Becoming a Navy SEAL is no small feat and requires an individual to undergo a rigorous selection process. Here are the steps involved:
- Meet Basic Requirements: To start, you need to be a U.S. citizen between 18 and 28 years old (though waivers may be available for those up to age 30). You also must have good vision— at least 20/40 in your best eye and 20/70 in your worst, correctable to 20/25.
- Physical Screening Test: Next, candidates must pass a challenging physical screening test that includes swimming, push-ups, sit-ups, pull-ups, and running.
- Naval Special Warfare Preparatory School: If successful in the physical tests, candidates move on to this school, where they receive additional training to further enhance their strength and endurance levels.
- Basic Underwater Demolition / SEAL Training (BUD/S): This six-month course is famously intense — it's designed to teach necessary skills and test psychological resilience under extreme conditions.
- Parachute Jump School: Upon completion of BUD/S training successfully, you will then attend jump school, which focuses on static line parachute techniques over three weeks period
6. SEAL Qualification Training (SQT): The final phase before becoming an official SEAL involves learning specialized skills such as tactical air operations or long-range shooting tactics, among others, during this another six months of instruction.
Remember that being physically fit isn't enough; mental toughness is equally important throughout this journey, too!