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Frequently Asked Questions...

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?

Best Answer...


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.