How to Become a Navy SEAL
Navy SEALs are some of the world’s most elite warriors. Operating undercover, they specialize in highly dangerous and clandestine missions such as sabotage, terrorism, hostage taking, kidnapping, demolitions and more.
They’re known for their guts and bravado, but many of them also possess an incredible intellect. SEAL training can be rigorous, testing both mental and physical capabilities to the limit.
After enlisting, candidates spend five months at the Naval Special Warfare Center at Coronado Island in California. Here, they are tested on various physical and mental skills such as timed runs, ocean swims, obstacle courses and small boat seamanship. Furthermore, they must train at least five hours daily with no less than four hours of sleep per night.
According to the Navy, only a select few hundred individuals qualify for SEAL training each year. They typically range in age from 28-30 and must pass a battery of tests as well as an extensive physical and psychological evaluation in order to be accepted into this elite program.
The Navy’s selection process is one of the most rigorous and extensive in history. It involves an enormous amount of paperwork as well as a physically strenuous test requiring applicants to run one mile and half in combat boots within 11.5 minutes, plus pass multiple medical examinations and psychological assessments.
Those who make it through are then sent to BUD/S, or Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training. Here, candidates must perform all physical and mental tasks necessary for survival in a simulated environment.
This includes swimming two miles in the ocean, running along a beach and doing sit-ups and push-ups for several hours. They must also be accompanied by an instructor in an inflatable boat for this activity.
Once candidates complete the BUD/S process, they are assigned to one of many SEAL teams around the world that conduct covert operations in remote and hazardous regions.
They frequently use false IDs to gain entry into bases and other sensitive locations, sabotage buildings and even plant bombs near Air Force One. Furthermore, these individuals utilize their skillset to take hostages, kidnap high ranking officers and sneak into nuclear submarines.
Though there are no standard characteristics that define a SEAL, it’s essential to remember they are some of the most disciplined and highly trained soldiers in the military. Their training has taught them to think quickly on their feet, both during missions and in civilian life. It helps explain why SEALS make such great leaders: their quick thinking helps ensure success during any challenge faced along the way
Training can be intense, but the rewards are worth it. According to the Navy, SEALs have earned two Navy Crosses, 30 Silver Stars and nearly 1,000 Bronze Stars for valor since 9/11.
Allen served as a SEAL on several dangerous missions to Afghanistan and came close to death several times. After bleeding out in an alleyway, his team medic applied a tourniquet and stopped the bleeding – though after such an ordeal Allen decided to retire from the SEALs.