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Have any of you been a Navy Seal?

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Unread 03-24-2011, 05:11 PM
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Re: Have any of you been a Navy Seal?

Go to You Tube and watch "two weeks in Hell"

YouTube - Two Weeks in Hell (Part 1 of 9)
And then watch

See if you think his shoulder will hold up. Watch the log drills! In part 1 look at the instructor-- he is just as skinny as I was.

There is an extreme amount of psychological testing to include darkness, claustrophobia etc. Any mental phobia that would keep you from 100% efficiency is looked for, including a imprisonment/torture phase.

The attrition rate is 60+%. Then you are in a infantry slot for the duration of your enlistment contract if you don't make it. Nothing wrong with infantry as I am as proud of that as any other dodad I have.

Two benefits is that we are really good at staying alive in extremely dangerous situations and we know very well what grade of steel our spine is made from. As a father the first benefit is important to me. As an old geezer I wish the rest of me was made of 340 steel.

Getting into dive school is dependent upon which ODA (A-team) you are assigned to and you cannot guarantee the you will be assigned to a dive ODA. My ODA was just plain Jane ordinary with no extraordinary training required.
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Unread 03-26-2011, 04:56 PM
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Re: Have any of you been a Navy Seal?

If he loves the water tell him to be a search and rescue swimmer in the navy. It is still fairly dangerous, knew a guy that had to jump out of a helicopter into the ocean 6 miles from the eye of hurricane Floyd in 1999. We had gone to get the crew of a sunken tug. All were saved and he was the hero of the day. You still have to be fearless, but you don't get shot at that often. The selection process is intense but nothing like SEALS. I wasn't able to make the 400 meter swim time in boot camp, not really built for it, and was looking at a bigger bonus to be an electronics tech instead, kind of lost the motivation to do it. But if he swims a lot I am sure he could make it. The physical fitness side is much like seals, you just have to be determined not to quit.
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Unread 03-26-2011, 06:11 PM
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Re: Have any of you been a Navy Seal?

Originally Posted by SBruce View Post

Are you talking Army SF? If so, I didnt' realize Army had diving/divers. I am sure my boy doesn't realize that either. He would love to be in Florida. We took a couple of trips there to see by brother, and he's wanted to go back ever since.
Yes, Army SF

Air Force has the pararescue also, that are dive and halo qualified. Plus he can do another selection for JSOC later and work with the Seals and Delta.

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Unread 03-28-2011, 04:13 PM
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Re: Have any of you been a Navy Seal?

Well, I talked with him some more, and he's pretty well set on Navy.

I forwarded the videos to him, and apparently he's watched them all. Hasn't deterred him yet.?

I don't know for sure how well the shoulder will hold up, but I told him to start doing some dumbbell presses and then try to move into headstand push ups. If he can do those headstand push ups, then perhaps he'll be ok on that part.
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