The U.S. Navy trains and maintains some of the most powerful special operations groups in the world, such as the Navy SEALs. But how much do you know about this ultra-elite group, which has been the subject of films such as Clint Eastwood's "American Sniper" and "GI Jane," starring Demi Moore?
Navy SEAL teams were established in 1962, after President John F. Kennedy expressed a wish for the military to create unconventional warfare capabilities. The teams are based in Coronado, California, and are deployed in more than 30 countries around the world.
SEAL (Sea, Air and Land) training is open to men and women. And it's tough. Really tough. Although wild rumors persist about the training — for example, that you're dropped 10 miles out at sea and have to swim back to shore, or that you're tied up and thrown in the ocean — it isn't easy.
Prospective SEALs have to swim 6 miles in the ocean, although they're swimming parallel to shore and only about 100 yards out. And they do have to undergo a test called "drown-proofing," where their hands and feet are tied — hands behind the back — but within the safety of a pool. Still, recruits have died (!) during training.
If you're like most Americans, Navy SEAL training isn't for you. But it doesn't hurt to learn more about this elite group. So test your knowledge, and learn some things, by taking the quiz!