SEALs Reach Out to Increase Diversity

Gidget Fuentes, Navy Times, April 30, 2012

The Navy’s special warfare community has grown in size over the past few years but still remains overwhelmingly white. It’s a statistic officials are working hard to change.

Today’s force of SEALs and SWCCs, or special warfare combatant-craft crewmen, is roughly 85 percent white, according to Naval Special Warfare Command in Coronado, Calif. That’s much higher than the Navy overall—which in 2010 was about 64 percent white, according to the Defense Manpower Data Center—and is also out of whack with the cultural environments in which today’s SEALs operate.

That gap remains despite concerted efforts by Naval Special Warfare Command to seek more minority candidates and expand its overall recruiting pitch to get more SEALs and SWCCs to fill the larger force mandated by Congress. But as the community grew in size, the command also beefed up standards and requirements during the 26-week SEAL Qualification Training, causing graduation rates to drop across all ethnicities.

“Where we stand today is, we have more work to do,” said Capt. Duncan Smith, a SEAL who heads Naval Special Warfare Command’s recruiting directorate.

“We absolutely have a need for operational diversity. For us to train with our special operations partner nations, our mission is more easily accomplished if we have people with the cultural and racial identities that allow us to create lasting relationships to better understand our partner forces,” Smith said.

But recent years’ efforts, which included tailoring marketing to minorities and reaching out to historically black colleges and universities, fell flat in attracting more minorities to the Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL course and follow-on SQT.

So the command is casting the net wide again, getting outside help to market to minority populations and taking a more coherent look at targeting communities with potential minority candidates—not just blacks.

A recent directive from Rear Adm. Sean Pybus, head of Naval Special Warfare Command, expanded the range of targeted minorities to young men of Asian and Arab descent, as well as Hispanics.


Don’t expect to see quotas, however.

“We have no numeric goal for diversity. This is not a quota-based operation,” [Capt. Duncan] Smith said. “This is really just wanting to make progress and to better prepare our force to conduct overseas operations.”

And the command won’t ease its tough standards to become a SEAL or SWCC. “We are trying to become more diverse, but our standards have never been compromised,” he said, “and will not be compromised.”


With combat and global operations keeping spec ops forces deployed and in demand, the Navy doesn’t have enough SEALs and SWCCs—especially minorities—to send to recruiting districts and scout neighborhoods, schools, sports teams and urban areas. Contractors will help with outreach, and the latest push will concentrate on many minority neighborhoods, said Scott Williams, a command spokesman.


“The swim component of SEAL training and SWCC training across all cultures is one that is a dividing factor,” Smith said, noting those unfamiliar with swimming have the toughest time passing the physical screening test. {snip}

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  • If they’re going to “reach out to increase diversity” yet keep the standards high, then I think “reaching out to diversity” is the ends rather than the means.  In other words, creating a small cottage industry on the Pentagon’s dime of professional reacher-outers.  Basically, workfare for civil rights loudmouths.

    • Natassia


  • sarah stein

    Eric Holder will force SEALs to lower their standards just as he has with the police departments.  Sorry [Capt. Duncan] Smith, there will be a quota system and there’s nothing you can do about it. 

    • libertarian1234

      I’ve been expecting this for about five years now. These multicult diversity hounds are easy to predict.And, if they think they’re fooling anybody into believing they’re increasing standards, rather than lowering them, they’re just deluding themselves.

      Raising mental standards for special ops will mean fewer blacks, not more.

      But, this empire is degenerating to low levels, so it is only logical that its military will do the same.

  • Detroit_WASP

    The Navy is only 64% white?  I don’t believe that.  I think more and more whites are checking off “other” to avoid being discriminated against.    If the 64% number is correct, we are in deeper trouble than I thought. 

    Why does the military even divide the men/women into race?  Didn’t they get Al Sharpton’s memo?….we are all one race.

    I am still waiting for the NBA to try and recruit more white men.  It still hurts my feeling that more men that don’t look like me aren’t making those millions for dunking a ball.   Too many NBA players look like Eric Holder and that is a vast inequity.  

    • usapatriot1776

      Whites are only 60% of total USA population now. And our birth rates are lower. It sadly makes sense.

