Coronado, CA — Four US Coast Guard officers recently began their participation in the US Navy’s Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training program.
The four officers had been selected and completed a two week BUD/S preparatory course and a three week orientation at the Great Lakes Naval Station in Illinois.
According to Deployable Operations Group spokesperson Lieutenant James McLay, at least one enlisted member of the Coast Guard was also selected to participate, but failed to meet the physical training exit standards in the pre-training program.
BUD/S is well known for its high attrition rate. According to the US Navy, roughly thirty percent of those who participate in the selection process actually graduate from the course. However, a number of Special Warfare recruiting programs have helped to reduce the attrition rate.
The Coast Guard BUD/S students just recently began the first of three phases. The first phase was cited as having the highest rate of drops, due to quitting and/or medical reasons. Week four of the first phase is dubbed “Hell Week,” and is notably regarded as the toughest week of training. If the officers make it, they are estimated to complete Hell Week by April 17th 2009.
Should the Coast Guard officers pass the long training and selection process, they will be assigned to a SEAL team for five to seven years.