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The Vietnam era Swift Boats or Brown Water Navy are the forefathers of SWCC. The "Brown Water Navy" is now one of the three components of the Naval Special Warfare Command - SEAL Teams, SEAL Delivery vehicle (SDV) Teams, and Special Boat Units. These high-tech, high-speed boats make up the maritime component of the U.S. Special Operations Command - SOCOM.

SWCC training is part of Naval Special Warfare School in Coronado, CA. The program is five months long, and is under the command of the Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training (BUD/S).

Future SWCC operators go through an intensive course of instruction that is similar to SEAL training. It includes the following phases:

- Fitness - Swimmer skills - First aid - Maritime navigation skills - Basic seamanship - Engineering - Communications - Weapons - Special warfare skills

Once stationed at the Special Boat Unit (SBU), the SWCC student will receive advanced training and operate in direct support of Navy SEAL missions as boat drivers, medic assistants, navigators, communications links, and direct suppression fire from the arsenal of weapons on these vessels. Many get opportunities to attend jump training as well.

Below are the physical standards you must meet when at the SWCC Training Center. As you can see the pace and intensity is challenging but not impossible. To ensure your graduation chances, it is recommended to surpass the following minimum standards with the recommended scores:

Fitness Standards

PHYSICAL SCREENING TEST

MINIMUM

AVERAGE

OPTIMUM

 Swim 500 yard breast or side stroke

13:00

10:00

9:30

 Push-ups in two-minutes

42

79

100

 Sit-ups in two-minutes

50

79

100

 Pull-ups no time limit

06

11

25

 Run 1.5 miles

12:30

10:20

09:30

The minimum standards will only guarantee you a contract to join the Navy.  To ensure better performance and increase your graduation standards, you should push yourself to toward and beyond the optimum fitness standards.  You can check and compare your PST scores using the official Navy SWCC PST Calculator.

For more information on academic, medical screening, and background requirements, see The Official Navy SEAL/SWCC Page at www.sealswcc.com

Most of the injuries at SWCC as well as BUD/S involve unprepared leg muscles for high amounts of running. You have to run to get better at running. PT programs to train for the SWCC teams can be found at the following Military.com links:

- Pull-ups / Flexed Arm Hang - Pushups and Sit-ups - Running - Swimming - Prepare for Ruck Marches

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