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unhappycamper Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-11-08 05:38 AM
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SEALs open doors to Coast Guardsmen

BUD/S students battle through the surf during their last day of Hell Week at Naval Special Warfare Center in Coronado, Calif., earlier this year. All BUD/S students must complete Hell Week before progressing to the next phase of the year-long training program to become Navy SEALs.

SEALs open doors to Coast Guardsmen
By Amy McCullough - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Aug 11, 2008 5:58:21 EDT

For the first time in the Navy SEALs 46-year history, Coast Guardsmen will be allowed to try out for the elite team of special operators.

Coast Guardsmen who make it through the nearly two years of physically and mentally daunting training will be assigned to a SEAL team for five to seven years, although they still officially will be part of the Coast Guard.

But before the SEAL training begins, hopefuls first have to make it through the Coast Guards screening process the service plans to send only four people to the training each year.

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Thad Allen announced the new program July 31 in a servicewide message.

Those who successfully complete the SEAL training and service commitment are not required to return to the Coast Guard after their assignment is up, but Allen said that is the goal.

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uhc comment: This article claims a 75% dropout rate during training. Statistically speaking we can expect one Coastie a year to make it.
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