Navy SEALs




             Navy SEALs go through what is considered to be the toughest military training in the world. These volunteers are organized into special teams called Navy Combat Demolition Units (NCDUs). Some of the toughest units in the world are these units. This article will be about what Navy SEALs and what their lives are like. You should care about this topic because the reason you are free of rights, is because of the Military.

The Navy SEAL program is the second toughest program and training. About eighty percent of potential Navy SEALs drop out before finishing their training, this statement shows how tough you need to be to join and be one of the few, rare Navy SEALs.

The Navy SEALs are way more intelligent than you think. Navy SEALs specialize in more than just water operations and stuff like that, they specialize in water, sea, and air, as the S in seals represents sea, the A in seals represents air, and the L in seals represents land. There are different type of courses you can take. Some courses are engineering and science, arts and educations, aviation, business and legal arts, chaplain and support, healthcare, information and technology, nuclear energy, service and safety, speacial warfare/special operations, and scholarships. Those are just some of the courses they take.

When did the Navy SEAL program start? The Navy SEAL special forces first started with President John F. Kennedy when he spoke his very famous “man on the moon” speech in 1961. In 1962 President Kennedy established SEAL teams number one and two from the existing UDT teams to develop a Navy unconventional warfare capability. The SEAL teams mission was to conduct counter guerilla warfare and clandestine maritime operations.

Some of the Navy SEAL training is impossible. Some examples of the training Navy SEALs go through are these; lying down as waves go over them, carrying logs for great distances at a time, skydiving with a dog, shooting in big waves, thousands of push ups in a single day, and getting attacked underwater from their generals and having to stay calm and fix their scuba gear, there are more examples of what the Navy SEALs go through each and every day, but there is to many for me to name so I will move on to the next subject.

Without the Navy SEALs on our side do you think our country would still be the country it is now? The most important trait that distinguishes Navy SEALs from all other military forces is that SEALs are maritime special forces, as they strike from and return to the sea. SEALs ( sea, air, land) take their name from the elements in and from which they operate. As of 2016, all active SEALs are currently male and members of the U.S. Navy. The CIA´s highly secretive and elite Special Operations Group (SOG) recruits operators from SEAL Teams, with joint operations going back to the MACV-SOG during the Vietnam War. This cooperation still exists today, as evidenced by military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. In September 1942, 17 Navy salvage personnel arrived at ATB Little Creek, VA for a week long course in demolitions, explosive cable cutting and commando raiding techniques. On November 10, 1942, the first combat demolition unit successfully cut cable and net barriers across the Wadi Sebou River during Operation torch in North Africa. This enabled the USS Dallas to traverse the water and insert U.S. Rangers who captured the Port Lyautey airdrome.

On 7 May 1943, Lieutenant Commander Draper L., “The Father of Naval Combat Demolition,” was directed to set up a school and train people to eliminate obstacles on an enemy-held beach prior to an invasion. On 6 June 1943, LCDR Kauffman established Naval Combat Demolition Unit training at Fort Pierce. Most of Kauffman’s volunteers came from the navy’s engineering and construction battalions. Training commenced with a gruelling week designed to filter out under-performing candidates. By April 1944, a total of 34 NCDUs were deployed to England in preparation for Operation Overlord, the amphibious landing at Normandy. On 6 June 1944, in the face of great adversity, the NCDUs at Omaha Beach managed to blow eight complete gaps and two partial gaps in the German defenses. The NCDUs suffered 31 killed and 60 wounded, a casualty rate of 52%. Meanwhile, the NCDUs at Utah Beach met less intense enemy fire. They cleared 700 yards (640 metres) of beach in two hours, another 900 yards (820 metres) by the afternoon.

Casualties at Utah Beach were significantly lighter with six killed and eleven wounded. During Operation Overlord, not a single demolitioneer was lost to improper handling of explosives. In August 1944, NCDUs from Utah Beach participated in the landings in southern France, the last amphibious operation in the European Theater of Operations.NCDUs also operated in the Pacific theater. NCDU 2, under LTjg Frank Kaine, after whom the Naval Special Warfare Command building is named, and NCDU 3 under LTjg Lloyd Anderson, formed the nucleus of six NCDUs that served with the Seventh Amphibious Force tasked with clearing boat channels after the landings from Biak to Borneo. Now you know what it is like to be a Navy Seal.