Brooke - To get you pumped up on the Navy, you might want to read these three items written by Navy gals.
I think we've all misread things on here at times. I'm just glad I'm not the only one and that we are here to help each other out.
Look at this link:
What does it take? Heart, strength and courage.
If you have the opportunity to do strength training in school, do it! Substitute a study hall for it.
You need to swim. A lot!
You need to run. A lot!
Can you do 60 push-ups? These are guy push-ups, not girl push-ups. No knees allowed
Can you do 75 sit-ups? Hands crossed in front of you. Not behind your head.
Can you do 9 pull-ups? Overhand grip, not curls. Buy a pull-up bar and use it daily. You want to get up to at least 7 pull-ups.
The PST qualification requirements are only a guide. If you do the minimum, you will not be successful. When you pass a PST, your scores are put into a draft of all candidates. The best are selected into the AIRR program. If selected, your ship date will change based on AIRR needs and schedule. The drop/fail rate in this program is high at 78% so have a back-up plan.
Right now, you want to find out the recruiter who does the workouts for the SEAL/Special Ops candidates and start working out with them.
In order to get AIRR, you'll also have to pass a fitness test (after boot camp) where you mostly do a PST but also have to:
1. swim in a flight suit (can't remember how far)
2. walk 75 (or is it 100?) yards while carrying a 50 pound dumbbell in each hand over small obstacles under 14 inches in height.
3. walk 1 mile carrying a 35-40 pound litter (the fold-up stretcher) on your back.
So to get ready for these, you'll want to get a 40 pound weight vest. This one worked best:
You'll need a dive brick to work out with in the pool:
And dumbbells to practice the weight carry
Recommended: take a lifeguard course
If you're not scared away yet, then go for it! It's not easy, but if you have the determination to do it, you will.