U.S NAVY SEAL describes his TRAINING and life after the teams | Episode 27 (2023)


Former U.S Navy SEAL Ben Zuber describes what it took for him to become a SEAL, and the intense training programs they get put through to qualify. He then got out of the teams and became an investor in rebuilding a hurricane damaged catamaran with Colin MacRae, a former Superyacht engineer, while still working part time as a private contractor.

SV Parlay is a hurricane damaged 2012 Lagoon 450 Catamaran bought in Tortola, BVI at the beginning of 2018. Colin and his friend spent 4 months getting her seaworthy, before setting sail across the Caribbean. Follow our journey as we continue to fix her and eventually circumnavigate the globe!

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Feel like I should be drunk this all my life like this David, that's my best story, man, oh I, guess we need another model.

Yeah, hey guys, welcome to poly revival, so we've been going for about a year now on our channel and since the beginning, we've had a lot of questions asking us.

Who is this big tattooed guy in all the videos he featured very heavily in the beginning and he disappeared for a while, and then he came back and now he's back again.

So people have been asking so I thought: we'd have a drink and we talked about who are you cheers Cheers so yeah? My name is Ben Zuber I was born in Philadelphia on East Coast raised in Jersey in high school finished high school in Ohio, and then I went out to the Naval Academy for college after college I was stationed out in San Diego in the Navy, and that's why I became a Navy SEAL and then I did nine years in the SEAL Teams and then I got out now I'm living down in Costa Rica, just kind of hang out.

That's where I met this guy I was down in Costa Rica for a while running a search, arter business off of a 53-foot trawler and he came out and visit us and we went surfing and we started hanging out.

We had a storm come through and I ended up losing my boat.

The anchor of the mooring line, I bought on my boat was broke apart, my boat on and up on shore and about a million pieces, and that's when you and I jumped on a plane, because we had been looking at hurricane bugs for a long time, but there's there's no website.

You can just pick up and just call and be like.

Oh here's all the hurricane damage.

Boats- or you know everything is you have to be there in perp in person? That's what we discovered, so you and I jumped on flights.

We went the BVI and we met all these people that that, were you, know, buying and selling these boats.

After after the hurricane we looked at a few boats.

Together, we looked at this boat and I.

Remember like it was like yesterday, and we got on this boat and I was just shook.

My head I was like there's no [ __ ] way.

We can buy this boat, it was it looked.

Horrible I were standing on in the BVI go on.

Is this thing going to sink when I'm standing on it and after a few days, I had to go I had some some business stuff had to go, take care of so I left and you stayed down there and you keep pressing me about this boat and I'm, like no there's, no way we're buying this boat.

This boat is a piece of [, __ ], and you told me you're, like Ben I've gone through every boat of that boat.

I have a plan hadn't.

Then you came into the last week or seven or ten days or something yeah I was like the like a week or two I came in.

How was that that was horrible, horrible blasting away on fiberglass, just in the game not even properly working on the boat, we're like hanging off the side floating in a dinghy and just we have these suits on we're, just in our like board shorts and just going away on fiberglass for like eight hours a day, so I guess a lot of people are wondering so I've got super yacht background.

How do you become a Navy SEAL? So I would the Naval Academy? And it's it's.

You know it's a four-year college graduated with the Bachelor of Science majored in economics.


Had you join the women's boxing team yeah? So when you go to the Naval Academy, you got a you have to do a sport.

You gotta do something after school every day, so I started boxing.

My first four fights, I lost, I lost them all and I was really depressed.

Like I was I'm very competitive, really no yeah kettle pot pot kettle yeah, so I I didn't take losing my first four fights very well and then midway through my sophomore year.

I just decided: okay, that's it I'm, not letting judges decide the fate of the match anymore, because I keep losing.

They keep choosing the other guy.

This is [ __ ], so I was just like you know what I'm just gonna start, knocking everybody out and if I knock them all out.

Well, the judges have to make me win right, simple.

