Who are most likely to succeed as a NAVY SEAL?

  • coolarmydude

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    Jan 29, 2010 4:18 PM GMT
    An interesting story: http://fieldnotes.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2010/01/29/2188823.aspx

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    An instructor put it another way: "They are all studs", he said of the 18-to-28-year-old men who report for training. But often it is the super-studs who are the first to drop out.

    And that leads to the second surprise. You think SEALs look like Rambo? They do not -- think more along the lines of Daniel Craig as James Bond. The average size of a SEAL is probably 5ft.-10, 175 pounds.

    The Navy commissioned Gallup to look at almost 8,000 attempts to get through the key SEAL training, known as BUD/S (Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL). It turned up very interesting findings about who is most likely to succeed. The sweet spot? Twenty-two to 25-year-olds, college educated, and NOT from glamour sports (football, basketball and baseball players do not do any better than non-athletes).

    Who does? Water polo players are number one. Triathletes, lacrosse players, boxers, rugby players, swimmers and wrestlers, in that order, also fit the bill. Endurance sports are great predictors of success: mountain biking, climbing and rappelling, skiing and snowboarding. The study has helped the Navy re-make recruiting.

    The man behind many of the SEALs recruiting innovations, Captain Duncan Smith, also has been looking to a totally new group: young men who probably never considered a military career. High on the Navy's list are Arab-Americans and those whose families hail from such countries as the Ukraine or Kenya. They are looking for young men with cultural backgrounds and language skills that will help them blend in wherever SEALs operate. The challenge? Finding an incredibly fit, intelligent, fearless 23-year-old American who also happens to speaks Maasai.

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    Jan 29, 2010 7:34 PM GMT
    Not surprised to see H20-polo players make good Seals. When I was in college, my team and I volunteered to go through a version of Seal training - very close to the actual training given in SoCal. We all made it though - and I'm really proud of that. I was in the best shape of my life then. No way could I survive it now!
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    Jan 29, 2010 7:41 PM GMT
    just keep posting pics
  • DiverScience

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    Jan 29, 2010 7:43 PM GMT
    A study that was done when I was in college identified gymnasts as anotehr on the list of those able to take the incredible bodily stresses that are put on you by that sort of thing.
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    Jan 29, 2010 7:46 PM GMT
    it is not just about their body that makes them good. they have to be skilled.
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    Jan 31, 2010 3:22 AM GMT
    Water polo players are nuts. A guy told me about the "egg beater" drills he would do. Basically, he would be treading water in a stationary position, while holding an inverted 5 gallon water bottle over his head. When the bottle emptied out, he would fill it back up with water and do it again. Exhausting stuff.