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Naval Special Warfare units are organized, trained, and equipped to conduct special operations in maritime and riverine environments. They are deployed in small units worldwide in support of fleet and national operations. NSW provides an effective means to apply counterforce in conjunction with national policy and objectives in peacetime and across the spectrum of hostilities from peacetime operations to limited war to general war.

Additionally, NSW forces are involved in collateral activities such as Security Assistance, Anti-Terrorism, Counterdrug, Personnel Recovery and Special Activities. NSW also provides maritime specific special operations to meet US Navy fleet-specific requirements.

NSW Enlisted Rates

Explosive Ordnance
Air Rescue Swimmer
Special Warfare Boat Operator
Navy Diver

United States Navy NSW Field requirements

Age: 17-30
Must be a United States Citizen (Cannot hold dual Citizenship)
Pass the entrance and Navy Advanced Placement Test
Must be able to obtain a Top Secret Clearance
Must pass a Medical Screening (Must have full color vision)

Physical Screening Test requirements

50 Push Ups in 2 mins
50 Sit ups in 2 mins
4-10 Pull-Ups No time limit
500 yard swim 10-14 mins

Pay and Benefits

Free College and Vocational training
100% tuition assistance for college
30 Days paid Vacation each year
Competitive Salary with annual raises
Free Medical and Dental care
Housing and Meal allowances
Retirement Benefits