U.S. Navy SEALs are considered the most elite fighting force in the world. They are known for their ability to remain physically and mentally tough across a whole array of circumstance and situations.
These days, SEAL teams are called upon regularly to combat terrorism and carry out other special operations throughout the world, often with very little advance notice.
How does the U.S. Navy locate, screen, test and train these elite warriors for battle? They must endure a grueling, 18-24 month-long training process. In fact, on average, 70 percent of SEAL candidates never make it past Phase One.
It is during Phase One of the training that recruits attempt to endure something infamously known as "Hell Week." If you are interested in finding out more about Navy SEAL training Hell Week, here are the answers to 5 FAQs about Hell Week:
1. At what point in SEAL training does Hell Week happen?
A: Hell Week takes place during week 4 of Phase One of the 18-24 month-long SEAL training process.
2. How long does it last?
A: The entire process lasts for 132 hours, or 5.5 days.
3. What makes it so hellish?
A: Hell Week consists of an ongoing series of trials and exercises meant to test the physical and mental toughness of the soldiers who choose to endure it. SEAL candidates are in almost constant motion throughout the experience.
To make things worse, they are constantly cold and kept soaking wet, head to toe.
4. What about sleep?
A: Candidates only get 3-4 hours of sleep - and that is only toward the end of the week.
5. What if a trainee wants to quit?
A: For the trainee who wants to quit, they can do so at any time by simply ringing the shiny brass bell that is always nearby. By ringing that bell, they can instantly end Hell Week - and in the course of doing so they will also drop themselves out of SEAL training. The bell is there at all times to torment trainees, trying to entice them to quit.
It is no coincidence that Navy SEALs are the elite force they are made out to be. By enduring trials such as Hell Week, they show themselves to be ready to take on the tasks that await them as fully-trained members of this elite team.