Does swcc see combat

Does swcc see combat DEFAULT

Navy SWCC – The Navy’s Elite Boat Warriors

I have worked extensively with both MK5 and RHIB operators. As a Task Unit, we conducted non-compliant maritime interdiction operations (MIO) in the Northern Arabian Gulf and Foreign Internal Defense (FID) missions in the Philippines. Special Boat Team have amassed an impressive combat record since 9/11, cementing their own significant operational contributions into an already impressive and decorated community history. In my experience, they are always the first to show up and the last to leave. The bottom line: Boat Guys are the unsung heroes of the Naval Special Warfare Community.

– Travis Lively, U.S.N (SEAL)

“On Time, On Target, Never Quit”

Do You Have What It Takes to Be a SWCC Special Warfare Boat Operator?

  • Serve the United States in the Global War on Terrorism
  • Qualify for an elite force that is on time, on target, and never quits
  • Go into harm’s way worldwide as part of the Naval Special Warfare Team
  • Infiltrate and exfiltrate Navy SEALs on daring, clandestine missions
  • Drive high-performance state-of-the-art combatant craft at 50 knots
  • Operate day and night, in all sea states, weather, and temperatures
  • Navigate rivers, coastline. and open ocean on combat missions
  • Master high-technology engineering, navigation and communications
  • Parachute (air drop) 11-meter boats from transport aircraft at 3,500 feet
  • Excel in 22 weeks of physically and mentally demanding training:
    • Travel 3,200 nautical miles underway (900 at night)
    • Shoot 170,000 rounds of ammunition
    • Swim 100 miles
    • Run 400 miles
    • Perform 20,000 pushups
  • Operate vessel-mounted 50-caliber machine guns from high-speed boats
  • Enter a brotherhood where teamwork is mission-critical to success
  • Always operate in accordance with the values of the SWCC Creed
  • Wear the SWCC Insignia with Honor, Courage, and Commitment

Take The SWCC Challenge

The Navy seeks fit, smart, and hard working young men from all backgrounds to join its Naval Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewmember (SWCC) units. If you’re ready for adventure, responsibility and challenge, contact your local Navy recruiter. Be sure to specify that you are interested in the SWCC Challenge program. The Navy recruiter will guide you through the enlistment process, qualification for the program, and your entrance into the Navy. For more information on a career in Naval Special Warfare, call 1-888-USN-SEAL.

The SWCC Challenge Program was created for civilian recruits who have never served in the Navy. It includes Navy basic training, rigorous physical training, and 22 weeks of specialized SWCC instruction. Successful completion of this unique program guarantees the opportunity to enter the Naval Special Warfare Special Boat (SB) career specialty for individuals desiring a 4 year enlistment.
SWCC Challenge Requirements

Following is a list of requirements to enter the program:

  1. U.S. Citizen
  2. Age: 18-30 years old or less. (17 with parental permission). Age waiver is possible on a case-by-case basis.
  3. Gender: Men only (SWCC is classified as ground combat duty). Women are encouraged to investigate the Diver and Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) fields.
  4. High school graduate (or meet High Performance Predictor Profile (HP3) Criteria). Be proficient in reading, speaking, writing and understanding the English language.
  5. Not be under civil restraint, a substance abuser, nor have a pattern of minor convictions or any non-minor, misdemeanor, or felony conviction (waivers are granted dependent on number and severity). Cannot enlist with pending lawsuit against you, unless receive prior approval.
  6. Vision: Uncorrected vision can be no worse than 20/200 in each eye. Both eyes must be correctable to 20/20, with no color blindness. SWCC candidates may qualify for PRK Refractive Surgery to correct their vision. You can read more about the PRK policy on the BUMED PRK Refractive Surgery web site
  7. Minimum ASVAB Score: VE + AR = 104, MC=50.
    8. Swimming: Must be qualified as a Second Class Swimmer or better.
  8. Waivers: For more information on Eyesight, Age, or ASVAB Test waivers, go to There are no waivers for U.S. citizenship, color-vision, or gender requirements.
  9. Pass the SWCC Physical Screening Test (PST) Minimum Requirements.

SWCC Physical Screening Test Requirements

SWCC PST Minimum Standards:

SWIM 500 YDS. side stroke or breast stroke13:00 min
Rest 10 minutes
PUSH-UPS within 2 minutes42
Rest 2 minutes
SIT-UPS within 2 minutes50
Rest 2 minutes
PULL-UPS no time limit6
Rest 10 minutes
1.5 MILE RUN12:30 min/sec

SWCC – A New NSW Career Path

While littoral warfare goes back 900 years and SWWC trace their origins to the “Brown Water” navy of the Vietnam War, special boat operators did not have their own distinct career path until recently. On October 1, 2006, the Navy created the Enlisted Special Warfare Boat Operator (SB) rating. This decisive action acknowledged the imperative for NSW SWCC to have a dedicated career path reflecting their unique and important role in our nation’s littoral warfare, particularly in the Global War on Terrorism.

SWCC are our nation’s premier force for operating and maintaining high-performance, state-of-the art craft on NSW combat missions in littoral (shallow-water) environments. These elite fast-boat operators are part of Naval Special Warfare Command, which is comprised of SEAL Teams, SEAL Delivery Vehicle (SDV) Teams and Special Boat Teams. Together, they constitute the Maritime component of U.S. Special Operations Command, which exercises joint command of Navy, Army, and Air Force Special Operations Forces. All Special Warfare Boat Operators are Enlisted personnel or Warrant Officers.


The exclusive mission of SWCC operators is to expertly drive and provide small-caliber gunfire support on specialized high-tech, high-speed, and low-profile Surface Combatant Craft to secretly infiltrate and exfiltrate Navy SEALs on Special Operations missions worldwide. These missions include Direct Action on land, sea, coastline or rivers (such as strikes, captures, and ship take downs by Visit, Board, Search and Seizure), Special Reconnaissance, Coastal Patrol and Interdiction of suspect ships and surface craft, Counterterrorism operations, Riverine Warfare, Deception Operations, Search and Rescue Operations, and Foreign Internal Defense missions (training foreign forces in the tactics, techniques and procedures of maritime and riverine patrols). SWCC may also support military and civilian law enforcement agencies.


