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I Want to Join the Navy SEAL program When I Graduate ---- STOP - Read THIS First!

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Near daily, I receive emails from young people seeking to serve and I am so grateful for a new generation seeking to serve, but there are things that you need to learn, practice, and master prior to joining - it may not meet your self-imposed deadline.  See question / answer below:

I just finished my freshman year in college but decided the better option for me was to withdraw, and join the Navy - since I am looking to make this my career, and hopefully become an officer later on.  I just got PRK surgery last Thursday, so I am still a little foggy seeing. My biggest area I need to work on is my swimming. As of now, me just completing the 500m swim freestyle would be an accomplishment and just being comfortable in the water is a challenge. I am a rower so the runs, pushups pull-ups and sit-ups don’t freighten me as much. I plan on signing the line in December as soon as I’m medically cleared for my eyes. 
Coming from a rower background - see our podcast Rowing Athlete Prepares for BUD/S as you come into the world with some strengths and weaknesses.  

you may need more time - just depends.

FIRST of ALL - Do NOT SWIM until your eyes are fully healed or let sweat drip into them - you could get an eye infection and that could end your hopes and dreams as your eyes will not get fixed. 

SECOND - learn the CSS - it is fine to do the freestyle stroke for conditioning but the PST requires the Combat Swimmer Stroke - For Youtube videos / Instagram Posts


Also learn how to put it all together - PST CLINIC - Getting TO the TRAINING:

INFORMATION: Read this (links included)

Do not join the spec war training pipeline based on a time - do it based on your physical conditioning as it may take more time.

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This is how I have been breaking down the PST for years so students can have a better understanding of where in the test they are failing and how to get over these sticking points.  The best way to get better at this test is to actually test yourself several times.  This PST is YOUR entrance exam, so take it seriously.  NEVER think you can score this many points or run so fast because if you have not taken this test as it is given, then you will likely be disappointed in how you perform on game day.

Grading of the PST:  There is an actual grade for the PST - for more information see Article

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Who is Stew Smith? Coach, Trainer, Author, PodcasterI'm the former Navy SEAL that special ops candidates go to for books, ebooks and online coaching to prepare themselves to get to and through intense tactical assessment and selection programs and qualify for service in their chosen tactical profession.  See More at

Where to Find More Information About Optimal Performance Training Programs

When you start training again, consider the seasonal tactical fitness model.  I call it A WAY to train and obviously not the only way to train. But it offers the opportunity to never neglect your weaknesses, helps with flexibility and mobility, but will also put you at a level of physical abilities where you are happy with your overall ability to just about anything. We have a systems where the seasons dictate our training. When it is nicer outside, we tend to run and do more calisthenics.  When it is colder and not so nice, we lift more, run, less, and still maintain our outdoor activities with shorter runs and rucks. Check it out: Seasonal Tactical Fitness Periodization System.  

My most recent programs that walk you through these four cycles with 12 weeks of each season in two programs. 

These Seasonal Tactical Fitness BLOCK Periodization programs will walk you through 4 x 4 weeks cycles with 16 weeks of each season in two programs. (32 total weeks)

The Specific Military / Special Ops Physical Fitness Workouts Where Optimal Performance Will Be Tested Each Day

Navy SEAL Workout Phase 1
Navy SEAL Workout Phase 2 - 3
Navy SEAL Workout Phase 4  Grinder PT
Navy SWCC Workout

Army PFT Workout (Prep For Rucking, OPAT, ACFT)
Army Special Forces / Ranger Workout
Army Air Assault School Workout
Army Airborne Workout


Advanced Running Program - Special Ops Supplement Plan
USMC OCS / TBS Workout


The Combat Conditioning Workout
Air Force PJ / CCT Workout  Battlefield Airman Prep Course
The UBRR Upper Body Round Robin Workout / Spec Ops version


The Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer / Navy SAR Workout
The Service Academy Workout (West Point, Navy, Air Force Academy)
The Navy, Air Force, Marine Corp Boot Camp Workout


The Law Enforcement Physical Fitness Workouts

The FBI Academy Workout  |   FBI Workout Vol 2  
The DEA Workout
The FLETC Workout - Ace the PEB
The PFT Bible: Pushups, Sit-ups, 1.5 Mile Run
The Fire Fighter Workout - Ace the CPAT


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Online PT CLUB - Weekly Workouts created personally for you.

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If you want access to years worth of workouts, many of the top eBOOKs, favorite workouts of the week, free fitness APP, closed Facebook Group, video / picture library of exercises, and more access to LIVE Q/A sessions check out the Stew Smith Fitness Members Section

The dashboard below has the links to all the information, archives, videos, and links to workouts, podcasts, live Q and A lessons. 

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Best of all, if you have questions, email Stew Smith himself (  Join the tactical fitness group discussions, latest articles, videos, podcasts at the Stew Smith Tactical Fitness Training Closed Group on Facebook.


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