Why didn't I do this before? Okay, so halfway through my sock reader, that's when I started doing I just was going and I started.

Beating everybody I was like I'm, just gonna fight the like for blood and that's what I did and I started.

Winning and I won the brigade championships.

Then I actually went on to win the national championships, so I wanted a national championship at a junior and then my senior year.

It's called your first class here then I won the national championships again I had 185 I mean once you decide, you're, not the guy out.

It comes a lot easier, but when you get done, you owe the government five years because they paid for your schooling they paid for four years.

What I wanted to do is I decided.

I want to be Navy.

Seal I thought that sounded like fun and I was lucky enough to be one of the 16 guys in my class that got selected, and then we showed up to buds just basic underwater demolition, steel school and when we classed up and with class to 43, then you, then you just start trying it.

Let's say everyone talks about this Hal week.

What is it so? Buzzes is broken down in three phases.

The first phase, second phase in third phase.

First phase is gonna, be your attrition phase, they're just trying to weed out the people trying to differentiate who really really wants to be there.

You know who kind of has the balls to be part of this and then people that just kind, you know, think it sounds cool so, and you made it through that yeah, barely so I class to 43.

We classed up with 205 guys and it's all just everything.

You kind of see that the logs and the boats over your head, getting laying in the icy water and doing ops of courses and big long sand, dune runs and race runs and time swims everything everything's just a competition.

They lock you in this room for a little bit and then all of a sudden they have break out, and the next thing you know which is all hell turns loose.

So they just they create some chaos.

They get you going and then you go for the next three days straight, like you, don't there's no sleep at all when you're.

If you know, if you're moving too slowly put you in the water to get you cold now, you're freezing, they pull you out to send me on a run.

Get you warm back up again as soon as you wanted to put you back and get you cold again, it's just miserable and that's where you lose guys.

It's that it's that cold water, that everyone just quits so I think the whole time in seven days.

I think we slept about four hours.

How do you reckon you'd go doing that? How weak now there's no way it's miserable hi, guys you're in your prime yeah, hang three how weak and somehow you made it through and then you go into Phase two yeah.

So we finished we finished Halloween with maybe like thirty five guys, not many guys, so it really shut down.

And then you pick up some guys that have gotten hurt from previous classes the role guys back.

So we picked up another couple guys and we're going to second phase.

Second phase dive phase.

That's really gonna teach you how to scuba dive, but you know it's it's not that funny! It's not your! It's! Not your Patti course.

You know they're in they're, not you know they're not down there like you know, moving your hair idle away and no it's is they try to make it as stressful as possible.

They're down underwater choking the [ __ ] outta you and tying knots in your regulators, and- and they put you to these tests, where you have to do all this all this stuff.

You got to do by a certain order.

Exactly right, you can't freak out underwater, so you get done with with dive phase and I think we had lost a few more guys after that.

How does that work? So if you don't pass the test you're out nah, you get.

You get three chances at everything.

Everybody gets three three three strikes um, for instance, I'll! Just give you an example: they put you know, he's got these big tanks.

These twin ATS and they'll- put you on the bottom by ten feet, down I'm gonna, give you a weight belt and you're kind of crawling along this.

The black line on the swimming pool and what they'll do is they'll, come down and they'll give you certain problems.

You know they'll rip off your mask and they'll flip you over there undo.

Your straps well tie knots in your hoses that kind of stuff and you have to go through a systematic prop in a process of I'm [ __ ].

All this put yourself back together and then you start crawling along this line.


If you do something wrong, if you know do something out of order or you can't get it knot, undone or whatever you'll fail that.

But you get two more chances of passing that and everybody does.

If you fail three times now, they're gonna, either they're gonna, take you and send you to a review board and you they'll either send you to another class, so they'll roll you back so like, for instance, if you were in 243 and you got rolled you end up, you'd start that same training with 244 when they came through in a few weeks, so more people finding it roll back or more people pulling out, and now most people quit most people quit out of hell week because the waters so damn cold and Holy Week stuff I mean it stresses you to the absolute max.

