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Real Navy Training as well as SEAL Training for Teens -
Navy Sea Cadet Corps

Here is an email I receive often from young teenagers who know they want to serve their country, but are curious how to start preparing themselves for the military training - especially Navy SEAL and other Navy programs like aviation and of course learning seamanship.

Mr. Smith,
     I am 15 years old and have wanted to be in the Navy since I was 10. I am thinking about Navy SEAL or Helicopter Pilot and I am starting to train but need a plan.  Are there any training camps I can do at my age? What do I need to know?

At your age I would focus on learning how to be a team player first - play sports and have fun.  Work out on your own to get better at both sports and your future military career.  So yes, you can start working out now.  Start off with body weight exercises like pushups, sit-ups, dips, squats, lunges, pull-ups, running and swimming.  See ideas at Navy SEAL Articles for more ideas on how to train.

However, to REALLY get to know what the Navy is like and get a taste of SEAL training even at your age, you should look into the Navy Sea Cadets Corps.  Not only will you be treated like a SEAL student, but you actually will be trained by active and former Navy SEALs during summer training programs.  Learning the other areas of the Navy is a must as well and the Sea Cadets will help you with the discipline, team work, other sea-going and aviation skills you will learn when in the Navy.

From their website Sea Cadets - The Sea Cadet mission is "...through organization and cooperation with the Department of the Navy, to encourage and aid American youth to develop, train them in seagoing skills, and to teach them patriotism, courage, self-reliance and kindred virtues."

Since 1958 the Naval Sea Cadet Corps has been committed to providing American youth (ages 11-17) with a drug and alcohol free environment to foster their leadership abilities, broaden their horizons through hands-on training and guide them to becoming mature young adults.  Check out the “Find a Local Unit “link on their site for more information on how to become a member.

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If you are looking for some ideas on getting in better shape, check out these free links:

15 Day starter plan – 15-day PFT Starter Plan

Lower Back Plan - Great for Strength / Flexibility

Running Plans  - see plan that best fits your current fitness level

If you need to lose weight check out the free 45 day plan that safely introduces fitness into your schedule.

Eventually your BUDS / SEAL PST scores should be stellar.  Before you arrive at BUDS have the goal to do the following:

     - 500yd swim - 8-9 min and under

     - 100+ pushups in 2 minutes

     - 100 situps in 2 minutes

     - 20+ pullups

     - 1.5 mile run - 9 min and under

Thanks for emailing me.  I have hundreds of articles that may better answer your questions with plenty of free information and ideas to better train / eat / prepare for military professions.  Your purchases help us train future military, police, fire fighters FOR FREE in many cities around the United States - See our non-profit site

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Stew Smith is a former Navy SEAL and fitness author certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association. If you are interested in starting a workout program to create a healthy lifestyle - check out the Fitness eBook store and the
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