No matter your background and interests, there is a place for you among our ranks. Explore the topics below to learn about the application process, training, service requirements and more.
There are many opportunities for the enlisted SEAL or Special Ops soldier. Not only will you receive some
of the best training in the world, but you can also earn thousands of dollars in bonuses. Presently, the
Navy is paying BUDS graduates $40,000 for successfully completing the training andearning the SEAL
Although there is no easy way to become a SEAL, there are several ways to become a SEAL candidate. As a
civilian you can request to join the SEALs prior to enlisting through the SEAL Challenge Contract (Seaman
to SEAL program). The SEAL Challenge Contract guarantees you the opportunity to become a SEAL
candidate and entitles you to certain bonuses and benefits when you enlist.
Career Fields/ Job Positions
Naval Flight Officer
Aerospace Maintenance Duty Officer
Healthcare officers: Physicians, Dentists, Nurses and Medical Services Officers
Supply, Transportation and Logistics Officers
Information Technology Officers
Intelligence and Communications Officers: Intelligence and Cryptology
Nuclear Trained Naval Officer
Army Navy Navy Seal
Military Scholarships Military Navy
Naval Reactors Officer
Lawyer, Judge Advocate General Corps
Science officers: Meteorology, Oceanography, Chemist and Biochemist
Public Affairs Officer
Be a Team Player
Must 18-25 years old
Graduate High School / GED / College
To become a SEAL in the Naval Special Warfare/Naval Special Operations community, you must first go
through what is widely considered to be the most physically and mentally demanding military training in
existence. Get started on your physical training now by learning about the minimum Navy Physical
Screening Test (PST) requirements for Navy Challenge Programs.
Who We Are
The sea is an incredible beast. It reaches impossible speeds, depths and distances. It cannot be beaten with the strongest fist, the sharpest knife or the fastest bullet.
In America’s Navy, water and salt flow through our veins in the same proportion as the sea. That mighty force is the lifeblood of the greatest Navy ever to sail upon it, slip beneath it or fly above it. It shapes Americans from every corner of the nation into Sailors with the courage to protect liberty back home. Bonding us with the commitment to serve with honor. The sea propels every one of our men and women to defeat or defend. To comfort or to awe. To victory or to the rescue.
We are America’s Navy. And we are all Forged by the Sea.
HOW TO APPLY
Whether you’re looking to join as an Enlisted Sailor or Officer, the process is simple. Here are the first steps for getting started, from talking to a recruiter, to taking the Oath of Enlistment and advancing to your initial training.
Talking to a Recruiter
It’s common to have questions about everything from qualifications and life in the Navy, to benefits and career options. Contact your local recruiter, who will answer all your questions and explain career and education opportunities. Depending on your location and your proximity to the nearest enlisted or officer recruiting station, it may be more convenient to have these discussions over the phone or via chat. Much of the recruiting process can be done virtually, electronically or on line if you desire.
Share With Family and Friends
Share the exciting news with your loved ones, explaining the advantages of kickstarting your career in the Navy. Introduce curious family members to Navy.com and NAVYForMoms.com, a supportive online community that offers insights and answers to common questions. You can also invite your recruiter to meet with your family so they can answer more detailed questions.
Submit Your Application
Now it’s time to apply. You must first decide whether you want to pursue an Enlisted or Officer position, and whether you want to join right away, complete school first, or join now and delay serving until after the Navy has helped you complete your education. Your recruiter can help you fill out your application.
Everyone who joins the military goes through the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS), where applicants for military service go to complete the enlistment process. You’ll be screened to make sure you meet the physical, academic and moral standards to serve in the Navy. The process includes testing for vocational aptitude, a medical exam, a background screening, career counseling and job selection, and an enlistment or commissioning oath.
Recruit Division Commander’s Creed
“These recruits are entrusted to my care. I will train them to the best of my ability. I will develop them into smartly disciplined, physically fit, basically trained sailors. I will instill in them, and demonstrate by my own example, the highest standard of Honor, Courage, and Commitment.”
Enlisted recruits attend Boot Camp at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center in Illinois for a 7-9 week program that prepares them to serve in the Fleet. The curriculum focuses on Navy customs, etiquette, mental and physical fitness, while emphasizing the discipline required for success. Additionally, the training reinforces the Navy Core Values of Honor, Courage and Commitment.
Officer recruits attend either Officer Candidate School or Officer Development School, which lasts anywhere from 5-13 weeks. Once there, recruits will be instructed in leadership, academics, etiquette, physical and military training, plus subjects depending on the career track.