A secret life
The growing popularity of SEAL Team Six contrasts with its impregnable secrecy , and it is one of the most secretive bodies of all U.S. Armed Forces . In fact , most missions that perform these experienced soldiers remain hidden not only the general public but also even their closest relatives . Normal on the other hand , since the fact of being extremely careful counterterrorism action or anti – insurgency could be key to successfully complete it . Yet the emotional and physical cost that these men must face is huge and is only available to a few, who are able to give your real personal rise vocation . Some of these soldiers , once removed or either of SEAL Team 6 , have had first hand some details of how was your selection process , preparation and workout, and have even revealed some interesting aspects of operations in which they participated . Most of these experiences are reflected in several books and interviews given to the media, whose content has helped us know almost all we know of this enigmatic group .
One such interesting reading is the aforementioned ” Seal Team Six : Memoirs of a special forces sniper delas them .” In them one of his coauthors , Howard E. Wasdin , reveals how training in this special unit : ” All of the SEAL training involves repetitive and continuous. When I was in Team Six would shoot hundreds of rounds a day. It has been said that in a year we spend more money , simply ammunition for the 9mm pistol , the entire Marine
Corps in all its ammunition. But do not shoot for fun. In doing so repeatedly , in various situations , operators can act with muscle memory , which is especially useful when – you sensory overload in the chaos of battle . ” This is how they train the lucky few who manage to overcome the brutal selection process to access Team Six . Inhumane tests whose primary objective is to separate the true warriors of the merely mortal .
Photojournalist Richard Schoenberg , author of ” The only easy day was yesterday: Making Navy Seals ” ( The only easy day was yesterday. Forming Navy Seals ) showed in pictures this grueling training and selection process , focusing mainly in the months train-ing at the base of Coronado (California, USA ) . During this selection , the soldiers aspiring to become members of this exclusive elite body will have to run more de1.300 kilometers , 100 miles swim , soak for 35 hours and be able to dive without oxygen over 50meters . All this having overcome the terrifying ” Hell Week ” , which we have discussed above.
6 months in the BUD / S
BUD / S stands for Basic Under water Demolition / SEAL ( basic underwater demolition ) , standard training must overcome all aspiring Navy SEALS. The first phase of this training is the hardest.
They are eight weeks of basic conditioning , with ” Hell Week ” right in the middle . It is faced with a situation that tests the physical and mental endurance of soldiers, always encouraging teamwork .
Many can not stand the pressure and the harsh conditions of training and just throwing in the towel , which is reflected physically touching a bell that is always available to those who decide to leave .
Emotional pain and physical discomfort caused by moisture , cold , hypothermia and lack of sleep will cause many to leave . Even those who seemingly appear to be the strongest. He explained in his memoirs the former Navy SEAL Eric Greitens , author of ” The Heart and the Fist : the Education of a Humanitarian , the Making of a Navy Seal ” ( the heart and the fist : the education of a humanitarian, the formation of a Navy Seal ) . Greitens has always asked if , at first glance , be able to recognize which candidate profile and eventually pass the test as part of a team of Navy SEALS. Your answer is straightforward : “Do not know . But I know who does not surpass . All men that focus on the appearance failed. The vicious beauty of BUD / S is no excuses , no explanations . You run , or not. ”
During this demanding training process , candidates tremen -do experience a sense of pride , brotherhood , and adopt a new awareness of themselves that will make them believe they can achieve anything. Already at this point , after having passed the first phase of acclimatization 8semanas , applicants will face the second period of workout, formed by another 8 weeks focusing on themes of diving, and the third and final phase , with 9 weeks of land combat readiness . Here , the number of dropouts is drastically reduced, and most men almost exceeding the “Week in Hell ” conclude these two phases. In fact , if they do , not for physical or mental issues , but rather technical aspects , whether in resolution models diving exercises or demolition techniques and weapons for ground instruction . After completing six months of training BUD / S ( 27semanas ) , candidates will still be ahead another 3 weeks of basic training paratrooper.
Complete all instruction , finally the organization will test and evaluate the response of soldiers highly stressful situations , to ensure that students are competent in their core tasks. Candidates will go through a final phase -focused training 8semanas mission planning , tactical operations , technical and military procedures . In conclusion, all who pass this process will be authorized to provide the coveted badge delos Navy SEAL trident on their uniform. Once they become members of Navy SEAL right models , these men will be time to consider their input in some of its elite teams such as Team Six . But this would be another matter .