The United States Navy has begun a program that actually allows a person to enlist as a potential SEAL team member. In other words, enlist to go to BUDS and by pass any Navy school training. This is contingent on being able to pass the detailed physical and stress related tests, but it is now possible to declare when you enlist that you want to aim for SEAL training. You will then have the opportunity, provided you pass all the qualifying tests, to become a SEAL. There are several phases that are involved in SEAL training. The SEAL training gives you the mental and physical skills to perform the missions that a SEAL will encounter as a Navy Special Operations team member. Some of the different phases include:
Basic Underwater Demolition/Training For SEAL Operations: This is a training program (BUDS) that will assist in developing physical and mental stamina, and train you in leadership skills. This phase gives you times tests with the demands getting more intense each week. This is progressive seven-month program that will take you from the beginning to the intermediate level of the program.
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The Levels involved in this phase are Indoctrination, first phase or basic conditioning where you will learn about physical conditioning, hydrographic charts and surveys, and basic level small boat seamanship. The Diving phase, or second phase, which covers long distance underwater diving, closed and open circuit underwater combat, and scuba diving skills. Finally the Land Warfare or third phase of BUDS training. You will learn small unit tactics, rappelling, weapons training, underwater explosives, military land and land navigation. There are several more courses after BUD training that a SEAL trainee has to undergo. Basic Training In Parachute operations- you will learn techniques for parachute operations, and special delivery vehicle and military medical operations. You will also receive various elements of training in advanced training elements. Elements such as foreign language training, sniper training HALO parachuting, Jump Master and training in explosive breach techniques are some of the different areas you may be trained in.
From the beginnings of the program in 1962 to present day, SEAL teams have proven themselves again and again as patriots and heroes, defending America in missions that many times cannot even be revealed due to their classified nature. Being a SEAL is a challenging path, so if you believe that you have what it takes, you should see a Navy Recruiter and discuss what the first steps are. If interested in reading about the real life of a Navy Seal read here.