Naval Special Warfare A Brief Overview -By MIDN Fouke and MIDN Benevento Naval Special Warfare History Sea-Air-Land (SEAL) Teams trace their history back to the first volunteers selected from the Naval Construction Battalions in 1943. Their mission was clearing obstacles from beaches chosen for amphibious landings which began the first formal training of the Naval Combat Demolition Units (NCDUs). The NCDUs distinguished themselves at Utah and Omaha beaches in Normandy and in Southern France. In the Pacific, the NCDUs were consolidated into Underwater Demolition Teams (UDTs). History The newly formed UDTs saw action in every corner of the Pacific during World War II. In September 1950, the UDTs participated in the Korean War at Inchon, Wonsan, Iwon and Chinnampo. The redeployment of the United Nations Forces featured the UDTs conducting delaying operations using guerilla warfare. In January 1962, the first SEAL Teams were commissioned by President John F. Kennedy to conduct unconventional warfare, counter-guerilla warfare and clandestine operation in maritime and riverine environments. These Teams were SEAL Team ONE on the West Coast and SEAL Team TWO on the East Coast. During Vietnam, the SEALs compiled an impressive record of combat success. History Since the end of Vietnam, the ever-changing world situation and increased operational tasking have prompted the expansion of SEAL Teams in numbers, size and capabilities. To effectively respond to this evolutionary process, UDT Teams have been re-designated as SEAL or SEAL Delivery Vehicle (SDV) Teams. The newly designated SEAL Teams acquired the SEAL mission and retained the amphibious support mission inherited from their UDT forefathers. History SEAL, SEAL Delivery Vehicle (SDV) Teams and Special Boat Units comprise the elite combat units of Naval Special Warfare. These units are organized, trained and equipped to conduct special operations, clandestine maritime and riverine operations, foreign internal defense and unconventional warfare. These highly trained specialists are deployed worldwide in support of fleet and national operations. The wide range of tasks performed by Naval Special Warfare and their outstanding combat records have earned an enduring and highly respected reputation. Naval Special Warfare Naval Special Warfare extends a personal challenge to those interested individuals like yourself. This program will push you to your physical and mental limits, again and again, until you are hard and strong, both physically and mentally, and ready for the adventure of a lifetime in the SEAL Teams. Free fall parachuting at 10,000 feet, traveling by small rubber boat for 100 miles, conducting a mission, then traveling 30 miles out to sea to rendezvous with a submarine is a typical mission for the SEALs and an adventure most people can experience only reading books. If you are ready for both a challenge and an adventure, the Navy has just the training to test your mettle. Be Someone Special!!! Basic Underwater Demolition/ SEAL Training (BUD/S) As a BUD/S student, you will participate in challenging training and encounter opportunities to develop and test your stamina and leadership. BUD/S training is extremely thorough both physically and mentally; but through adequate preparation and a positive attitude, you can meet its challenges with confidence. The workout schedule in this booklet is designed to prepare you physically for BUD/S. You are the one who has to prepare to give all you have every day. At BUD/S it is essential to live, eat, and sleep BUD/S. 110% is required of you every day. BUD/S is a challenge, but if you meet it head-on with determination not to fail or quit, it will be the most rewarding time of your life. Good Luck!!! Applying for BUD/S Requirements. Physical/Mental 1. Pass a diving physical exam 2. Eye sight cannot be worse than 20/40 in one eye and 20/70 in the other eye and must be correctable to 20/20 with no color blindness 3. Minimum ASVAB score: VE + AR = 104, MC = 50 4. Must be 28 years old or less 5. Only men are eligible 6. Must be a U.S. citizen Physical Screening Test SEAL PST 1. 500 yard swim using breast and/or side stroke in 12:30 — Ten minute rest 2. Perform Minimum of 42 push ups in 2 minutes — Two minute rest 3. Perform minimum of 50 sit-ups in 2 minutes — Two minute rest 4. Perform at least 6 pull-ups, no time limit — Ten minute rest 5. Run 1.5 miles, wearing boots and pants, in 11:30 * As a reminder, there are no maximums on these physical test. The prospective trainee should provide the best scores possible, i.e., give his best effort. Applying for BUD/S - Enlisted Age 28 or less. Special operations programs are only open to men. U.S. citizen with no felony convictions (for security clearance). Volunteer for diving duty and pass the Diving Physical. Vision must correct to 20/20 with corrective lenses. Uncorrected vision must be no worse than 20/70 in the better eye and no worse than 20/100 in the worse eye with no color blindness. ASVAB - GS+MC+EI=165 VE+MK+MC+CS=220 VE+AR=104 and MC=50. Applying for BUD/S - Enlisted Enlistment-Once you have successfully taken the ASVAB, selected a SEAL Source Rate, and stated your progressive physical conditioning program, you will be ready to sign your SEAL Challenge Contract and enlist into the United States Navy. Boot Camp-Your first assignment in the Navy will be boot camp at NTC Great Lakes. For many new sailors, boot camp will seem like the ultimate physical challenge. For prospective BUD/S trainees, boot camp is merely a warm-up for the intense training ahead. Applying for BUD/S - Enlisted A-School-Navy "A" School is where you learn the basic skills associated with your rate. Continue to work hard and demonstrate leadership qualities. BUD/S-Congratulations on making it this far. You are about to start the most difficult special operations training in the world. Best of luck to you and your classmates in BUD/S. HOOYAH! Applying for BUD/S - Officer 3 Basic ways to become a Naval Officer: – Naval Academy – Navy ROTC – Navy OCS Eligibility: – Must be eligible for Security Clearance – Should be 28 years old or less – Must agree to serve 3 years on Active duty – Meet Medical Standards – Complete PST Applying for BUD/S - Officer Applying for BUD/S - Officer Applying for BUD/S - Officer HOOYAH!
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