The SWCC designation is a relatively new Naval Special Warfare career path that is independent of the regular line Navy. Today’s Special Boat Teams have their origins in the PT boats of WWII, and the “Brown Water” naval force that was created in 1965 at the onset of the Vietnam War. In its seven-year involvement in the Vietnam War, “the boat side” of Naval Special Warfare grew into three specialized Navy task forces totaling over 700 craft and 38,000 men. These were:

  • Task Force 115 (Coastal Surveillance)
  • Task Force 116 (River Patrol)
  • Task Force 117 (River Assault)

Training for the prospective crew of Task Force 115 was conducted at the Naval Amphibious Base in Coronado, CA, while Task Forces 116 and 117 trained at Mare Island, CA. In the 11-week River Assault Craft training program, sailors were exposed to the special features of joint operations, counter-insurgency, SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape), and all aspects of riverine warfare.

SEAL Support

In 1963, Boat Support Unit ONE (BSU-1) was created and commissioned as a component of the Naval Operations Support Group commanded by Captain Phil H. Bucklew, an NSW pioneer after whom today’s Naval Special Warfare Training Center is named. BSU-1’s unique purpose was to modify, test, evaluate and operate combatant craft in support of Navy SEALs in Vietnam. The Navy SEAL Teams had been created just a year before, in 1962, from the existing Underwater Demolition Teams, to develop a specialized Navy capability in guerilla warfare and clandestine maritime operations.

The members of BSU-1 deployed to Vietnam as part of the Mobile Support Teams tasked with the operation and maintenance of the Light SEAL Support Craft (LSSC) and Medium SEAL Support Craft (MSSC). Although other units (primarily Patrol Boat Riverine and the dedicated Armored Troop Carrier “Mighty Moe”) supported SEALs during the Vietnam War, BSUs alone were specifically created to support Underwater Demolition Teams (UDTs) and SEAL Teams.

The unique nature of riverine operations in Vietnam created an urgent need for a centralized and systematic training program to prepare prospective boat crews of Task Forces 115, 116, 117, and BSU-1 for the demands of warfare along coastal and inland waterways. On January 30, 1967 the Naval Inshore Operations Training Center was commissioned in Mare Island, California, and tasked with providing this highly specialized training.


After the Vietnam War, the three task forces were reorganized into stateside Riverine/Coastal Divisions and Squadrons in order to retain the expertise of these highly-experienced “Brown Water” boat operators in support of SEAL missions. They were subsequently assigned to the Naval Special Warfare Groups and re-designated Special Boat Squadrons and Special Boat Units.

In a major reorganization of NSW in 1983, UDT unit designations were replaced by SEAL Teams, SEAL Delivery Vehicle Teams were created, and the last Special Boat Unit was redesignated as a Special Boat Team (SBT). This change reflected the ever-increasing importance of small-boat support to Navy SEAL operations in the worldwide littoral environment. Today, fully half of the world’s infrastructure and population is located within one mile of an ocean or river.

Today’s Special Boat Teams

Naval Special Warfare has three Special Boat Teams to which SWCC personnel are assigned: Special Boat Teams TWELVE (SBT-12), TWENTY (SBT-20), and TWENTY-TWO (SBT-22). Each is unique in its location, mission, primary designated Operational Area, and numbers and type of craft. They are all under the overall command of Naval Special Warfare Group FOUR, which is headquartered in Little Creek, VA.

Special Boat Team TWELVE

SBT-12 is based in Coronado and led by an O-5 Navy SEAL Commander. It has Enlisted SWCC personnel who operate and maintain (81-foot) Mark V Special Operations Craft (SOC-R) and (11-meter) Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats. These craft normally operate in detachments of two boats with crews. SBT-12 supports NSW maritime and coastal Special Operations missions in the Pacific and Middle East. The command deploys detachments aboard amphibious ships, to Naval Special Warfare Unit ONE (NSWU-1) in Guam, Naval Special Warfare Unit THREE (NSWU-3) in Bahrain.

Special Boat Team TWENTY

SBT-20 is based in Little Creek, Virginia and led by an O-5 Navy SEAL Commander. It has Enlisted SWCC personnel who operate and maintain (81-foot) Mark V Special Operations Craft and (11-meter) Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats. These boats normally operate in detachments of two boats with crews. SBT-20 supports NSW maritime and coastal operations in Europe, the Mediterranean, and South America. It deploys detachments aboard amphibious ships and to Naval Special Warfare Unit TWO (NSWU-2) in Stuttgart, Germany, and Naval Special Warfare Unit TEN (NSWU-10) in Rota, Spain.

Special Boat Team TWENTY-TWO

SBT-22 is based at John C. Stennis Space Center in Mississippi and led by an O-5 SEAL Commander. It has Enlisted SWCC personnel who operate and maintain (33-foot) Special Operations Craft Riverine (SOC-R). These craft normally operate in detachments of two boats with crews. SBT-22 supports NSW riverine operations worldwide.

Number of SWCC Forces

Naval Special Warfare has a small, powerful, and elite force of 600 active duty and 125 reserve SWCC operators, all of whom are enlisted personnel. These Special Warfare Boat (SB) operators support the worldwide operations of 2,450 active duty and 325 reserve SEALs. The total NSW force of 5,400 active duty and support personnel and 1,200 reserves comprises only 1% of all Navy personnel.

Special Warfare Boat Operator (SB) Rating

In May 2006 the U.S. Navy authorized the establishment of the Special Warfare Boat Operator (SB) rating to allow Enlisted Sailors to focus on rating-specific technology, skill sets, and training systems demanded of NSW SWCC operators in the Global War on Terrorism. The rating is also intended to broaden the professional development, career opportunities, and quality of service for these Sailors. This new rating was implemented in October 2006.

SWCC Warfare Designator

As of October 1, 2006, the enlisted SWCC Warfare Designation (NSW Rating) became “Special Warfare Boat Operator” (SB), representing its own specialized Navy career path. SWCC (and SEALs) no longer use and wear regular Navy ratings – such as boatswain’s mate, gunner’s mate, hospital corpsman or operations specialist – that they earned before entering the Naval Special Operations community.

