A career as a Navy SEAL provides intangible and tangible benefits. SEALs work closely with their teammates to innovatively accomplish missions important to national security. They constantly learn and push their physical and mental limits, living an unconventional and out-of-the-cubicle lifestyle.
Navy SEALs operate at the forefront of America’s national security efforts by conducting direct action missions against bomb making networks and, to finding, fixing and finishing high value terrorist cells. SEALs have provided security for key officials, taught foreign military and special operations personnel how to combat terrorism in their own countries, and prevented environmental sabotage. Wherever they are assigned, Navy SEALs make a difference by supporting their teammates, serving their country and protecting both U.S. and global citizens.
Every teammate on a SEAL Team brings his unique identity, personality, intelligence and talents to contribute to the SEALs’ collective abilities to rapidly adapt and innovate on the battlefield. Each man who wears the SEAL Trident has endured the same extreme mental and physical challenges, making the SEAL Teams the ultimate brotherhood. Teammates do not let each other down, on or off the battlefield. The relationships and friendships formed within “The Teams” last a lifetime.
Naval Special Warfare is a lifestyle rather than just a job or career. “The office” for a Navy SEAL transcends not only the elements of the sea, air and land, but also international boundaries, the extremes of geography and the full spectrum of conflict. There is no “typical day at the office” for a Navy SEAL.
SEALs constantly learn new skills, while improving and refining existing ones. The lives of their teammates and their mission success depend upon the individual and collective technical skills, tactical proficiency and attention to detail of each SEAL within his platoon or Team. For a SEAL, training is never complete. Qualified SEALs can choose from hundreds of training courses that develop an operator’s knowledge base and technical skills. The following are just some of the training available to SEAL operators during their careers:
- Combat Medic Training
- Sniper School
- Language Training
- Parachuting Jumpmaster Qualification
- Dive Supervisor Qualification
- Personal Defense
- Advanced Marksmanship Training
- Intelligence Analysis
- Military Performance Driving
In addition to SEAL leadership traits, SEALs receive a salary, medical and life insurance, education funding, travel and supply discounts, and more. These Navy SEAL benefits allow each SEAL to contribute to his community, family and country.
- Starting pay of up to $60,000
- Qualification and re-enlistment bonuses
- Possible repayment of college loans
- Extra pay for diving, parachuting and demolitions
- 30 days vacation per year
- Medical and dental benefits
- Retirement after 20 years
- Tax free pay in combat zones
- Tax free allowances for housing and food
- Access to military facilities