Is enlisting into the Navy SEALs possible after completing college?

Question by Max: Is enlisting into the Navy SEALs possible after completing college?
I am basically in 7th semester (senior year) of BS CS (Bachelor of Science in Computer Science). And after graduating from college, I want to join or enlist into the Navy SEALs, can I do that?

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Answer by John Wayne Fan
You don’t join the seals as a rating. You join/enlist in the Navy, and may get a chance to go to buds. They are not going to send everyone to buds that think they are bad. Its not like a BM, or QM. Talk to a recruiter. They can explain better than we can on here.

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4 Responses to Is enlisting into the Navy SEALs possible after completing college?

  1. Uk Army says:

    I seriously doubt it, I am not american but I will do an equivalent with the SAS (they are not the same but have there similarities)

    SAS wouldn’t recruit anyone under 24/25 area with at least 3/4 years in action.
    You don’t enlist, they pick you.
    Apparently SEALs test is major hard and you would not be picked to go unless you show physical determination and some mental before you even think about it.
    Have an all round Excellence.

    This is just round the SAS bit due to me being british but even so take this into factor, I think it may actually help.

  2. NavyCrab says:

    yes, it is possible. Once you graduated from college, you can try to enlist into the Navy with a SEAL Challenge Contract (you will still need to meet the requirements for it though); that, if the regulations do not change within the next year (or whenever you decide to enlist). In the mean time, prepare yourself physically and mentally for an extremely challenging pipeline and look around in this site:

    Edit: Just to clarify what “Paul S” mentioned. Since 2006, Navy SEAL (along with SWCC = SB, EOD = EOD, & Navy Diver =ND) became its own rating, which is SO – Special Warfare Operator. You no longer have to pick a “primary” rating and complete A School for that rating first before getting in the SEAL Pipeline. However, you may want to pick up a “secondary” rating (if the regulations do not change) as a “risk management” aka in case you don’t make it through BUD/S. Unfortunately for me, I joined the Navy back in 1999. So, I had to waste my time in AO A School (and don’t remember 95% of what I learned there) before going to EOD Pipeline.

  3. Paul S says:

    If you have a college degree or within a year of graduating, contact the local Navy Officer Recruiter. If you go to an Recruiting Office for Enlisted they should direct you to the Navy Officer Recruiter. Either way you will have to complete the training for your Primary job. From what I understand all SEALs have a primary specialty, The only person I know before he went to SEAL training was an OS (Operation Specialist). I met two guys in college that had been SEALs as Enlisted and were taking classes to go to Medical School. One more thing, those two guys did go to medical school another friend that was an Army Ranger is now Surgeon. All of the people that I know that were in Special Forces were some of the smartest people that I have ever met. Think about it, they have to learn a lot. If you do not like the Officer path, you can Enlist and apply for a commission later,

  4. Mark says:

    I enlisted in the Navy with a BA in Math. The degree allowed me to enter as an E-3, giving me about a one-year lead on the guys without the degree.

    So, the answer to your question is, “Yes. You certainly can enlist with a degree.”

    Also, it’s astute of you to go enlisted. You may have a better chance of making it. If you go for an officer program, you limit your chances of getting into SEAL. Every officer program of which I’m aware has a limit on the number it allows to go for Special Warfare. Once in, they seem to fare a little better than do the enlisted guys, but not well enough to raise the over all rate of success above 20%. Besides, if you wash out or ring out as an officer, you’re pretty much done with the program; whereas an enlisted guy may be granted a chance to try again.

    If you enlist, the first hurdle is to qualify for the SEAL Challenge. If you get that written into your contract, you’re guaranteed a shot at qualifying for SEAL training. You’ll get more PT in Boot Camp, a couple more months of “Prep” before going to Coronado, and another month (give or take a week) in Coronado before starting BUD/S Phase I. And let me tell you, if you thought the other stuff was hard… you haven’t seen anything yet.

    If you lettered in water polo, that’ll help you some too… if you have a good coach. My swim coach was also the water polo coach and prior to the season start, we did about as much dry drills as did the football team… and then we hit the water. But we were only at it about four hours a day. I believe you’ll find SEAL training is more like 20 hours a day at least at the start.

    A word of advice if I may, keep in mind that any requirements (physical or mental) you see anywhere are minimum requirements… you’re expected to exceed them. You’re going to find that once you get in the program, “good enough to get by” isn’t.

    I’m not going to wish you luck. In my experience, SEALs make their own luck.

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