What Does SEAL Stand For?

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The acronym "SEAL" stands for "Sea, Air and Land Force," which is a division of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare and Special Operations teams. Team members are referred to as "SEALs."

SEALs are highly trained in warfare skills and in the use of high-tech military equipment. SEALs train for over 12 months in extreme desert, mountain, woodland, jungle, arctic and urban conditions. They are on-call for immediate response to military crises anywhere in the world. Assignments include land, air and sea rescues, intelligence operations, apprehension of terrorists and enemies, as well as direct attack and demolition missions. John F. Kennedy established the SEAL Force in 1962.