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Thursday, 13 February 2014 00:00

Two coast guard officers out of the 23 in the second batch who signed up for the SEAL training have made it past the 5th week of training. If they make it to the end of the training, they will join the first 8 officers who became SEAL officers.

 The SEAL program is a training regime which was envisioned and planned with the assistance of the US Southern Command and the Special Operations Command. Readers may know that the United States Navy SEALS is the elite force within the military which the White House reported as the unit which conducted the covert operation to capture or kill Saudi Terrorist Osama Bin Laden. The unit carried out the operation and killed Bin Laden in May 2011.

 That mission is hailed as the greatest military victory of the 21st Century, so for the Belize Coast Guard to carry the name in one of its units, it has to measure up to the excellence and reputation of the Navy SEALS. As such, the training is rigorous where the officers going through it are tested mentally and physically with rigorous, extreme and harsh activity designed to simulate the toughest battle conditions. It culminates at week 5 called “Hell Week” where the physical torment is heightened to see how the officers respond.

 The two officers who made it past Hell Week are well on their way to becoming the second set of officers to become SEALS. They will increase the SEALS ranks to 10, six shy of a full platoon which consists of 16. The final vision of the SEALS program is to have 3 platoons consisting of 16 officers each. They will be trained to deal with the toughest missions in Belize’s Military, at a caliber that is higher than the other Coast Guard units.