Most people leave out a hell week.

You get a few people that will fail diet phase most most guys if they fail diet phase, that's not something they'll quit over.

It's usually that's something it rolled back to.

We had a couple guys came into our class and you know some people just learn a little bit slower.

You know, so some guys just need a few extra chances and then you go to third base and third phase.

Is land warfare and they'll? Take you and they send you out to this little island off the coast of California called sink I'm gonna have them, it is pretty cool and that's where they just teach you the absolute bare basics of how to shoot, move and communicate.

You know you got 16 guys and that's kind of 16 to 20 guys will eat plan for you're all working together.

You got to make sure in the middle of night.

You can go.

Do something and I'll shoot each other, but you've got to have good fundamentals build on so once you've done all that you're, not quite a Navy SEAL.

You know, then, then you just graduate from buds and then then the pipeline actually Forks off and it depends on whether you're enlisted or whether you're an officer as an officer.

What I did is I went off and I did a couple secondary schools, I did dive supervisor school, did a Range Safety Officer course.

I went to basic parachute school, which is out in Fort Benning Georgia, and then you go to another course called Bass cutie seal qualification training.

So then you've come back together.

The other Y was with a group of officers going through those other courses and then us, as a group of officers, came back together with the another group of the enlisted guys and we all go through sqt together and then, when you get done with sqt, you graduate that's when you get your call, it Budweiser and now you're, officially a Navy SEAL all right, and then you report to your team and I reported a SEAL team, 30 and so I know.

You can't talk about too much about this, but I want to become a team guy you get sent out, and then you do some stuff and yeah at SEAL team, 3 I deployed a couple times with them.

I was in the teams from 2002 until 2010, and during that time we had a lot of Wars going on.

So I did two deployments to Iraq does employ deployment to Afghanistan and I also didn't deploy me to the Philippines at the time, and very briefly after that, you became a private contractor ivv : yeah, then I moved into the private sector.

After that yeah I work about you know five months out of the year, the rest time I just kind of hang out and come and try to fix up this bucket of bolts.

Why do they call it dinghy legs? No one in this world calls me dinghy like that, for you bow to the dinghy is kind of you know it's kind of like it.

Stable platform do another 60 percent of time.

Good drink.

You got a 60 percent, pass right, dad I'm trying to be positive, so you came in yet a search out a company you met me.

We look for a bite.

We bought the boat.

What now well I know: I really enjoy my life right now, I'm, pretty I'm, pretty happy I live down at Costa.

Rica I got a good thing going down there.

You know I'm still invested in in this project.

I think this is amazing.

I think what you've done with this boat is it's mind-blowing the amount of energy time and then expertise you've brought to the table on this.

It's pretty it's pretty impressive.

I didn't think it was possible.

So to me, parlay represent the ability to travel.

The world sail to surf, to party, have a good time and I mean that's kind of what I'm all about I want to continue to keep coming out on the boat and spending some time, and you know who knows where you're gonna be next, like that saying you know those who wander are not lost, I'm happy to be a part of it.

So I hope you enjoyed that episode, guys Thank You Ben for sharing a few of your personal insights into your experiences and history and treasures and you'll be seeing a lot more event in the future.

Cheers guys you know, I got a couple.

Cars ya feel like we're, not making fun of each other enough.

You think he makes a mouth you wanna, do it again, we'll do it yeah yeah from the top from the top.


What is the description of Navy SEAL training? ›

SEAL training has been described as brutal, preparing you for the extreme physical and mental challenges of SEAL missions. Training consists of: 12+ months of initial training that includes Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL BUD/S School, Parachute Jump School and SEAL Qualification Training (SQT)

Who was the SEAL that lied about Goggins? ›

Don Shipley joined the United States Navy in 1978 and became a Navy SEAL in 1984 after graduating from Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training BUD/S class 131.

