Naval Special Warfare Preparatory School (NSWPS) Great Lakes is responsible for preparing students for Basic Underwater Demolition School (BUD/S). About 250+ Sailors are at the prep school at a given time for about eight weeks of physical conditioning and mental preparation before transferring on to the BUD/S school in Coronado, Calif.
The course prepares students for the rigors of SEAL training. The majority of SEAL students are enlisted Sailors fresh out of boot camp from Recruit Training Command (RTC). Also present are fleet Sailors who have been selected for SEAL training. While most of the class is enlisted, all future SEAL officers are enrolled, joining their class during the last two weeks of BUD/S Prep to develop class cohesion, leadership and help prepare the class to function as a team when they report to BUD/S.
At the prep school, enlisted and officer candidates train together, with the curriculum providing each candidate the opportunity for success through daily physical and academic training.