The need for a SWCC designator became clear after the SWCC community became close-looped in 1996, allowing SWCCs to stay in and specialize in the Naval Special Warfare boat community for their entire careers, rather than returning to the fleet after one tour. The SWCC designator enables qualified Combatant-craft Crewmen to compete on an even level with other warfare specialists – such as the Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist — for promotions and awards.

SWCC Warfare Insignia

The SWCC Insignia is not just a qualification, (as was the previous small craft pin), but an actual warfare designator, on par with other warfare specialties such as Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist. It consists of the Enlisted Cutlass and Flintlock Pistol set behind the Mark V Special Operations Craft (MK-V SOC) and waves, and symbolizes the seaborne combat readiness of SWCC personnel. Requirements for wearing the pin include:

  • Graduating from a 2-week Indoctrination and 8-week Basic Crewman Training course at the Naval Special Warfare Training Center in Coronado, CA;
  • Completing extensive Personal Qualification Standards (PQS)
  • Successfully passing written and oral examinations
  • Being recommended by commanding officer for the 5350, 5351, or 5352 Navy Enlisted Classification Code (NEC)

Special Warfare Boat Operator (SB) Badge

The Special Warfare Boat Operator (SB) Badge was first conceived as the SWCC Badge in 1996 — the design was approved for wear in 2001. The SB rating badge is all black, and consists of an Anchor crossed diagonally by a Flintlock Pistol and Cutlass.

SWCC Navy Enlisted Classification Code (NEC)

There are three SWCC NECs:

  • NEC 5350 (Basic SWCC)
  • NEC 5351 (Reserve SWCC)
  • NEC 5352 (Advanced SWCC)

Military Pay Charts

Most SWCC operators are Navy Enlisted personnel and range in rank from E-4 to E-9. The first SWCC Chief Warrant Officer was commissioned in October 2003.

SWCC Special Pays

SWCC Operators (5352) are eligible for the following special pays and bonuses:

  • Current Enlistment Bonus: SWCC $25,000 (paid upon final qualification)
  • Special Duty Assignment Pay $225 (per month)
  • Selective Reenlistment Bonuses maximum $45,000
  • Parachute Pay — $150 – $225 per month (when qualified)
  • Language Pay – per month (when qualified). Amount depends on the type of foreign language and level of proficiency.

SWCC Training

SWCC training is 22 weeks long. This highly-demanding physical and mental training consists of 2 weeks of Indoctrination (administrative and physical preparation), followed by 8 weeks of Basic Crewman Training (BCT), and 12 weeks of advanced Crewman Qualification Training (CQT).

By the end of training, students will have:

  • Traveled 3200 nautical miles underway (900 at night)
  • Shot 170,000 rounds of ammunition
  • Swum 100 miles
  • Run 400 miles
  • Done 20,000 pushups

Basic Crewman Training (8 weeks)

Initial SWCC training, known as Basic Crewman Training (BCT) is conducted at the Naval Special Warfare Training Center in Coronado, CA. Sailors receive their SB Rating and NEC 5350 upon successful graduation. This intensive course of instruction includes training and basic certification in a wide range of skills, as well as a demanding final exercise. Boat instruction uses primarily the Combat Rubber Raiding Craft (CRRC) and ACB. Training is broken down into the following phases:

  • First Phase – Physical Fitness/Water Safety Skills. The 1st phase of training consists of running, swimming, and calisthenics, all of which become increasingly difficult as the course progresses.
  • Second Phase — Basic Crewmember Skills. The 2nd phase of training teaches combatant craft principles of engineering, basic seamanship, maritime and land navigation, and communications. Emphasis is placed on teamwork, with the goal of teamwork, with the goal of training the students to become basic combat crewmembers.
  • Third Phase – Basic SWCC Warfare Skills. The 3rd phase of training concentrates on teaching basic tactics, patrolling, and individual and combat craft weapons.
  • Field Training Exercise – BCT culminates in a demanding, week-long exercise in a practical environment, where students apply all the skills acquired throughout training.

Crewman Qualification Training (12 weeks)

Advanced training, known as Crewman Qualification Training (CQT) further trains, develops, and qualifies SWCC candidates in basic weapons, seamanship, first aid, and small unit tactics. Daily physical training increases steadily in intensity and difficulty to bring the candidate’s fitness up to real-life requirements of the operational Special Boat Teams. CQT concentrates on teaching Maritime Navigation, communications, waterborne patrolling techniques, marksmanship and engineering. Boat training uses primarily the 11-meter Rigid Hull Inflatable (RIB) which is a jet boat.

Candidates also receive an introduction to the NSW Mission Planning Cycle. They then conduct a full-evolution training exercise mission, from the initial tasking to launch point, combat objective, and final debriefing. In the course of mission planning, briefing and execution, students apply all the skills, tactics and techniques they have acquired during training. The combination of these skills sets SWCC apart as an elite Special Warfare boat capability unmatched by any other SOF. Graduates of CQT are awarded NEC 5352 and receive the SWCC Warfare Insignia.

Additional Training

All SWCC personnel receive Survival, Escape, Resistance and Evasion (SERE) training prior to deployment. A select few who are in Maritime Craft Aerial Deployment System (MCADS) billets also receive parachute training. This is a special capability to deploy (air-drop) an 11-meter Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) rigged with four large parachutes, from a C-130 or C-17 transport aircraft at 3,500 feet.


After graduating Crewman Qualification Training, most SWCC go straight to an NSW Special Boat Team. Once assigned, they operate and maintain craft and vessel-mounted small caliber weapons in direct support of Navy SEAL and other SOF missions. They have the opportunity and expectation to immediately exercise a high degree of personal responsibility, accountability and attention to detail. For example, a First Class Petty Officer (E-6) can be Officer-In-Charge of his own detachment, issued cryptographic communications material and automatic weapons. SWCC operators who excel in their field have the personal satisfaction of advancing to positions of ever-greater responsibility and leadership throughout their careers.

