The banana who had to ring out after getting a sugar cookie is officially non-qual. Those are just a few terms used by Navy SEALs, the elite military group known for the toughest military training in the world. Less than 10% of applicants meet Navy SEAL requirements, and then only about 25- to 35% make it through SEAL training. That’s a high failure rate for a group that is already considered the cream of the crop.
Most of us do not have the physical or mental toughness to be a SEAL. Learning Navy SEAL jargon, however, will at least make us sound cool. SEAL is an acronym that stands for Sea, Air, and Land. And just like police slang, a lot of the vernacular used by SEALs consists of acronyms.
Learn what it means to be a pipe hitter or a bullfrog with this collection of Navy SEAL slang.
Meaning: A stun grenade used by SEAL teams in the field.
Use It In A Sentence: "The SEAL used a flash bang to disorientate the enemy during the rescue mission."
Meaning: A BUD/S trainee who has had enough during an exercise will ring a bell three times, signaling they want to quit.
Use It In A Sentence: "Five tadpoles rang out yesterday. I wonder how many will be done by the end of the week."
Meaning: The bathroom on a ship.
Use It In A Sentence: "I drank too many neats. I gotta hit the head."
Meaning: Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL Training. BUD/S is a grueling 6-month training course with a high dropout rate. It is considered one of the most mentally and physically challenging training programs in the world.
Use It In A Sentence: "If a SEAL can finish BUD/S, then he's both mentally and physically prepared for combat."