All candidates interested in becoming a SEAL Officer must attend SEAL Officer Assessment and Selection (SOAS) held annually in Coronado, California during May through August. SOAS candidates will spend two weeks participating in a high stress physical, mental, behavioral, and psychological evaluation program to identify applicants embodying the attributes requisite for success as SEAL Officers.
SOAS involves an arduous physical screening regimen, psychological evaluations, behavioral assessments, and numerous team oriented activities in a competitive environment. Candidates from varied officer accession sources (Service Academies, ROTC Programs, and Civilian applicants who intend to commission through Officer Candidate School -OCS) will participate in SOAS side by side.
Deadlines for SOAS are found on the SEAL Officer Community Manager (OCM) important dates page.
Navy SEALs are physically fit, mentally sharp, mature and resilient. Those men who want to become a Navy SEAL Officer are screened to determine their potential to succeed in the community.
In addition to meeting the basic requirements for commissioning in the Navy, candidates interested in becoming SEALs must meet rigorous physical and mental requirements.
The physical fitness of a potential candidate is assessed using:
Physical Screening Test (PST)
PHYSICAL SCREENING TEST: ADMINISTERED BY NAVAL SPECIAL WARFARE
USE | PST CALCULATOR
To qualify for a commission, a prospective candidate must meet the minimum requirements. The qualifying PST must be administered by a Naval Special Warfare coordinator or mentor.
To receive orders to BUD/s, a candidate must pass the PST, submit an officer package through a Navy Officer recruiter either at the Naval Academy, Navy NROTC college or at your local Navy Recruiting District. The PST consists of:
500 yard swim - 10 minute rest
Maximum push-ups in 2 minutes - 2 minute rest
Maximum curl-ups in 2 minutes - 2 minute rest
Maximum pull-ups in 2 minutes - 10 minute rest
1.5 mile run - done in shorts and running shoes
|PHYSICAL SCREENING TEST
|Swim 500 yard breast or side stroke
|Run 1.5 miles
Prospective candidates can increase their chances of being selected for BUD/S and succeeding in training by having optimum PST scores. You can judge your current level of fitness by taking the PST Calculator.
OTHER REQUIREMENTS: OBTAIN SECRET CLEARANCE
VISION CORRECTION | PERMITTED
Applicants must be from 17 to 28 years old. Waivers for men ages 29 and 30 are available for highly qualified candidates. Men with prior enlisted service as SEALs who are seeking to become SEAL Officers can request waivers to age 33.
Must be correctable to 20/25. Uncorrected vision must be at least 20/70 in the worst eye and 20/40 in the best. Color blindness is disqualifying.
Candidates must be U.S. citizens.
In addition to the other requirements listed on this Web site, applicants must be able to obtain a Secret security clearance, be male and have no felonies involving drugs, weapons, violence or sex.
| Read more about SEAL Officer general req's on the SEAL + SWCC Training Forum.