Navy SEALs: Am I Eligible to Join?

A lot of people want to join the Navy SEALs, but only a few are able to make this happen. Do you have a desire to join this special unit? If so, there are several things you must first consider. Above all else, you need to determine your basic eligibility.

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There are many questions surrounding the eligibility of becoming a SEAL. Do you know the answers? If not, continue reading.

What are the basic eligibility requirements?

The basic requirements to be eligible to become a SEAL include: United States citizen, male (females are not allowed to join), between the age of 17 and 28, successful completion of the dive medical physical, successful completion of the physical screening test, and pass the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery.

Do I need to be a member of the Navy to join the SEALs?

Yes. To become a SEAL you must currently be serving in the Navy or willing to join.

Are there eyesight requirements?

Believe it or not, this is a detail that holds many people back on their quest to become a SEAL. Requirements include: uncorrected vision that is no worse than 20/40 in your best eye and 20/70 in your worst eye – both of which must be correctable to at least 20.25. Those who are color blind are immediately disqualified.

I belong to another branch of the military. Am I eligible to become a Navy SEAL?

No. As noted above, if you want to join the SEALs you have to be part of the Navy. Your only option is to serve the remainder of your current military contract and then enlist in the Navy. At that point, you are eligible to become a SEAL if you meet the requirements.

That being said, you have the right to contact a Navy recruiter to explain your situation and learn more about how to move forward when the time comes. It makes good sense to contact a recruiter before your current military duty contract is up.

What if I don’t pass the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery?

In this case, you need to speak with your recruiter about how to study for and retake the test. Waivers are granted, but there is no guarantee. Instead of hoping for the best, you should study, with the help of your recruiter, to ensure that you pass the first time around.

I am older than 28. Can I receive a waiver?

If you are a highly qualified candidate, age 29 or 30, you may receive a waiver. Do you have prior service experience in the Navy? In this case, you may request a waiver up to the age of 33.

What about vision waivers?

While you may be able to receive a waiver for your Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery score or age, the same cannot be said about your vision. Due to the nature of working as a SEAL, you must meet the minimum vision requirements.

By now, you should have a better idea of whether or not you meet the eligibility requirements. If you have any additional questions about joining the Navy SEALs, contact your local recruiter. This is the quickest way to receive answers to all your questions.

2 Responses to "Navy SEALs: Am I Eligible to Join?"

  1. Andres Garcia  November 9, 2014 at 6:15 am

    I am a prior service U.S. Army soldier, my contract just ended November 3rd, however I am still in until I ETS. I have been in the reserves for 4 years and I really want a shot at becoming a Seal. Are you guys taking any prior service at all?

  2. sherita  March 14, 2015 at 5:43 am

    I’m attending at everest college for dental assistanting but haven’t graduated yet because I must finish my externship first which is two hundred hours but I’m interested in doing the navy.

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