Want to Be Special Ops? Learn the Combat Swimmer Stroke

The Navy SEALs are known for their elite skills and abilities. They have been called “the best fighting force in the world”. These men and women are highly trained in all aspects of warfare including special operations. They perform many missions around the globe from covert action to high risk rescue missions. The SEALs specialize in unconventional warfare, which means they do not follow any set rules or regulations when it comes to killing enemy combatants, terrorists, insurgents, spies etc.. Their motto is: “By Any Means Necessary” (BAM). They are known for being extremely skilled at what they do.

Navy Seals are considered one of the most elite military units in the United States Armed Forces. There are approximately 3,000 members of the U.S. Navy’s elite SEAL Team 6. The team was formed during World War II and has since become famous worldwide for its extraordinary feats of courage, skill, and efficiency.

The unit is headquartered at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.

There are three branches of the Naval Special Warfare Command: SEAL Team 6; Naval Special Warfare Development Group (NSWDG); and Naval Special Warfare Unit 1 (NSWU1) are the main components of the command. NSWC was established in 1980 and is the largest component of the Navy’s Special Warfare Command.

NSW has been nationally recognized and awarded for its excellence in training and operations. The command has become a center of innovation for special warfare and has adapted special warfare to sea, air, and land operations.

Selection and Training

Approximately 40,000 men and women have attempted the SEAL Officer Assessment and Selection (OA&S) course and less than .25 percent have passed. The course is ten weeks long and is designed to test physical endurance, mental aptitude, emotional strength, and leadership abilities.

The first week consists of physical tests, such as Endless Push-ups (to find your breaking point), Endless Sit-ups (ditto), a 5-mile run (to see if you can keep up), and torture tests in the pool (to see if you can hold your breath under water). This is just the beginning. At any time you can be cut from the program if the instructors decide you are not “SEAL material.”

The next phase of the course teaches you everything you need to know about life at “The Q” (where the training takes place). You will learn code words, how to wake someone from sleep (without hurting them), and how to get your mind ready for the challenges that lie ahead.

The third week is an assessment of your physical abilities.

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