Enjoy a peek behind the curtain of the SWCC program. These guys are an integral part of our program in the regular Teams and ST6. This piece was written by a former SWCC who is now active on another program and he wishes to remain Anonymous. 

-Glen Doherty, NSWC Editor

Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewman (SWCC)

You’ve seen it in many movies, posters and books. The guys on the fast boat racing down the river with Gatling Type Super Guns on all sides, crewman kitted up and painted and ready for a fight.

See what happens when the caption mistakenly reads “SEAL TEAMS.” An onrush of posts, messages and outcry from wannabe’s, gamer’s and airsoft commando’s crying out that these are “Boat Guys” not “SEALS”! Then followed on with mostly negative connotations making the assumption that all Boat Guys are quitters. They could not make it through BUD/S so they opted for the easiest way to join the NSW community.

Okay, that is not what happens and it might seem true to a point for some. Every candidate that tries out for an NSW crew position must complete the required PT Test. It’s the same requirements for both SEAL and SWCC and both have the same ASVAB requirement.

Even before that each NSW candidate must request to do so via a “package.” Evaluation reports with high marks are required, nobody wants a shitbag.

SWCC Training Missions
SWCC Training Missions

During the long and grueling training there are some students who transfer from BUD/S to SWCC, but there are certain criteria to do so.

First, no D.O.R’s, discipline and some medical drops can transfer and the BUD/S student must be a Hell Week survivor, no white shirts.