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


The bulk of the content in this FAQ comes from our readers: you. Submissions sent to us over the years via Email, phone, fax, and even the U.S. mail are sifted by the Scout Team to find the most, you guessed it, frequently asked questions. The best and most common find their way here.

Do you encourage participation in commercial Navy SWCC training camps?

Naval Special Warfare is aware that there are "SWCC training camps" available in the commercial sector, some of which promote themselves as beneficial for candidates who are preparing for SWCC training.

While there are many different ways to prepare physically and mentally for the rigors of training, there is no affiliation between Naval Special Warfare and any of the "SWCC training camps" or "SWCC preparation programs" available commercially. None of these commercial programs are pre-requisites for SWCC training and NONE are endorsed by Naval Special Warfare or the United States Navy.

Is SWCC training open to men and women?


How many Navy SWCC operators are there?

There are about 755 active duty SWCC operators and about 50 Reserve SWCC.

Navy SWCC benefits?

In addition to SWCC leadership traits, SWCC receive a salary, medical and life insurance, education funding, travel and supply discounts, and more. These Navy SWCC benefits allow each SWCC to contribute to their community, family and country.

  1. Starting pay of up to $60,000
  2. Bonuses for becoming qualified and for re-enlisting
  3. Possible repayment of college loans
  4. Extra pay for diving, parachuting and demolitions
  5. 30 days vacation per year
  6. Medical and dental benefits
  7. Retirement after 20 years
  8. Tax free pay in combat zones
  9. Tax free allowances for housing and food
  10. Access to military facilities

Where are Navy SWCC duty stations?

On any given day, Navy SWCC are deployed in more than 30 countries around the world. The Navy's SWCC teams are based in:

  1. Coronado, California; Special Boat Team 12 (SBT-12) is the West Coast team that does most of its training and missions on the 11 Meter Rigid-hull Inflatable Boat (RhIB). The RhIB is a high speed, high buoyancy, extreme weather craft with the primary mission of insertion and extraction of SEAL teams from enemy beaches.

  2. Little Creek, Virginia; Naval Special Warfare Group Four, the parent command of all the Special Boat Teams, and Special Boat Team 20. SBT-20 is the East Coast team that does most of this it's training in the RIB, with emphasis on Maritime Craft Air Delivery System (MCADS), which involves parachuting a boat from a plane.

  3. Stennis, Mississippi; Special Boat Team 22 (SBT-22) is the Navy's only Special Operations Riverine team. Their training is done on the Special Operations Craft-Riverine (SOC-R), which is a high-speed boat with ample weapons and equipment capacity. This boat has the ability to operate in waterways that are located well inland. The capacity of the boat allows for overwhelming firepower.

How many Special Boat Teams are there?

There are three Special Boat Teams one each in Coronado, California; Little Creek, Virginia; and Stennis, Mississippi.

What is an average day like for a SWCC operator?

There is no typical "day at the office". 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.

Do Navy SWCC have to kill people?

Sometimes. A Navy SWCC trains for war and fights to win. The execution of their duties is swift and violent when required.

How long does it take to train a Navy SWCC operator?

Training of a Navy SWCC operator takes about eight-and-a-half months after boot camp until the time comes to go to their first Special Boat Team.

When were Special Boat Teams started?

The Special Boat Teams trace their lineage to the Riverine operators in the Vietnam Conflct.

Is there an officer program for Navy SWCC operators?

Yes. Senior enlisted SWCC operators with years of experience can apply for a commission as a Chief Warrant Officer.

Of those who attempt SWCC training, how many are successful?

Each year, about 240 SWCC candidates start training. Although training success rates vary per class, usually about 120 candidates succeed each year. Candidates who have competitive Physical Screening Test scores are generally better prepared and therefore more likely to succeed than those who only meet the minimum requirements. To see the Physical Screening Test score requirements, visit our page on Navy SWCC general requirements.

If I want to become a Navy SWCC operator, 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 or leading chief petty officer. You can also call the SEAL + SWCC Scout Team.

What if my Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) score is not high enough?

If you are not in the Navy, you will have to work with your recruiter to study for and re-take the ASVAB. If you are a Fleet candidate, Navy College offers ASVAB preparation courses you can take while you arrange a re-test with your career counselor. You may be eligible for a waiver if you are a particularly strong candidate and your ASVAB score is close to the minimum.

