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A Navy SEAL Reveals His Training

A Navy SEAL Reveals His Training


– I’m Clint Emerson, retired Navy SEAL. I spent time at SEAL Team
3, the NSA, SEAL Team 6. (rock music) I was no incredible athlete
nor was I some genius. I was your average kid growing up in Texas who just had a lot of
passion to go down this path. I was a troublemaker at heart, I still am. I enjoyed getting in trouble, but more importantly, I
enjoyed not getting caught. That somehow extended into an adult profession of roaming
the planet, causing trouble, and not getting caught. (rock music) First, you have to take a leap
of faith and join the Navy. You have to be willing
to be a sailor first before you can be a SEAL. For me, I wanted nothing
to do with being a sailor. I wanted nothing to do
with those big, gray ships. I knew since I was 10 years old, I just wanted to be a SEAL. I went it, I was still in college. I joined the Navy, I
signed the dotted line. Didn’t tell my parents. Nobody knew I was going
until about two weeks before the plane took
off to go to Chicago, up at Great Lakes is where
you go through Boot Camp. Boot Camp is roughly eight weeks. In about Week Three or Four, they’ll say, “Hey, who wants to be a SEAL? “Who wants to be EOD?” That starts the process. They tell you, “Hey, you need
to show up on this morning, “at this time, over at the swimming pool.” The first thing you have to do is a swim. Then you have to do pull-ups, push-ups, sit-ups, and then you have to do a run. All of which has to be done in a certain amount of time
on the swim and the run, and then your push-ups, pull-ups,
and sit-ups have to meet a minimum standard. Then from there, you just
finish out Boot Camp. You get orders, and your
orders will be either, you know, to an A School,
which gives you a MOS, or a job that you’re
going to do in the Navy, or you’re gonna go to BUDS. I had to go to an A School,
and I picked the medical route. I went to Corpsman School, and so that was in additional three months after Boot Camp where you learn basic EMT skills and nothing more. Then I went to BUDS,
which is in San Diego. First thing they had me do while I was in my dress blues was go hit the surf
zone, get wet and sandy, and that is the big welcome to BUDS. You know exactly where you’re at when that happens
because the Pacific Ocean is always around 55 degrees. It’s cold, getting sandy
is part of your life from there on out. Every guy has their own anxieties about different
challenges they know they’re going to face in BUDS. For me, it was a particular
section of pool comp. Pool comp is inside of the
second phase of training which is focused all on everything from dive
physics to dive medicine and then, of course, being
comfortable in the water. Pool comp is truly testing how comfortable you are underwater while you’re breathing on SCUBA and making sure that you can remain calm in stressful situations. You got your fins, you got your mask. You got all the common equipment, and you’re just going back and forth along the bottom a very deep swimming pool known as the Combat Training Tank. While you’re going back and forth, the SEAL instructors are
above doing shark attacks. Of course, they wait until
they see all the bubbles come out and then they come down, taking your air away,
ripping your mask off, maybe thump you in the head, take your weight belt off
to mess up your buoyancy, and then start pulling other
straps and stuff apart. Once they get down, then it’s on you to put yourself all back together again in a proper order. If you don’t do it in the right order, well, then you’re out, you fail. You have to do all this with whatever air you
have left in your lungs, and of course, if you go to the surface, that’s considered quitting, so you’re out. This just goes on and on until you get to the point when they do what’s called the whammy knot. You’re going back and forth, they strip you down, give you a little bit of a beating, tie your hoses in this huge knot that you know you can’t get out. You have to sit there and work on it until they come down
and give you the okay. The goal is just make
sure you remain calm, conserve your air that
you have in your lungs, work the problem. The relief is when they come down, they get face to face
with you, mask to mask, and they give you the okay
to head to the surface, and you know you’ve passed. It’s probably the longest
20, 30 minutes of your life. As you approach the end of BUDS, you come back from the island, you just start prepping
for graduation from BUDS. It does not make you a SEAL. For me, you graduated and then I went off to my specialty, and so within
the SEAL community, guys specialize in specific jobs. You can be a comms guy. You can be a sniper. You can be an ordinance guy. For me, I was a medic, and so I went to a Special
Operations Medical School. Somewhere in the middle of all
that, you go to Jump School. Jump School is one-month Army School, learning how to be a paratrooper. It’s all static line
jumping meaning hooking up a line to a wire inside an airplane, and I’m either going out a
door or going off a ramp, and that line is pulling my parachute out for me so that when
I depart the aircraft, the parachute pops up behind me and you float to the ground, usually at 15 feet per second
and the landings can be, hmm, sometimes interesting. And then when you’re done with that, you check into a SEAL team. I checked into Seal Team
3, and once you check in, you’re on a probationary period where your peers are watching you and ensuring that you are the kind of guy they wanna work with. You have to prove yourself. Part of proving yourself is the cheese board and walkthroughs. The cheese board, they can
ask you any question they want about being a SEAL, about
the equipment you use. How fast does a 5.56 round travel? What’s the velocity? Well, it’s 28 feet per second. They can ask you anything under the sun, and you better answer it accurately or you have to do it all over again, and when you’re at a SEAL team, you only get so many tries
before they get rid of you. Even though they’ve invested
all of that time, money. They don’t care because they wanna always maintain the best guys in their team. Now you go to Ordinance, and all the parts of every weapon are sitting in buckets, mixed up. Not one part goes with another part. You have to go through all these buckets, and put all the weapons together. Half a dozen, maybe more, weapons that at the end,
you’ll have completed. All put together, and then they’ll function test them and make sure you did it properly. Once you get done with that, now you go into your platoon, which is the group of guys you’re gonna train and work
with for the next year, two years, three years. Those guys, for me when I went through, was the last step in the
process of getting your Trident. They decide when it’s
time for you to get it. Your peers, which personally,
I think is the way to go. It was a long road to get there, but well worth it in the end, and once you get that Trident, now you are a SEAL, but you’re still earning
your way as a new guy, and as a new guy, you’re doing everything. When you’re not doing everything, then you’re volunteering
for everything else and earn the respect
of your more seasoned, veteran guys that are at the team. Over time, usually, I probably didn’t feel comfortable as an operator versus a new guy until about somewhere between three and five years at the Command. It takes a long time to not feel like a new guy which is a good thing. It keeps every SEAL somewhat humble and always learning, always training, always trying to be better, and never thinking that you are the best at something ’cause there’s
always room for improvement. So, are you tough enough,
smart enough to be a Navy SEAL? Anyone can do anything. I know that sounds so
cliche, but the reality is is if you, if you’re
truly dedicated to it, both mind and spirit, and you’ve got the passion and the drive, then you can be whatever you wanna be, certainly a Navy SEAL. (rock music)

