Before being designated as a Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewman, a candidate is tested and prepared throughout SWCC instruction. The goal of instruction is to produce the highest quality maritime warrior who can adapt to missions in any environment. Historically, SWCC operators have worked mostly in coastal and river areas, but their missions at times may include non-maritime environments.
STAGE 1: NAVAL SPECIAL WAREFARE PREP SCHOOL (NSW PREP)
8 WEEKS | GREAT LAKES, IL
The training curriculum begins at the Naval Special Warfare Preparatory School (NSW Prep) in Great Lakes, Illinois.
The two-month training period begins with a Physical Screening Test. The goal: Improve the candidates' physical readiness for the rigorous activity they will face at Basic Crewman Training (BCT).
The NSW Prep ends with a modified Physical Screening Test (PST). The test is a 1000-meter swim, push-ups, pull-ups, sit-ups and a four-mile run.
The minimum standards for this expanded test are as follows:
1000-meter swim - with fins (22 minutes and 30 seconds or under)
Push-ups: at least 50 (Two-minute time limit)
Pull-ups: at least 7 (Two-minute time limit)
Curl-ups: at least 60 (Two-minute time limit)
Three-mile run - with shoes + pants (24 minutes or under)
Candidates who don't pass the longer, more intense test are removed from training and reclassified to other jobs in the Navy.
The NSW Prep utilizes Recruit Training Command pools, indoor and outdoor tracks and other facilities in and around Naval Station Great Lakes. Its staff and curriculum are under the Naval Special Warfare Center.
STAGE 2: NSW ORIENTATION - AN INTRODUCTION TO BASIC CREWMAN TRAINING (BCT)
3 WEEKS | SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA
SWCC Orientation formally introduces candidates to Naval Special Warfare and the Basic Crewman Training lifestyle. During orientation, SWCC instructors familiarize candidates with all aspects of physical training including running, swimming, push-ups, sit-ups, pull-ups, and the obstacle course. Candidates learn SWCC history and basic skills that they will be required to hone throughout the remaining courses.
STAGE 3: BASIC CREWMAN TRAINING (BCT)
7 WEEKS | SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA
During Basic Crewman Training, candidates are trained, developed and assessed. The focus of this course is on physical conditioning, water competency, teamwork and mental tenacity. Candidates run, swim and do calisthenics. They will participate in weekly timed runs, obstacle course evolutions, and swims in the pool, bay, and ocean. The intensity of candidate performance increases each week.
SWCC candidates learn basic navigation and small boat seamanship. The ultimate test of the candidates’ physical and mental fortitude comes during “The Tour” - a three-day training period during which students apply skills, teamwork, and mental tenacity in various weather conditions - all with limited sleep. This course develops intelligent and highly motivated candidates who will perform under the most demanding conditions. Candidates advance to Crewmen Qualification Training upon completion of BCT.
STAGE 4: CREWMAN QUALIFICATION TRAINING (CQT)
17 WEEKS | SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA
In this phase candidates advance to intermediate levels of seamanship and navigation and are introduced to various weapons and communications systems. Candidates become proficient in marksmanship, seamanship, maritime navigation, communications, engineering, waterborne patrolling, mobility and combat casualty care. They also receive an introduction into the Naval Special Warfare Mission Planning Cycle, where they prepare, plan, brief, and execute an NSW mission. Candidates also attend the NSW Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape course. Physical training during CQT continues to increase in preparation for the requirements of the operational Special Boat Teams, which they will join once they complete the course.
Before graduating, candidates also attend SERE training:
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