Specifically, you will not receive a waiver if your Mechanical Comprehension (MC) score is less than the minimum. If your line score is less than the minimum and you are not in the Navy, you will need to work with your Navy recruiter to seek a waiver through Navy Recruiting Command.

Waivers are granted on a case-by-case basis. They will look at the applicant's Physical Screening Test scores and the strength of the overall application package to make the determination. If you are already in the Navy, submit your transfer package. It will be evaluated by the SWCC detailer who will make a recommendation to the NSW Enlisted Community Manager who will make the determination.

What's the max ASVAB score waiver?

Overall score waivers are granted on a case-by-case basis.

Can I receive a waiver if I am over 30?

Yes. Waivers are available for highly qualified candidates. However, they are very rare.

Can I get a visual acuity waiver?

No. Due to the nature of the work done by Navy SWCC, visual acuity requirements are not waiverable.

Is there a color-blindness waiver?

Yes, under very limited circumstances. Talk with your Navy recruiter.

Do I need to purchase special equipment before attending SWCC training?

No. SWCC candidates are supplied with everything they need. However, you may find it useful to become accustomed to swimming with fins.

Do I need to learn to SCUBA dive before attending SWCC training?


What boots are issued at training?

Currently, Bates 922 series boots are issued.

Can you recommend a pre-BCS workout regimen?

Yes. You're encouraged to use the Download the Naval Special Warfare Physical Training Guide (PTG). The PTG is an invaluable 26 week training guide to help you succeed the rigors of BCT. It was created by the Naval Special Warfare Center.



Do I need to have a command approved Special Request Chit to apply for the SWCC program?

No, but it is highly recommended. The NAVPERS 1336-3 Special Request CHIT (SRC) is used to inform your chain of command of your intentions. The submission of a Special Request Chit is a command requirement but not a Navy one.

Please check with your Command Career Counselor for your command's policy. For more information about the Special Request Chit, review your Navy Personnel Manual: Special Request/Authorization NAVPERS 1336/3 (Rev. 9-75) SIN 106-LF-063-8633.

Do I have to reenlist before I transfer to the Naval Special Warfare Center for BCS? Even if my End of Active Obligated Service falls within 6 months of the date I am supposed to transfer?

No, but you do have to extend to train and then obligate to serve 36 months upon completion of training. The length and type of extension or re-enlistment will depend upon your particular circumstances; however, you will need to have an in-rate Perform-To-Serve application approved and a conditional Perform-To-Serve application to convert to the SWCC program. Perform to serve is a computer program used by sailors to stay in the Navy.

If I am already in the Navy and I am going to attend SWCC training, am I eligible for a Special Warfare Boat contract bonus?

No. There is a Selective Re-enlistment Bonus for in-fleet candidates who are eligible after they complete training and are assigned to a Special Boat Team. Enlistment bonuses are for future Sailors on first-time enlistment into the Navy for a specific rating.

Will I lose my Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) and Basic Allowance for Subsistence (BAS) while I am at SWCC training?

You will receive Permanent Change of Station orders when you transfer to SWCC training. No one in training is authorized Basic Allowance for Subsistence (BAS) because they are assigned meal cards. Single enlisted Sailors who transfer from outside the greater San Diego area are not authorized Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH). They will be assigned to the barracks.

Un-married candidates transferring to SWCC training from the San Diego area who have lease agreements can request to have BAH continued upon their arrival at training. Married candidates will continue to receive BAH whether their family is here or not.

The Navy SEAL + SWCC Scout Team is the authoritative voice for Naval Special Warfare training and heritage. It is our mission to explain the training and selection process, requirements, standards, and accomplishments peculiar to Naval Special Warfare.

Where is the SEAL + SWCC Scout Team?

The SEAL + SWCC Scout Team is in:

  1. Coronado, California
  2. Little Creek, Virginia


West Coast SEAL + SWCC Scout Team

SEAL + SWCC Scout Team
Naval Amphibious Base Coronado
2446 Trident Way, Building #401
San Diego, CA 92155

Open Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, closed for federal holidays.



East Coast SEAL + SWCC Scout Team

SEAL + SWCC Scout Team
Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek (JEB Little Creek)
1820 Gator Boulevard
Virginia Beach, VA 23459
NAB Pool Building #3856

Open Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, closed for federal holidays.

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

Mentors are contracted by Navy Recruiting Command to assist recruiters with physically developing potential enlisted SWCC 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.