Quick FAQ Series

Posted September 18th, 2009 by Navy SEAL

navy-seal-22Are you interested in joining up for the Navy SEAL program? Do you want to know about Navy SEAL training? How much does a Navy SEAL get paid? What are the different types of missions that Navy SEALs participate in? Where does the SEAL training take place?

There are several questions that you would probably want answers for and this is the right place to find these answers.


Q1: Is there a maximum and minimum age for joining Navy SEAL program?
The maximum age is 28 years and the minimum age is 17 with parental permission.

Q2: What type of tests do I need to take to qualify for the SEAL program?
There are basically 2 types of tests that need to be cleared to be qualified for the SEAL program.
a) AVSAB: The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery. The minimum AVSAB score for qualification is: 165 in General Science (GS), Electronics Information (EI), and Mechanical Comprehension (MC) combined; 220 in Mechanical Knowledge (MK), Verbal Expression (VE), Coding Speed (CS), and Mechanical Comprehension (MC) combined.
b) SEAL PST: Physical Screening Test. The standards of SEAL PST are:

Type of activity


500 yard swim – breast stroke / side stroke Within 12 minutes
42 Push-ups Within 2 minutes
50 sit-ups Within 2 minutes
6 pull-ups No time limit
1.5 mile run 10 minutes

Q3: Can women enlist for Navy SEAL Programs?
Women, by law, are not authorized for SEAL training or programs although they can enlist with the US Navy Special Warfare Command, which oversees the operations of SEAL Teams.

Q4: Can someone using contact lenses or spectacles join Navy SEALs?
No. Navy SEALs need to have exceptional sight. Navy SEALs need to have a 20/20 vision with no correction.

Q5: What is BUD/s?
BUD/S stands for Basic Underwater Demolition / SEALs. This is the toughest training for SEALs. It is a 7-week course that starts off with an indoctrination course, followed by a basic conditioning phase, diving phase, and the land warfare phase. Somewhere in between is the most feared “Hell Week”. Maximum number of SEAL recruits quit during the BUD/S training itself.

Q6: Hell Week? What is that?
Hell Week is 132 hours of continuous physical training program with provision for just 4 hours of sleep. 75% of SEAL recruits quit during this week and those who stay their course eventually become Navy SEALs. The training takes place at the Coronado NAB (Naval Amphibious Base), San Diego, California.

Q7: What are the other training phases for becoming Navy SEAL?
Once you clear BUD/S training, you have to go for SQT or SEAL Qualification training. SQT comprises of training in several areas like parachute jumps, free fall courses, advanced diving techniques, martial arts, SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape) training, cold weather training, tactical combat medicine courses, combat swimmer training, advanced weapons and demolition training among others.

Q8: When do I receive the SEAL Trident?
On successful completion of SQT (SEAL Qualification training) training.

Q9: What happens after SQT?
Once you have completed SQT, you are assigned a SEAL Team and have to attend SPT (SEAL Platoon Training).

This Article is written by James Kara Murat

2 Responses to “Quick FAQ Series”

  1. Zac

    “Navy SEALs need to have a 20/20 vision with no correction.”

    To qualify as a SEAL, you must have no worse than 20/70 in one eye and 20/100 in the other; correctable to 20/20.

  2. Logan

    could i qualify if i have had lasik eye surgery and have perfected vision that way?

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