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Navy SEALs are trained, organized, and equipped to operate in the sea, air and land domains to accomplish special operations missions. All SEALs attend Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training at the Naval Special Warfare Center. Upon completion of BUD/S, all SEALs undergo SEAL Qualification Training (SQT). Those who graduate are awarded the Trident insignia, which signifies a qualified SEAL, and earn the Navy Special Warfare Operator (SO) Navy rating. 

After graduation, select members continue for an additional nine months of advanced training to become special operations forces (SOF) Medics, while all other graduates will report to their first operational SEAL or SEAL Delivery Vehicle (SDV) Team. SEAL operators assigned to an SDV Team must also complete SDV School, generally en route to or within three months of arrival at their new command. 

Training and education is continued throughout their careers through a combination of formal and informal processes including on-the-job skills training, attendance at various service or SOF training courses, and civilian courses of instruction. Once qualified, an enlisted SEAL can expect to spend the remainder of his career in the special operations community.

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