Rules of Engagement for DEP

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Students at the Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center conduct training operations Feb. 13, 2014, in the center's 40-foot-deep aquatic training facility in Panama City, Fla. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Scichilone/Released)

Warrior Challenge Ethos

"In times of war or uncertainty there is a special breed of warrior ready to answer our nations call.  A common person, a patriot with an uncommon desire to succeed.”

“Forged by adversity, I stand alongside America's finest Special Operations Forces to serve MY country, the American people,  and to protect their way of life."

“I am that Warrior."



(aka DEPpers or Future Sailors) seeking SEAL, SWCC, EOD, Diver, Air Rescue Swimmer Programs.

Welcome and Congratulations on your decision to join the Navy and the Naval Special Warfare & Operations Warrior Challenge! Read On.

The quest you are about to embark upon will live up to the term challenge and be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life.  You will stand among men and women who accomplish special warfare missions that require technical skill, tactical efficiency and a resolute desire to prevail in the face of adversity. An important characteristic for you to embody on this quest is motivation, now and throughout your training.  

We are looking for individuals who are mentally strong and physically fit. If you are a mature person who thrives in a team oriented setting and if you are an aggressive problem solver with an unfailing

desire to succeed in order to defend freedom, then you are in the right place at the right  time! If you simply want to be “The Best of the Best” or find an outlet for violence, grow up and stop reading right now. This is not a program for vanity seekers or misanthropes. We don’t want or need you.

If you apply for NavSpecWar or NavSpecOps, or Air Rescue Swimmer then you must set some priorities that demand a special type of person and profound commitment that must be earned on and off the battlefield. If you are ready to take ownership and are willing to defend the nation with the finest patriots the our nation produces then be ready to live up to that measure of excellence.

All Special Programs operators live by a code that requires the highest personal character and individuals that embody great personal integrity. You will be a part of a community within the U.S. Navy that upholds a legacy that achieves the goal to fight and win in the face of any adversity against any enemy adversary.

There is one SOF truth that I want to emphasize and paraphrase:

"NSW NSO personnel cannot be mass produced."

We currently look at the amount of training required to Pass the Physical Screening Test (PST) and may require two consecutive Pass scores to classify you into a SEAL SWCC EOD Diver AIR Rescue Swimmer occupation in the Delayed Entry Program. If you are just above the minimums we want to see some consistency. If you are Passing at the elevated level you will demonstrate better potential thus our confidence in you grows so we will submit the reclassification package in that scenario.

It is not uncommon to fail the first PST you take. Do not let that discourage you. But be advised this is not a learn to swim program. It would be beneficial to those individuals, who are marginal or non-swimmers, to practice or receive instructions in upgrading their swimming skills prior to a PST. If you fail a basic swim test before your first PST, we will use discretion whether to allow you to test at all. To find out how to receive more information on improving swimming skills, please visit the YMCA Web site at:

Much of the work you will perform will be self-directed. Training is a daily commitment you are ultimately responsible for and we are here to guide you in this process. If you team up early you will achieve your goals.


We will not give a contract to someone who passes in the same month that they ship. In fact we will not even test you.



More specifically, Warrior Challenge rates are not automatically given out from other WC attrites (candidates that DROP ON REQUEST or otherwise lose their programs) or to those in good standing in a WC rate or wanting to volunteer. There is attrition built into the accessions going to RTC.

Additionally, despite a volunteer brief given by RTC, there are NO opportunities to get a WC rate, especially if you are a PACT or NUKE wanting to go into a WC rate, YOU actually sign a CNP policy letter not allowing such reclasses.

Depending upon your current ship date, (ex. if it is May and you leave in Nov.) you have some time to work with to Pass the PST. 

You must Pass monthly PSTs once you DO pass and gain a contract until you leave for boot camp!

If you Fail the PST that we administer within 14 Days of your departure to Recruit Training Command Great Lakes IL then you will no longer remain in the program. 

Non Negotiable!

© Mark Negele 2016