OTHER/PRIOR SERVICE: NAVY SEAL APPLICATION STEPS
By U.S. Navy SEAL + SWCC Scout Team
Posted May 13, 2016
.STEP 1: REQUEST A STATEMENT OF SERVICE (DD-214)
About 60 days before you separate from the military branch in which you currently serve, request a statement of service from your current command. This statement will include dates of active duty service and may include multiple enlistments, breaks in service, changes in grade and other information related to your service.
.STEP 2: VISIT A NAVY RECRUITER
About 45 days before you separate from the military branch in which you currently serve, visit a Navy recruiter. Tell him or her that you want to join the Navy to become a SEAL. The local recruiter should be able to tell you if the Navy is currently accepting those who have prior military experience into the SEAL program. If the Navy is, the recruiter will put you in contact with the local Special Warfare/Special Operations Mentor or coordinator.
During your initial meeting with the recruiter, take the following documents with you:
- Statement of service (DD-214)
- Birth certificate
- Social security card
- High school diploma
- A 10-year history of addresses where you've lived
For each item in the history, be prepared to provide:
- Three personal references with name, phone number and address
- Addresses of people who can verify the three references information
.STEP 3: SEPARATE FROM YOUR CURRENT BRANCH OF SERVICE
There are no inter-service options for enlisted personnel. Once you have separated from the military, the recruiter will help you begin the process of joining the Navy. While your recruiter helps you with your basic Navy requirements, the Special Warfare/Special Operations Mentor or coordinator will help you with the Naval Special Warfare specific requirements.
.STEP 4: GO TO THE MILITARY ENTRANCE PROCESSING STATION
Your local recruiter will schedule you to go to the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS). While at MEPS, you will find out if you pass the initial eligibility to become a Navy SEAL. If your military entrance scores don't qualify you for the SEAL program, you may need to retake the ASVAB. You will also undergo a general health physical screening.
.STEP 5: SCHEDULE TO TAKE AN OFFICIAL PHYSICAL SCREENING TEST
Your recruiter will schedule your official Physical Screening Test (PST) with your Naval Special Warfare/Special Operations Mentor or coordinator. Once that's done and you've passed your official PST you will receive a "Page 13" - a change in service record document. The "Page 13" is generated by either the Navy Recruiting District or your Naval Special Warfare/Special Operations Mentor or coordinator. The "Page 13" must be taken to MEPS for inclusion in your package. Once you have submitted the "Page 13" for your package, you are done until you are contacted by your local recruiter.
.STEP 6: GET YOUR SEAL CONTRACT
If you've met all the requirements to become a SEAL and are selected for Naval Special Warfare, your recruiter will contact you to schedule another visit to MEPS. You'll receive your SEAL contract from MEPS, which is typically a six-year enlistment. Your new contract will identify what rank you'll be upon entering the Navy.
Once you have signed your SEAL contract, you'll be in the Delayed Entry Program (DEP), and your Naval Special Warfare/Special Operations Mentor or coordinator will put you on a physical training regimen designed to help you prepare for your final PST and Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training (BUD/S).
You will need to pass one more PST 14 days before you leave for Navy indoctrination at the Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Illinois. After the indoctrination is complete, you'll begin Naval Special Warfare training at the Naval Special Warfare Preparatory School in Great Lakes, Illinois.