In the secretive world of Special Operations Forces, Seal Team 6 is considered one of the most capable world’s fighting forces.
The telling difference is that SEAL Team 6 (DEVGRU, Development Group) is not a team – it is a separate command under JSOC, considered a Tier 1 unit. In contrast, the regular SEAL teams are actual teams and are under the SOCOM command, and they are considered Tier 2 units. Their selection, training, budget, and missions are different.
To join Seal Team 6, you need to graduate BUD/s and serve in one of the SEAL teams for at least five years. Once those five years have been completed, the SEAL can apply to go to assessment and selection with Green Team. The basic layout of how a SEAL goes from a regular team into Seal Team 6.
SEAL Team 6 vs. SEAL Teams
Regular SEALs select candidates out of BUD/w and SQT – most come from the street or Big Navy. DEVGRU selects from the most outstanding SEALs with five years of operational experience.
Regular SEAL training focuses on their main mission – direct action. DEVGRU training has a wider scope and includes counter-terrorism (tremendous focus on CQB).
There are many fewer members of DEVGRU than regular SEALs, and the JSOC budget is a lot more generous than that of SOCOM. Hence, DEVGRU personnel can use additional (often expensive) training from world-renowned experts in a wide range of subjects: from breaching to hand-to-hand combat to precision shooting.
Navy SEALs are often organized into Task Forces and work for the combatant commanders in a particular area. Their main focus would be Special Reconnaissance and Direct Action. DEVGRU personnel often work more independently and focus on a global scale regarding counter-terrorism. They are used in denied areas, such as Yemen and Somalia, to attack HVT (High-Value Targets), such as major terrorists.
Seal Team 6 has more experienced, better trained, and equipped, carefully selected SEAL operators that focus on the most daring global counter-terrorism missions.
So basically, you pass BUDs, join a SEAL team, go through the PST, get selected through an interview to continue into A and S, pass A and S, and then boom, you’re a member of SEAL Team 6.
Sounds easy, huh?