      • KenelmDigby

        It doesn’t ‘make sense’.
        Basically, it means Whites are able to pass through the selection test (or ven apply in the first place), and other ethnicities do not.
        If it was shown that Whites were ‘underrepresented’ -( what an ugly word for a ugly concept)  in any particular profession or occupation, I guarantee you wouldn’t even hear about it. The diversity industry would consider that to be a positive benefit.


      The Army Special Forces, known by distinctive green
      berets, has 234 African-American officers and soldiers in a force of
      5,200 men. Blacks make up 4.5 percent of the Green Berets, compared with nearly 24 percent of the male soldiers in the Army.
      The Navy has only 31 blacks among its 2,299 Sea-Air-Land, or SEAL, commandos, less than 2 percent of the force. African-Americans constitute nearly 17 percent of the male personnel within the Navy.

      And, the Air Force’ s special-tactics groups have only eight blacks in a force of 472 men, less than 2 percent. Servicewide, about 14 percent of the Air Force’ s male personnel are African-American.

  • haroldcrews

    Diversity => Goals
    Goals => Metrics
    Metrics => Quotas

    It isn’t complicated.  Diversity requires quotas.

  • anarchyst

    In the same grain, the Marine Corps was ordered by Washington DC politicians to issue “stress cards” to the recruits.  The intention was to allow the recruits to raise the card if they felt “stressed out” . . .  After the recruits receive their “stress cards” they are ordered to raise them up whereby they are confiscated.  My beloved Corps gets rid of that nonsense in short order.
    The Marine Corps STILL trains men and women recruits separately . . .

    • haroldcrews
      • anarchyst

        Thank you for the link . . . although women will be allowed in infantry classifications, male and female RECRUITS (in boot camp) are STILL trained separately.  Once out of boot camp, women and men can train together.
        Best regards,

  • usapatriot1776

    What, not lowering standards? Racist!!

    I’m sure some foreign infiltrator in our courts will rule against the Navy in a lawsuit….

  • Rocky Bass

    Say bye bye, to unit cohesiveness, right along with standards. 

  • DIVERSIFYING the seals is — destroying the seals.
    The bruthas will all discharge out on THC tests and take their skillz back to the ghett-0 to fight whitey

  • IKantunderstand

    This is, once again, much ado about nothing. The U.S. just “needs” a new special forces group. Perhaps, CRABs: Crime Ridden Afro Belligerents. Recruit out of the prison system (they be liftin’ weights and sh–), and it doesn’t matter if they can swim or not, because they will be buddied up with the  “equally qualified” TUNAs:Totally Unfit Negro Amphibians. Again, recruitment is no problem. Just sweep the ghettos for young men standing around the street corners;  throw them into a body of water and  if they swim, Voila! Another  proud TUNA ! (I am by no means suggesting that potential TUNAs who cannot swim should be allowed to drown).

    • ageofknowledge

      Honestly, I never saw anything sink faster than a black person when they were tossed into the pool for swim class in boot camp. Almost to a man, they sank right to the bottom of the pool and just walked around down there.

      The swim instructors would fish them out periodically with a long pole and bring them up to the surface for a catch of their breath and a bit of advice to start kicking their legs and trying to swim or it was going to be a LONG day before setting them back down on the bottom of the pool.

      I don’t know if its still done that way but it was in the day and I could never figure out why so many blacks joined the Navy that couldn’t swim.

      I hope they didn’t have psychological problems from it like panic attacks. It was pretty intense.

      • Sherman_McCoy

        “I could never figure out why so many blacks joined the Navy that couldn’t swim.”
        Because they wanted to ride the WAVEs?

  • ageofknowledge

    Are they trying to find black females and homosexuals to populate the S.E.A.L.s? Really? How will that increase the nation’s state of readiness? Maybe they can find a way to focus the verbal rage of the black female into a weapon and have the homos poke the enemy from behind? Lol… As an honorably discharged Naval veteran: I really don’t know what to say to this insanity.

  • The problem they have is the IQ required to be a seal is high enought that you could be an affirmative action PHD, and be the trophy black face of a company. Its like if Bill Gates quit his company to wash dishes.

