Matthew Hutson

Teams and Platoons   

There are eight SEAL teams. Each team has six platoons and a headquarters element. SEAL platoons consist of 16 SEALs -- two officers, one chief, and 13 enlisted men.

What you need to have to be a Navy Seal

All SEAL candidates are required to meet the following qualification standards and pass the Physical Screening Test (PST):

  • 18-28 years old (17 with parental permission)
  • A U.S. citizen.
  • High school graduate (or meet High Performance Predictor Profile (HP3) criteria). Be proficient in reading, speaking, writing, and understanding the English language.
  • Have clean record - Not be under civil restraint, a substance abuser nor have a pattern of minor convictions or any non-minor, misdemeanor, or felony convictions (waivers are granted depending on number and severity). The Special Assistant for Legal Affairs must not enlist applicants with lawsuits pending against them without prior approval.
  • ASVAB minimum requirements: SEAL - GS+MC+EI=165 or VE+MK+MC+CS=220 Since you cannot get a waiver on the required ASVAB score it is critical that you score high on the ASVAB. Check out our ASVAB Practice tests to learn how you can Ace the ASVAB.
  • Eyesight Requirements: Uncorrected vision in the better eye can be no worse than 20/70, the worse eye no more than 20/100. Both eyes must be correctable to 20/20. Color deficiencies require approval

Joining the Navy

Joining America’s Navy is an ideal way to launch or advance your career. From the extensive job opportunities and unrivaled experience to the paid training, exceptional benefits and generous educational assistance programs, the Navy can help you establish your future as a professional. And it’s one place where you can be assured that what you do makes a difference in the world. Every day.

Here, find compelling answers to the question of why you should join – including a breakdown of the various benefits and education opportunities available. Plus, get practical information on what it takes to join and how to go about it – with a look at the qualification and commitment standards for Enlisted Sailors and Officers as well as a simple, step-by-step overview of the enlistment process.

If you’re ready to answer the call to serve in America’s Navy, you’ll be promoting your own personal and professional development – and giving yourself a clear-cut advantage over your peers in the civilian sector

Inside the Navy

What’s life like on a military base? On a ship? Can I have a tattoo? Will I have any downtime? Do Navy women have the same opportunities as Navy men? Whoever you are, you probably have lots of questions about what life is like in the Navy. Here’s where you can get some answers.

This section offers an inside look at what it’s like to live and work in America’s Navy. Learn everything from how you’ll dress and care for yourself to how you and your family might spend time when you’re off-duty. Boot Camp, training, living arrangements, base amenities, grooming, free-time activities – it’s all covered.

In some ways, Navy life is like nothing else. In others, it’s much like everyday life anywhere. See what it’s all about. From the standpoint of those serving. From the perspective of members from diverse backgrounds. And from the vantage point of life beyond the Navy.

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