Navy SEAL Photo. Civilian Navy SEAL Application Steps


  • By U.S. Navy SEAL + SWCC Scout Team
    Posted May 13, 2016




Tell the recruiter you want to become a SEAL. Get your SEAL contract. During your initial meeting, you will be screened for basic Navy eligibility. The recruiter will ask questions about your education, age, citizenship, medical history and police background.

The first meeting might also include a practice ASVAB, the test used to determine mental aptitude for military service. The practice test is a 30-minute timed test and covers arithmetic reasoning, math knowledge, word knowledge and paragraph comprehension.

You can find your local recruiter by visiting

To prepare for your initial meeting with the recruiter, take the following documents with you:

  1. Birth certificate
  2. Social security card
  3. High school diploma
  4. A 10-year history of addresses where you've lived
  5. Name and address of employers for whom you've worked

For each item in the history, be prepared to provide:

  1. Three personal references with name, phone number and address
  2. Addresses of people who can verify the three references information

If you meet the basic requirements and do well on the practice ASVAB, the recruiter will put you in contact with the regional Naval Special Warfare/Special Operations Mentor or coordinator. Navy SEAL Mentor or coordinator will help guide you through Navy SEAL specific requirements and help you train for your PST. Mentors and coordinators will also be the ones to give you your Delayed Entry Program (DEP) qualifying PST.



The Navy contract will have a boot camp date on it, which will likely change once you get a SEAL contract. Until you have taken and passed a Physical Screening Test (PST), you can't receive a SEAL contract. Once you've signed your Navy contract, you'll be in the Delayed Entry Program (DEP), and your Special Warfare/Special Operations Mentor or coordinator will put you on a physical training regimen designed to help you prepare for the PST.

Your local recruiter will schedule you to:

  1. Take the ASVAB
  2. Get a physical
  3. Get a background screening at the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS)

Generally, after your ASVAB and physical, you may have to wait to receive a SEAL contract. During your wait time you'll be allowed to take the C-SORT and PST. If you qualify for SEAL, you'll need to accept a contract into the Navy, just as any other Navy job classification.

You will take the ASVAB the first day, you may also get a physical on that same day, or the next, which will include:

  1. Vision
  2. Hearing
  3. Range of motion
  4. Drug testing
  5. Medical history



A Navy recruiter will request a Special Warfare/Special Operations Mentor or coordinator to proctor your Physical Screening Test (PST). This test will show you can meet the minimum scores necessary to qualify for further training. You must reach a competitive PST score to be considered among the best and most qualified candidates to earn a SEAL contract.

Once you have taken and passed at least three competitive PSTs, your recruiter or Special Warfare/Special Operations Mentor or coordinator will submit your entire application package to Navy Recruiting Command. If you are selected, you will receive an offer for a SEAL contract. If you had a placeholder contract it will be replaced with a SEAL contract.

Follow the workout regimen dictated by your Special Warfare/Special Operations Mentor or coordinator. You will need to pass an additional PST 14 days before boot camp in order to keep your SEAL contract. Strong, committed physical preparation is key to maximizing your chance of success.

What is a Special Warfare/Special Operations Mentor?

Mentors are contracted by Navy Recruiting Command to assist recruiters with physically developing potential enlisted SEAL civilian candidates. They teach proper methods of working out to achieve maximum results on the Physical Screening Test. Once they are satisfied that a candidate exceeds requirements, they forward their endorsement to Recruiting Command and the candidate is considered for selection. They may provide some advice, but they are not legally obligated to train anyone who is not in the Navy's Delayed Entry Program or at least past the initial eligibility tests with a recruiter.

Working with a Special Warfare/Special Operations Mentor to get the best PST score you can

Some people are under the misunderstanding that SEAL mentors are some kind of personal trainer or counselor that is ready to help anyone who wants to be a SEAL before they've even seen a Navy recruiter. Not true.

Your Navy recruiter will assign you a Special Warfare/Special Operations Mentor. Special Warfare/Special Operations Mentors or coordinators are available to civilians only. The Mentor or coordinator will work with you to achieve the level of fitness required for a Navy SEAL contract.

You will be expected to achieve a PST score much higher than the minimum PST score in order to be considered among the best and most qualified SEAL candidates. Once you have earned your SEAL contract you will be given a new date to attend bootcamp.

Length of the SEAL contracting process

From start to finish the entire process to get a SEAL contract may take several months. High school age SEAL applicants should consider seeing a Navy recruiter during their senior year. If you're in college you should consider seeing a Navy recruiter as early as your junior year. Navy SEAL contracts are NOT offered at boot camp; you must ship with a contract in hand from your recruiting district.