What is the life of a Navy SEAL like? ›

SEAL training is brutal by design, according to the U.S. Navy. SEALS have a high risk of mortality and must be equipped to complete nearly impossible missions. Over the course of one year, you will be subjected to physically punishing activities, extreme temperatures, mental fatigue and sleep deprivation.

What happens after buds training? ›

SEAL Qualification Training -- After BUD/S graduation, you go to SQT -- an advanced training program that takes the individual who graduated BUD/S and forms a team that is capable of operating in the water, underwater, from planes and helicopters, ropes and parachutes, boats, and on foot.

What is the minimum height for a Navy SEAL? ›

Enlisted SEAL

Height: 5 ft. 10 in.

What is SEAL team training called? ›

Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL Training

BUD/S is a seven-month training challenge that develops your mental and physical stamina and leadership skills. Each BUD/S phase includes timed physical condition tests, with the time requirements becoming more demanding each week.

Who is the toughest Navy SEAL ever? ›

David Goggins, a triathlete, ultramarathoner and retired Navy SEAL, is often nicknamed "the toughest man alive" or "the world's toughest man" for his extreme athletic feats. Born in 1975 in Buffalo, New York, David was the son of Trunnis Goggins and his much younger companion Jacqueline, or "Jackie."

Who is the hardest Navy SEAL ever? ›

David Goggins is the only member of the U.S. Armed Forces to complete Navy SEAL training, the U.S. Army Ranger School, and Air Force tactical air controller training. Having completed multiple ultra-marathons, triathlons, ultra-triathlons, and more, he is considered one of the world's greatest endurance athletes.

Who is the deadliest SEAL? ›

This seal is sometimes called the sea leopard, and the resemblance is more than skin deep. Like their feline namesakes, leopard seals are fierce predators. They are the most formidable hunters of all the seals and the only ones that feed on warm-blooded prey, such as other seals.

Can Navy SEALs tell their family? ›

Navy SEALs are free to tell family and friends their occupation. The Navy even offers "engagements" in which SEALs talk to high school athletic teams about physical fitness and mental toughness.

What is the divorce rate of Navy SEALs? ›

The divorce rate among U.S. Navy Seals is over 90 percent.

What is the average retirement for a Navy SEAL? ›

Your retirement pay in the military is based on what you were earning each year prior to leaving. So, for example, say you were a Navy SEAL making the average yearly salary of $54,000. Your retirement pay would start at approximately $27,000 per year, yet different factors may influence the final sum.

What is the hardest Navy SEAL training? ›

The BUD/S course is regarded as one of the toughest training regimens in the U.S. military. It prepares candidates for dangerous situations they may face later on.

What do Navy SEALs eat during buds? ›

Soft, bland, high calorie foods like mashed potatoes with gravy, pasta, chicken nuggets, bread with jam, and steamed veggies with loads of butter are meal staples during this week, paired with juice, milk, and sports drinks.

What time do Navy SEALs go to bed? ›

Hitting the Sack: Lights Out. In all the branches' basic training programs, bedtime is usually 2100, or 9 p.m., except during times of special events, such as night exercises. In basic training, lights out means go to sleep.

What is the oldest age you can be a Navy SEAL? ›

Navy SEALs Qualifications

All SEAL candidates are required to meet the following qualification standards and pass the PST: 18-28 years old (17 with parental permission) A U.S. citizen. High school graduate (or meet High Performance Predictor Profile criteria).

What is the average age of a Navy SEAL recruit? ›

Interestingly enough, the average age of navy seals is 30-40 years old, which represents 41% of the population.

What is the weight limit for a Navy SEAL? ›

This Is the Best Height and Weight for Special Ops Selection and BUD/S Training
Height / Weight Ranges Suited for Selection Programs
Height (inches)Navy Max Weight Standard (lbs)BUD/S Weight Range (lbs)
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What rank runs a SEAL Team? ›

SEAL Teams

A SEAL Team is commanded by a Navy Commander (O-5) and is composed of a HQS element and eight operational 16-man SEAL Platoons. These platoons rotate in a continuous and rigorous planned cycle of training and overseas deployments.

