SWO

Navy SEAL - Special Warfare Operator

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About

SEALs, or Navy Special Warfare Operator (SO), as they are now officially called, are named after the environments in which they operate, the SEa, Air and Land, and are the foundation of Naval Special Warfare combat forces. They are organized, trained and equipped to conduct a variety of special operations missions in all operational environments. Since 1962, when the first SEAL Teams were commissioned, Navy SEALs have distinguished themselves as individually reliable, collectively disciplined and highly skilled warriors.
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SOs go through what is considered by many military experts to be the toughest training, both physically and mentally demanding, in the world.

  • SEAL Preparatory Course, Great Lakes, IL, up to 4 weeks
  • BUD/S training - Coronado, CA, 24 weeks 
  • SQT - Coronado, CA, 26 weeks
  • Basic Airborne Training - FT Benning, GA, 3 weeks 
  • SERE - Maine, 2 weeks
  • SDV (small, battery-powered wet submersibles) Training - Panama City, FL, 13 weeks 
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