and officers may rotate into different units during their careers.

     
  7. TheNaterrater

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    How hard is it to walk on to wresting/boxing team with no prior experience?


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    Wrestling is a very competitive sport, I would imagine it is VERY difficult to walk on to a team like that even if you have wrestled your whole life. I don't know much about boxing though.
     
  9. Spud

    Spud BGO

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    Everybody is a walk-on in boxing.
     
  10. USNA2016Dad

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    Any sport or activity that keeps you in excellent shape will be beneficial. But my son's roommate, who wants to be a SEAL, says mental toughness is what carries you to becoming a SEAL. Having the will to never quit, no matter what. While you still have some time at home, pick up the book, SEAL of Honor. It is about LT Michael Murphy, USN. His story was partially told in Lone Survivor. That book also speaks about mental toughness and how those who didn't have did not become a SEAL. Once you get to Plebe Summer, you'll recognize it when you see it. Strive to be like them; never quit. While you're at it, go to YouTube and search for BUD/S. There are more examples of not quitting. Congrats on your appointment! Cheers.

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  11. USNA2016Dad

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    Here's a look into BUD/S, Basic Underwater Demolition/Seal school. This is part 1 of a 6 part series. It mentions mental toughness throughout. Again, congrats on your appointment and have fun at Plebe Summer. Cheers.


    Watch "Navy SEALs BUD/S Class 234 - Part 1 - Welcome To …" on YouTube
    Navy SEALs BUD/S Class 234 - Part 1 - Welcome To …: http://youtu.be/wQFRePXMI9M

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