The Structure of a Navy SEALs Team

Posted July 28th, 2009 by Navy SEAL

Navy SEALs are a highly specialized force that is adept at conducting clandestine sea, air and land operations. Their razor-sharp precision and uncompromising standards have made them a force to reckon with, and have earned them a legendary status amongst the various commando units of the world.

Herein, we will tell you about the inherent structure of the Navy SEAL Team.

SEAL Platoon

A Navy SEAL Platoon is usually sent on a tactical mission and an officer with the rank of a Navy Lieutenant is usually in charge of the Platoon. A SEAL platoon, as a rule consists of 16 SEAL commandos and for various reasons can also be divided into 2 squads of 8 each or also into 4 elements.

The Structure

At a very basic level SEAL teams are categorized into two groups, and both the groups being commanded by the Naval Special Warfare Command, which is stationed in California at NAB Coronado.

The CompositionA Navy SEALs team consists of three Task Units comprising of 40 men each. The elements that figure prominently in such a Task Unit are:

1. Task Unit Senior Enlisted
2. Task Unit Commander
3. Operations Officer also called a Targeting Officer
4. Chief Petty Officer or Operations Leading Officer

As aforementioned a Navy SEAL platoon consists of 16 men, which usually include:

1. 2 Officers
2. 14 SEALs
3. EOD Operators – 2 ( Sometimes)

The Splitting of the Task Units

For operational purposes each of the two Task Units are usually split into around eight teams, each comprising of 4 men. Inclusive of the large support staff the size of a SEAL Team including the Task Units comes to around 300 personnel.

A 16 men Navy SEAL platoon would be composed of the likes of an Officer in Charge, an Assistant Officer in Charge, a platoon Chief, and a Leading Petty Officer. The rest of the squad members belong to the bracket between E-6 to E-4. This means that a SEAL platoon would basically consist of 13 enlisted personnel, as well as, 3 officers.

The Core Abilities of the Task Unit

The Navy SEALs task unit is made of individuals who possess certain core skills. Some of them are:

1. Snipers
2. Maritime Engineering
3. Corpsman
4. Air Support
5. Heavy Weapons Specialist
6. Diver
7. Navigator
8. Interrogator
9. Explosives Expert
10. Air Operations Experts
… And many more

The Current Status of the SEAL Teams

As per the latest available information, the existence of eight Navy SEALs Teams has been confirmed. Moreover, these Navy SEAL teams can be deployed anywhere in the world and have the proven capability to strike swiftly and efficiently.

As can be seen all Navy SEALs team are perfectly composed of individuals who have special skills sets and as a group, they become invincible. A SEAL team is constructed using due forethought and at it core lies the idea that the team must be ready to tackle each and every eventuality.

This Article is written by James Kara Murat

4 Responses to “The Structure of a Navy SEALs Team”

  1. Mag-asin, Christian Dave A.

    How to create a 8 men squad? what are the expertise required that composed the 8 men team?

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  3. William Burke

    What comprises a Navy Seal Team (Functions). I am an old Navy guy. Served 1966-1972 back when SEals were UDTs. An USAF colleague informed me that AF personnel are station with Seal Teams as well as Marine Recon and Army Green Berets as the Combat Control Officer (CCT)? Is this true. In fact., I know AF and Navy personnel do not typically support ground combat operations yet on TV you sometimes see AF and Navy (not SEALS) forward deployed. Understand necessity of SEALS for Littoral AOIs. Understand Grenn Beret operations, understand Marine Recon operations. Do not understand AF Special OPs since there primary mission originates in the air. Like I said I served during Vietnam. Struggling with legimacy of AF Special Ops. Can you explain. Last question. Why am I surprised when I hear of regular Navy and AF deployed with ground combat operations. Are Coast Guard personnel eligible for such billets.

  4. Tyler

    To answer your question Mr. Burke, AF special Ops have many purposes. The 1st Special Operations Wing focus is unconventional warfare: counter-terrorism, combat search and rescue, personnel recovery, psychological operations, “deep battlefield” resupply, interdiction and close air support.
    One of the reasons they would be stationed with a seal team is the ability to call in precise air support from Air Force stations around the battle field.

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