Today's Navy SWCC traces his origins to the PT Boats of WWII and the River Gunboats of Vietnam. It is a proud heritage indeed, forged in the fire of combat and from the sacrifices of great men.
Volunteers who wish to join the Special Boat Teams must first pass a rigorous training program before they are awarded the coveted SWCC Warfare Pin. The 22 week long SWCC Course includes 2 weeks of indoctrination training, followed by 8 weeks of Basic Crewman Training and 12 weeks of Crewman Qualification Training. Passing this course means that a candidate is ready for the physical and mental demands of combat with a special warfare team.
After assignment to a Special Boat Team, a Navy SWCC can expect to receive advanced training in all areas related to unconventional warfare and special operations. Some of the advanced military schools available to a Navy SWCC include Army Airborne School, the Defense Language Institute, the Naval Special Warfare Communicator's Course, Army Air Assault School, SERE School, Free Fall Parachute School and even Ranger School.
Detachments from the Special Boat Teams deploy all over the world and have a wide variety of missions. Their primary mission is to conduct special operations in support of Navy SEALs and other SOF teams, however a Special Boat Detachment can also operate independently, completely on its own.