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Likelihood of lateral transfer success: RL(Intel) to URL(Seal)

Discussion in 'Lateral Transfer Information' started by jtorres, Feb 26, 2017.

  1. Griz882

    Griz882 Well-Known Member None

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    To the OP. If you are over the age of 18 and are just now learning how to swim do not...NOT...go to the SEALS. Their life is water and you have to be 1/2 mer-man to love that life. I am not trying to be cruel. If you have an intense interest in SpecWar try Army SF or AF Special Warfare, but your history indicates you are not good material for the teams.
     
  2. NavyOffRec

    NavyOffRec Well-Known Member

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    Oddly enough one of the SEAL candidates I put in who is now with an East Coast team learned how to swim about 3 months before taking the PST, he didn't tell me initially as he thought I would turn him away, he took lessons and within months was swimming like a fish.

    I am not saying anyone could do this but he did, it probably didn't hurt that he was VERY physically fit to begin with.
     
  3. Pags

    Pags Well-Known Member None

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    I think that's the thing with SEALs. For lack of a better term the folks who make it as SEALs are natural athletes; the kind of people who can quickly master a new physical skill and do amazing things without getting injured or who just have an absurd tolerance for discomfort. A guy who didn't know how to swim and who could learn and then master it in a few weeks is an exception to what normal people can do.
     
  4. Griz882

    Griz882 Well-Known Member None

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    First, good for him. That is a hell of an accomplishment. There is always an exception to the rule, but the OP doesn't sound like one.
     
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  5. Flash

    Flash SEVAL/ECMO Super Moderator None Contributor

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    I haven't seen it pointed out yet but even if you are the most prepared candidate ever to start BUD/S you could still have an injury that prevents you from completing. One of the NFO's in my first squadron was a pretty fit and locked on guy but didn't completed SEAL training because of stress fractures. They thought enough of him to allow him try again, and he got stress fractures again. Sometimes, it just isn't in the cards.
     
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  6. RUFiO181

    RUFiO181 Making Recruiting Great Again

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    +1. Knew not one, but TWO guys who impressed during Mini-BUDS, but suffered stress fractures and pneumonia (second guy) during their training and had to drop out.
     
  7. jtorres

    jtorres New Member

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    I am 22, and I grew up in Hawaii since I was 5. I understand how that came across. It is not that I do not know how to swim. I just did not know that particular stroke, but I am an avid surfer of over 6 years. I have my scuba certification, and I dive occasionally, and I free dive with fins pretty often. I have since then learned the stroke. I'm not really on this site to see if I can qualify. I am very aware of the standards and competitive scores. I was mainly getting information on what options I have to get in based on how I missed the specop board, and my recruiter pushed me to submit a package for other designators.
     
  8. RUFiO181

    RUFiO181 Making Recruiting Great Again

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    Diving and surfing is all fine and dandy but you're found to be competing against professional swimmer and/or water polo athletes who have the techniques down to a T.
     
  9. Griz882

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    My error. I misunderstood your initial post. In any case, if special warfare is in your heart, and the Navy has closed the books for now, consider enlisting for the teams or looking to Army SF for the same thrills and good training.
     
  10. NavyOffRec

    NavyOffRec Well-Known Member

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    your best bet is to end up getting a "N" from both boards, should that happen then work on your physical training.

    one thing I don't think was touched upon is endurance, the swim and run are distance events where you need to get the best time you can, however the pushups, situps, and pull ups are timed events, they give you 2 minutes for the events and you better be using every second of that 2 minutes, which means you need to get 100+
     
  11. Brett327

    Brett327 Well-Known Member Super Moderator None Contributor

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    FFS. Are we really still hashing this out after 40 posts?
     
  12. RUFiO181

    RUFiO181 Making Recruiting Great Again

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    We're trying to save this kid from going to your squadron. He's still salvageable.
     
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