Here are 25 Interesting Facts About Navy SEALs.

1-5 Interesting Facts About Navy SEALs

Marcus Luttrell

1. Petty Officer First Class Marcus Luttrell was the sole survivor of a US Navy SEAL team ambush by Taliban fighters. He was saved by members of the Sabray tribe under the Nanawatai principle of the Pashtunwali code which requires a tribe to safeguard an individual against his enemies at all costs. – Source

2. Marcus Luttrell, a former Navy SEAL, chased four men through four counties while armed with two 9mm Berettas because they killed his dog, DASY. – Source

3. Navy SEALs used to be water boarded as a part of their training, but the process was stopped when no SEAL could pass it, leading to bad morale. – Source

4. The brain of a Navy SEAL is trained to alter the way the amygdala processes fear. – Source

5. During the filming of The Grinch, Jim Carrey took counseling from a Navy SEAL to learn torture-resistance techniques to handle the extensive makeup. – Source

6-10 Interesting Facts About Navy SEALs

Bill Shepherd

6. Bill Shepherd, first US Navy SEAL that became a NASA Astronaut and first commander of the ISS, was asked what he does best in his astronaut candidate interview. He answered: “Kill people with a knife.” – Source

7. Navy SEALs that killed Bin Laden got stealth series fleshlights as a ‘thank you’ from the company. – Source

8. During the Vietnam war, Navy SEAL teams One and Two amassed a combined kill/death ratio of 200:1. – Source

9. There was a Navy SEAL so elite that they created his own unit just for him. He kidnapped Admirals and infiltrated US military bases. His name was Richard Marcinko. – Source

10. The runner up of the first ever Ironman was John Dubar, a US Navy SEAL. He was winning during the marathon until his support crew ran out of water and decided to give him beer instead – Source

11-15 Interesting Facts About Navy SEALs

Navy SEAL Trident

11. During the funeral of Navy SEAL Michael A. Monsoor, every Navy SEAL on the West Coast came to the funeral, took off their golden trident off of their own uniform and slapped it onto his wooden coffin covering the whole coffin in golden tridents. – Source

12. The trident worn on the uniforms of Navy SEALs is officially designated as the “Special Warfare Insignia,” but is sometimes called the “Budweiser,” named in part for the Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) course, the grueling twenty-five week special warfare school. The trident also has an uncanny resemblance to the Anheuser-Busch logo.

13. The US Navy SEAL arsenal includes the Russian AK-47 due to its extreme reliability in all situations. – Source

14. An aerospace engineer attached to the Navy SEALS was charged in federal court for building a plane from scratch to “more easily visit his wife”. – Source

15. Disney filed to trademark “SEAL Team 6” shortly after the Bin Laden raid, but withdrew after the navy filed their own trademark applications. – Source

16-20 Interesting Facts About Navy SEALs

Navy SEAL Team 6

16. The original Navy SEAL Team 6 was formed after a failed Delta Force mission and was given its team number in order to confuse Soviet Intelligence as to how many teams there actually were (there were only 2 at that time). – Source

17. The Navy SEALs who killed Bin Laden were the same team that rescued the American captain held hostage by Somalian pirates in 2009 – Source

18. Women are not allowed to join the Navy SEALs. By law there are two communities that women are not allowed to join: the Navy SEAL and Navy SWCC communities. Also, due to privacy and living space considerations, women may not apply for Enlisted positions aboard submarines.

19. The Belgian Malinois is the preferred “war dog” of the Navy SEALs. They are highly trained special ops experts, even trained to operate a parachute, “jumping either in tandem with their handlers or solo, if the jump is into water.” – Source

20. For $10,000 former Navy SEALs promise to teach you what they have learned for a week and then, if your skills are up to par, “unleash you on the most exciting and terrifying 36-hours of your life.” – Source

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21. Chris Kyle, a sniper on the US Navy SEALs, has eliminated so many enemies that Iraqi insurgents gave him the nickname “The Devil.” – Source

22. Navy SEALS make up less than 1% of all United States Navy personnel, but despite their small numbers they make a huge strategic impact on every operation of which they’re a part.

23. Because of the specialized training, SEALS can’t just do combat coming from the sea, but they’re trained in desert, urban and jungle conditions, and can handle explosives and jump from airplanes. They’re trained in every useful skill.

24. Though they’re trained in a variety of ways, Navy SEALS specialize in combat in surprise strikes from the sea as well as a secretive return to the sea. This allows them to strike and return clandestinely numerous times doing the most damage possible, and achieving aims that larger troops couldn’t manage without being noticed.

25. Visitors to the San Diego area can go to Seal Rock at Children’s Beach in La Jolla and see seals frolicking lazily on the sunbaked rocks. The curious can see prospective Navy SEALs in action in the California sun at Imperial Beach on Coronado during SEAL recruit training. Sightseers can watch as squads of sailors struggle at the surf line with inflatable boats, hoist logs overhead and rack up mileage in the warm sand. This is not most people’s idea of a vacation, but for the recruits it is just another day at the beach.

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