Is SWCC training open to men and women?
How many Navy SWCC operators are there?
There are about 755 active duty SWCC operators and about 50 Reserve SWCC.
Navy SWCC benefits?
In addition to SWCC leadership traits, SWCC receive a salary, medical and life insurance, education funding, travel and supply discounts, and more. These Navy SWCC benefits allow each SWCC to contribute to their community, family and country.
- Starting pay of up to $60,000
- Bonuses for becoming qualified and for re-enlisting
- Possible repayment of college loans
- Extra pay for diving, parachuting and demolitions
- 30 days vacation per year
- Medical and dental benefits
- Retirement after 20 years
- Tax free pay in combat zones
- Tax free allowances for housing and food
- Access to military facilities
Where are Navy SWCC duty stations?
On any given day, Navy SWCC are deployed in more than 30 countries around the world. The Navy's SWCC teams are based in:
Coronado, California; Special Boat Team 12 (SBT-12) is the West Coast team that does most of its training and missions on the 11 Meter Rigid-hull Inflatable Boat (RhIB). The RhIB is a high speed, high buoyancy, extreme weather craft with the primary mission of insertion and extraction of SEAL teams from enemy beaches.
Little Creek, Virginia; Naval Special Warfare Group Four, the parent command of all the Special Boat Teams, and Special Boat Team 20. SBT-20 is the East Coast team that does most of this it's training in the RIB, with emphasis on Maritime Craft Air Delivery System (MCADS), which involves parachuting a boat from a plane.
Stennis, Mississippi; Special Boat Team 22 (SBT-22) is the Navy's only Special Operations Riverine team. Their training is done on the Special Operations Craft-Riverine (SOC-R), which is a high-speed boat with ample weapons and equipment capacity. This boat has the ability to operate in waterways that are located well inland. The capacity of the boat allows for overwhelming firepower.
How many Special Boat Teams are there?
There are three Special Boat Teams one each in Coronado, California; Little Creek, Virginia; and Stennis, Mississippi.
What is an average day like for a SWCC operator?
There is no typical "day at the office". SWCC operators constantly learn, improve and refine their skills working with their teammates. Their office transcends international boundaries, the extremes of geography and the spectrum of conflict. A SWCC operator's day usually includes physical training to ensure they maintain peak fitness levels as well as whatever training and operations are required of their particular unit.
Do Navy SWCC have to kill people?
Sometimes. A Navy SWCC trains for war and fights to win. The execution of their duties is swift and violent when required.
How long does it take to train a Navy SWCC operator?
Training of a Navy SWCC operator takes about eight-and-a-half months after boot camp until the time comes to go to their first Special Boat Team.
When were Special Boat Teams started?
The Special Boat Teams trace their lineage to the Riverine operators in the Vietnam Conflct.
Is there an officer program for Navy SWCC operators?
Yes. Senior enlisted SWCC operators with years of experience can apply for a commission as a Chief Warrant Officer.
Of those who attempt SWCC training, how many are successful?
Each year, about 240 SWCC candidates start training. Although training success rates vary per class, usually about 120 candidates succeed each year. Candidates who have competitive Physical Screening Test scores are generally better prepared and therefore more likely to succeed than those who only meet the minimum requirements. To see the Physical Screening Test score requirements, visit our page on Navy SWCC general requirements.
If I want to become a Navy SWCC operator, what is my first step?
If you aren't in the military or if you're in a military branch other than the Navy, talk to your local Navy recruiter. If you are in the Navy, talk to your Command Career Counselor, leading petty officer or leading chief petty officer. You can also call the SEAL + SWCC Scout Team.