US Navy SEALs: The SEAL Code

In US Special Ops, longtime military author and special-ops expert Fred Pushies takes on the entire scope of America’s elite fighting forces, including profiles of hundreds of weapons, gear, vehicles, missions, and commandos, from eighteenth-century fighters like Francis Marion right up through the most advanced capabilities of today’s Green Berets, Rangers, SEALs, Marine Force Recon, US Air Force combat controllers, CIA Special Activities Division, and more – well over 350 entries in all.

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Photo credit: US Navy

SEALs

On January 1, 1962, the navy created the US Navy SEALs and commissioned SEAL Team 1 on the West Coast and SEAL Team 2 on the East coast. The term SEAL is an acronym representing each of the environments in which they would fight: SEa, Air, and Land. Shortly after their creation, the SEALs were deployed to the Caribbean in October 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

During the war in Vietnam, SEALs took the war to the enemy where and when he least expected it. They had wide latitude in weapons and equipment. The small teams could be attired in a variety of uniforms, from tiger strips to blue jeans; some men wore coral shoes, while others favored going in barefoot. They fought the enemy on his turf, using the same guerilla methods and tactics and earning them the name “the Men in the Green Faces.” The SEALs became feared in the delta, rivers, and jungles and continue to serve as an elite fighting force today.

A SEAL platoon consists of sixteen men, usually two officers and fourteen enlisted SEALs. Depending on the mission profile, the platoon can be broken into two squads of eight SEALs each or else into four elements. Platoons are typically deployed on their missions with a navy lieutenant as the officer in charge (OIC).

Photo credit: National Archives and Records Administration
Photo credit: National Archives and Records Administration

SEAL Code

The US Navy SEALs’ creed and ethos reads, in part:

“In times of war or uncertainty there is a special breed of warrior ready to answer our Nation’s call. A common man with uncommon desire to succeed. Forged by adversity, he stands alongside America’s finest special operations forces to serve his country, the American people, and protect their way of life. I am that man. My Trident is a symbol of honor and heritage. . . . I will not fail.”

It embraces the warrior values and the tradition of never leaving a man behind. The essence of the creed is summed up in the SEAL code:

Loyalty to Country, Team and Teammate

Serve with Honor and Integrity On and Off the Battlefield

Ready to Lead, Ready to Follow, Never Quit

Take responsibility for your actions and the actions of your teammates

Excel as Warriors through Discipline and Innovation

Train for War, Fight to Win, Defeat our Nation’s Enemies

Earn your Trident every day

 

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It’s the inside scoop on US military special operations. From weapons, gear, missions, and commandos, learn every military secret from the eighteenth century to today.

Few aspects of the US military pique people’s interest more than special ops. Due to the clandestine nature of their missions, weapons, and gear, these elite fighting forces are cloaked in an aura of intrigue that has only ratcheted upward with the expanded roles they have assumed in today’s world, not to mention their recent and frequent appearances in film, books, and other mass media.

In US Special Ops, longtime military author and special-ops expert Fred Pushies takes on the entire scope of America’s elite fighting forces, beginning with their earliest days. Pushies profiles hundreds of weapons, gear, vehicles, missions, and commandos, from eighteenth-century fighters like Francis Marion right up through the most advanced capabilities of today’s Green Berets, Rangers, SEALs, Marine Force Recon, US Air Force combat controllers, CIA Special Activities Division, and more – well over 350 entries in all.

From the tomahawks used by Rogers’s Rangers to special-ops legends like Col. Aaron Bank to Operation Neptune Spear and beyond, US Special Ops is a comprehensive, informative, and unique survey of all aspects of US special operations, past and present.

Fred Pushies has skimmed across the waves with SEALs in an eighty-two-foot-long Mark V Special Operations craft, flown at treetop level with the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, and crunched through the brush with Force Recon Marines. He’s the author of more than a dozen books about US special ops and several Zenith Press titles, including MARSOC: US Marine Corps Special Operations Command and Night Stalkers: 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment. Pushies lives in Westland, Michigan.