- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Civilians who want to know if they have what it takes to be a Navy SEAL will soon have an app to to help them make that determination.

An official Navy SEAL app will be released for smartphones soon, Navy Times reported Tuesday. The goal will be to “reach a young, tech-driven population,” Capt. Duncan Smith, commanding officer of the Naval Special Warfare (NSW) recruiting directorate told the paper.

Navy Times reported that the app, which will not require an Internet connection, will take users through a circuit that includes swimming, pushups, curlups, pullups and a 1.5 mile run.

Navy SEAL candidates are required to swim 500 yards in 12.5 minutes, run 1.5 miles in 10.5 minutes, and do 50 curlups, 50 pushups and 10 pullups in two minutes each.

Individuals who download the app will also be able to compare their scores with 300 real SEAL and Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewmen (SWCC) candidates, the paper reported. 

“It’s a great benchmark for us to determine who has what it takes to be successful in [Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training] and [SWCC Basic Crewman Training], but also it’s a valuable tool for anyone else who wants to monitor their physical strength and endurance on a regular basis,” Capt. Smith told Navy Times.

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The officer said that the app would be released as soon as a few final details are worked through with Apple and Android stores.

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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