Seal Jargon

The Seal Code

Always finish the mission.... Mental and physical toughness in facing life's adversity

It pays to be a winner.....

Lead From the front not from the rear.....
Set the bar with your performance for those who follow your lead.

Leave no man behind..... Need more be said?

Failure is not an option.....
What you focus on is what you get. Focus and act on success.

The only easy day was yesterday.... Always strive for constant improvement.

There is no ”I” in ”Team”.... be a team player.

One is none and two is one.... always have a back up plan.
Be Prepared for the worst, to perform your best.

Individual skills then Team skills......
You are only as good as your weakest link.

Go hard or go home.....
Always give 100% never settle for mediocrity.

SEALs work hard and play hard.....
reward and respect yourself for your sacrifices.

Loyalty to Country, Team and Teammate

• Serve with Honor and Integrity On and Off the Battlefield

• Ready to Lead, Ready to Follow, Never Quit

• Take responsibility for your actions and the actions of your teammates

• Excel as Warriors through Discipline and Innovation

• Train for War, Fight to Win, Defeat our Nation’s Enemies

• Earn your Trident everyday
SEAL Team Jargon Glossary:

O Course - The grueling obstacle course at BUD/S.

Operator - A designated member of a SEAL Team. To earn the Navy's 5326 designation, a Team member must graduate from BUD/S, Army Airborne School, SEAL AOT and a 6 to 12-month probationary period. Only then is a sailor allowed to wear the Budweiser, marking him as a Navy SEAL.

The Teams - The Navy Special Warfare Community.

E and E - Escape and Evade. Individual passage back to safe areas following a SEAL operation.

Body Snatch - An operation to capture high-value enemy personnel. A kidnapping.

Op - A special Warfare operation.

PT - Daily physical training. Varies greatly from calisthenics, runs, swims, triathlons. See Monster Mash.

Hell Week

Usually the fourth week of BUD/S. The class is divided into boat crews and set against each other in a six-day contest of foot races, boat races, swims and paddles. Running 24-hours a day, for six days, there is physical and psychological harassment designed to push each man to his breaking point -- and beyond. It is not unusual for 60% of a class to quit during this period. See "Ring Out" below.

Monster Mash

A gruelling PT evolution. The basic Monster Mash might include, a ten-mile run followed by a two-mile swim, followed by a three-mile boat paddle and rifle shoot. It's a race, naturally, and it pays to be a winner. Believe it or not, Monster Mashes were the predecessors of the modern triathlon.

Hoo Yah - Class frogman yell. ("HooYah, HooYah, HooYah, HEY! Today's gonna be another easy day!")

Sneak and Peak - A reconnaissance operation.

Sneak Attack - An underwater demolition attack against a surface vessel.

Sugar Cookie - What happens when a wet BUD/S student is told to roll in the sand for 100 yards.

Tadpole - A BUD/S student. (See "Banana")

Toasty Warm - The temperature of the Pacific Ocean at Coronado, California. Usually about 56'F. (Try treading water in it for six hours without a wetsuit.)

Platoon - The operational unit of the Navy SEALS. Usually two officers and 12 enlisted.

40 Mike Mile - 40 millimeter grenade launcher. Accurate to 400 yards. At closer range, this weapon fires a "beehive" round -- an annoying package full of 200 finned roofing nails.

SQT - Seal Qualification Training. A comprehensive, ongoing series of training evolutions to keep SEAL

Team members at peak readiness.

Banana - A student at Basic Underwater Demolition SEAL Training (BUD/S.) Said to be a qualified member of the SEAL Teams, it's a HORRENDOUS insult.

BUD/S - Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL Training. BUD/S is the 26-week basic course of SEAL instruction. Described in the military lexicon as "demanding physically and mentally," dropout rates of 80-90% are not uncommon. It is the crucible in which SEALS are made.

Budweiser - Nickname for the device worn by qualified Navy Special Warfare Operators. The Navy prefers to call the badge a "Trident" -- the name Budweiser stuck because of the strong resemblance the device bares to the eagle on a can of Budweiser beer.

Bullfrog - The Title of Bull Frog is given to the UDT/SEAL operator with the most time in service after they complete Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL BUD/S or Underwater Demolition Team Replacement Accession (UDTRA) training. Rank does not matter.

Burn In - As a verb, it describes a parachute malfunction. A total burn in usually results in a bad case of "dirt poisoning."

Circus - A special training evolution conducted at BUD/S. A punishment exercise reserved for students who have shown themselves in need of extra motivation. A circus might include dragging a telephone pole from Coronado, California to the Mexican border. (No kidding.)

