20 Sept. 2012
Why Is Navy Seal Training Important to America’s National Security
“We will be hunting you down, and we are going to deliver you to the doorsteps of hell”, (Blehm 245) said one of Adams buddies at his funeral. Adam Browns wife heard his buddy say that to the men standing at the funeral, all while starring at Brown’s children. Naval Special Warfare Development Group known as DEVGRU or formally known as SEAL Team Six went to Abbottabad, Pakistan on May 1st, 2011 to kill or capture Osama Bin Laden. A couple years early SEAL Team six went on an operation called Lake James in Afghanistan. During the mission one of their buddies Adam Brown was shot multiple times and died. These missions that the teams go on take a lot of extensive training. These trained teams are very important to the United States National Security. Navy SEALs are members of a Naval Special Warfare Unit who are trained for unconventional warfare. Each branch of the military has its own special forces. The only way to become a SEAL is to be in or join the Navy. There are two path ways to join the Navy. One way is to enlist and the other is to go through Reserved Officer Training Course (ROTC). To enlist one goes through the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS), where one is sworn in, Next physical exams are done and one takes the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test. One can also enter the Navy through ROTC, which is reserved officer training course during high school and college. During the third year of ROTC, the members may sign up for service and proceed straight to training.
The Recruit Training Command Center is located at Naval Station in Great Lakes, Illinois. This is the Navy’s basic training course, which is nine weeks in length. Basic training teaches new recruits the basic skills necessary for naval service. Basic training inculcates recruits in the customs and courtesies of the military. It breaks them down civilians and rebuilds them as sailors. Once the recruits are done with Basic Training and have graduated then move on to tech school, where they learn basic information and job requirements for their area of expertise. Recruits who sign up to be SEALs stay at Naval Station Great Lakes, Illinois. The training curriculum for SEALs now begins at the Naval Special Warfare Preparatory School in Great Lakes, Illinois. After the establishment of new special operator rates in 2006, the Navy began a plan to significantly grow the special operations (SEAL) rating to meet the ever increasing demands for their unique skill sets in the war on terrorism. The Preparatory School was established to better prepare potential trainees for BUD/S. The new school was officially recognized February 5th, 2008. The school is designed to prepare the SEAL trainees physically and mentally for the rigous two-year seal training called BUD/S. While the prep course focuses on physical conditioning, swimming, and underwater confidence, academics are not ignored during this process. “Sailors are being introduced to SEAL ethos, core values, exercise science, nutrition, and mental toughness.” Before this school was established only 26 percent of those that began BUD/S successfully completed the grueling six month training. “In 2007 the success rate increased to about 31 percent and Capt. Roger Herbert expects the new preparatory school will boost the percentage even higher. Since the preparatory school began 148 sailors have advanced through the program and have been shipped to BUD/S training in Coronado, California”. After the establishment of new special operator rates in 2006, the Navy began a plan to significantly grow the special operations (SEAL) rating to meet the ever increasing demands for their unique skill sets in the war on terrorism. The Preparatory School was established to better prepare potential trainees for BUD/S. The new school was officially recognized February 5th, 2008. This is where...