The Special Warfare Boat Operator rating was established on October 1, 2006. The Navy's computerized personnel system associates the rating name with an alphanumeric Navy Occupational Specialty (NOS) code. For SB, the NOS is E350. The Naval Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewman (SWCC) program evolved from the PT boats Sailors of WWII and the "Brown Water Navy" of Vietnam. They are specially trained to conduct and support Special Operations missions in a maritime environment and work primarily with Naval Special Warfare Sea, Air, and Land Teams (SEAL). The Special Warfare Boat Operator rating requires a 72 month (six year) enlistment obligation. Special Warfare Boat Operator class "A" school is broken into six phases and is in total approximately 62 weeks in duration. Phase One is eight weeks of Special Warfare Preparatory School located in Great Lakes, Ill. Phase two is three weeks of Special Warfare Combatant-craft crewman indoctrination; Phase Three is five weeks of Basic Crewmember Training; Phase Four is 21 weeks of Crewman Qualification training -- located in Coronado, California. Phase Five is 12 weeks of Initial Acquisition Training, and it is located in San Diego, California. The final phase is located in Stennis, Mississippi and is 13 weeks in duration -- it is advanced training in SWCC core skills. Special Warfare Boat Operator (NOS E350) Special Warfare Boat Operators support and perform maritime Special Operations in open ocean, littoral, and riverine environments. They provide maritime insertion and extraction of Special Operations Forces (SOF) and others. SBs possess unique skills in the operation, maintenance, and repair of specially configured combatant craft, and they operate small arms and crew-served weapons. They operate, maintain and repair tactical communications equipment, and use paradrop techniques to insert combatant craft. Other skills include small boat tactics, tactical ground mobility, trauma care, intelligence gathering and interpretation, and chemical/biological/radiological/nuclear defense measures. The Special Warfare Boat Operators also conduct direct action raids against enemy shipping and waterborne traffic.
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