BE SOMEONE SPECIAL

HOW TO APPLY

ABANDON SELF, EMBRACE TEAM

ENLISTED SEAL OR SWCC

Welcome to the clandestine world of Special Warfare, where only the toughest and most adaptable earn the coveted Navy SEAL or SWCC warfare devices. If you take the challenge, we’ll test your mental and physical limits. You’ll know what teamwork really means as we demand everything you’ve got – and more. Get ready for the hardest training the United States military has to offer. Do you have what it takes?


Navy SEAL
ENLISTED SEAL OR SWCC

CIVILIAN AND PRIOR SERVICE APPLICATION STEPS

There's three steps you need to take to become a SEAL or SWCC. Prior service members should follow these same application steps. The first step starts with a visit to your local Navy recruiter. Becoming an enlisted SEAL or SWCC is not about becoming an officer.

Navy SEAL
ENLISTED SEAL OR SWCC

ACTIVE DUTY APPLICATION STEPS

You may apply up to but no later than nine months prior to Projected Rotation Dates (PRD) and six months prior to End of Active Obligated Service (EAOS). Considerations are made every quarter. Contact NSWAC to schedule your PST and Exhibit 2 interview.

Navy SEAL
ENLISTED SEAL OR SWCC

NAVY RESERVE APPLICATION STEPS

Candidates for SEAL reserve duty must already be an active duty SEAL. Candidates for SWCC reserve duty must meet the in-fleet requirements listed in PDF  MILPERSMAN 1220-400. Designated SWCC operators should contact the NSW Group 11 Reserve Coordinator.

LEAD THE BEST FROM THE FRONT

SEAL OFFICER

Every team needs a leader. Someone who will get the job done, no matter what stands in the way. A thinker, an organizer, a stand-up warrior to lead an elite team in the most dangerous missions. We need the best of the best, an example for our teams to follow to the ends of the earth. If that’s you, the only job you’ll accept is SEAL officer. It won’t be easy, but if you’re the right person for the job, you wouldn’t want it any other way.


Navy SEAL
SEAL OFFICER

CIVILIAN APPLICATION STEPS

If you're interested in becoming a SEAL officer, begin the application process by completing the fillable form PDF  NAVPERS 1210-9 Prospective Naval Special Warfare Officer Data Card. When you're a civilian college student and not enrolled in a SEAL officer commissioning program you start your accession process with a Navy recruiter. Prospective NROTC students must apply separately to both: Civilian colleges and the NROTC program itself.

Navy SEAL
SEAL OFFICER

ACTIVE DUTY APPLICATION STEPS

The holistic approach to SEAL officer selection starts with Naval Special Warfare conducting an annual officer accession selection panel. Leadership potential is the most sought after trait. Honor and integrity are indispensable, and the highest levels of physical fitness are expected. Academic achievement, with an emphasis on foreign language skills (Arabic, Farsi, Pashtu, Dari, French), regional expertise, and cultural knowledge and experience are highly valued.

Navy SEAL
SEAL OFFICER

ASSESSMENT AND SELECTION PROCESS

SEAL Officer Assessment and Selection (SOAS) provides an opportunity for SEAL officer candidates to be assessed against their peers in an equitable training environment, regardless of accession source. Civilians, midshipmen and cadets must attend SOAS to be considered by the SEAL Officer Selection Panel unless specifically waived by Naval Special Warfare Program Management (OPNAV N137). Officers seeking lateral and inter-service transfer should make every effort to attend SOAS.