The Viet Cong referred to them as "the men with green faces," due to the face paint they wore during combat missions. The United States Navy SEa, Air and Land Forces, commonly known as the Navy SEALs, are the Special Operations Forces of the United States Navy, employed in direct action and special reconnaissance operations. SEALs, also capable of employing unconventional warfare, foreign internal defense, and counter-terrorism missions are the most elite military force recognized worldwide.
The U.S. Navy SEALs were established by President John F. Kennedy in 1962 as an elite military force to conduct Unconventional Warfare. They carry out the types of clandestine, small-unit, high-impact missions that large forces with high-profile platforms (such as ships, tanks, jets and submarines) cannot. SEALs also conduct essential on-the-ground Special Reconnaissance of critical targets for imminent strikes by larger conventional forces. SEALs are U.S. Special Operations Command’s force-of-choice among Navy, Army and Air Force Special Operations Forces (SOF) to conduct small-unit maritime military operations which originate from, and return to a river, ocean, swamp, delta or coastline. This capability is more important now than ever in our history, as half the world’s infrastructure and population is located within one mile of an ocean or river. Of crucial importance, SEALs can negotiate shallow water areas such as the Persian Gulf coastline, where large ships and submarines are limited by depth.
The Navy SEALs are trained to operate in all the environments (Sea, Air and Land) for which they are named. SEALs are also prepared to operate in climate extremes of scorching desert, freezing Arctic, and humid jungle. Historically, SEALs have always had “one foot in the water.” The reality today, however, is that they initiate lethal Direct Action strikes equally well from air and land. Direct Action (DA) refers to small-unit, short-duration strike operations to destroy, seize, capture, recover, or inflict damage on facilities or personnel in denied areas overseas. This may take place on land, or at sea against targets such as oil platforms or ships. DA operations include raids, ambush, sabotage, and direct assault. They may be accomplished with explosives or hand-held weapons. SEALs also conduct standoff attacks from the ground, ships or aircraft, and hand-held laser guidance for aircraft or precision weapons strikes. Targets are always of strategic or operational importance, and may be struck in advance of the start of declared hostilities.
Entering training to become a Navy SEAL is voluntary. Anyone that is male can volunteer, and officers and enlisted men train side by side. In order to volunteer for and enter SEAL training one must meet certain criteria:
1) Be a male on active duty in the United States Navy or Coast Guard Does that make any of the ladies in the audience a little disappointed?
The main reason the military does not allow women into the seals along with other direct combat positions is because they were able to prove to congress that women, no matter how determined, are not physically able to grow the muscle mass and physical strength that men are. They have proved that men are biologically stronger than women, and the only way a woman could become as strong is by hormone substitutes and steroids. 2) Be 28 or younger
3) Have uncorrected vision no worse than 20/200 in both eyes be a U.S. citizen 4) Obtain a GT score of 110 or higher on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB)
After one has met these qualifications pass a stringent physical screening test that includes the following procedure: 1.swim 500 yards in 12.5 minutes or less, followed by a 10-minute rest 2.do 42 push-ups in under two minutes, followed by a two-minute rest 3.do 50 sit-ups in under two minutes, followed by a two-minute rest 4.do six pull-ups, followed by a 10-minute rest
5.run 1.5 miles in...