Each year, approximately 250 men pass the rigorous Basic Underwater Demolition/ SEAL (BUD/s) course and join the more than 2,000 active duty SEALs currently serving in the United States Navy. It takes a high level of commitment to yourself and to your team to earn the SEAL trident, and that commitment continues long after you graduate from BUD/S.
“The trident is the only device that signifies you and identifies you as a SEAL operator,” said the Special Warfare Master Chief. “I earn my trident every day, whether I am on the battlefield or on liberty, I earn my trident every day.”
“The first eight weeks is mostly physical training, and then they also put in first aid, medical, hydro reconnaissance, different things that are basics of what SEALs do,” he continued. “You’ll see the changes in your physical ability to do the obstacle course, to do swims, to do surf passage. BUD/s is not for everyone, and that’s why the first eight weeks is really about who wants to be here.”
“Within each SEAL team, you have platoons,” the Special Warfare Master Chief continued. “Within that platoon you’ll have guys that are working in the [communications] department with the various radios, you’ll have within the air department that are taking care of the parachutes and the fast rope lines. You have the personnel that work in the intelligence department that are working on the various maps and collecting the intel. So, there are specific tasks underneath that SEAL platoon for those members, but it takes all of them to make a successful platoon when they deploy overseas.”
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They keep themselves out of the limelight because of the missions that they do. This is done for the security of everyone involved, including their families. Remember, it was the Navy SEALs that wiped out Osama Bin Laden. Two helicopters raided his compound and one of them crashed but their training made it possible for them to successfully complete the mission.
The basic training starts underwater, and they push you to your limits since the first 8 weeks in physical training, in part with first aid, medical, and the core basics of what SEAL’s do. Surf passage, the obstacle course, and the swims are all part of the initial test.
According to NBC News, “Only up to 25 to 35 percent of those who enter SEAL training make it through the Basic Underwater Demolition training, known as BUD/S, and go on to become full members of the force and get their Trident pin.”