What to Expect
SWCC are extensively trained to execute high-risk warfare and reconnaissance missions in river and coastline settings. As a member of this tightly-knit community, you may:
- Insert and extract SEALs and other Special Operations personnel from a variety of Naval Surface Warfare vessels
- Collect important data about enemy military installations and shipping traffic in coastal areas
- Assist other military and civilian law enforcement agencies
- Operate and maintain ordnance systems, communications, electronics, small boats and other equipment associated with SWCC and other special operations missions
- Perform direct action raids against enemy shipping and waterborne traffic
- Provide rapid mobility in shallow water areas where larger ships cannot operate
- Integrate with other U.S. Special Operations forces or within U.S. Navy carrier and expeditionary strike groups to accomplish operational tasks
SWCC operators may be deployed anywhere in the world and operate day or night in cold weather, desert, tropical or jungle environments. Many operations will take place along river or coastline settings. Though much of your time will be spent training or in the field on missions, you may work in an office on administration duties from time to time.
Training & Advancement
As a SWCC operator, you will undergo some of the most demanding physical and mental training in the world. While qualifying for SWCC in the Delayed Entry Program is preferred, you may also volunteer any time during your enlistment after completing boot camp and prior to your 31st birthday.
While at the 7-9 week Recruit Training Command (RTC), also known as Boot Camp, you will take part in a rigorous physical examination and medical screening. Upon review of your entrance medical examinations, further physical screening tests will be given at RTC and at the Naval Special Warfare Center (SWCC School). Following completion of bootcamp, you will begin specialized training including:
SWCC Indoctrination (2 weeks) in Coronado, CA, for physical and psychological preparation for Basic SWCC Training (BCT)
Basic Crewmember Training (BCT) (5 weeks) in Coronado, CA, for training in water competency, basic seamanship, boat handling, teamwork and mental tenacity
Crewman Qualification Training (CQT) (15 weeks) in Coronado, CA, for advanced tactical knowledge and skills training
Get the full details on SWCC training.
Promotion opportunities are regularly available but competitive and based on performance.
It’s also important to note that specialized training received and work experience gained in the course of service can lead to valuable credentialing and occupational opportunities in related fields.
Members of the Naval Special Warfare community have any number of unique opportunities to advance their education. Navy training provides everything from the fundamentals of explosive ordnance disposal, to knowledge of chemical and biological warfare, military tactics, deep-sea diving or a number of other tactical military procedures.
Beyond offering access to professional credentials and certifications, Navy training in the NSW field can translate to credit hours toward a bachelor’s or associate degree through the American Council on Education.
You may also continue your education through undergraduate degree opportunities like the Navy College Program and Tuition Assistance and the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
Qualifications & Requirements
A high school degree or equivalent is required to become an Enlisted Navy SWCC operator, but the standards of qualification require the kind of mental and physical fortitude that few possess. For those making the cut, immense challenges and constant training are a way of life.
To qualify for SWCC training, you must:
- Meet specific eyesight requirements: 20/40 best eye; 20/70 worst eye; correctable to 20/25 with no color blindness
- Meet the minimum Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) score: AR+VE=103, MC=51
- Be 30 years of age or younger
- Be a U.S. citizen and eligible for security clearance
SWCCs should possess an aptitude for mechanical skills, study habits, arithmetic and basic algebra, and good use of your hands.
You should be in excellent physical condition and motivated to endure rigorous physiological demands. Strong swimming skills and the ability to withstand fatigue is essential. SWCCs must be able to work under stressful and hazardous conditions. Important personal traits also include self-assurance and self-confidence, and the willingness to follow orders.
Visit the Navy SWCC PST Calculator to review the current minimum Navy Physical Screening Test (PST) requirements for Navy Challenge Programs.