Thursday, May 05, 2011

The Navy profile for a SEAL candidate

Since 9/11 the Military has been working very hard to expand their elite special forces. The biggest problem is that there are just not that many truly elite people to be had.

The profile the Navy uses in search of SEAL candidates might surprise you,
The profile is very specific. The men most likely to succeed as SEALs, according to a 2010 Gallup study commissioned by the Navy, are at least 5-foot-8 and 162 pounds, eschew Big Four sports for pastimes like water polo, snowboarding, and lacrosse, and hail from "New England, the northern Plains, or the West Coast." Their average age is 22 to 25.
The men on the Bin Laden mission would have been in their 30s and even early 40s, as it takes years of training and proving yourself to advance to the elitist of the elite. It's an interesting article.

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