Naval Special Warfare Group 1

Member of Navy Special Warfare Group 2 goes on military dive.
A member assigned to Naval Special Warfare Group 2 conducts military dive operations off the East Coast of the United States. (Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist Jayme Pastoric/U.S. Navy)

In response to then-President John F. Kennedy's desire for the Armed Forces to possess an unconventional warfare capability, the SEAL teams in the Atlantic and Pacific fleets were established officially, effective Jan. 1, 1962. SEAL Teams 1 and 2 were commissioned with 10 officers and 50 enlisted men each. Since that time, the SEAL teams have grown impressively in number and capability.

The Naval Special Warfare Support Activities Group One was established in December 2006 to provide critical intelligence and targeting support to the NSW community. It is headquartered at U.S. Naval Amphibious Base, Coronado, California, and Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Naval Special Warfare Support Activities (NSWSA) are sophisticated and flexible commands capable of executing special operations in direct support of NSWRONs and other discrete requirements. They routinely deploy forces globally and have been deeply engaged in Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn. Support activities are tasked to man, train, equip, organize and deploy forces to conduct preparation of the environment, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, special operations and combat support for commanders, interagency and host nation partners.


  • SEAL Team 1
  • SEAL Team 3
  • SEAL Team 5
  • SEAL Team 7
  • Naval Special Warfare Unit 3
  • Logistics and support unit
  • Training detachment


Sailors desiring assignment to NSWSA must meet all requirements IAW MILPERSMAN 1306-986 and 1306-984 (CT ratings). Screenings are scheduled 10-12 months before a member's PRD to ensure all required screenings are completed and the member is recommended for assignment. Successful screening does not guarantee assignment to a support activity.

The following targeted rates/ratings are desired as volunteers: all aviation rates, BU, CTI, CTN, CTR, CTT, ET, GM, HM, IS, IT, LS, MA, NC, OS, PS, SB (patrol officer), SO (Level II eligible for Level III minimum), YN.

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