Contact the SEAL/SWCC technical advisors listed at the bottom of the NSWECM Resources web page.
All SEAL candidates must be 28 or less prior to arriving at the Naval Special Warfare Preparatory School (NSWPREP). Candidates aged 29 or 30 will be considered for a waiver if they meet the needs of the community.
All SWCC candidates must be 30 or less prior to arriving at NSWPREP. Candidates aged 31 or 32 will be considered for a waiver if they meet the needs of the community.
All SEAL or SWCC training is open to anyone who can meet the standards.
Candidates must be U.S. citizens.
The military has an admissions test, just like colleges have the SAT or ACT. We call ours the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, or ASVAB. It has several sections, each focusing on a different aspect, such as math, reading, and mechanical comprehension. This is how the Navy classifies you as competent for various jobs. A Navy recruiter will explain the details, but the standard is different for SEAL and SWCC applicants.
To qualify for SEAL, you must score at least one of the following on the ASVAB:
GS + MC + EI = a minimum score of 170 (GS and EI are waiverable up to three points each, MC is not waiverable)
VE + MK + MC + CS = a minimum score of 220 (VE, MK and CS are waiverable up to three points each, MC is not waiverable)
VE + AR = a minimum score of 110 (VE and AR are waiverable up to three points each) + MC = a minimum score of 50 (not waiverable)
To qualify for SWCC, you must score at least one of the following on the ASVAB:
VE + AR = a minimum score of 103 (VE and AR are waiverable up to three points each) + MC = a minimum score of 51 (not waiverable)
What if my ASVAB score isn't high enough?
Navy College offers ASVAB preparation courses you can take while you arrange a re-test with your career counselor. Your Physical Screening Test (PST) scores and the strength of your overall application will be used to make a determination of eligibility.
Your PST scores and the strength of your overall application will be used to make a determination of eligibility. If you're already in the Navy, submit your conversion package. It will be evaluated by the NSWECM who will make the final determination.
Color blindness or color deficiency is disqualifying. Eyesight must be correctable to 20/25 with lenses. If your vision is worse than 20/25 but at least 20/40 in your best eye, and 20/70 in your worst eye, and you can correct it to 20/25 with lenses, then you qualify. If not, you may require eye surgery. Lasik, Lasek, or PRK are acceptable.
You may be required to provide medical documentation or submit to an examination to determine if they are waiverable.
Most are disqualifying, including food allergies.
In accordance with NSW policy, all candidates, regardless of gender, will maintain a 1/8" length hair cut throughout NSW training.
All NSW operators must be of the highest moral character in order to be the Special Operations Force that America expects. As a Navy Sailor you will be required to memorize the Sailor's Creed. As a SEAL you will learn the SEAL Ethos. A SWCC will learn the SWCC Creed.