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  1. gavigane14

    gavigane14 Member

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    Hello,

    I recently received a principal nomination to the Naval Academy and am waiting to hear from the admissions office regarding my application status for the class of 2018. It is my dream to be a Navy SEAL officer upon my graduation from Annapolis. Is it possible to be a member of the sprint football team or the crew team and the scuba club at the Academy? Also, does anyone have any insight on how to train to become a Navy SEAL while at the Naval Academy? I plan on majoring in ocean engineering. Is this a good choice for future SEALs? Are midshipmen allowed to use the pool and other facilities at the Academy for training during free time? Thank you.

    GO NAVY!!!
     
  2. AspiringSEAL

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    It is also my life goal to become a Navy SEAL officer and hope to do it through the academy as well or NROTC. I heard a popular major among special warfare students is Oceanography. Also, there is a club during athletic period called SOT which is the Special Operations Team which you basically need to try out for. The lead instructor, Stew Smith, graduated from the academy and served as a SEAL officer. He is now stationed there to train aspiring special operators which is why the academy has so many men get through SEAL training. I hope this helps. Hopefully I'll see you on campus next year!
     
  3. gavigane14

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    Thank you very much for the information. I am either going to major in oceanography or ocean engineering at the Naval Academy and will look into the Special Operations Team at the Academy. I will most likely try out for both sprint football and SOT. Stew Smith is a great guy and I worked out with him during the Naval Academy Summer Seminar last June. Hopefully, I will see you on I-Day! Good luck!
     
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    How's it going guys? I've already received an Appointment, and was a principal nom as well. I'm unsure of what I'd like to select service wise, although I think I'm favoring the Marine Corps.

    What I wanted to ask was how you each were preparing for Plebe Summer? Does anyone have prior knowledge of the specific format of the Summer itself?

    Thanks for any input.
     
  5. gavigane14

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    Hey, I've been training for Plebe Summer by using the program provided by the Naval Academy. I have also been lifting weights. The Naval Academy provides an 8-week workout program and advises you to continue to do the exercises of the 8th week after you have finished the program. How long did if take you to receive your appointment after receiving a principal nom. because I am still waiting. Thanks.
     
  6. AspiringSEAL

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    I haven't been appointed yet but am medically and physically qualified and am guessing academically because I haven't received a denial letter yet. I have received a nomination but it wasn't primary. Basically, I am in the national pool fighting for a spot. I've signed up for swim lessons and weight training. I've basically been working out constantly. I heard there was a lot of running! The best advice I got during Candidate Visit Weekend was that the best way to approach Plebe Summer is to make the best of it. Sure there are going to be times and things you aren't going to like but some of the things are going to be fun and you have to get through it regardless. You make great friends and get through it together!
     
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    Do you know when Plebe Parent Weekend is?
     
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    Plebe Parent weekend is 6 weeks after I Day so I would think mid August.
     
  10. AspiringSEAL

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    I'm guessing it's August 9-11th
     
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    If you haven't already seen a video of plebe summer, go to <www.usna.com> which is the alumni site, and check out their videos; last I knew they had a 12 minute video of 2017's summer. They also have a 50 minute video about making a naval officer that pretty well covers the four years at boat school.
    If you looking at sports, try <www.navysports.com> for just about anything you might want to know about Navy athletics. Best wishes to all of you.
     
  12. gavigane14

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    Thanks for the info.As far as I know, since I received a principal nom. I should be receiving an appointment shortly. I know that I am medically and physically qualified and am assuming that I am scholastically qualified, but am just waiting for the appointment to arrive!
     
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    No aspiring EOD officers?
     
  14. gavigane14

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    I'm considering EOD, but am currently leaning towards SEALs.
     
  15. AspiringSEAL

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    Just SEALs. I literally have over 15 SEAL memoirs that I own and have read them all and saw all the Navy SEAL movies, a whole BUDs class on YouTube, and all the other videos about SEALs on YouTube. I'm going to do anything I can to make it to BUDs and to graduate BUDS and SQT and earn that trident!
     
  16. JShawshank

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    I recently had the good fortune to speak to an active duty SEAL Captain and USNA alum (he is a mentor to DS who also aspires to be a SEAL officer). He said that SEAL screening and selection is evolving over the next few years and that the number of officers is not likely to expand (i.e., remain around 28 selected per USNA class). For anyone who is interested in becoming a SEAL, the key thing this Capt. emphasized is that they are looking for very well rounded people. As an example, there is a SEAL LT stationed at at USNA to work with MIDS and he is a Rhodes scholar. The key is that the desire to be a SEAL is just one part of the equation.

    Lastly, the Capt. confirmed that recent events and media coverage has had a "Top Gun" like impact on interest in SEAL selection. The good thing is that anyone who manages to get one of the coveted ~28 slots out of USNA has a very high probability of making it through BUD/s. Best of luck to anyone who chooses to go down that path!
     
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    I don't really want to rain on anyone's parade here, but I will.

    Every year like 20%+ of the incoming class is "diehard" about going SEALs or EOD. All of them talk will talk about how dedicated they are, and most think that they are, but only twenty-something will make it.

    It's not just about crushing the PST. The guys who get SEALs are largely extremely smart (there's a couple exceptions) and do very well militarily as well. They all seek out things to challenge themselves (varsity sports is a big one) and excel at them while still managing to do well academically and in company. Doing well at the SEAL screener and on SEAL cruise seem to be the biggest factors, and I know plenty of guys who went into either of those events (especially cruise) only ever wanting SEALs and came out thinking something else, whether by their choice or being explicitly told they wouldn't get it.

    By service selection, only 50-60 or so are seriously competing for those ~20-30 SEAL slots. But, guess what...those guys all have a decent shot. Only half will get it. Going to USNA isn't like applying for OCS where you can only apply for SEAL. You have to prepare for the very real possibility that you will not get it, and will serve in another capacity for five plus years with limited at best options for lat transfer.

    The needs of the Navy always come before your preference and ability, and I know plenty of dudes riding ships right now (or, on occaision here in flight school) who wanted very badly to be somewhere else.

    Again, not trying to be negative or turn people off. But you won't prove your dedication to getting what you want by seeing Navy SEAL movies, you prove it with four years of busting your *** and being an exceptional candidate. Even then there aren't any guarantees.
     
  18. JShawshank

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    Well said, Hurricane12. I would further add that the SEAL Capt. I was speaking to actually said that he is more likely to be turned off by a candidate that is one-dimensional in targeting SEAL selection - i.e., just focused on working out and the physical fitness side of things.

    Anyone who is thinking SEAL going into USNA should also have Plan B, C, etc., just like the application process to USNA.

    Hurricane 12 - Less than 3% of the graduating class gets a SEAL slot so does it make sense to assume that one would reasonably need to be ranked in the top 10% of the class to have a decent shot at getting selected? Just thinking about a realistic frame for anyone with SEAL aspirations.
     
  19. AspiringSEAL

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    What would happen if you weren't selected for SEALs? Can you apply for BUDs from the fleet if you are an officer after being selected for something else like surface warfare?
     
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    And I know it's not by watching movies and reading books. That's how I learn. The SEAL memoirs are very informative.
     

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