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From NROTC to SEALS

#1
Howdy,

Approximately how many SEAL candidates get selected from NROTC?

From what I have read here, it appears that most officer SEAL candidates come from USNA. Is NROTC the second largest source of SEAL candidates with OCS being last?

What are factors, aside from being in tip top physical shape, are considered? Does come down to having a killer GPA in a STEM major?

Do 4 year NROTC participants have an edge over to 2 years NROTC candidates?

Thanks.
 

RUFiO181

Making Recruiting Great Again
#2
Howdy,

Approximately how many SEAL candidates get selected from NROTC?

From what I have read here, it appears that most officer SEAL candidates come from USNA. Is NROTC the second largest source of SEAL candidates with OCS being last?

What are factors, aside from being in tip top physical shape, are considered? Does come down to having a killer GPA in a STEM major?

Do 4 year NROTC participants have an edge over to 2 years NROTC candidates?

Thanks.
Ask your NROTC class advisor or if you're not in the program just swing by and ask. The numbers differ each year but from what I've seen about 5 is the average they take every year, so selection rate is extremely low. As for factors, once again ask your LT or local NROTC unit on how you can make yourself competitive.
 

Hammer10k

Active Member
#4
2014 Academy statistics show 28 SEAL candidates. OCS had roughly 1 SEAL candidate per class, with some having 2, so maybe 15-20 per year from OCS. Hope that helps.
 

NavyOffRec

Well-Known Member
#5
2014 Academy statistics show 28 SEAL candidates. OCS had roughly 1 SEAL candidate per class, with some having 2, so maybe 15-20 per year from OCS. Hope that helps.
can't find 2015 but 2016 and 2017 USNA were 38 and 36

the numbers that don't make it are quite significant, if lucky 30% of officers will make it, most of the ones that I saw at the graduation I was at were from OCS, with a few USNA/NROTC, pure speculation is that the guys via OCS have much more time to work on the physical part prior to applying, both the guys I sent has similar routines, 2-3 hours of workout in the morning, then work, then 3-4 hours of workout in the evening, and then spent most of the weekends working out and building up endurance.
 

KWK

New Member
#6
As someone who went through Seal Officer Assessment Selection (SOAS) as a NROTC Mid last summer (and did not get selected), about 40 NROTC Mids got selected to attend SOAS. Of the 40, I want to say only 4-6 actually got selected to attend BUD/s my year. Academy Mids got selected at about 5 times that rate. Scholarship type does not matter. Get good grades, and have stellar PST scores. In the end, it is all about whether or not the community likes you, and if you have the scores to back it up.

Make sure you are happy with your back up choice, work hard, and let the cards fall where they may.
 

azguy

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#7
It's incredibly difficult to get into BUD/S as a ROTC guy. I had an ROTC classmate who was out of central casting for a SEAL candidate; high grades, absolute PT stud, leadership, etc. He didn't get a slot upon graduating, though I'm convinced he would have easily gotten in the door if he'd been from the academy. It all worked out for him though, he went to a DDG, did well there, got all his quals, and he started BUD/S shortly after pinning on his SWO pin. He's now in his 3rd operational tour as a SEAL officer. So if that's what you want, don't give up if you don't get a slot out of ROTC.
 

Brett327

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#8
can't find 2015 but 2016 and 2017 USNA were 38 and 36

the numbers that don't make it are quite significant, if lucky 30% of officers will make it, most of the ones that I saw at the graduation I was at were from OCS, with a few USNA/NROTC, pure speculation is that the guys via OCS have much more time to work on the physical part prior to applying, both the guys I sent has similar routines, 2-3 hours of workout in the morning, then work, then 3-4 hours of workout in the evening, and then spent most of the weekends working out and building up endurance.
Fuck that noise.
 
#9
Appreciate all the responses. Since the process appears to be so stringent, does that mean that most of the candidates who get selected actually make it through BUD/S?
can't find 2015 but 2016 and 2017 USNA were 38 and 36

the numbers that don't make it are quite significant, if lucky 30% of officers will make it, most of the ones that I saw at the graduation I was at were from OCS, with a few USNA/NROTC, pure speculation is that the guys via OCS have much more time to work on the physical part prior to applying, both the guys I sent has similar routines, 2-3 hours of workout in the morning, then work, then 3-4 hours of workout in the evening, and then spent most of the weekends working out and building up endurance.
To clarify, does this mean that 30% of the new ensigns selected for BUD/S actually survive to get the trident?
 
#10
Thanks for all the responses. When is Seal Officer Assessment Selection (SOAS) administered for ROTC midshipman? Is there an SOAS for Academy midshipman? If so, is it the same assessment as the one for ROTC?

I would imagine pilot, as competitive as it is, gets many more slots for both OCS and ROTC than SEALS?

Not to belittle the community at all, but SWO the one designator that pretty much anyone can get if they want it and all else fails?
 

NavyOffRec

Well-Known Member
#12
Appreciate all the responses. Since the process appears to be so stringent, does that mean that most of the candidates who get selected actually make it through BUD/S?


To clarify, does this mean that 30% of the new ensigns selected for BUD/S actually survive to get the trident?
Thanks for all the responses. When is Seal Officer Assessment Selection (SOAS) administered for ROTC midshipman? Is there an SOAS for Academy midshipman? If so, is it the same assessment as the one for ROTC?

I would imagine pilot, as competitive as it is, gets many more slots for both OCS and ROTC than SEALS?

Not to belittle the community at all, but SWO the one designator that pretty much anyone can get if they want it and all else fails?
I said "if lucky 30%" that was the percent that made it through the class my guy made it through, and they said that was pretty high percent, so estimate 20% for safe measure.

yes 30+ compared to hundreds for SNA

SNA and SWO have about the same numbers of spots open each year

you are comparing apples to oranges, SNA generally has the highest selection percentage but they also have to meet higher physical standards (vision, etc...), SWO has a lower selection percentage but more people can apply.
 

Brett327

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#15
I place the whole "I wanna be a SEAL" thing in the same bin as the "I wanna be an astronaut" thing.
 
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