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Jack VendettiMs. ZweizigAP Literature14 January 2018Navy SEALThe United States Navy SEALs (Sea, Air, and Land) is the most famous and elite military force in the world. The United States have other special forces such as the Marine Recon and Army Night Stalkers but they cannot come close to competing with the Navy SEALs. They are most famous for the missions they carry out such as the capture of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the assassination of Osama Bin Laden. A Navy Seal is a highly trained individual that must undergo the toughest training in the world. For someone to become a SEAL, they must ask themselves if they have the willpower, dedication, and commitment to complete the training. SEAL training is described as brutal, but this prepares them for the extremely physically and mentally challenging task missions they are sent on. The training facility is located in Coronado, California. A SEAL must complete 12 months of basic training that include Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL BUD/S School, Parachute Jump School and SEAL Qualification Training (SQT). This initial training is followed by another 18 months of pre-deployment training and intensive specialized training. The first five weeks of BUD/S is pre-training then comes the three phases with the first being the hardest. The First Phase is 8 weeks of conditioning that peaks with a rigorous segment known as “Hell Week”. Hell Week is a five day, nonstop training routine where ? or 70% of a trainee’s class will call it quits. A trainee is only allowed a total of four hours of sleep during the grueling segment of BUD/S. During hell week, trainees never stop moving, they are constantly doing push ups, pull ups, sit ups, log PT, running, paddling, swimming, carrying boats on their heads, rolling in sand, slogging through mud, and doing surf passage. It is also challenging just to stand still, whether you’re standing in formation or standing waist deep in water, the freezing cold ocean breeze cuts through you. Hell Week was made to test physical and mental strength, your ability to work under extremely stressful conditions, attitude, and teamwork. But above all else, it was made to test one’s determination and desire to become a SEAL. There has been research on what kind of people make it through Hell Week and it is never always the fastest runner or swimmer or the strongest, fittest person. It is those that want it the most and have the biggest drive and desire to become a SEAL. This is often the greatest achievement a trainee has ever made in their life. It is a realization that they can do 100 times more than they thought possible and that they will never let a teammate down when in combat or in everyday life. ¬† There are many different benefits to joining the Navy SEALs team, from good pay and tax advantages to respect, honor and brotherhood. The amount of money that military personnel make varies from rank to rank and class to class. An average Navy SEAL makes about $55,000 to $60,000 per year. However, a Navy SEAL with an E-9 pay grade that is qualified for all the bonuses and special payments could make $150,000 per year. In addition to their yearly salaries, SEALs get paid monthly for Special Delivery Vehicle pay, HALO Parachute Duty pay, dive pay and special duty assignment pay. All of these things add about $1,000 per month to their pay grade. Not just the Navy SEALs, but all of the Navy, receive tax advantage benefits and a benefit known as the GI Bill. The tax advantage benefits give the Navy personnel no taxes on housing, food, or pay allowances. The GI Bill is a bill that gives Navy personnel different options to choose from on how to help pay off their college tuition. The first one pays 75% of college costs for members that are still in the Navy and the others give members $50,000 after they have finished all of their tours of duty. Navy SEALs also receive medical and dental care for no cost at all for the rest of ¬†their lives. One of the most important, if not the most important, advantages one receives from becoming a Navy SEAL is brotherhood and the experience they get and how it translates into everyday life if one ever leaves the service. People who have been in the Navy SEALs have a very competitive advantage, in almost every field of employment, over those who have not had any military experience and over those who have lesser military experience. Navy SEALs have been proven to be extremely beneficial in the fields of engineering, education, security and the government. Tangible benefits are not the only kind of benefits a SEAL receives. Through the Navy SEAL training and extremely mentally and physically challenging missions SEALs are sent on, an unbreakable brotherhood is forged. For a Navy SEAL there are no normal days at the office. The SEALs are never doing the same thing over and over again like someone at a desk job. They are always on the move and always have a mission to accomplish. One day you might be skydiving out of an airplane into enemy territory to take down a terrorist group and then the next day you’re on a diving demolition mission to clear debris for your stealth submarine.