How would you like to be a Navy SEAL? This
elite unit of the US Navy is one of the best in the world at dropping in unseen to, you
know, break things, and most people can only dream of joining this select group.
Answer these questions, and I might be able to tell you if you have a shot at making the
grade. Check your results at the end of the video!
#1: How good is your eyesight? If you wear glasses or contacts, take them
off before answering. A: Better than 20/20
B: Around 20/20 C: Not great
D: The government won’t let me drive. Only about 35% of adults have natural 20/20
vision and it’s relatively rare for a person’s vision to be better than that. The best eyesight
humanly possible is 20/5, but that’s so rare that most eye charts aren’t designed
to test for it. #2: How many sit-ups can you do in 2 minutes?
A: 100 or more B: 50 to 100
C: less than 50 D: What’s a sit-up? I can respect that.
Let me give you a second. Feel free to pause this video if you want to try it for yourself.
Remember that sit-ups only count if your chest goes all the way from the floor to your knees.
It’s also essential to keep your feet planted firmly on the ground and about 10 inches apart.
#3: How many pushups can you do in 2 minutes? A: 100 or more.
B: Between 42 and 100. C: Less than 42.
D: Do I have to? Pushups are a simple and very effective way
of exercising your upper body. The average 20 to 29-year-old man can usually
manage 17 to 29 pushups in one sitting. For a woman of the same age, the average is 12
to 22. #4: How many pull-ups can you do without taking
a break? A: 25 or more.
B: 6 to 25. C: less than 6.
D: I finished my toilet training and don’t need pull-ups any more.
Chin-ups or pull-ups are much harder than pushups because you need to lift your whole
body weight with just your arms. For the average American, that works out to about 198 pounds
for men and around 170 for women. Most military recruits manage somewhere between
3 and 9 when they begin their training, and 18 is considered outstanding.
#5: How quickly can you run 1.5 miles, about 26 American football fields, while wearing
long pants and without stopping? A: 9 ½ minutes.
B: 9 ½ to 11 minutes. C: more than 11 minutes.
D: Does running away from the task count? Long pants may seem like an oddly specific
requirement, but it’s important for two reasons. One, it’s harder, and two, Navy SEALs don’t
exactly run around in shorts. On average, it takes 9 ½ minutes for a man
between the ages of 20 and 24 to run 1 mile. That works out to be around 14 minutes and
15 seconds for every mile and a half. Some studies show that men tend to be stronger
sprinters, but women are much better at running long distances.
#6: How long does it take you to swim 500 yards in a single go?
That’s about 10 times the length of an Olympic-sized swimming pool or 5 football fields.
A: 9 ½ minutes. B: 9 ½ to 12 ½ minutes
C: More than 12 ½ minutes D: I can dog-paddle…some.
I’ll give you a second to choose your answers. Ready? Okay.
The average swimmer can reach speeds of about 2 mph. That’s a little over 9 minutes, but
most people don’t have the stamina to keep that pace the whole way.
Remember, if this was easy, it wouldn’t be on the test, there’s no shame in saying
you couldn’t quite go the distance. Now, before we tally up the scores, I should
mention that there are a few things that will automatically disqualify you from being a
Navy SEAL. Only US citizens can become Navy SEALs. Other
Navy jobs don’t have this requirement, but the SEALs do.
You also can’t take the test if you’re over the age of 28 and will be automatically
turned away if you have poor eyesight or are colorblind.
Finally, SEALs go through a much more detailed background check than other Navy personnel.
They probably won’t find out about the gumball you stole when you were 12, but when it comes
to security, SEALs are treated more like spies than soldiers.
Now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk about your scores.
Don’t forget to leave a comment saying how well you did! – If you answered mostly A, then congratulations,
you’re one world-class athlete. Forget the Navy SEALs; you should start training for
the Olympics! Seriously though, that’s about what recruits
are expected to do when they enter SEAL boot camp. By then, they will have already completed
an extensive training program. – Now, if you answered mostly B, you still
might be special forces material. Navy SEAL training is extremely difficult,
and only candidates at the peak of physical fitness will be considered.
All aspiring SEALs first need to pass the program’s physical screening test, or PST.
To score a passing grade, you need to be able to swim 500 yards in only 12 minutes. That’s
the equivalent of 10 swimming pools in only slightly more time than the length of this
video. On top of that, recruits need to perform at
least 42 pushups and 50 sit-ups in 2 minutes each. There are no time limits for pull-ups,
but you’re still required to complete a minimum of 6.
And those are just the minimum requirements to be considered for training. You’re also
competing with every other candidate for a limited number of slots. Even if you answered
A on every question, there’s no guarantee you’ll be accepted into the program. – And don’t feel bad if you answered mostly
C or D. Almost everyone who applies to be a SEAL would have already completed the Navy’s
basic training. If movies are anything to go by, nothing helps you get in shape better
than an angry drill sergeant screaming at you.
Roughly half of all Naval personnel express interest in joining the SEALS when they sign
up. That’s about 20,000 applicants a year, and only 1,000 will receive SEAL training.
After the 2-month screening process is over, recruits have 3 weeks of preparation followed
by 7 weeks of increasingly difficult physical conditioning.
After that comes 14 weeks of dive training and combat exercises. Next is 3 weeks of parachute
training that concludes with the final 38 weeks of qualification training.
Altogether that’s 1 year and 2 months of the most physically challenging training and
evaluation on Earth. Of the 1000 students that make it to boot
camp, at least 75% will fail or drop out of the program.
If you do manage to complete SEAL training, you’ll have gained some pretty impressive
skills. Between the scuba diving, parachuting, and handling explosives, all they need is
a course on pickup lines to fill out a full row of James Bond bingo.
Because they can deploy from planes, helicopters, boats, and submarines, there aren’t a whole
lot of places SEALs can’t go. The ability to operate on sea, land, and air is so vital
that it’s actually what SEAL stands for. It’s also a pun, and who doesn’t like those?
Another cool ability SEALs have is that they can hold their breath for an impressive 2
to 3 minutes at a time. Most people risk losing consciousness after 1, but their training
allows some SEALs to double or even triple that.
Achieving this comes down to a combination of breathing exercises and just being in insanely
good shape. The practical use of this ability might seem
obvious, but staying underwater for longer is only one benefit of this training. SEALs
need to be able to function for 30 seconds without oxygen, but it’s rare for this to
be necessary in the field. Navy SEALs train to hold their breath as a
way of breaking down that mental barrier. Sometimes that means doing things like tying
knots while holding your breath underwater. It isn’t so much about staying underwater
as keeping calm under pressure and building the confidence for deep-water dives.
And please don’t try it at home. Even certified Navy seals aren’t supposed to do this exercise
without an instructor present. Leave it to the pros, folks!
As for me, I won’t show you my Letter score, but it appears that my toughness measurement
qualifies me to be a plastic seal, like the one on your milk bottle. Hey, I can keep bacteria
out with the best of them. Pretty good huh? So, if you learned something new today, then
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