    • haroldcrews

      Excellent point, which is why diversity in the SEALS or any SpecOp will require weakening standards at least for blacks.  The fewer slots open for whites will only increase the competition for them and therefore make the white SEALS even more elite.  The gap in abilities between white and black will increase with diversity.

  • Just an exercise in wheel spinning, the overwhelmingly majority of non-whites join the military first to get a paycheck and secondly to get benefits when they leave. Very few join for patriotic reasons, let alone volunteer to put themselves in harms way by doing the dirty work. The bigger question is why do white guys insist on putting themselves in harms way by doing most of the dirty work for a country that is embarrassed by their contributions and downplays their importance and attempts to marginalize them at every instance? White males are the backbone of the military of this country, if it weren’t for them volunteering, this government would be in big trouble. I was in the Army for 3 yrs and to be honest, I don’t think I would volunteer again.

    • ncpride

      My thoughts exactly. I’ve told my own young son the same things. Not that he’s shown any interest in the military, but I know as soon as he hits High School they’ll try to reel him in. Why on earth would any White male choose to defend a country that seems to hate their very exsistence? How many times have we heard the words ‘too White’ when it comes to the SEALS, or any military or government hierarchy, like it’s something foul or dirty? No sir, this is one mother whose White son they can do without if I have any say in the matter. You know what they say… The hand that rocks the cradle, rules the world… or something to that effect.


      Combat units
      have gotten whiter because a lot of young white guys
      join up to “play Rambo” for four years and then go to
      college using military tuition benefits. In contrast,
      more blacks view the military as a long-term career. 

    • No

      Some enjoy being “warriors.”  Some people like to go fishing, others like to fly airplanes or teach high school . . . and some people just like being in the military.    I’m talking about CAREER people here.  Yes, a lot of kids come in, travel a bit, meet interesting foreign people, kill them, then grab the bennies and go.  But career people are mostly motivated by a number of other things.

      One of them is:  CHAOS.  People think  the military is a by-the-book, rigid, well-organized machine.  It tries to be that and achieves the standard about 50% of the time . . . the other 50% is total chaos . . . new, unexpected and sometimes dangerous.  After a while, you get hooked.

      But there is also “love of country.”  Not necessarily THIS mess, but the Constitutional ideal that the Founding Fathers wanted to achieve . . . and that we had up until the 1950s.  Most military people are extremely conservative but none will admit to it while they’re in.

  • No

    Do we really want the SEALS to become the Detroit Public School System? 

    Ever seen an orca chow down on a seal?  That’s what I predict will happen when Lemichael and his fellow low-IQ morons go up against some of the SEALS natural predators. 

    Actual seals (pinnipeds) are regularly eaten by polar bears, sharks and killer whales.  Hungry polar bears don’t PLAY.  They could care less about quotas or political correctness.  Nature would only introduce “diversity” to make the seals stronger, faster or better able to camoflauge.  In nature, diversity INCREASES survival. 

    But in our world, diversity = death.  So go ahead . . . force-feed the SEALS a diet of undisciplined, lazy, loud-mouthed blacks . . . at least they can stop a bullet and allow the whites to carry on with the mission.

  • sbuffalonative

    Swimming is the only dividing factor?

  • Natassia

    WHY are they so desperate for non-whites? Good grief, are they magic or something?

    • sbuffalonative

      They seem to believe they are. According to them, without blacks and other non-whites, there would be no art, music, or culture.

      Before blacks ‘invented’ rock-n-roll, there was no music. Before Jackie Robinson, there was no baseball. Before Ophra Winfrey, there were no talk shows. Without blacks, America would have lost WWII.

      Truly they are the superior race; though it is odd that Haiti is Haiti, Africa is Africa, and Detroit is Detroit. I guess Haiti, Africa, and Detroit just don’t have enough magic black people. 

  • ageofknowledge

    I saw that too in boot camp.

  • Sherman_McCoy

    I used to like “Burn Notice” with Sam Axe, the ex-Navy SEAL.

    Then they decided they to add Jesse, the Magic (half?) Negro.

