The Difference Between Seal Teams and Swat Teams

Topics: United States Navy SEALs, Special reconnaissance, Special Activities Division Pages: 5 (1829 words) Published: June 29, 2010
The Difference between SEAL Teams and SWAT Teams

The Difference between SEAL Teams and SWAT Teams
By Brannon Gudith
Composition I
Mrs. Kirsch May 24, 2010

The SEAL’s trainings and the SWAT’s trainings are based on the particular situations they will encounter within their missions. The SEAL’s operations are based on a global front requiring more planning, more intelligence, and more entities whereas SWAT’s operations are based on a local, home front requiring quick response, split second decision making, and using available resources. The SEAL’s tactics come from an array of experience, technology, and intelligence given to them either by their superiors or from another team while the SWAT’s tactics come from experience and intelligence from those who have been in that circumstance before or have witnessed that circumstance and have lived to tell about it or they must find out themselves through training and practice.

The Difference between SEAL Teams and SWAT Teams
In the 1960’s a need for specialized teams in the United States Navy and in Law Enforcement had risen: one on a global front to battle the enemy and gain valuable ground, internationally and domestically, and the other on a local front to deal with political and social turmoil within the cities and counties. The United States Navy formed SEa, Air, and Land (SEAL) teams to combat this global front and local Law Enforcement formed Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams to handle the local front. The United States Navy SEAL teams are very different than the Law Enforcement SWAT teams but none more so than in their training, operations, and tactics. Training

The SEAL team training starts with a five week indoctrination, learning the expectations and ways of the Navy SEALs. Next is eight weeks of basic conditioning, involving swimming, calisthenics, running, drown proofing, surf torture, and small-boat operations and in the middle of these eight weeks in “Hell Week”, five days and five nights of training with four meals a day, constant training evolutions, and only four hours of sleep. Once finished with basic conditioning comes eight more weeks of self-contained underwater breathing apparatus (SCUBA) and combat swimming training. This is followed by nine weeks of land-warfare training consisting of intelligence-gathering, structure penetration, long-range reconnaissance, patrolling, close-quarters battle, sniper attacks, edged weapons attack, vehicle driving, high speed and evasive vehicle techniques, and hand-to-hand combat, (Obringer, 2008) The SWAT team training begins with long runs, pushups, sit ups, weight training, and agility training by way of an obstacle course. SWAT members are required to be master marksmen so the training involves hand guns, long guns, sub-machine guns, fire while moving, selecting between a hostile and a non-hostile target within seconds of seeing the targets, and fire with a high degree of accuracy. SWAT teams also use practice scenarios and simulations to train for unknown possibilities. This is where mistakes can be made, pointed out, changed and re-done, because in the real world there are no “do over”, (Grabianowski, 2007) The SEALs start with an indoctrination, teaching the way of the SEALs, whereas SWAT starts with general physical fitness. The SEALs then move to basic conditioning, which is their physical fitness but it is also a mental fitness too, while SWAT moves on into firearm training because SWAT members must be extremely accurate with the shots, but the SEALs have one fitness regimen that SWAT doesn’t have and that is “Hell Week” it is the most intense week anyone could be put through on a voluntary basis, in other words they asked for it. Then the SEALs move into some more advances training like SCUBA, swimming, and land-warfare, where SWAT moves into...

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