CIVILIAN/PRIOR SERVICE ENLISTED SEAL OR SWCC APPLICATION STEPS

By: Naval Special Warfare
Posted: March 4, 2020


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STEP 1: VISIT YOUR LOCAL NAVY RECRUITER

Tell your recruiter you want to become a SEAL or SWCC. During your initial meeting, you'll be screened for basic Navy eligibility. Your recruiter will ask questions about your education, age, citizenship, medical history and legal background.

To prepare for your initial meeting with your 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
  6. Prior service applicants should bring their DD 214 Statement of Service

Active duty Marines, Army and Air Force/Prior Service Navy

There are no inter-service transfer options for enlisted personnel. About 60 days before you separate from the military branch in which you currently serve, request a statement of service from your current command. This statement will include dates of active duty service and may include multiple enlistments, breaks in service, changes in grade and other information related to your service. Then see a Navy recruiter and tell them you will soon be an Other Service Veteran (OSVET), or in the case of a prior service Sailor, you will be a Navy Veteran (NAVET). Once you have separated from the military, the Navy recruiter will help you begin the process of joining the Navy and earning a SEAL or SWCC contract.

STEP 2: MILITARY ENTRANCE PROCESSING STATION

Your recruiter will schedule you to go to the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) for a general health screening and ASVAB test. If you pass everything, you will agree to enter the Navy Delayed Entry Program (DEP) and may be offered an enlistment contract for a non-special warfare job. This is a back-up plan should you fail to earn a special operations contract and still want to join the Navy. You may voluntarily opt out of the enlistment process at any time until you leave for recruit training.

STEP 3: TAKE THE PHYSICAL SCREENING TEST

If you meet the basic requirements and do well on the ASVAB, your recruiter will put you in contact with the regional Naval Special Warfare Mentor near you.

A Naval Special Warfare Mentor is someone contracted by Navy Recruiting Command to assist recruiters with physically developing potential enlisted SEAL or SWCC civilian candidates and proctoring the Physical Screening Test (PST). A Naval Special Warfare Mentor will not train anyone who hasn’t passed the initial eligibility tests with their recruiter. Naval Special Warfare Mentor's help civilian applicants only.

STEP 4: EARN A CONTRACT

From start to finish the entire process to earn your SEAL or SWCC contract may take several months. High school age SEAL or SWCC applicants should consider seeing a Navy recruiter during their senior year to begin the process. If you're in college you should consider seeing a Navy recruiter as early as your junior year.

After you've taken and passed at least three competitive PST's, your Naval Special Warfare Mentor will submit your application package to Navy Recruiting Command. Prior Service (NAVET/OSVET) candidates will also have their applications reviewed by the Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Enlisted Community Manager to ensure it meets the needs of the NSW community.

If you're selected, you'll receive an offer for a SEAL or SWCC contract. If you had a non-special warfare contract for DEP, it will be replaced with a SEAL or SWCC contract. You'll need to pass an additional PST 14 days before attending Navy recruit training in order to keep your SEAL or SWCC contract.

PST STANDARDS FOR BUD/S OR BCS

ENLISTED SEAL
Exercise Time Rest Average Minimum
Swim 500 yards (breast or sidestroke) Unlimited 10:00 minutes 9:30 12:30
Push-up 2:00 minutes 2:00 minutes 75 50
Curl-up 2:00 minutes 2:00 minutes 75 50
Pull-up 2:00 minutes 2:00 minutes 15 10
Run 1.5 miles Unlimited Event over 9:30 10:30
Use the SEAL PST Calculator to find out if you've got what it takes to join NSW.

SWCC
Exercise Time Rest Average Minimum
Swim 500 yards (breast or sidestroke) Unlimited 10:00 minutes 10:00 13:00
Push-up 2:00 minutes 2:00 minutes 70 50
Curl-up 2:00 minutes 2:00 minutes 70 50
Pull-up 2:00 minutes 2:00 minutes 10 06
Run 1.5 miles Unlimited Event over 10:00 12:00
Use the SWCC PST Calculator to find out if you've got what it takes to join NSW.

