There has a lot of buzz lately about what Coast Guard members will/should be referred to as and the new career path available to some members.
At any rate, Publication 1 closed with the following:
respected throughout the world for the work we perform as America’s Maritime Guardian.
Cute Sea Creatures or Special Ops?
So, what's the scoop on the SEALS? No, I'm not talking about those loveable creatures you see on the coast line or even at your local aquarium. Rather, I'm referring to the elite maritime force established under JFK. What may surprise some is that it's not only the Navy who has members in the SEALS. According to NavySeals.com, SEALS (Sea, Air and Land Forces) are primarily comprised of Navy, Army and Air Force special ops. And, now, the U.S. Coast Guard! Yes, that's right folks. Read more: Assignment of U.S. Coast Guard Personnel to Train and Serve with U.S. Navy, Naval Special Warfare (SEAL)
Alright, so I'm sure this is hardly news to any of you. However, this seemed blogworthy. Check out the below clip from the Pentagon Channel.
What are the qualifications? Well, among many others, here are a few that might peak your interest:
1) Only active duty male personnel are eligible for this training (uh oh......do I sense the onset of swinging fists of lean and mean ladies?)
2) All selected, (Officers) and (Enlisted) candidates must obligate a minimum of seven years of service prior to the commencement of The Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Preparation course.
3) Applicants must be between the ages of 18-28 years old. For those ages 29-30 years old, an age waiver may be requested within paragraph 7 of the memorandum included in the application and will be reviewed on a case by case basis. (Well, we don't have the option to even entertain this idea in my house. :) )
Seriously, there are many, many more eligibility requirements. So, if you are interested, check out: ALCOAST 367/08 and ALCGPERSCOM 011942Z AUG 08
So, folks, what your thoughts on all of this? Are you calling your guy a Guardian and kicking him in the butt to apply for SEAL training? Do tell.