Points of Contact

SWCC Motivator West Coast: (619) 437-2049
SWCC Detailer: (901) 874-3622
SWCC Info: 1-888-USN-SEAL

Information Resources
[email protected]


Navy SWCC Fitness Training

Special Warfare Combatant Crewmember Fitness Training

The Vietnam era Swift Boats or Brown Water Navy are the forefathers of SWCC. The "Brown Water Navy" is now one of the three components of the Naval Special Warfare Command - SEAL Teams, SEAL Delivery vehicle (SDV) Teams, and Special Boat Units. These high-tech, high-speed boats make up the maritime component of the U.S. Special Operations Command - SOCOM.

SWCC training is part of Naval Special Warfare School located in Coronado, CA. The program is nine weeks long, and is under the command of the Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training (BUD/S).

Future SWCC operators go through an intensive course of instruction that is similar to SEAL training. It includes the following phases:

- Fitness - Swimmer skills - First aid - Maritime navigation skills - Basic seamanship - Engineering - Communications - Weapons - Special warfare skills

Once stationed at the Special Boat Unit (SBU), the SWCC student will receive advanced training and operate in direct support of Navy SEAL missions as boat drivers, medic assistants, navigators, communications links, and direct suppression fire from the arsenal of weapons on these vessels. Many get opportunities to attend jump training as well.

Below are the physical standards you must meet when at the SWCC Training Center. As you can see the pace and intensity is challenging but not impossible. It is highly recommended that you be able to perform at least the Week 9 standards prior to entering. To ensure your graduation chances, it is recommended to surpass the following minimum standards with the recommended scores:

Navy SWCC PST Standards

PST EventMinimum StandardsCompetitive Standards
500 Yard Swim13:009 Minutes
1.5 Mile Timed Run12:009-10 Minutes

Most of the injuries at SWCC as well as BUD/S involve unprepared leg muscles for high amounts of running. You have to run to get better at running. Many of my favorite PT programs to train for the SWCC teams can be found at the following links:

- Pull-ups / Flexed Arm Hang - Pushups and Sit-ups - Running- Swimming - Prepare for Ruck Marches

Related Navy Special Operations Articles:

- Navy SEAL Fitness Preparation - How to Prepare for BUD/S - Top Things to Know Before BUD/S - Getting Fit for SEAL Training - The Complete Guide to Navy SEAL Fitness - Joining Naval Special Operations - Navy SEAL Fitness Test - All Navy Special Operations Fitness

A career with the SWCC will be exciting for anyone who transfers from a Navy gray hull and is also open to young sailors out of A-school as a closed-loop career path. Many sailors start in SWCC and make it to BUD/S and earn the Navy SEAL title. It is a great way to get into the SEAL community.

Learn about available Special Operations opportunities.

Stew Smith is a former Navy SEAL and fitness author certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association. If you are interested in starting a workout program to create a healthy lifestyle - check out the Fitness eBook store and the Stew Smith article archive at To contact Stew with your comments and questions, e-mail him at [email protected].

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Does Swcc jump out of planes?

Does Swcc jump out of planes?

The Pentagon has released footage of Special Warfare Combat-craft Crewmen jumping out of a C-17 Globemaster III heavy transportation aircraft. SWCCs often work alongside Navy SEALs, providing them fire support and transportation via a number of different watercraft.

Is Swcc considered special forces?

Special Warfare Combatant Crewmen (SWCC) are members of the elite Naval Special Warfare Command and are responsible for conducting unconventional special operations alongside and independent of the Navy SEALs and other Special Operations Units.

Does Swcc ever go land?

Simply so, does Swcc fight on land? No, but a few lucky have augmented the SEAL Teams. They do train a little towards boarding a ship, crew served weapons, and have a basic understanding of certain tactics.

How much do Navy SWCC get paid?

At the E-1 level, a SWCC with no dependents is paid $511.50 per month. At the E-9 level, SWCCs earn $942.90 per month with no dependents and $1,243.20 per month with dependents. In addition, SWCCs with dependents earn $250 per month during deployments as a Family Separation Allowance.

Can you join Swcc as an officer?

As a result, volunteers for US Navy SWCC Selection may be accepted from both US civilians and US military personnel (both officer and enlisted) from any branch of military service to serve with the US Navy’s SWCC Teams. Enlist as a civilian; Enlist while in the US Navy and apply for a transfer; or.

How long does it take to become Swcc?

SWCC training is 22 weeks long. This highly-demanding physical and mental training consists of 2 weeks of Indoctrination (administrative and physical preparation), followed by 8 weeks of Basic Crewman Training (BCT), and 12 weeks of advanced Crewman Qualification Training (CQT).

How long are Swcc contracts?

SWCC School: BCT is eight weeks long and CQT is 12 weeks long.

Can officers become SEALs?

In fact, both officers and enlisted attend the same training together, where your Special Warfare reputation begins to form. Though there are several routes to get to BUD/S, there is only one way to become a SEAL, and that is through BUD/S.

Can a marine become a SEAL?

There is no such thing as joining the Marine Corp then going to BUD/S program. You can join the Marines – BUT you have to get out of the Marines and join the Navy to go to BUD/S. See the Navy SEAL and SWCC official site for more information.

Do seal officers see combat?

A majority of Navy SEAL officers only see around 3-4 combat tours before they are put behind a desk. SEAL officers can choose to go on a mission when they have time but it’s rare due to mounds of administrative work.

What rank leads a SEAL team?

Navy commander

How much combat do Navy SEALs see?

Most Seals see combat usually on a monthly if not weekly basis. As you probably know Seals have to attend the so called “Hell-Week” 4–1/2 days of intense exercise sometimes with sleep deprivation.

What rank do Navy SEALs hold?

Most Navy SEALs (about 2,000) are enlisted men who hold the rank of E-4 to E-9 (Petty Officer 3rd Class to Master Chief Petty Officer). They are led by roughly 500 SEAL Officers who hold the rank of O-1 to O-10 (Ensign to Admiral Chief of Naval Operations).

How much do Tier 1 Navy SEALs make?

