Mission: SEAL Platoon’s mission is to prepare personnel seeking entrance into the U.S. Navy SEAL (BUD/s), Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), and Navy Diving Officer Programs for their respective communities; and also to send those qualified members to their initial training pipelines. Members will have a high degree of mental and physical conditioning balanced with a superior level of safety awareness and personal morale.
Membership: SEAL Platoon consists of 8 members who have finished the initial training phase (Blue Shirts) and 12 members at the beginning of their initial training phase (Newbies).
Training: The platoon utilizes a variety of physical training methods such as runs of varying intensity, swimming workouts, calisthenics, the obstacle course, and the stamina course. The platoon participates in pistol qualifying, SCUBA trips, rappelling, and land/water navigation exercises. Some weekends are reserved for lake swims, or Lake FTX’s, at either Lake Bryan or Lake Somerville. These events are typically held once a semester.
Schedule: The platoon follows a regular schedule every day. You can view a normal week’s workout schedule here. (the linked information is below, under FDT)
Competition: SEAL Platoon hosts and attends major competitions around the nation that cater to their training evolutions. Each spring SEAL Platoon hosts the Commando Endurance Skills Competition (CESC) which tests the skills of top collegiate commando teams from across the U.S.
Marine Corps Recon Company
Mission: To train students, developing the abilities and skills needed to successfully complete the Marine Basic Reconnaissance Course and to uphold the high mental and physical standards of the United States Marine Corps.
Membership: Membership is open to any student at Texas A&M, but most members are pursuing a career in the Marine Corps. Each member must adhere to tough physical standards, abide by a strict disciplinary policy, and have an undying commitment to the unit. Each candidate will be screened and evaluated with a series of rigorous physical and mental tests before becoming a full member of the unit.
Training: Recon Company trains every weekday morning and one to three weekday afternoons. In addition, members of Recon Company sometimes volunteer on weekends to conduct field-training exercises or perform advanced evolutions which cannot be accomplished during the week. Physical training often entails running, calisthenics, upper body development, swimming (with and without gear and/or fins), water survival skills, and the obstacle and stamina courses. Professional development includes land navigation, patrolling (land and water), field skills, knot tying, weapons handling, and martial arts.
Fish Drill Team
Overview: Fish Drill Team is sponsored by NROTC TAMU and is advised by a staff instructor. Each year, the Fish Drill Team compete in precision drill competitions around the country. They represent the Corps of Cadets and Texas A&M in these meets and have gone on to win the national championship almost every year since they were created in 1946. The team works to instill the discipline, skill, and endurance required for proper military drill.
Competition: The Fish Drill Team was disbanded in 1997 and was reinstated in Spring 2002. Since then, the team has performed tremendously well in national competitions. Fish Drill Team won three out of five events at the 32nd annual Mardi Gras Drill Meet in New Orleans in 2004. They also took first place overall, defeating about 50 other schools, including North Georgia military academy, the U.S. Naval and Military Academies, and the Citadel. In 2003–the first time the team
competed since their reinstatement–the team took 2nd place overall at the same competition.
Membership: Fish Drill Team is composed of 40 freshmen and is advised by 7 sophomores, 2 juniors, 1 senior and a military instructor.
More information on the Fish Drill Team can be found at the Corps of Cadets website.
Seal Platoon Weekly Schedule