Navy SEALs: Selecting and Training for an Elite Fighting Force

By Hayagreeva Rao, Carter Bowen, Gib Lopez
2014 | Case No. HR40 | Length 14 pgs.
The SEALs are the elite special forces of the U.S. Navy. Their selection and training is exceptionally rigorous, with a heavy emphasis on physical condition, stamina, and mental toughness. However, the SEALs have a wide range of missions, many of which are highly sensitive. The case takes place in 2014, as the head of the command charged with SEAL selection and training considers whether some candidates who would make excellent SEALs are being excluded, and some that might be poor in the field are passing. The case examines the selection and training process, and suggests some changes that might be considered.

Learning Objective

This case is designed for a human resources course, and can be used to discuss how selection and training procedures can be designed to meet the needs of challenging job requirements. It can also be used to discuss how changes in a long-standing procedure might be implemented.
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