The Range of Basic Pay For 2018, active duty SEALS officers in training start as Ensigns, the lowest officer rank (O-1), with a salary of $3,035, but by the completion of training or shortly thereafter will usually have a rank of Lieutenant Junior Grade (O-2), with a monthly salary of $3,497.

Does Seal Team Six still exist?

SEAL Team Six was disbanded in 1987, and its role, minus non-CT ship-boarding which was given to the newly formed SEAL Team 8, given to the newly formed DEVGRU. Since the start of war on terrorism, DEVGRU has evolved into a multi-functional special operations unit with a worldwide operational mandate.

Is there a SEAL Team 7?

There are eight conventional SEAL Teams. In addition, there are two SEAL Delivery Vehicle Teams (SDV), two reserve SEAL Teams, and the Naval Special Warfare Development Group (DEVGRU), informally known as SEAL Team 6. SEAL Teams 1, 3, 5, 7, and reserve Team 17 are located in Coronado, California.

How much do SEAL Team 6 members get paid?

E-6 Petty Officer First Class, $2,546. E-7 Chief Petty Officer, $2.944. E-8 Senior Chief Petty Officer, $4,235. E-9 Master Chief Petty Officer $5,173.

Which Army MOS See Combat?!? Which Don't?

Special warfare combatant-craft crewmen

Military unit

The Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen (SWCC) is a United States Naval Special Warfare Command team that operates and maintains small craft for special operations missions, particularly those in support of the U.S. Navy SEALs.

Like SEALs, SWCC sailors go through a special training program based at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado. SWCC are trained in boating and weapons tactics, techniques, and procedures that focus on clandestine infiltration and exfiltration of SEALs and other special operations forces.


A fast patrol craft on Cai Ngay canal during the Vietnam War in 1970

Special boat teams can trace their history back to the PT boats of World War II. Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron Three rescued General Douglas MacArthur (and later the Filipino president Manuel L. Quezon) from the Philippines after the Japanese invasion and then participated in guerrilla actions until American resistance ended with the fall of Corregidor. PT boats subsequently participated in most of the campaigns in the Southwest Pacific by conducting and supporting joint/combined reconnaissance, blockade, sabotage, and raiding missions as well as attacking Japanese shore facilities, shipping, and combatants. PT boats were used in the European Theater beginning in April 1944 to support the Office of Strategic Services in the insertion of espionage and French Resistance personnel and for amphibious landing deception.

The development of a robust riverine warfare swift boats capability during the Vietnam War produced the forerunner of the modern special warfare combatant-craft crewman. In 1966 River Patrol Force (Task Force 116) operated River Patrol Boats (PBR) conducting counterinsurgency operations in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam. UDTs delivered a small watercraft far up the Mekong River into Laos. UDTs supported the Amphibious Ready Groups operating on South Vietnam's rivers. UDTs manned riverine patrol craft and went ashore to demolish obstacles and enemy bunkers. A SEAL Platoon was assigned to each of the five River Squadrons inserted and extracted from their patrol area by PBRs. In July 1968 Light SEAL Support Craft (LSSC) began replacing PBRs as their primary support craft. Mobile Support Teams (MST 1-3) provided combat craft support for SEAL operations, as did patrol boat, river (PBR) and patrol craft, fast (PCF) sailors. In February 1964. Boat Support Unit One was established under Naval Operations Support Group, Pacific to operate the newly reinstated fast patrol boat (PTF) program and to operate high-speed craft in support of NSW forces. In late 1964 the first PTFs arrived in Da Nang, Vietnam. In 1965, Boat Support Squadron One began training patrol craft fast crews for Vietnamese coastal patrol and interdiction operations. As the Vietnam mission expanded into the riverine environment, additional craft, tactics, and training evolved for riverine patrol and SEAL support.[1]

SWCC detachments have participated in nearly every major conflict since then, particularly in the Persian Gulf theatre during the 1987–1988 period of conflict, the Invasion of Panama Operation Just Cause 1989-1990 and the 1990-1991 Gulf War to the more recent War on Terrorism along with counter narcotics operations in South and Central America. In August 1996 while attached to USS Sides during counter drug operations in Colombia, a SWCC team came under attack in the Antioquia Valley region by members of FARC, Colombia's revolutionary movement, while conducting field operations. Six team members held off a force of approximately 150 rebels. The battle lasted for three days and nights and members of the team found themselves surrounded and cut off from each other on several occasions. Short of ammunition and water, The team held on until first light on day three, regrouped and counter-attacked, punching a hole in the FARC defense line and linking up with Colombian special forces sent there to assist them. An estimated 43 FARC rebels were killed during the battle and four were captured with only one team member being wounded. Members of the team were cited for heroism and bravery.

Special warfare boat operator (SB) rating[edit]

In 2006, due to the ongoing Global War on Terrorism. NSW made several important changes in the community starting with establishing the Special warfare boat operator (SB) along with the Special warfare operators (SO) ratings. The newly established SB rating allowed them to focus on their unique skill sets, to avoid limitations and constraints imposed by the old regime of "source ratings", to reach consensus and unity within the profession, and to allow them to enjoy advancement opportunities on par with the rest of the Navy.[2]

Special warfare combatant-craft crewman warfare specialty[edit]

Another important development was the recognition of the knowledge, skills, and training of SWCC crewmen as a warfare specialty, represented by the NEC 5352 and later denoted by the award of a military device or service badge.