How many hours do Navy SEALs sleep? ›

Navy SEAL Hell Week is a five-and-a-half day stretch in which candidates sleep only about four total hours, run more than 200 miles and do physical training for more than 20 hours per day. Navy SEALs go on missions to raid, ambush and assault enemy forces or terrorist cells.

How long do Navy SEALs go without sleep? ›

Navy SEALs go on missions to raid, ambush and assault enemy forces or terrorist cells. These missions include a lot of sleep deprivation. So in training during Hell Week, as it's called, Navy SEAL candidates must stay awake for five days in a row to see if they can handle it.

Who is tougher a SEAL or a Marine? ›

Yes. Navy SEAL training is more difficult than Marine training. There is quite a difference in the Navy SEAL completion rate from the Marines. Marines complete their 13-week boot camp training at a success rate of 85%, roughly three times higher than the success rate of seals.

What is the most badass Navy SEAL team? ›

SEAL Team Six was formally commissioned in November 1980, and an intense, progressive work-up training program made the unit mission-ready six months later. SEAL Team Six became the U.S. Navy's premier hostage rescue and counter-terrorism unit. It has been compared to the U.S. Army's elite Delta Force.

Who is the fittest Navy SEAL? ›

David Goggins (born February 17, 1975) is an American ultramarathon runner, ultra-distance cyclist, triathlete, public speaker, and author. He is a retired United States Navy SEAL member who served in the Iraq War. His first memoir, Can't Hurt Me, was released in 2018 and a sequel Never Finished in 2022.

What rank was Chris Kyle? ›

The Silver Star is the third-highest award given for battlefield conduct. “After thoroughly reviewing all available records, the Navy determined an error was made in the issuance of Chief Petty Officer Chris Kyle's form DD214 (report of separation from military service),” wrote Lt. Jackie Pau, a Navy spokesperson.

Has there ever been a female Navy SEAL? ›

In 2015, the SEALs pipeline became available for women. Despite attempts by eight women to participate in the SEAL office assessment and selection process, there hasn't been any success in there being women Navy SEALs.

How many people fail Navy SEAL? ›

SEAL basic training has earned a grueling reputation, in part because of a notoriously high failure rate. Nearly 70% of enlisted SEALs fail, mostly by hell week. But Naval Academy officers have an 89% success rate, mainly because they go through years of training and evaluation before they arrive.

Has a SEAL team ever been killed? ›

It is published by Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, through its Imprint, Lyons Press. In the shoot-down, 31 Americans lost their lives, including 17 U.S. Navy SEALs, 15 of whom were from 2 troop, Gold Squadron at SEAL Team Six, officially the United States Naval Special Warfare Development Group.

What are some weird facts about SEALs? ›

Their bodies are very efficient at removing and recycling water from their food. They avoid drinking sea water; if a seal drinks too much sea water it can become seriously sick. Arctic seals, which spend time on ice, may sometimes eat fresh water ice and snow.

What is the biggest seal alive? ›

The southern elephant seal is the largest seal alive on earth today. It can get almost three feet longer than the northern elephant seal and can weigh over 3000 pounds more.

What is the 3 foot rule Navy SEALs? ›

When I was learning CQB (Close Quarter Battle) from a Navy SEAL, I was taught to “stay in your three-foot world.” What did that mean? That means control the space around you in a three-foot direction. Don't worry what could or could not be in the rest of the building we are clearing.

How can you tell if someone is a Navy SEAL? ›

The ONLY 100% way to ever know for sure if someone was a SEAL or not is to verify them through a SPECWAR Insider, a SEAL Verifier like myself or a verification from the Naval Special Warfare Center in Coronado, California Public Affairs Office.