Dreager - A German made, closed-circuit SCUBA rig. Used by SEAL teams for maritime sabotage. The Dreager is unique because the gases exhaled by the diver are re-used. Leaves no bubbles.

Drown-proofing - A swimming evolution at BUD/S. Tied hand and foot, students have to tread water ten minutes, swim 100 yards and retrieve an object from the bottom of the pool with their teeth. The exercise is designed to build confidence -- if you live.

Fast Rope - Method of descending from a helicopter by gripping a special rope and sliding. No carabiners, climbing harnesses, or other sissy stuff.

HAHO - High Altitude, High Opening. A method of parachute insertion where a ram-air parachute, opened at altitude, is flown toward the target. Great distances can be covered by this method.

HALO - High Altitude, Low Opening. Converse of above. An exiting high, the parachute is deployed at a low-altitude directly over the target. Pretty scary at night.

Haversack - A 20-pound knapsack full of plastic explosive. A frogman's friend.

K-Bar - Navy issue diving and fighting knife. Also called the "rusty trusty".

Kick Stroke and Glide - UDT power stroke. A sidestroke swimming technique developed by frogmen in World War II. This powerful stroke allowed for members of the Underwater Demolition Teams to swim for miles towing demolitions and weapons. It continues in use today.

Limpet - A particularly nasty magnetic mine. Placed by SEALS against the hulls of enemy vessels, cars, tanks, etc.

Non-Qual - Any human being who did not graduate from BUD/S.

Probation - 6 to 12-month period following graduation from BUD/S where the neophyte frogman is evaluated.

PT - Daily physical training. Varies greatly from calisthenics, runs, swims, triathlons. See Monster Mash.

Quitter - People who drop out of BUD/S. The worst insult anyone can say to a qualified Operator.

Ring Out - Quit. At BUD/S a brass bell hangs in the quadrangle. Whenever a student desires to quit, all he has to do is ring the bell 3 times. No questions asked. No prejudicial comments are placed in his records. It can be a pretty tempting proposition after an 8-mile swim.

Rollback - A BUD/S student (usually an injury) who is rolled back to the following class.

Rope a Dope - A static line parachute jump.

Rubber Duck - Method of parachuting a Zodiac boat and motor from an airplane. Of course, you have to jump out after it.

Smooth Dog - As a verb, it means to talk your way out of a tough situation.

UDT - Underwater Demolition Teams. Phased out in 1983, UDT teams were manned by Navy special Warfare Operators who specialized in Maritime sabotage and Amphibious Reconnaissance. The real frogmen.

Navy SEAL Creed

In times of war or uncertainty there is a special breed of warrior ready to answer our Nation’s call. A common man with uncommon desire to succeed.

Forged by adversity, he stands alongside America’s finest special operations forces to serve his country, the American people, and protect their way of life.

I am that man.

My Trident is a symbol of honor and heritage. Bestowed upon me by the heroes that have gone before, it embodies the trust of those I have sworn to protect. By wearing the Trident I accept the responsibility of my chosen profession and way of life. It is a privilege that I must earn every day.

My loyalty to Country and Team is beyond reproach. I humbly serve as a guardian to my fellow Americans always ready to defend those who are unable to defend themselves. I do not advertise the nature of my work, nor seek recognition for my actions. I voluntarily accept the inherent hazards of my profession, placing the welfare and security of others before my own.

I serve with honor on and off the battlefield. The ability to control my emotions and my actions, regardless of circumstance, sets me apart from other men.

Uncompromising integrity is my standard. My character and honor are steadfast. My word is my bond.

We expect to lead and be led. In the absence of orders I will take charge, lead my teammates and accomplish the mission. I lead by example in all situations.

I will never quit. I persevere and thrive on adversity. My Nation expects me to be physically harder and mentally stronger than my enemies. If knocked down, I will get back up, every time. I will draw on every remaining ounce of strength to protect my teammates and to accomplish our mission. I am never out of the fight.

We demand discipline. We expect innovation. The lives of my teammates and the success of our mission depend on me – my technical skill, tactical proficiency, and attention to detail. My training is never complete.

We train for war and fight to win. I stand ready to bring the full spectrum of combat power to bear in order to achieve my mission and the goals established by my country. The execution of my duties will be swift and violent when required yet guided by the very principles that I serve to defend.

Brave men have fought and died building the proud tradition and feared reputation that I am bound to uphold. In the worst of conditions, the legacy of my teammates steadies my resolve and silently guides my every deed. I will not fail.

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