For a brief period qualified sailors were awarded no device; boat captain-qualified sailors wore the small craft insignia originally created for and worn by riverine sections during the Vietnam War. Still earlier than this, the small craft pin was worn by those with the 9533 NEC. Many other units within the Navy awarded the small craft badge, and there was controversy regarding the original intent associated with its creation. The matter has been somewhat settled as the small craft badge has recently been awarded only to conventional riverine units under the NECC and SWCC boat captains, who wear it in addition to the SWCC device.[3]


Students crawl through the surf: this intense physical and mental conditioning is used often to break down students
BCT students lay out navigational tracks on a chart
At BCT phase, a student demonstrates underwater knot tying skills during water proficiency testing while being roughed by instructors
During BCT students perform a "dump boat" exercise with the combat rubber raiding craft (CRRC)

To become a special warfare combatant-craft crewman, a service member must apply and be accepted to special programs, complete a special programs specific boot camp (called 800 divisions) alongside SEAL (SO) candidates, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) candidates, Diver (ND) Candidates and Aviation Air Rescue (AIRR) candidates. SWCC and SEAL candidates then go together to Naval Special Warfare Preparatory School (NSWPS also called BUD/S Prep) in Great Lakes Chicago. SWCC and SEAL candidates then move to Coronado, California to attend Basic Underwater Demolition Orientation/or SEAL Orientation (BO) alongside SEAL candidates. Upon testing out of BO, SWCC candidates then split off and attend Basic Crewman Selection (BCS) while their SEAL candidate counterparts attend the 1st phase of BUD/S. 1st phase BUD/S completes hell week on the fourth week, and then BCS will go through the Tour on the fifth week. SWCC candidates then go on to Basic Crewman Training(BCT) while their SO candidate counterparts go to BUD/S 2nd phase. Following this, SWCC candidates will undergo Crewman Qualification Training(CQT) and then go on to specialized individual schools. The main difference between a SWCC pipeline compared to SEALs is they become combat swimmer qualified rather than the required combat dive qualified portion SEALs go through in BUD/S.


Requirements to enter training:

Initial SWCC training consists of the following:


Assignment to basic crewman training depends on passing the physical screening, which requires the following minimal standards:

  • Swim 500 yards under 13 minutes (Side Stroke / Breast Stroke)
  • Rest 5 minutes
  • 50 push-ups within 2 minutes
  • Rest 2 minutes
  • 50 sit-ups within 2 minutes
  • Rest 2 minutes
  • 6 pull-ups within 2 minutes
  • Rest 5 minutes
  • 1.5-mile run under 12 minutes
  • Pass a basic underwater demolition/SEAL physical fitness screening test in boot camp and in the delayed entry program in order to qualify

Optimum numbers are as follows:

  • Swim 500 yards under 10 minutes (Side Stroke / Breast Stroke)
  • Rest 10 minutes
  • 70 push-ups within 2 minutes
  • Rest 2 minutes
  • 70 sit-ups within 2 minutes
  • Rest 2 minutes
  • 10 pull-ups within 2 minutes
  • Rest 10 minutes
  • 1.5-mile run under 10 minutes
  • Pass a basic underwater demolition/SEAL physical fitness screening test in boot camp and in the delayed entry program in order to qualify[6][7]

Naval Special Warfare Preparatory School (BUD/s Prep)[edit]

The Naval Special Warfare Preparatory School (NSW Prep) or "BUD/s Prep" phase takes place at Great Lakes, Illinois. The curriculum at NSW Prep lasts for two months. NSW Prep has one goal: Improve a SWCC candidates physical readiness for the grueling trials of Basic Crewman Selection (BCS). Students are introduced to the obstacle course, soft sand runs, knot tying, open water swimming, water rescue, drown-proofing, and basic navigational skills. Many candidates will quit during the first three weeks. After they pass Pre-BUD/s, candidates will then get sent to BUD/S Orientation at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, California. Here they will spend the rest of their training and the next three weeks preparing for their pipeline along with their respective SEAL candidates.[8]

Basic Crewman Selection (BCS)[edit]

Candidates perform a low crawl during Basic Crewman Selection

Instructors of the SWCC Basic Crewman Selection course train, develop, and assess SWCC candidates in physical conditioning, water competency, teamwork, and mental tenacity. This course starts with a three-week indoctrination. The SWCC basic crewman training is 7 weeks long. Physical conditioning with running, swimming, and calisthenics grows harder as the weeks progress. Students abilities, mental fortitude and teamwork skills are tested during an arduous 4-day evolution involving little sleep, constant exposure to the elements, underway boat and swimming events, and a test of navigational skills and boat tactics. This test is referred to as the Crucible or "The Tour". SWCC students participate in weekly timed runs, timed obstacle course evolutions, pool, bay and ocean swims, and learn small-boat seamanship. Upon the completion of SWCC Basic Crewman Selection(BCS), students advance to Basic Crewman Training(BCT).[8]

Crewman Qualification Training (CQT)[edit]

CQT students perform small unit tactics providing cover for their teammates in a medical evacuation training scenario

Instructors of crewman qualification training develop, train and qualify SWCC candidates in basic weapons, seamanship, casualty care, and small unit tactics. This phase of training is 21 weeks long. CQT is broken down into two phase Basic and Advanced. During the Basic portion, candidates are trained in first aid, small arms, heavy weapons, basic combat skills, engineering, and towing and trailering procedures for SWCC boats. Candidates must pass tests on all of these subjects in order to move onto the next phase.

In the Advanced training segment in CQT, sailors are trained in communications, Tactical Combat Casualty Control (TCCC), navigation and boat handling, mission planning and execution, live fire while underway on the boats. The student also receives an introduction to the NSW mission planning cycle, enabling him to participate in the planning, briefing, execution, and debriefing of an NSW mission from their tasking, to launch point, and on to their combat objective, where students apply all the techniques they have acquired during training. Physical training here is geared to prepare the student to meet the requirements of the operational special boat teams. CQT concentrates on teaching maritime navigation, communications, waterborne patrolling techniques, marksmanship and engineering, as well as small unit tactics and close-quarters combat. SWCC, will also attend Jump school around this time. As well as SERE Level C school upon finishing CQT.[8]

Candidates that have made it through the pipeline are awarded their SWCC pins, designating them as a Special Warfare Boat Operator (SB) rating. They are subsequently assigned to a Special Boat Team to begin preparing for their first deployment.[8]

Due to the training and prerequisites involved in qualification, SWCC is recognized by those within the broader realm of "small boat" operations as the premier tactical boat teams of the armed forces due to their extremely difficult qualification to obtain with about a 65-70% attrition rate.

Due in part to the extremely difficult training and operating environment of SWCCs, they are qualified to operate jointly with other armed forces (particularly those within USSOCOM such as SEALs, Special Forces, MARSOC, AFSOC, and DSF). They operate in inclement weather and sea state, evade and fight on land as a contingency, and perform maritime special operations missions such as direct action, recon, ship boarding or vessel board, search and seizure, and sea-to-land support using a broad array of vessels and armaments.

