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Spec War Draft

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A new system used by Naval Special Warfare has been helping to screen recruits before they get to SEAL or SWCC training. It is called the Spec War Draft. Please do not get this confused with Vietnam era draft. It is more like the NFL draft process and the PST is now considered the Spec War version of the combine. But yes you have to compete to get to go to BUD/S or SWCC - no more minimum standards will get you to SEAL / SWCC training. See email from a young man confused by the terms being used:

"About the Navy SEAL draft - I don't see how this would make sense. This is strictly an all volunteer group in the Navy. Plus, if there would be a draft for SEAL candidates, that would just mean more guys quitting, wasting more tax payers money. The reason that SEALs are not mass produced is because SEALs cannot be mass produced. This just seems completely ludicrous. "

See official SEAL website for more information

Easy - what is happening now in the SEAL recruiting world is that the huge list of candidates take the screening test. They are graded by adding the times of their 1.5 mile timed run and 500yd swim. Then they subtract the number of pushups and situps and (pullups x 6) from that number. The lowest score wins and the candidate is at the TOP of the draft list. This just means the number 1 candidate ranked will go to BUD/S first.

Navy SEAL PST Times / Reps Scoring / Ranking System

Swim 500 yds - 8:20
1.5 mile run - 9:00
Pushups 100 reps
Situps 100 reps
Pullups 20 reps

500 seconds = 500 points
540 seconds = 540 points
100 reps = 100 points
100 reps = 100 points
20 reps x 6 = 120 points

Add Cardio together:  500 + 540 = 1040

Subtract PT points ( total 320 points)

940-320 = 720 POINTS






For example: If you get a 8:20 swim that equals 500 seconds. A 9:00 run equals 540 seconds. Add those together for a base score of 1040. Now let's say you get 100 pushups and situps in 2 minutes each, you would subtract 200 points from the 1040 to get 840. Now since pullups are harder they are weighted more and you get 6 points per pullup. 20 pullups gives you 120 points. Now subtract 120 from 840 to get 720.

This (720) is considered an above average score on the draft. The lower your score the higher ranking among the candidates nationwide on the draft you become. You have to strive to get WAY above the minimum standards to get to attend BUD/S and SWCC training now. You are competing with every kid in the nation who wants to be a SEAL / SWCC. You have to be in the delayed entry program to take the test with your SEAL / SWCC / Diver / EOD / SAR swimmer mentor. The mentor program is made of former Spec War / Spec Ops members and it is their job to get you ready for your future training as well as screen out those who are not making the grade. Learn how to ace the PST at the Navy SEAL / SWCC PST Clinic

So the U.S. has not instituted the draft nor does the Navy SEAL / SWCC community need it. This is just a way of making sure on a nationwide level, the best candidates are going to BUD/S and SWCC training and are prepared enough to make it through training physically.

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