Is SEAL training open to men and women?
How many SEAL Teams are there?
There are nine active duty SEAL Teams - four on both the East and West Coast and one SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team. There are also two Reserve SEAL Teams made up of SEALs who have served on active duty and want to continue their service in the teams after they leave active duty.
Navy SEAL benefits?
In addition to SEAL leadership traits, SEALs receive a salary, medical and life insurance, education funding, travel and supply discounts, and more. These Navy SEAL benefits allow each SEAL 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
Qualified SEALs can choose from hundreds of training courses that develop an operator's knowledge base and technical skills. The following are just some of the training available to SEAL operators during their career:
- Combat medic training
- Sniper school
- Language training
- Parachuting jumpmaster qualification
- Dive supervisor qualification
- Personal defense
- Advanced marksmanship training
- Intelligence analysis
- Military performance driving
Where are Navy SEAL duty stations?
On any given day, Navy SEALs are deployed in more than 30 countries around the world. The Navy's SEAL teams are based in:
Coronado, California; Home of the Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Command, the command that provides vision, leadership, doctrinal guidance, resources and oversight to all Navy SEALs. Coronado is also home to the Naval Special Warfare Center, which runs the SEAL training curriculum, as well as NSW Group 1, which oversees SEAL Teams 1, 3, 5 and 7.
NSW Group 3, which commands NSW undersea forces, is also in Coronado, as is NSW Group 11, which controls all NSW Reservists. One of NSW Group 11's SEAL Teams, Reserve SEAL Team 17, is also there.
Virginia Beach, Virginia; Home to Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Group 2 and its SEAL Teams 2, 4, 8 and 10. SEAL Team Eighteen, a Reserve unit, and NSW Group 4 are also located at Virginia Beach. NSW Group 4 is responsible for all of NSW's special boat teams.
- Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; Home of the Navy's only SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team. The command conducts underwater delivery and insertion of SEALs using flooded mini-submarines.
What's an average day like for a Navy SEAL?
There is no typical "day at the office" for a Navy SEAL. SEALs constantly learn, improve and refine skills working with their teammates. Their office transcends not only the elements of the Sea, Air, and Land, but also international boundaries, the extremes of geography and the spectrum of conflict. A SEAL's day usually includes physical training to ensure they are kept at a peak fitness level as well as whatever training or operations that are required of their particular unit.
Do Navy SEALs have to kill people?
Sometimes. Navy SEALs train for war and fight to win. The execution of their duties is swift and violent when required.
How long does it take to train a Navy SEAL?
Training of a Navy SEAL takes at least a year and a half from boot camp until the time they are ready to go to a SEAL Team. Once at a SEAL Team, they usually have an additional year or more of training prior to their first deployment. Even then, a SEAL's training is not complete, they continue to hone and enhance their skills throughout their career.
When were SEAL Teams started?
Responding to President John F. Kennedy's desire for the services to develop an unconventional warfare capability, the U.S. Navy established SEAL Teams One and Two in January of 1962.
Is there an officer program for Navy SEALs?
Yes. SEAL candidates interested in becoming Navy SEAL Officers must be commissioned through one of three sources - the U.S. Naval Academy, Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps or Officer Candidate School. For information on how to become a SEAL through one of these programs, go to our page on how to become a SEAL Officer.
How many SEAL candidates make it through BUD/S?
Each year about 1,000 SEAL candidates start SEAL training. Although training success rates vary per class, usually about 200-250 SEAL candidates succeed each year. Candidates who have Physical Screening Test scores below 827 are three times more likely to succeed at BUD/S than those who only meet the minimum requirements. Go to Navy SEAL general requirements to find out what's involved in becoming a SEAL.
If I want to join the Navy to become a Navy SEAL 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 (LPO) or Leading Chief Petty Officer (LCPO). You can also call the SEAL + SWCC Scout Team.