That’s not a typo. From Navy Times, courtesy of reader Brandon, I have discovered that 4 Coast Guard Officers are attending SEAL School in Coronado, CA.
All four completed the two-week Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL preparatory course and the three-week orientation course.
The four officers are: Lt. j.g. Brian Bruns, Civil Engineering Unit Miami; Lt. j.g. Brian Naughton, Coast Guard District 7, Lt. j.g. Sean Norton, cutter Steadfast; and Ensign Matthew O’Loughlin, cutter Boutwell.
If they succesfully complete the program, they will become the first Coasties ever to become SEALs; they’ll be deployed with SEAL teams just as though they were in the Navy, although their official department will still be the US Coast Guard. Once they complete their rotation in the teams, Coast Guard Commandant Thad Allen said that he’d “like them to return to the Coast Guard”. I’d imagine that a rotation with the SEALs would impart a lot of knowledge to these young officers that the Coast Guard would benefit from.
Good luck to these young officers – you’re going to need it.