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The Need for Minorities in Naval Special Warfare – Navy SEAL / SWCC

Recently, many have asked about recruiting efforts for minorities within the Navy SEAL community.  In fact, there is a Naval Special Warfare Request for Proposal (RFP) published searching for a group of trainers, recruiters, mentors to make known the opportunities within the Navy SEAL / SWCC professions for minorities.  Articles like this (Yahoo SEAL Article commenting on aforementioned RFP) and posts from people who read them are missing the point completely about diversity within the Teams.  This is not my usual topic of writing nor strong point but from articles like this and countless Facebook / Twitter posts, people have constructed their opinions into statements and questions to me like this:  Stew – what is up with this administration?  Why the need to add more minorities into the SEAL Teams? I thought SEALs / SWCC graduation was based on performance and abilities not race?

First, I do not speak for this administration nor do I represent or speak for Naval Special Warfare.  As a former SEAL, I understand what is going on within the community and perhaps can help you better grasp the challenges of present / future Spec War missions. 

This has nothing to do with quotas for BUD/S students:

Actually, this topic has nothing to do with THIS administration and before you blow a gasket, this is NOT an affirmative action / quota program to get more minorities within the SEAL community.  It stems from a NEED for people who look less like the typical military American.  NOW UNDERSTAND THIS:  Future demands for Special Warfare may require traveling to places that are hostile to Americans, so being subversive in your appearance and being able to blend into any culture will be a requirement.  Much of our information for finding terrorists comes from human intelligence (HUMINT).  That means feet on the ground, speaking a foreign language, and blending into a foreign environment. 

Have no fear! Standards will always be kept high.

Have faith in our BUD/S instructors as these SEAL officer and enlisted professionals do not “let people slide” as they know they will likely be working with these future SEALs in the Teams – they also want to best product available.  We have ALWAYS been trying to get red, yellow, black, brown and any mix of colors into BUD/S.  This is nothing new.  SEAL training is not for everyone and still boasts a 50-75% attrition rate no matter what your race.  In other words, BUDS will not get easier in order to graduate more minorities.  In fact, getting to SEAL training is even more difficult now as everyone has to reach elevated physical and mental standards than they did 20 years ago.  Getting through SEAL training demands a work ethic and ability to function while cold, wet, uncomfortable, and tired that not many people have.  This has not and will not change.  Not everyone wants to endure this type of daily torture for over a year so finding solid candidates who thoroughly understand the demands requires educating them and helping them prepare. 

Will SEAL Recruiting Work?  Are you Born a SEAL or can you make them?

For me the question is can you RECRUIT SEALs?  Or do the motivated find the Teams?  I remember when I was eight years old - long before I knew about Navy SEALs - I made comments that I was going to be a Navy Frogman.  I grew up in FL and swam year round along with many other high school sports. That was who I was – a highly active kid.  My retired Army Grandfather (30 yr Warrant Officer WWII and Korea) always tried to convince me I should join the Army, but I first heard about Underwater Demolition Teams (UDT) from him when I told him I wanted to be in the Navy.  A spark was ignited at 8 years old.  From that moment on, I knew I wanted to serve my country when I got of age.  And once I realized I wanted to become a Navy SEAL, for several years, I focused on learning all I could about it – learned how to swim fast, run faster, and turned a power-lifting football player into a BUD/S candidate ready for SEAL training.  This was long before there were movies, books, workouts on the subject.  This was all self-motivation with a great support system.  Many people do not have this support system.  What the Navy is trying to do is ignite a spark in a younger generation that may never consider such a profession. 

Now, you can argue that just because you hear about SEAL training in your teens and are good at playing first person SOCOM 3 video games, you still are not destined to become a Navy SEAL. This is true – but recruiting athletes who know how to play with pain, understand teamwork, and want to serve their country is what the Navy SEALs are actively doing.  They do this not only to find good candidates with potential to make it through training, but to search within a diverse pool of candidates to get desired outcomes.

Besides, if a program helps kids understand that there are jobs out there that are physically fun, mentally challenging, and personally fulfilling, they will work harder to achieve that goal.  If this keeps kids away from drugs, criminal records, and raises their grades and level of fitness to advanced levels – how is that bad?



 

Stew Smith 1977
     (future frog)

Related Articles:
Diversity in abilities – SEAL Team Strength in Physical Diversity
Combat Swimmer Stroke – many recruits need to learn how to swim – and swim WELL.
How to Get to BUDS - Steps to prepare for SEAL Training
Other Navy SEAL Articles - A complete list of articles about PST, Training, Education for Navy SEAL

From Yahoo - the above article link describing the RFP
http://news.yahoo.com/navy-seeking-more-minority-seals-141500687.html

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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 StewSmith.com Fitness eBook store and the Stew Smith article archive at StewSmith.com. To contact Stew with your comments and questions, e-mail him at stew@stewsmith.com.

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Complete Guide to Navy SEAL Fitness (Book / DVD)


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Fitness for All Levels of Fitness

The 90 Day Beginner Guide to Fitness
The Advanced Maintenance and Recovery Program

Reclaim Your Life - The Erin O'Neill Program

Veteran's Fitness - Baby Boomer and a Flat Stomach

The Busy Executive Workout Routine
The Advanced Weights / PT Workout (Fall / Winter Weight Gain Cycle)
The Perfect Pushup Workout

The TRX Workout
- Circuit Training 101 ebook

NEW Obstacle Course Race Ebook
 

The Special Forces Physical Fitness Workouts
 Combat Conditioning Workout

Navy SEAL Workout Phase 1  Beginner Weeks 1-9
Navy SEAL Workout Phase 2 - 3 - Intermediate Weeks 1-12
Navy SEAL Workout Phase 4  Grinder PT -  Four weeks before Hell Week

Navy SWCC Workout

The Army Special Forces / Ranger Workout 

The Army Air Assault School Workout

The Army Airborne Workout



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Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard OCS Workout

The USMC IST and PFT Workout
USMC OCS / TBS Workout
The Service Academy Workout (West Point, Navy, Air Force Academy)
The Navy, Air Force, Marine Corp Bootcamp Workout

The Army OCS and PFT Workout
The PFT Bible - Military / Police Standard PFT

 

The Law Enforcement Physical Fitness Test Workouts

The FBI Academy / PFT Prep Workout

The DEA Prep Workout

The FLETC Prep Workout - Ace the PEB

The State / Local Police Academy Workout

The Fire Fighter Workout
 


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