After a very long process, my son finally jumped through all the military hoops and signed a contract to become a SWCC. Those are the special ops guys who get the Seals into and out of any of their missions. He ships off to basic training on January 16.
He truly has been working on this for over two years. First he had to get in top shape to pass his PST's (Physical Screening Test) consistently and keep improving his times. As the Special Ops mentor-ship program requires that they train as a group 4-5 times a week, it is impossible to have a paying job. He was all set to sign up in March when they told him his eyesight was not good enough (would have been great to get this information at the start of the program...). He got PRK surgery on April 11 (at his expense) which improved his eyesight to 20/15 but had to wait 6 months before he would be considered again (all the while continuing to train).
On October 11, he started the process of enlistment once again. For the last week, he has been visiting MEPS (enlistment processing center) on 3 different occasions first to get screened by their eye doctors and then to clean up mistakes on his paperwork and get the required waivers.
I'm truly proud of his perseverance in this process and know that is a trait that will allow him to complete a very arduous screening process when he goes through training. Even though he has a 4-year Economics degree, he wanted to serve his country. Growing up, he saw his uncle serve in the Navy for 25 years and always wanted to follow that path.
More info on SWCC here:
Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewman : Special Operations : Careers & Jobs : Navy.com