AGE

SEAL

  1. Between 17-28 years old
  2. Arrive at bootcamp no later than your 29th birthday
  3. Exceptions may be considered if you have prior special operations experience or special skills, such as foreign languages

SWCC

  1. Between 17-30 years old
  2. Arrive at bootcamp no later than your 31st birthday
  3. Exceptions may be considered if you have prior special operations experience or special skills, such as foreign languages

GENDER

SEAL and SWCC training is open to anyone who can meet the standards.

CITIZENSHIP

You must be a U.S. citizen to become a SEAL or SWCC. Non-citizens with permanent residency status may join the Navy and apply for conversion to SEAL or SWCC training after at least two years of service at your first command.

Foreigners must legally immigrate to the United States and renounce native citizenship. Dual citizenship is not allowed. Enlistment into the U.S. Navy, or any branch of the U.S. military, by citizens of countries other than the United States is limited to those foreign nationals who are legally residing in the United States and possess an Immigration and Naturalization Service Alien Registration Card (INS Form I-151/551 commonly known as a "Green Card").

You must speak, read and write English fluently. The U.S. military branches can't assist you in obtaining entry into the United States. The U.S. government agency which is responsible for immigration and naturalization is the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service. If you have immigration questions contact your local U.S. Embassy.

BRAINS

The military has an admissions test, just like colleges have the SAT or ACT. We call ours the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, or ASVAB. It has several sections, each focusing on a different aspect, such as math, reading, and mechanical comprehension. This is how the Navy classifies you as competent for various jobs. A Navy recruiter will explain the details, but the standard is different for SEAL and SWCC applicants.

To qualify for SEAL, you must score at least one of the following on the ASVAB:

  1. GS + MC + EI = a minimum score of 170 (GS and EI are waiverable up to three points each, MC is not waiverable)
  2. VE + MK + MC + CS = a minimum score of 220 (VE, MK and CS are waiverable up to three points each, MC is not waiverable)
  3. VE + AR = a minimum score of 110 (VE and AR are waiverable up to three points each) + MC = a minimum score of 50 (not waiverable)

To qualify for SWCC, you must score at least one of the following on the ASVAB:

  1. VE + AR = a minimum score of 103 (VE and AR are waiverable up to three points each) + MC = a minimum score of 51 (not waiverable)

Some high schools administer the ASVAB test, but you can get a practice test and study guide online. Active duty candidates can find ASVAB resources at the local Navy College office. Waivers are granted on a case-by-case basis. Your PST scores and the strength of your overall application will be used to make a determination of eligibility. If you're already in the Navy, submit your conversion package. Your package will be evaluated by the SEAL Enlisted Community Manager.

HEALTH

You must be in excellent health to endure the rigors of special operations training and missions. You'll fill out a medical questionnaire to determine your eligibility. Waivers may be possible for some conditions, past or present. Your recruiter will let you know. Examples:

Vision

You must see at least 20/40 in your best eye and 20/70 in your worst eye to qualify. Eye surgery is at your own expense and must be done prior to applying. LASIK, LASEK, or PRK are acceptable. Lens implants are not. Color blindness is disqualifying, but a certain amount of color deficiency may be acceptable.

Past injuries/surgeries

You may be required to provide medical documentation or submit to an examination to determine if they are waiverable.

Allergies

Most are disqualifying, including food allergies. Your recruiter will answer your questions.

HAIR

It doesn’t matter what your hair looks like before you enter the Navy, but we require all candidates, regardless of gender, to maintain a 1/8" length hair cut throughout Naval Special Warfare training.

MORAL CHARACTER

NSW operators must be of the highest moral character in order to be the Special Operations Force that America expects. As a Navy Sailor you will be required to memorize the Sailor's Creed. As a SEAL you will learn the SEAL Ethos. A SWCC will learn the SWCC Creed.

As a SEAL or SWCC candidates, you must pass a background check and qualify to earn a secret security clearance. Applicants with felony records are not accepted, but some misdemeanors and traffic citations may be accepted. Past illicit drug usage may be waiverable. See your local Navy recruiter to discuss your legal record.