Further training[edit]

Special Boat Team 20 jump from an Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft during a static-line parachute jump

SWCCs invariably receive broad individual and detachment in-house training and attend schools as needed to support Naval Special Warfare Command. Before reporting to a team, all SWCCs must attend a 12-week language course, where they must learn a language assigned to them according to the needs of their respective teams. All, SWCC will go to Naval Small Craft Instruction and Technical Training School to receive tactical boat training.

Every SWCC receives basic medic assistant training for combat lifesaving skills. After reporting to the teams SWCCs may attend schools relative to their respective individual specialities and or mission readiness schools such as desert survival, jungle survival, cold water survival, special operations combat medic training, naval special warfare combat fighting course, fast-rope, air assault, designated marksman school, tactical driving, and many others offered within Naval Special warfare.

Advanced equipment[edit]

SWCC, constantly go to new U.S. Department of Defense schools according to the needs of their respective team and adaptable mission set. SWCCs, also receive an extensive in-house training with the latest technology in order to advance the operator with efforts to maintain operational advancements in Naval Special Warfare combat readiness.

These areas of technology could be in advanced radio communications, joint terminal attack controller, advanced weapons systems, advanced navigation systems, small unmanned aerial systems (SUAS), technical surveillance operations, data analysis, signals intelligence/electronic warfare (SIGINT/EW), etc.), photographic image capture, outboard, diesel, and waterjet engines. These areas are on an ongoing adaptable basis in order to keep skills fresh and synergies alive.

Combat medic training[edit]

A SWCC treats an injured teammate during a casualty assistance and evacuation training exercise
BLS & Medic Assistant Training

Combat first aid and lifesaving, emergency response, emergency life support, evaluation, water search and rescue, stabilization, packaging, transport, and MEDEVAC skills are of vital importance to all forces within the special operations community, since they operate far from medical assets and rely on their independent capabilities. SWCC platforms provide a unique opportunity to provide a "next layer" of pre-hospital medical stabilization and MEDEVAC capability between the field and helicopter/air transport. Inbound casualties are a likely scenario, and the nature of their missions places them at a high risk of casualty as well.

Because of this, all SWCCs receive ongoing and repeated in-house training in combat first aid, basic life support, airway management and oxygen administration, trauma care, limited emergency medication administration, and IV therapy – a set of skills roughly analogous to civilian BLS, BTLS, and EMT-B qualification, and thus quite arguably conferring on every SWCC the unofficial distinction of being a combat lifesaver by the general definition. However, the SWCC community generally recognizes these members as "medic assistants" to distinguish them from the lead [para]medic, whose primary function as a professional paramedic is continually reinforced by years of training and experience.

Many NSW medics originally came from the hospital corpsman rating. Thus, while not all hospital corpsmen are combat medics, and not all combat medics are hospital corpsmen, all SWCCs are by the general definition trained combat medics – particularly after repeated workup cycles and ongoing training have refined their skills to a level comparable with conventional combat medics and civilian EMTs.

Some SWCCs have attended (and continue to attend) civilian EMT or paramedic courses (either funded or completed through their own ambition); and several of these men have enjoyed an ad hoc, de facto status as "docs" serving in their detachments as medics in the past.

A more recent development is that designated SWCC medics attend the Special Operations Combat Medic course of instruction, and attend Naval Special Warfare-specific-based courses. As of 2012, most attend 18 Delta Fort Bragg's special operations medic course.

NSW combat medics and lead medics

Within the NSW community, the title of SWCC detachment "medic" applies to SB (SWCC) members who have completed Special Operations Combat Medic course and been designated as lead medics for a detachment. This training is equivalent or exceeds civilian EMT-P certification, a civilian qualification which they are indeed eligible to test for immediately after training. They are able to initiate and administer IV fluids and medications independently and perform certain minor surgeries and stitches in the field at their own discretion. They can intubate and administer oxygen and other interventions done by paramedics.

These men are among the rare exceptions to the general rule that "all Navy combat medics are hospital corpsmen". Because of changes leading to the establishment of the SB rating, non-corpsmen SWCCs attend the course,[9] become qualified NSW combat medics, and serve primarily as medics for the rest of their careers within Naval Special Warfare, in addition to performing the various other roles of a SWCC crewman.

Special warfare combat medics are the primary or lead combat medics in a SWCC detachment. Previously, SEAL corpsmen served as the lead medics in larger SWCC detachments and managed shoreside clinics at special boat teams, managing sick call, training all SWCCs as medic assistants, and rendering emergency medical care to both SWCCs and SEALs while deployed in the field. These SEALs contributed greatly to the special boat teams and the professional development of their SWCC combat medic counterparts. While readiness is still achieved by pooling of crew skills through medic assistant quals, SWCCs are now taking on lead medic roles within their community capitalizing on the benefit of a stable maritime platform, additional medical equipment, and the ability to provide longer-term stabilization of casualties on board their craft.

Aerial deployment training[edit]

Maritime craft aerial deployment system

SWCC Personnel are trained military parachutists and are practiced in the deployment of their watercraft using the Maritime Craft Aerial Deployment System (MCADS).

Serving as a force multiplier, the MCADS capability enables Naval Special Warfare Sailors to rapidly deploy anywhere in the world in a maritime environment. The system deploys an 11-meter RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) rigged with four large parachutes from the back of a C-130 or C-17 at approximately 3,500 feet. Approximately four SWCCs immediately follow the boat out of the plane and parachute to the immediate proximity of where the boat lands in the water. Within 20-minutes the SWCCs have the boat unpacked and rigged to get underway to deliver an element of SOF (Special Operations Force) Operators to any potential target of interest, or to conduct their own mission.[10]

Maritime external air transportation system

SWCC Personnel are now more frequently attending the U.S. Army Air Assault School. A common operation the SWCC train for involving helicopters is called Maritime External Air Transportation System (MEATS).