Are Navy SEALs allowed to have tattoos? ›

According to the Navy, only the head, face and scalp are off limits. The neck and behind the ear may have one tat but it should be restricted to one inch. Additionally, tattoos on the torso should not be visible through the white uniform shirt. For the rest of the body, there is no restriction on size and placement.

How long does a SEAL Team stay together? ›

Typically, a new Enlisted SEAL will go straight to a SEAL Team or SDV Team for his initial tour and stay there for 3-5 years doing training, workups, and overseas deployments. If you're assigned to an SDV Team your first tour, you will most likely go to a SEAL Team for your second tour.

Are most Navy SEALs single? ›

False. There are many married Navy SEALs. There are many divorced and single Navy SEALs, too. The job is tough with regular deployments into war zones, which is stressful on families, but many families endure and grow stronger from the experience.

Is 27 too old to join the Navy SEALs? ›

Training and deployment

Members of the U.S. Navy can apply for SEAL training between the ages of 17 and 28, though special waivers are available through age 33. (In 2015 the navy announced that it would open the SEAL program to women, though no time frame was given.)

Do Navy SEALs have life insurance? ›

In addition to SEAL leadership traits, SEALs receive a salary, medical and life insurance, education funding, travel and supply discounts, and more. These Navy SEAL benefits allow each SEAL to contribute to his community, family and country.

What does the highest paid Navy SEAL make? ›


What disqualifies you from being a Navy SEAL? ›

(1) Chronic obstructive or restrictive pulmonary disease, active tuberculosis, reactive airway disease or asthma after age 13, sarcoidosis, and spontaneous pneumothorax are disqualifying. Traumatic pneumothorax, pulmonary barotrauma, and chest tube placement are disqualifying.

What percent of people quit Navy SEAL training? ›

Each year, according to the report, there are 888 candidates in BUD/S, including officers and enlisted, and “looks to graduate” 175. That is a prescribed goal of graduating 20% of those who start BUD/S. It also translates to an expected 80% attrition rate.

Who trains harder than Navy SEALs? ›

Army Green Berets — "Special Forces"

They have about as much street-cred as numbered SEALs and Force Recon, depending on who's doing the talking. Notably, Green Berets have some of the toughest initial training in the entire military (at the risk of drawing the ire of SEALs and Marine Recon).

Do Navy SEALs see a lot of combat? ›

Depending on the mission, you may find yourself in close-quarters combat or even engaging in direct combat with enemy forces. In short, Navy SEAL Officers may very well see combat during their deployments, but this largely depends on the specific mission at hand.

What do Navy SEALs do to sleep? ›

What is the Navy SEAL Sleep Technique? “The Navy SEAL Sleep Technique involves laying the back on the floor at the edge of the bed and then putting the legs on the bed,” Dr. Hsu begins. “This puts the sleeper in a position similar to the letter Z, but with the laps stretching a bit onto the bed.

Do Navy SEALs get free food? ›

In addition to your salary and other income, you will also receive several benefits as a Navy SEAL including medical and life insurance, education funding, travel and supply discounts, vacation time, tax-free pay in combat zones, tax-free allowances for housing and food, and access to military facilities.

What do all Navy SEALs have in common? ›

You need mechanical skills, good mathematical ability, and the ability to study and learn fast. The necessary Navy SEAL character traits include self-confidence and maturity. You have to be willing to follow orders and carry out your assignments under heavy stress or danger.

Why do Navy Seals sleep with legs up? ›

He says, “thanks to foot elevation simultaneously performed with a relaxed back, your blood flows smoother within the body which triggers sleep faster than usual. This body position redistributes the blood on your feet to other parts of the body, promoting better relaxation and physical comfort.”

How often do Navy Seals get to go home? ›

SWCC and SEAL operators spend a great deal of time training for war and deploying overseas. The training and operational tempo can be high, but operators do have room in their busy schedules for family time, including 30 days of leave per year.

Do male and female soldiers sleep in the same barracks? ›

Basic Training Barracks

During Basic Training, men and women live in separate quarters, which consist of shared bunks and bathroom facilities.

