Following Success of Army’s SFAB Unit, Navy Creates Security Education and Liaison (SEaL) Units
by U.S. Navy Public Affairs
26 October 2017
NORFOLK, VA – Following the huge success, fanfare, and funding for the United States Army’s Security Force Assistance Brigades, the United States Navy has announced the creation of Security Education and Liaison (SEaL) Units in order to conduct security cooperation and training activities with partner nations.
“The SEaL Units can serve a dual purpose,” said the Navy’s Vice Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral William F. Moran. “They are the day-to-day experts combatant commanders need to train, advise and assist our partners overseas, but they also serve to free up our Special Operations sailors to pursue more press-worthy opportunities in order to ensure we have the requisite number of book deals and movie deals in the pipeline at all times.”
Building upon the framework created by the Army for their SFAB units, the SEaL Units have appropriated iconography, titles, and lineage from established Special Operations units in order to instantly create unit pride prior to any real accomplishments, and enhance recruiting opportunities and entice sailors to join the new units. Following the example of SFAB units issuing all Soldiers green berets for merely volunteering for the unit, upon completion of Hell Night, an intensive 7 hour test of the sailors endurance and mental toughness, and Basic Understanding of Deployment Skills Course (a two-week Navy Non-resident Training Course correspondence course) all sailors will be issued the SEaL Trydent, or Miller (as SEaL graduates refer to it), a symbol of the extensive training and harsh conditions they’ve been through.
Pictured below: The SEaL Trydent, aka “Miller”
CAPT Richard Smalls, the first commander of the new SEaL Unit Six, has stated he’s intensely proud of the new unit, and is consistently impressed with the caliber of the men and women he leads in his new command. “You know, these men and women, they’re some of the finest sailors the Navy has to offer. People act like unless you’ve been through Coronado that you don’t deserve to wear a shiny trident on your chest. Well, I failed BUD/S twice, and yet here I am with this gorgeous Miller on my chest. This just goes to show you that the Navy realizes that there are significant contributions to the Navy that can be made by sailors with very additional training; contributions that merit really giving them something to be proud of, and that can bring in additional congressional funding for many years to come.”
Per the Navy History and Heritage Command, the symbols of the Trydent are thus: The Eagle, facing the opposite direction of the SEAL trident, represents the fact that SEaLs will strive to remain as far in the rear as possible. The anchor represents that all members of the unit will weigh down any unit they’re attached to. The trident facing to the left represents the likelihood of being shot by foreign troops they’ll be training. The quill represents the unread status reports being filed that will be the vast majority of work done by SEaL units.