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Navy SEALs
“Reach Beyond your Limits”
Navy SEALs conduct clandestine missions from the sea, air and land.
The Job
SEALs missions include counter- terrorism operations, special reconnaissance, direct action operations and clandestine/unconventional warfare.
Work Environment
SEAL teams train in a wide diversity of environments from desert, urban, mountain, woodland, jungle and arctic.
College Majors
Enlisted careers require a high school education, while Officers receive their commissions after earning a four-year or higher college degree.
Minimum Qualifications
By law, only men are eligible to apply for the SEAL program. You must have: uncorrected vision no worse than 20/200 in both eyes, minimum Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) score, 18-28 years old, pass a diving physical examination, and complete the Physical Screening Test.
Personality traits helpful for this career
SEALS are truly silent professionals with razor-sharp precision, who possess uncompromising standards with unwavering loyalty and teamwork.
Quick Facts
  • A typical SEAL mission could involve insertion into an objective by parachute, submarine, helicopter, high-speed boat, foot patrol or by a combat swimmer insertion.
  • SEALs are also capable of operating a variety of high-tech, specialized equipment.
  • Most deployments last 6 to 8 months.
  • The SEAL program consists of more than 12 months of initial training - followed by an additional 18 months of pre-deployment training.
  • And intensive specialized training designed to push you to your physical and mental limits - again and again.
Compensation and Outlook
The earnings structure for military personnel is shown in table 4. Most enlisted personnel started as recruits at Grade E-1 in 2009; however, those with special skills or above-average education started as high as Grade E-4. Most warrant officers started at Grade W-1 or W-2, depending upon their occupational and academic qualifications and the branch of service of which they were a member, but warrant officer typically is not an entry-level occupation and, consequently, most of these individuals
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Shawn Johnson
11/25/2009 1:23:46 A
SEAL Team is truly a brotherhood or the world's most elite warriors. I am humbled to be in the presence of such warriors everyday. SEALs are comprised of <1% of the U.S Navy total force, and less than <1% of that figure are ALL minorities in the SEAL Teams. In today's world of global pursuit in combating terrorism, the SEAL Teams are looking for the best and brightest applicants with diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds. Standing ready to neutralize the threat of terrorism around
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