    When Jesse and Fiona (the Irish-American) had a kissing scene and resulting sexual tension, I stopped watching.

    See, I like to have dinner while watching TV, and my wife didn’t appreciate having to clean up the mess when I lost my Bier and Curry-Wurst all over the living room rug.

    • The__Bobster

      Actually, they added the mulatto plus a full-blooded bluegum in the same season. I think they’re gone from the show…thankfully

      • Sherman_McCoy

        Out of curiosity, I looked up the actor who plays Jesse.  He is indeed a mulatto, but to his credit, he married black instead of using his status to claim a blond. 

  • Sherman_McCoy

    As a white American living abroad, I would just as soon be completely forgotten by the US govt.

  • JackKrak

    Exactly. Any group, organization, etc. that doesn’t have enough blacks – and “enough” is always defined by the professional grievance crowd – has to do more to “reach out” to them. It could be the SEALS, the NHL, bowling leagues, opera houses, national parks, graduate school, newspaper staffs, scientific researchers, technology startups, parent-teacher associations, organ donor lists, various charities, Boy & Girl Scouts, dance troupes or a thousand other things. No matter what, two possibilities NEVER occur to the people who whine that they’re not doing enough to “reach out” to blacks –

    -blacks, as a group, have no or little interest in them
    -blacks, as a group, do not have the mental abilities required to excell in them

  • RobRoySimmons

    From what I have seen the USMC’s combat arms units are whiter than when I was in from 81-85.  As another poster wrote this is more about creating a middle class government job for a AA black race hustler.   These types are a pain but they can be dealt with if you take the offensive instead of just grumble and moan.  Call them “anti-whites.”

    • Rocky Bass

       Strange how that works, combat units that are serving at a time when combat is pretty certain, end up being the same race that carries the rest of the country otherwise.
      More of that damn white privilege IE; honor, integrity, intelligence etc…To have true equality we are going to have to figure out a way to genetically strip these traits from the “privileged”, oh wait that’s what all this salesmanship for miscegenation is!

      • Sherman_McCoy

        It all just shows to go ya that that we are not all created equal.  No way in the world would I have ever been able to be one of those fellas in elite fighting forces.  I just never had the chops, the endurance, the strength or the ability to think as quickly on my feet.  I was lucky to make it through USAF basic training, and eventually “serve” as a computer jockey.  I respected the fighters enough not to insult them by trying to join.

  • Dietrich Von Bacon

    There is one minority group that is over represented in the SEALs.  Pacific Islanders.  They are .2% of the country but .6% of the SEALs.

  • MartelC

    Don’t expect to see quotas, however.

    no, we won’t ‘see’ them they will be imposed, all the same. 

  • Dan

    They didn’t happen to mention it but I would bet that pesky IQ test is a huge obstacle for them also.

  • Rocky Bass

     Class of 89257 (Great Lakes) and yes a lot of blacks sure did go NQS, in numbers similar to their criminality in larger society, could there be a correlation? Perhaps the best home defense system is a moat?

  • Screamin_Ruffed_Grouse

    I’m envisioning a military spoof comedy ala Hot Shots/Weekend Warriors entitled “Black Men Can’t Swim.”

  • 2573366

    Will not lower standards? That would be a first.

  • libertarian1234

    I’ve been expecting this for about five years now.  These multicult diversity hounds are easy to predict.
    And, if they think they’re fooling anybody into believing they’re increasing standards, rather than lowering them, they’re just deluding themselves.

    Raising mental standards for special ops will mean fewer blacks, not more.

    But, this empire is degenerating to low levels, so it is only logical that its military will do the same.

  • IstvanIN

    A postive thought on this: as our military becomes increasingly incompetant perhaps our politicans will stop invading and attacking every other country on earth that displeases our masters.  Like Rome, we will pull back.

    Keep in mind our military has not been used for defense since Japan bombed Pearl Harbor.  In fact our military has only been used defensively three times: 1812 (Britain), against Poncho Villa/Mexico (1916) and Pearl Harbor (1941).  Every other war has been a war of agression. We certainly do not use our military to keep us safe from Mexico these days.  What is the point of a military if not to keep us safe from foreign invaders?  So, who needs it?