Before he can engage with any enemy, in any situation, anywhere in the world, a U.S. Navy SEAL must excel in what is arguably the most physically and mentally demanding military training in the world. Even after becoming a SEAL, further training is continuous, intense, and uncompromising.
First Phase training includes numerous challenges including the infamous “Hell Week.” Those candidates who survive continue on with extensive Second and Third Phase instruction in combat diving and land warfare skills. Following Third Phase, candidates begin SEAL Qualification Training (SQT), an additional six months of focused instruction including survival, evasion, resistance, and escape training, as well as static line and free-fall parachute schooling. After SQT, language instruction is conducted. Upon successful completion of the 60 or more weeks of arduous training, the individual earns the right to wear the SEAL trident.