Special Operations Crewman
Company: US Navy
Posted on: January 25, 2023
From shallow rivers to distant shores, the United States depends on
an elite defense force known as Special Warfare Combatant-Craft
Crewmen, or SWCC. You may have never heard of them, and that's on
purpose-their missions are the kind the Navy keeps quiet because of
how vitally important they are. As the Sailors who insert and
extract Navy SEALs from classified locations around the world, they
are true warriors-highly trained, disciplined and distinguished.
Their motto is "On Time, On Target, Never Quit," and they live up
to every word.
What to Expect
Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewman
SWCC are extensively trained to execute high-risk warfare and
reconnaissance missions in river and coastline settings. As a
member of this tightly-knit community, you may:
- Insert and extract SEALs and other Special Operations personnel
from a variety of Naval Surface Warfare vessels
- Collect important data about enemy military installations and
shipping traffic in coastal areas
- Assist other military and civilian law enforcement
- Operate and maintain ordnance systems, communications,
electronics, small boats and other equipment associated with SWCC
and other special operations missions
- Perform direct action raids against enemy shipping and
- Provide rapid mobility in shallow water areas where larger
ships cannot operate
- Integrate with other U.S. Special Operations forces or within
U.S. Navy carrier and expeditionary strike groups to accomplish
SWCC operators may be deployed anywhere in the world and operate
day or night in cold weather, desert, tropical or jungle
environments. Many operations will take place along river or
coastline settings. Though much of your time will be spent training
or in the field on missions, you may work in an office on
administration duties from time to time.
Training & Advancement
As a SWCC operator, you will undergo some of the most demanding
physical and mental training in the world. While qualifying for
SWCC in the Delayed Entry Program is preferred, you may also
volunteer any time during your enlistment after completing boot
camp and prior to your 31st birthday.
While at Recruit Training Command (RTC), also known as Boot Camp,
you will take part in a rigorous physical examination and medical
screening. Upon review of your entrance medical examinations,
further physical screening tests will be given at RTC and at the
Naval Special Warfare Center (SWCC School). Following completion of
boot camp, you will begin specialized training including:
SWCC Indoctrination (2 weeks) in Coronado, CA, for physical and
psychological preparation for Basic SWCC Training (BCT)
Basic Crewmember Training (BCT) (5 weeks) in Coronado, CA, for
training in water competency, basic seamanship, boat handling,
teamwork and mental tenacity
Crewman Qualification Training (CQT) (15 weeks) in Coronado, CA,
for advanced tactical knowledge and skills training
Get the full details on SWCC training .
Promotion opportunities are regularly available but competitive and
based on performance.
It's also important to note that specialized training received and
work experience gained in the course of service can lead to
valuable credentialing and occupational opportunities in related
Members of the Naval Special Warfare community have any number of
unique opportunities to advance their education. Navy training
provides everything from the fundamentals of explosive ordnance
disposal, to knowledge of chemical and biological warfare, military
tactics, deep-sea diving or a number of other tactical military
Beyond offering access to professional credentials and
certifications, Navy training in the NSW field can translate to
credit hours toward a bachelor's or associate degree through the
American Council on Education .
You may also continue your education through undergraduate degree
opportunities like the Navy College Program and Tuition Assistance
and the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
Qualifications & Requirements
A high school degree or equivalent is required to become an
Enlisted Navy SWCC operator, but the standards of qualification
require the kind of mental and physical fortitude that few possess.
For those making the cut, immense challenges and constant training
are a way of life.
To qualify for SWCC training, you must:
- Meet specific eyesight requirements: 20/40 best eye; 20/70
worst eye; correctable to 20/25 with no color blindness
- Meet the minimum Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery
(ASVAB) score: AR+VE=103, MC=51
- Be 30 years of age or younger
- Be a U.S. citizen and eligible for security clearance
SWCCs should possess an aptitude for mechanical skills, study
habits, arithmetic and basic algebra, and good use of your
You should be in excellent physical condition and motivated to
endure rigorous physiological demands. Strong swimming skills and
the ability to withstand fatigue is essential. SWCCs must be able
to work under stressful and hazardous conditions. Important
personal traits also include self-assurance and self-confidence,
and the willingness to follow orders.
Visit the Navy SWCC PST Calculator to review the current minimum
Navy Physical Screening Test (PST) requirements for Navy Challenge
General qualifications may vary depending upon whether you're
currently serving , whether you've served before or whether you've
never served before .
There are no part-time jobs as a Navy Reserve Sailor in this role.
Go back to Careers to find other jobs that have a Reserve
component. You can also find out more about what life is like as a
Reserve Sailor in the Navy.
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