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Special Warfare/Special Operations

Taking on the most extreme challenges

Some missions require highly specialized talent – along with the training and the nerve to accomplish the most dangerous and daunting of tasks. Eliminating threats. Defusing bombs. Rescuing those in distress and salvaging vital equipment from treacherous depths. Members of the Naval Special Warfare/Naval Special Operations (NSW/NSO) communities take on the most impossible missions – and target the most elusive objectives.

This is the territory of Navy SEALs (Sea, Air, Land), Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewmen (SWCC) teams, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Technicians, Navy Divers and Aviation Rescue Swimmers (AIRRs) – men and women who have the intelligence, physical fitness, and drive to rise to the top. It’s work that demands a state of mind marked by extreme courage and capability under fire.

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