What differentiates SEAL Team 6 / DEVGRU from other SEAL Teams?

Why was DEVGRU chosen over Delta Force for the Operation Neptune Spear? SEAL Team 6 Gold Squadron
Seal Team 6 (DEVGRU) Gold Squadron after a muddy operation (Photo: Reddit)

In the secretive world of Special Operations Forces, Seal Team 6 or DEVGRU (Development Group) is considered as 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 and it is considered as Tier 1 unit while the regular SEAL teams are actual teams and are under the SOCOM command and they are considered as Tier 2 units. Their selection, training, budget, and missions are different.

In order to join DEVGRU, you need to graduate BUD/s and serve in one of the SEAL teams for at least 5 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 DEVGRU

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 that have at least 5 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.

SEAL TEAM 6 – DEVGRU’s Red Squadron (Photo: Pinterest)


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 when it comes to counter-terrorism. This is why they are used in denied areas, such as Yemen and Somalia, to attack HVT (High-Value Targets), such as major terrorists.


DEVGRU 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?

1 comment
  1. I have a friend who served on ST6 twice with about 2 years in between where he served as an instructor according to his service record, which he showed me. He’s been out since 2005, but was asked to be a consultant for various contractors. What would any of that training regarding international relations, say training Afghan police, get him toward any college credit? Has any other Tier 1 member been able to use specialized experience towards a college degree?

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