Special Boat Teams use the MEATS insertion and extraction delivery system. MEATS allows an Army CH-47 helicopter to hover over a craft used by SWCC to be rigged to the underbelly of the helicopters with slings. The Combatant-Craft Crewman will then ascend a ladder dropped down from the helicopter into the craft. Once all the SWCC are on board, the CH-47 will extract the craft from the water. A SWCC craft can also be inserted into a maritime environment giving the SWCC a longer range on land or at sea.[11]

A variant of the MEATS insertion method was seen in the movies Act of Valor and Apocalypse Now.[12]


Operate and maintain inventory of state-of-the-art, high-performance vessels used to support SEALs and on other special operations. SWCC provide a dedicated, rapid mobility mission in shallow water areas where large ships cannot operate.

Their capabilities of Direct Action include mobility through coastline or rivers (such as strikes, captures, and ship take downs by Visit, Board, Search and Seizure, Maritime Interdiction Operations, Maritime Search and Rescue, Waterside Security, Coastal Patrol, High risk personnel recovery and force protective services. SWCC emphasize being mobility and weapons experts; due to this, in recent years they have taken a high level of training in tactical driving and convoy operations.

From a Reconnaissance and technology standpoint. Their unique capability with advanced equipment of their crafts allow them to operate Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance (ISR) space of gathering and collecting important data about enemy military installations and shipping traffic in coastal areas. The Amphibious reconnaissance aspect allows Anti-Sabotage Detection and support to the ground personnel.

SWCC, also have other unique capabilities such as search and rescue both combat and humanitarian assistance. As well as assisting with other law enforcement agencies and training various foreign units. All SWCCs are by the general definition trained combat medics/lifesavers.

SWCC Units[edit]

Naval Special Warfare Group 4[edit]

Qualification Insignia[edit]

Former SWCC qualification insignia
New SWCC qualification insignias (from left to right: Basic, Senior, and Master)

The special warfare combatant-craft crewman insignia is a military qualification badge of the United States Navy which was first conceived in 1996, though the design was not approved for wear until 2001. The insignia is authorized for wear by volunteer members of special boat teams (formerly special boat units) under U.S. Naval Special Warfare Command. Candidates must pass the SWCC basic crewman training and crewman qualification training.

On 19 August 2016, the current SWCC qualification insignia was replaced with three separate insignias to denote the level of qualification achieved individually by SWCC sailors. The new insignias are SWCC Basic, SWCC Senior, and SWCC Master. The SWCC Basic Insignia is a two and one-half by one and one-fourth inch silver matte metal pin showing a background of a cocked flintlock pistol, a crossed naval enlisted cutlass, and a Mark V Special Operations Craft atop a bow wave. The SWCC Senior Insignia incorporates an upright anchor in the background of the SWCC Basic Insignia. The SWCC Master Insignia incorporates a banner with three gold stars on the upper portion of the anchor from the SWCC Senior Insignia.[14]


  • SOC-R operated by Special Boat team 22

  • GAU-17/A mounted on a SOC-R, being operated by a SWCC operator during a training exercise.

  • SWCC personal attached to NSCT-1 unload diving gear from a night operation.

  • Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen from SBT-22 link up during a free-fall parachute drop. Near Key West, FL.

  • Special Warfare Boat Operator instructs a Hospital Corpsman from CRF-1 during Tactical Convoy Training.

  • A SWCC aboard crew fires a MK-19 grenade launcher

  • A SWCC team is dropped off and prepares to patrol the beach during a casualty assistance and evacuation scenario

  • Special Boat Team 20 conduct boat ops

See also[edit]


  1. ^"Introduction". Retrieved 19 May 2011.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^"SB-Special Warfare Boat Operator". Retrieved 18 April 2020.
  3. ^"Missions". Retrieved 19 May 2011.[dead link]
  4. ^SWCC, Navy. "SWCC Qualifications".
  5. ^SWCC, Navy. "SWCC Career".
  6. ^"NAVY SWCC PST CALCULATOR". Retrieved 18 April 2020.
  7. ^"SPECIAL WARFARE COMBATANT-CRAFT CREWMAN (SWCC)"(PDF). p. 2. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  8. ^ abcd"WE AIN'T NAVY SEALS: THE PATH TO BECOMING A NAVY SWCC". Retrieved 18 April 2020.
  9. ^[dead link]
  10. ^"Special Boat Operators Reach Milestone MCADS Drop". Retrieved 18 April 2020.
  11. ^"SWCC - MEATS". Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  13. ^Schept, Susan (10 July 2010), "Navy, CG assist in Philadelphia boat rescue", Navy Times, archived from the original on 29 January 2013, retrieved 12 July 2010
  14. ^Uniform Policy Update, NAVADMIN 174/16, CNO Washington DC, dated 4 August 2016, last accessed 10 September 2016

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Swcc see combat does

Does Swcc work on land?

The Naval Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewman (SWCC) program has evolved from the PT boats of WWII and the “Brown Water Navy” of Vietnam. They are specially trained to conduct and support Special Operations missions and work primarily with Naval Special Warfare Sea, Air, and Land Teams (SEAL).

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Herein, does Swcc fight on land?

No, but a few lucky have augmented the SEAL Teams. They do train a little towards boarding a ship, crew served weapons, and have a basic understanding of certain tactics. Their mission set is specific to using their boats or augmenting a Team if they have a specific skill set, like JTAC.

Beside above, do Swcc get deployed? On any given day, Navy SWCC are deployed in more than 30 countries around the world. The Navy's SWCC teams are based in: Coronado, California; Special Boat Team 12 (SBT-12) is the West Coast team that does most of its training and missions on the 11 Meter Rigid-hull Inflatable Boat (RhIB).

Considering this, does Swcc see combat?

SWCCs are members of the Navy's special operations organization, and are highly skilled combatants & boat operators. By design, SWCCs fill an important, but highly specialized role. For this purpose, Marines tend to see more frequent combat than a SWCC.

Can Swcc go to Devgru?

The requirements to apply for DEVGRU states that applicants must be male and come from the SDV teams, the Special Boat teams or SWCC, the Navy explosive ordnance disposal teams (EOD teams) and East/ West Coast SEAL teams, be 21 years old or older, and have at least served two combat tours on their previous assignments.

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