Is Navy SEAL training hard? ›

The Navy seal training program is one of the most difficult human conditioning and military training tests in the world. During this program, students overcome obstacles designed to test their stamina, teamwork, and leadership. For every 1,000 people who start Navy Seal training, only around 200 to 250 succeed.

What skills do you learn as a Navy SEAL? ›

You need mechanical skills, good mathematical ability, and the ability to study and learn fast. The necessary Navy SEAL character traits include self-confidence and maturity. You have to be willing to follow orders and carry out your assignments under heavy stress or danger.

Is Navy SEAL training too difficult? ›

The 24-week course is considered extremely difficult to pass and has an attrition rate of between 70% and 85% per class. Candidates are subjected to limited sleep, cold water and constant physical exercise and combat training.

Why do Navy SEALs sit in waves? ›

What is Surf Torture? The exercise is very basic. The purpose is to test the breaking point of candidates by low movement exercises in cold waters of the Silver Strand Beach in Coronado. Laying in 6 inches of water where the white wash rolls in from the surf.

How many miles do Navy SEALs run? ›

Each candidate sleeps at most four hours during the entire week, runs more than 200 miles (320 km), and does physical training for more than 20 hours per day.

How much sleep do Navy SEALs get? ›

' You get 4 hours of sleep. You're not allowed to have any caffeine. Throughout the entire week, you're hungry, you're cold, you're sandy, you're wet, just the lack of sleep.

What percent of people pass Navy SEAL training? ›

SEAL basic training has earned a grueling reputation, in part because of a notoriously high failure rate. Nearly 70% of enlisted SEALs fail, mostly by hell week.

What is the retirement age for Navy SEALs? ›

Drill pay (SELRES) members who have completed 15 or more years of qualifying service and are no longer physically qualified for Navy service also are eligible to receive retired pay at age 60. Note: If otherwise eligible, members may remain in an active status until age 62.

What is the average age of a Navy SEAL? ›

We know that it was an all-male rescue team, because all SEALs are men. The average Navy SEAL is about 30 years old, with a bachelors and possibly a masters degree. He is most likely white and may have a wife and children. And is no doubt in perfect physical shape.

Are SEALs tougher than Marines? ›

Yes. Navy SEAL training is more difficult than Marine training. There is quite a difference in the Navy SEAL completion rate from the Marines. Marines complete their 13-week boot camp training at a success rate of 85%, roughly three times higher than the success rate of seals.

What is the hardest military training in the world? ›

There's a great argument that the Marine Corps has the hardest military training of anyone, and here's why. Of course, when you reach the top, you can find them becoming SEALs or a part of the Marine Raider Regiment (MRR), but the training of any Marine is some of the hardest military training in the world.

How many people fail to become a Navy SEAL? ›

BUD/S Training, the Toughest Military Training in the World, has a 75-80% attrition rate. The seven or eight out of ten men who fail or quit SEAL Training in the Navy are not just average guys walking the streets today, they're the best the Navy has. These are guys who have worked their asses off to get to BUD/S.

Do Navy SEALs get to see their family? ›


SWCC and SEAL operators spend a great deal of time training for war and deploying overseas. The training and operational tempo can be high, but operators do have room in their busy schedules for family time, including 30 days of leave per year.

Why do Navy SEALs sleep with legs up? ›

He says, “thanks to foot elevation simultaneously performed with a relaxed back, your blood flows smoother within the body which triggers sleep faster than usual. This body position redistributes the blood on your feet to other parts of the body, promoting better relaxation and physical comfort.”

How long do most SEALs stay in the Navy? ›

Navy SEALs are eligible for retirement after 20 years of service, but many SEAL members continue service for at least 30 years to maximize their retirement benefits.

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Introduction: My name is Carlyn Walter, I am a lively, glamorous, healthy, clean, powerful, calm, combative person who loves writing and wants to share my knowledge and understanding with you.