Posted on May 15, 2006
It’s not so very hard to get in –
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.
Staying in, now that’s a bit different. That can be harder. From the linked SF Chron article:
Seal class No. 259 entered Phase I training with 177 members fresh from Indoc and then added 11 more members. These 11 were recycled from previous SEAL classes — usually due to their need for time to recover from injuries sustained amid training. Of this total of 188 recruits, 121 remained in class by the start of Hell Week. When Hell Week ended May 5, only 75 members were left.
Still, you get to wear that ginormous warfare pin. Other benefits include travelling to exotic, far-away climes, where you get to meet fascinating people. And kill them.
Oh yes, and dental. They also get dental.
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