So You Want to be a SEAL? Military Connection


By Debbie Gregory.

The United States Navy’s Sea, Air, Land Teams, commonly known as the Navy SEALs, are the U.S. Navy’s principal special operations force, and a part of the Naval Special Warfare Command and United States Special Operations Command. SEAL training is extremely rigorous, with the dropout rate, at times, over 80 percent.

In order to be considered for the SEAL team, you must meet the age requirement of 18-28 years old. A 17 year old will require parental permission. If you don’t have a high school diploma or a GED, you must meet the High Performance Predictor Profile (HP3) criteria.

Additionally, you must be a U.S. citizen, and be proficient in reading, speaking, writing, and understanding the English language. You must have a clean record and not be under civil restraint, a substance abuser nor have a pattern of minor convictions or any non-minor, misdemeanor, or felony convictions (waivers are granted depending on number and severity).

You will be required to have a high score on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB), a timed multi-aptitude test, which is given at over 14,000 schools and Military Entrance Processing Stations (MEPS) nationwide.

Uncorrected vision in the better eye can be no worse than 20/70, the worse eye no more than 20/100. Both eyes must be correctable to 20/20. Color deficiencies require approval.

As a civilian you can request to join the SEALs prior to enlisting through the SEAL Challenge Contract (Seaman to SEAL program). The SEAL Challenge Contract guarantees you the opportunity to become a SEAL candidate and entitles you to certain bonuses and benefits when you enlist. Additionally, you can volunteer to take the Physical Screening Test (PST) during the first week boot camp. If you successfully pass the PST, you will be interviewed by a Naval Special Operation Motivator who will submit a request for you to enter the Naval Special Warfare (BUD/S) training pipeline.

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So You Want to be a SEAL? Military Connection: by Debbie Gregory