Osama bin Laden finally gone. The Navy SEALS did it!

CNN on Navy SEAL TrainingMay 5, 2011 – This remarkable moment in the history of The United States with the capture and death of our number one most wanted terrorist, Osama bin Laden, would not have been possible without the bravery and courage of the men that succesfully carried out that mission. Where do Superheroes like that come from?  What does it take to make a Navy SEAL?

Randi Kaye from The CNN News Room tried to answer that question in her recent report on how the Navy SEALS are trained.

SEAL stands for Sea, Air and Land which will be the first indication of the strict minimum requirements before one can even begin training in Coronado California.  Randi Kaye reported the following Seal Physical Screening Test (PST) Requirements:

  • swim(side stroke/breast stroke) 500 yards in 12:30 minutes, rest 10 minutes
  • 42 push-ups in two minutes, rest two minutes
  • 50 situps in two minutes, rest two minutes
  • 6 pullups (no time limit), rest 10 minutes
  • run 1.5 miles in 11 minutes

If you pass then you start Basic Underwater Demolition School (BUDS). Randi said it is considered the toughest training in the world. Months of sheer hell. In total SEALs train between 18 and 24 months with the pinnacle of training during what is called Hell Week.  Hell Week is designed to push a man passed his breaking point so it is very grueling.  For five days trainees are constantly cold, hungry, wet and sleep deprived, a total of four hours of sleep over the entire five days!
Historically 75% of those who start training never finish because they can’t take the training. It involves running 15 miles, a 2 mile open water swim and other intense physical conditioning. The Navy says a SEAL can fire more ammunition in one training session than some troops do in their entire career.

Randi Kaye said there are fewer than 2600 seals in the entire world. The SEALs target men most likely to succeed such as unconventional athletes like water polo players in an effort to improve the success rate.  Some of the types of guys that don’t make it through training are Rambo wannabes according to a former SEAL.   SEALs are not action hero types.  The former SEAL said you must be able to work in a team format and also be able to function autonomously, or you won’t last for very long.  He says getting on a special team means you have established yourself as a mature and steady operator with a real world track record of high stakes sensitive missions.

Superheroes!

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