100 thoughts on “A Navy SEAL Reveals His Training”

  1. This is "cool" and all but ultimately you military guys are the cogs of indoctrination and brainwashing. Perpetuating the power hungry nations, giving them the muscle they need to stay in power…

  2. “We cause trouble around the world. And don’t get caught”. Lmao. Oh great. Thanks for the info. Not even worried about the government killing him, as everyone knows this and apparently accepts it

  3. I have been wanting to be in the army since I was 7 and I am 11 now. That has not changed and this is an inspiration that even though that is gonna be the hardest thing ever, it is going to be worth it if I do it right.

  4. That’s US foreign policy right there: roaming the World causing trouble and not getting caught.

    Now just to recruit sociopaths like this guy to carry it out

  5. People who have played water polo have a low rate of attrition, that's why the U.S. Navy created marketing campaigns to specifically target them.

  6. I don’t think it’s a good idea for USA military to get know this good their most special operation team in the country. Even telling this as a former SEAL isn’t correct

  7. God bless you if you are reading this is not an accident or a coincidence but a plan ordered by God you don't even understand how important u are to God u don't even know how important u are your heart beats with a purpose every time u take a deep breath every time u breath is pushing u closer to your future to your purpose your soul is worth more than seven worlds and ur tears worth more than three oceans put together says God u are Gods masterpiece the reason why the devil attacks you with anger with low self steem making u think u are weak making you think u are not enough is because he knows how big you can be with God he knows that if u put ur self in his hands u will see is glory the devil attacks u because he doesn't want u to find out who u are. you are Gods son the kingdom of heaven of God The Father The Son The Holy Spirit is at your disposal trust God is not a religion trusting God believing in God is not a religion religion was made by us we invented religion not God the devil influenced religion because he didn't want us to be a union but a competition have a relationship with God talk to him he is the only one who trully cares for u and loves u

  8. Little secret – the NAVY BOOT CAMP for SPECOPS is MUCH harder than regular Navy boot camp. If you're SEAL or SWCC contract, you are going to be in for a load of work in regular boot camp. Many get weeded out there.

  9. how to identify a navy seal

    1. see if his in afghanistan or a desert
    2. see if his camouflage clothing like multicam
    3. see if his rifle has a suppressor, vertical grip, eotech sight and a hand full of laser sights
    4. see if he raids a random house near the akistani border

  10. When he said that’s prolly the longest 20-30 minutes I was dead 💀 I almost drowned
    watching him swim I would not just “keep the air in my lungs”

  11. A 5.56 velocity of 28ft/sec … !?

    This guy is either a fake or he just failed the test.

    Or perhaps has a special kind of humour?

    I cannot be the only one to have noticed.

    Or are Americans really this daft?

    Greetings from Europe.

  12. My dive instructor was a seal during our graduation dive he would rip out masks off and try to disorient us so we could solve problems underwater

  13. I can hold my breath for 2 minutes 34 seconds. Glad to know I'll only survive the "Would You Rather" barrel torture

  14. Wow never new that ! Civilian to a seal in more or less one go . Most elite forces are recruited from the best of the best of the military. I E you already have experience.

  15. Great man. Kids should be taught about dudes like him in school. Idk how some dont know these guys exist and what kind of incomprehensible stuff they do to keep us safe.

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