There is no typical "day at the office". Sea, Air, Land (SEAL) and Special Warfare Combat Crewman (SWCC) operators constantly learn, improve and refine their skills working with their teammates. Their office transcends international boundaries, the extremes of geography and the spectrum of conflict. A SWCC operator's day usually includes physical training to ensure they maintain peak fitness levels as well as whatever training and operations are required of their particular unit.
SWCC and SEAL operators spend a great deal of time training for war and deploying overseas. The training and operational tempo can be high, but operators do have room in their busy schedules for family time, including 30 days of leave per year.
SEALs are usually assigned to homeports at Naval Base Coronado, CA and Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek/Fort Story, VA. Additional locations oversea are also available.
SWCC are assigned to Naval Base Coronado, CA and Little Creek/Fort Story, VA as well as Stennis, MS. Further assignments are applied per needs of the Navy, Special Operations Command, and Combatant Commanders.
SWCC operate a variety of small boats and craft, including the SOC-R (Special Operations Craft – Riverine), and three types of Combat Craft (Assault, Medium, and Heavy). SEALs employ the mini-submersible SDV (SEAL Delivery Vehicle) and CRRC (Combat Rubber Raiding Craft). SEALs also operate a variety of land-based ground mobility vehicles, including the armored HMMWV (High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle).
SEAL and SWCC operators are trained on a variety of small arms and heavy weapons, including pistols, rifles, machine guns, sniper rifles, rocket and missile launchers, grenades and explosives, but the most valuable weapons system is the operator.
Both SWCC and SEAL operators are required to maintain a minimum security clearance of Secret. Background security investigations are conducted by agents of DCSA (Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency). The process may include a personal interview of the candidate, family members and contacts along with a questionnaire. A credit bureau report and criminal background investigation are part of the process. Felonies, high credit risk due to substantial debt, foreign contacts and other factors may pose a challenge to obtaining a clearance. Applicants may address questions to their recruiters or chain of command as appropriate.
See the steps on how to apply to become a SEAL or SWCC. For additional questions about how to become a SEAL or SWCC, see the Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Enlisted Community Manager website or NSW Officer Community Manager website.
Navy SEAL and SWCC operators are paid twice a month and receive health care for themselves and family members, low-cost life insurance, and many other benefits. Bonuses and special pays may apply in addition to basic pay and allowances. The Navy offers financial assistance for College Loan repayment, Undergraduate Degree Programs and Graduate Degree Programs. These benefits allow each operator to contribute to their community, family and country. Here’s a quick summary:
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