Navy SEAL Interpreter

Nacho Donahue

Information on SEALS

DESCRIPTION: A Navy SEAL is a member of the Naval Special Warfare Unit and specialize in encounters in the SEa, Air, and Land. A Navy SEAL interpreter is able to speak multiple languages, and communicates with local law enforcement, hostiles, and local citizens.

TRAVEL DANGERS: Some dangers involved with the career is constant danger of being attacked in foreign territory, and you have to speak with individuals who may or may not want to hurt you. You are constantly travelling around the world, so you will need to know multiple languages based on where you will be.

PAY RANGE: In addition to normal military pay and allowances, the Navy offers a $12,000 enlistment bonus for SEALs. You will also earn additional pay that includes special duty assignment pay, parachute jump pay, dive pay and demolition pay. Together, these incentives make SEALs the highest paid enlisted operators in the U.S. military.

REQUIRED TRAINING/EDUCATION /SERVICES TO TRAIN: If you are an EMT/paramedic, it would be very helpful when applying for BUD/S. Studying foreign languages is also very good, particularly Middle Eastern languages such as Farsi, Pashto, Erdu, and Russian and Chinese, since you will typically be in areas that speak those languages. You also need to be ACTIVEY serving in the Navy to even have a thought of applying for BUD/S training.

No specific schooling is required outside of a High School Diploma, however, having degrees in a variety of Languages is very helpful. While in the SEALs, you will have opprotunities to learn about things like explosive ordinance, through the American Council on Education, and you can earn college credit to use after you get out of the SEALs.

To even have a chance to apply for being a Navy SEAL, you have to meet the following requirements; You must meet specific eyesight requirements: 20/40 best eye; 20/70 worst eye; correctable to 20/25 with no color blindness. You must meet the minimum Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) score: GS+MC+EI=165 or VE+MK+MC+CS=220. You must be 28 years old or younger, and you must be a U.S. citizen. In addition, you must pass a physical examination required for divers.

If you meet those requirements, and get accepted into "SEAL School" you must be able to meet these requirements to be able to continue training.

Minimum PST
Physical Screening TestSEAL

Swim 500 yards
(450 M) – breaststroke or sidestroke
[in minutes]


[in 2 minutes]42


[in 2 minutes]50


[in 2 minutes]6


Run 1.5 miles
[in minutes]11:00