How to become a Navy SEAL

How to Become a Navy SEAL


The process for a  civilian attempting to become an enlisted Navy SEAL Candidate takes around 6 months – 1 years time. Currently 60% of SEAL Candidates have at least an Associates Degree, with most having a Bachelors Degree.

Step 1: Go and talk to a Navy Recruiter. This is the most important step on the journey of becoming a Navy SEAL.

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A Navy Recruiter will guide you through the early processes.

A SEAL candidate is assessed using:

  1. Pre-enlistment medical screening
  2. Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB)
  3. Computerized-Special Operations Resilience Test (C-SORT)
  4. Navy SEAL Physical Screening Test (PST)

The ASVAB is used to assess a candidate’s mental sharpness and ability to learn. While the C-SORT is used to screen their maturity and mental resilience.

Navy Medical Screening: 

Click Here for information on a Navy Medical Screening. Your recruiter will have this information as well.

Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB)

All military personal must take the ASVAB. There are  65 The United States Military Entrance Processing Command (MEPS) locations in the United States. Your recruiter will direct you to the closest MEPS center.

Computerized-Special Operations Resilience Test (C-SORT)

The C-SORT or Computerized-Special Operations Resiliency Test, is an online test recruits will take at the recruiter’s office and is created to assess a future SEAL recruit’s ability to handle stress.

You will be tested in the following areas:

  1.  Performance strategies – Positive self-talk, breathing, and goal setting abilities are tested in this section.
  2. Psychological resilience – Here you deal with stressful and unpleasant situations as well as mental challenges and threats.
  3. Personality traits – This section is mainly used for statistical analysis.

SGPT’s 30 Day BrainFrog is an excellent tool to train for the C-SORT Click Here to Learn MORE!

Navy SEAL Physical Screening Test (PST) 

This at first glance is the most challenging portion of the process to become a Navy SEAL for many candidates. The Physical Screening Test or PST is a series of physical exercises. Pull Ups, Push Ups, Sit Ups, Run and Swim.

Minimum Standards of the Navy SEAL PST Screening Test Are:

500 Yard Swim – Under 12:30

Push Ups In 2 Min – 50

Sit Ups in 2 Min – 50

Pull Ups – 10

1.5 Mile Run – 10:30

Due to the competitive nature of becoming a Navy SEAL from the media exposure and pop culture you must now score in the OPTIMUM Range of the Navy SEAL PST.

Optimum Navy SEAL PST Scores

500 Yard Swim – Under 9:00

Push Ups In 2 Min – 100

Sit Ups in 2 Min – 100

Pull Ups – 20

1.5 Mile Run – 9:00

SGPT has created a 180 Day Training System designed to help you reach an OPTIMUM Score. Our 180 Day Training System is ideal for serious candidates looking to achieve the goal of getting a BUD/S Contract.

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