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SEAL Training via Officer Candidate School

So you have a college degree and are now thinking about what you want to do with your life?  Many attempt to join the military through the Officer Candidate School (OCS) route.  There are many opportunities military wide for young college grads seeking to lead in the military, however officer slots for any of the Special Forces units are few and hard to come by.  In fact, latest numbers for SEAL officer candidates were about 1 in 8 get accepted to attend SEAL training after OCS.

Applying to Officer Candidate School and wanting to become a Navy SEAL means you will actually be selected to go to BUDS immediately after you complete OCS.  You will be accepted to attend SEAL training by a board of SEAL officers and then they will send you to OCS first with immediate follow on training at BUD/S.  However, a new program as of 2014 has entered the path for ALL officer candidates to travel to get TO BUD/S.


Starting the Summer 2014, ALL officer candidates (USNA, ROTC, OCS) will get the opportunity to test themselves at BUDS.  What used to be called mini-BUDS has been changed to an actual BUD/S Selection Program.  Mini-BUDS was more of a summer camp compared to BUD Selection program as this program is not just a Midshipman Summer Cruise - it is a selection and screening course.  USNA and Navy ROTC Midshipmen, qualified USAFA, or USMA cadets, and highly qualified OCS candidates all train together and are constantly screened by BUD/S instructors.  The details of this program are limited and all candidates are required to sign a non-disclosure agreement.  Just know that you will be tested in running, rucking, swimming, water skills, PT, log PT, small boat drills, and many more events.  You will be graded at just about everything you do from push-ups to leadership skills.  Interviews, psychological evaluations, and the two weeks of daily challenges will expose your personality, strengths, and weaknesses.  The BUD/S recruiters and Officer Community Manager will determine who attends BUDS in the following months and candidates will learn later in the Fall the same year.

To qualify for the new SEAL Officer Assessment and Selection (SOAS) you will be required to ace the PST, pass an interview, be medically cleared to join the Navy, have competitive grades in college, and any other skills will help (college athletics, leadership, team captain, community service, work experience, letters of recommendation, foreign language, etc).  See your officer recruiter if you are considering the OCS route.  If USNA and ROTC, you will have a process to go through and will attend SOAS the summer before your senior year.  See below for more details of the USNA, ROTC, OCS routes.

This is good as you will know before you are sworn in that you are going to have the opportunity to attend SEAL training.  It is a hard road as you are also competing with enlisted SEALs with college degrees seeking to become officers.

This route will require you to be highly competitive in EVERYTHING.  Here are what I consider the top five:

1 - College Grades should be great - 3.5 above

2 - Extra courses - language skills perhaps / awards

3 - College athletics is a plus - team captain helps more

4 - SEAL PST scores should be stellar:

     - 500yd swim - 8 min and under

     - 100+ pushups in 2 minutes

     - 100 situps in 2 minutes

     - 20+ pullups

     - 1.5 mile run - 9 min and under

5 - Letters of recommendations help too.  The best ones are from someone who really knows you, not just an active or former SEAL who knew you for 10 minutes during an interview. However, you need those too though as these count as interviews with a SEAL or former SEAL.

Of course, it goes without saying, criminal records, medical issues, OAR test scores all should be without issue in order to get accepted.   See your local officer recruiter if you are seeking the OCS route after college.  See the OCS Website for more information on the administrative issues you have to also deal with going the OCA route to BUDS.

Read up as much as you can about SEAL training as it is not for everyone, however most discover that at the training itself.

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Stew Smith is a former Navy SEAL and fitness author certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the
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Complete List of Books, eBooks, DVDs

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Published Books / DVDs / APPs

NEW - Tactical Fitness - Featuring the Dirty Dozen    |  More Info   |  Book only
The Navy SEAL Weight Training Workout   |  More info   |  Book only
Complete Guide to Navy SEAL Fitness
     |    More Info     | 
Book / DVD
Maximum Fitness - CrossTraining     |    More Info     |  Book only
The Special Operations Workout     |   More Info     |     Book only
The SWAT Workout - From Recruit to SWAT      |  More Info    |  Book only
The Combat Swimmer Stroke Video     |  More Info   |  Download MP4
The Pre-Habit Workout     |  More Info  |  DVD only

New Fitness APPs Navy SEAL, FBI, Pushup. Pullups   |  More Info    |  APPS

The Complete List of Stew Smith's eBooks / Books:


Fitness for All Levels of Fitness

The 90 Day Beginner Guide to Fitness    |  More Info  |  eBook, Book

Reclaim Your Life - The Erin O'Neill Program     |  More Info   eBook only

Veteran's Fitness - Baby Boomer and a Flat Stomach     |  More Info   eBook only

The Diabetic Prevention Workout   |  More Info   |   eBook only 

The Busy Executive Workout Routine    |  eBook only

Advanced Maintenance and Recovery Program   |  More Info   |  eBook only

The TRX Workout eBook     |  More Info   eBook only

  - Circuit Training 101 eBook      |  More Info   eBook only

 Obstacle Course Race eBook      |  More Info   eBook only

The Special Forces Physical Fitness Workouts


Combat Conditioning Workout       |  More Info  |  eBook, Book

Navy SEAL Workout Phase 1:  Beginner       |  More Info  |    eBook, Book

Navy SEAL Workout Phase 2 - 3:  Intermediate     |  More Info   eBook, Book


Navy SEAL Workout Phase 4  Grinder PT      |  More Info   eBook, Book

Navy SWCC Workout       |  More Info    |    eBook, Book


Army Special Forces / Ranger Workout  | More Info SF /  Ranger  eBook, Book


USMC RECON Workout       |  More Info  |  eBook, Book


Air Force PJ / CCT Workout      |  More Info  |  eBook, Book


The Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer Workout      |  More Info   eBook, Book


The Army Air Assault School Workout     More Info   eBook only


The Army Airborne Workout     More Info   eBook only


NEW - Upper Body Round Robin (UBRR)    More Info   eBook only


The OCS, ROTC, Service Academy, & Bootcamp Workouts

The USMC IST and PFT Workout      More Info   eBook only


USMC OCS / TBS Workout       |  More Info   eBook, Book


The Service Academy Workout     More Info   eBook, Book


Navy, Air Force, Marine Corp Bootcamp Workout   More Info   eBook, Book


The Army OCS and PFT Workout    More Info   eBook, Book


NEW Army PRT and Combat Readiness Test Workout    More Info   eBook only


The PFT Bible - Military / Police Standard PFT    |  More Info   eBook, Book


The Law Enforcement Physical Fitness Test Workouts


The FBI Academy / PFT Prep Workout (Vol 1 and 2)      |  More Info   eBook, Book


The DEA Prep Workout      More Info   eBook only


The FLETC Prep Workout - Ace the PEB      More Info   eBook, Book


The PFT Bible - Military / Police Standard PFT      |  More Info   eBook, Book


The Fire Fighter Workout       |  More Info   eBook, Book





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