Navy SEAL Ranks – Elite
The Navy SEAL Ranks carry with them a fierce reputation that is well deserved. They operate as a small force of elite soldiers that comprise a mere one percent of the entire Navy personnel. There are nearly two thousand five hundred Navy SEALs in active duty. Each platoon operates in different numbers depending on the situation either as an eight man group or they can split forces for a fire team of four men, and then for reconnaissance missions there is the two man sniper unit. Being of such few number the Navy SEALs can move into dangerous areas undetected to gather intel and can be deadly when necessary by sneaking into enemy territory to deal a swift and silent operation. Their efficiency for getting the job done has prompted the United States military to offer more bonuses to SEALs that have completed BUD/S training and enlisting to a service of at least four years in order to increase the number of active duty SEALs to help the war effort by up to 25%. Recently, the long awaited capture of Osama Bin Laden by Navy SEALs has helped to further the lore and legend of the Navy SEAL Ranks.
Navy Seal Ranks – Proud History of Combat
The Navy SEALs proud history of combat puts them in high demand for operations in need of their expertise. They performed over 200 missions without a single casualty during Desert Storm in Iraq and had a 200 to 1 kill ratio in Vietnam. They have performed numerous successful missions throughout their history and have proven to be one of the most elite special forces units in the United States military by showing poise and vigilance in the face of danger while performing their given task.
Navy SEAL Ranks – A Specialized Community
The Navy SEAL Ranks follow in the same chain of command as the traditional ratings of the Navy but are distinguished with their own specialized community and career path. Navy SEAL Ranks consist mainly of Navy Enlisted Personnel between the pay grade scale rates of E-4 to E-9 numbering over two thousand under the command of five hundred officers at the pay grade rates of O-1 to O-10 with a very small force of specialized Warrant Officers. Most Enlisted Navy SEALs are well rounded with general skills in many areas to be able to tackle any operation successfully. Warrant officers within the Navy SEAL Ranks are very specialized with a certain technical skill set and offer invaluable services to the Navy SEAL teams. Navy SEAL officers make the tough decisions that affect all Navy SEALs as well as the safety of the United States of America. Only one SEAL has achieved a four star rank of Admiral, Eric T. Olson who became Commander of U.S. Special Operations Command.
SEALs no longer wear the ratings within the Navy ranks earned before becoming part of the Naval Special Warfare Command and wear their own insignia as a Navy SEAL. The NSW rating became Special Warfare Operator in 2006 to distinguish its own career path within the Navy.