8 Things You Need To Become A Navy SEAL

Brandon Webb is a former U.S. Navy SEAL; his last assignment with the SEALs was Course Manager for the elite SEAL Sniper Course, where he trained some of the most accomplished snipers of the twenty-first century including Chris Kyle.

We asked Brandon what are 8 things you need to survive the toughest military training in the world. Do you have what it takes?

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On Aug 26, 2015

Positive mental attitude.

“Navy SEALs welcome adversity and challenges. A SEAL knows that keeping a positive mental attitude at the worst of times is a powerful tool that helps you accomplish great things.”


Know what you want.

“…Whenever you tell people about something big you want to accomplish, many of them will try to shoot it down…For me this was just fuel for the fire. The more I heard it, the more that fire was stoked.”



“It had been more than four years since I first set foot in Orlando for boot camp, and after a seemingly endless stream of obstacles I was finally on my way.”


Unrelenting determination.

“I told myself that the important thing was not to feel sorry for myself. I practiced that test over and over until I knew beyond any shadow of a doubt that I had it nailed, and then I took it again.”



“They have a saying in the BUD/S training: ‘Don’t be that guy.’ ‘That guy’ is the one instructors pick on, the one who’s always on the receiving end of the worst punishment…I was that guy.”


Mental strength.

“And what SEAL training really tests is your mental strength. It is designed to push you mentally to the brink…or until you break.”


Open mind.

“Don’t make assumptions going into a challenge—ever. No matter what you know, or think you know, put your ego in check and see what you can learn.”


Desire to learn.

“The truth is, SEALs never stop training. When we aren’t actually deployed we’re always learning new skills, continuing to hone our existing skills, and keeping ourselves in peak physical condition.”