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So you say you want to be a SEAL?

Posted by lex, on May 15, 2006

 

Qualifications

General: A U.S. Navy SEAL candidate must:

– Be male.

– Be age 28 or younger (servicemen can be 30).

– Have good or correctable eyesight.

– Score well on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery tests.

Physical: A screening test requires that candidates:

– Swim 500 yards using breast or sidestroke (or military underwater recovery stroke) in 12.5 minutes or less, then rest 10 minutes.

– Perform at least 42 push-ups in two minutes, rest two minutes.

– Perform at least 50 sit-ups in two minutes, rest two minutes.

– Perform at least six pull-ups (hands face forward), rest 10 minutes.

– Run 1.5 miles in boots and BDU trousers in less than 11.5 minutes.

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Interesting Turn

By lex, on March 17th, 2010

For the Fallujah SEALs **:

The case against a Navy SEAL accused of not protecting an alleged Iraqi terrorist took a major turn Friday when a military judge ordered that five key defense witnesses be granted immunity to testify on his behalf…

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The Compound

By lex, on May 5th, 2011

The White House is going silent on the net about the dramatic mission to capture or kill Osama bin Laden, cross threaded at having to substantially change the story about how and why he was shot after the initial fog of war lifted. The administration also backed water on publishing photographs of his bloody corpse – a good call, in my humble: Those inclined towards conspiracy theories will cry “photoshop!” anyway, and there’s no reason to give the perpetually aggrieved set another bloody shirt to wave.

With that in mind, the Sandy Eggo Union Tribune is carrying an AP wire story that releases about as much detail as we’re likely to get:

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“Navy SEALs: Obama’s Secret Army”

By lex, on February 21st, 2012

An otherwise sensibly written article * about the contributions of special forces in our quotidian bug hunts, with a dreadful title.

The SEALs, like the rest of the military, serve at the pleasure of the president. Who at the moment, happens to be Barack Obama.

But it is the office they serve, and the country it represents. Not the man. The office endures, like the Republic.

Men, they come and go.

* 11-10-2018 Link Gone; no replacements found – Ed.

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Cease Buzzer

By lex, on May 19th, 2011

The Secretary and the Chairman have combined to say that it’s time to change the subject from the bin Laden raid:

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Helmet Cams

By lex, on May 13th, 2011

Not only did the Navy SEALS in the bin Laden takedown have a UAS overhead, piping imagery back to Washington, they wore helmet cams to record the action for later review, CBS reports:

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Spotlight

By lex, on May 9th, 2011

The US Navy’s elite SEAL teams have been much in the spotlight of late, with overjoyed media outlets eager to print something, anything positive gushing over their professionalism and the arduousness of their training. Unfortunately for some folks, that spotlight has some spillover:

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Fido

 

By lex, on May 5th, 2011

Add one more unnamed warrior to the roll of Abbottabad heroes – this one with four legs vice two:

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The Compound

By lex, on May 5th, 2011

The White House is going silent on the net about the dramatic mission to capture or kill Osama bin Laden, cross threaded at having to substantially change the story about how and why he was shot after the initial fog of war lifted. The administration also backed water on publishing photographs of his bloody corpse – a good call, in my humble: Those inclined towards conspiracy theories will cry “photoshop!” anyway, and there’s no reason to give the perpetually aggrieved set another bloody shirt to wave.

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Warship

By lex, on May 5th, 2011

Navy  is all set to commission its newest guided missile destroyer, and her crew will have a lot to live up to:

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