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Hi, I’m a woman in her 20s and I’m training to become a U.S. Navy SEAL.

What advice would you give for women that want to be SEALs? If you had to go to BUD/S again, how would you prepare differently? What books or workout programs would you recommend?

Most female SEAL candidates struggle with carrying the boats and logs, doing pull ups, having grip strength and completing the “Dirty Name” on the obstacle course. Also, a lot of female SEAL candidates break their legs or develop stress fractures.

A woman made it to day 4 of BUD/S first phase recently but she quit on day 4. That’s the farthest a woman has made it. Her BUD/S classmates told me that her class hated her and ran her out from under the boat because she was a boat ducker. Nine women have entered the SEAL pipeline since 2016.

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Special OPS is a very difficult rating for anyone. The best thing I could tell you is to get yourself in good physical condition. Knowing that you will have to overcome the rigors of the boats and the logs. You will be required to pull your own weight. If you are a short person, that may also affect you in that your classmates will probably be taller and the boat/log may be higher than you can reach. 

I don't know if there are any books that can help as being a SEAL is highly classified. There is a movies called "G.I. Jane." That is pure fantasy. If I were you, have a backup plan. Do as well as you can on your ASVAB test, and there are a whole lot of other rates that will open up for you. Try to pick a rate that will carry you on to civilian life after you serve.

Good Luck!


As Jim said, this is a very very difficult track--perhaps the toughest in the US Military....mental toughness is as important, if not more important than physical strength and endurance.....always have a backup plan



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