U.S. Navy SEAL/SWCC Candidate Program

If opening the door to  unlimited opportunity for young folks is as exciting to you as it is to us, please donate 10, 25, 100, 500 or 1000 or more if you are able.  Eagle One is a 501C3 Non Profit Corporation under our parent name, Direct Action Inc.  

Every donation helps no matter how small.  Please contact me at any time to hear about the program and to learn of the successes of the hard-charging young men and women in our program. 

Thank you for visiting our Navy SEAL and Special Forces candidate training page.  Our 501 C 3 Non profit program is open to men and women ages 16-32.  Others are welcome to attend and join if you meet the standards and can attend regularly so please contact us if you wish to raise the bar in your own personal and professional life.   

For over a decade, our group of Current and Former Navy SEAL instructors has prepared, mentored and trained some of the most successful BUD's candidates and Navy SEAL Team members in the country and we are quite proud of their accomplishments not only in training programs but in the field around the globe.   What you may not know is that Eagle One is a mentor program so while our program is based on becoming a highly successful Navy SEAL, and is the most successful program in the country, half our candidates who become Eagle One Teammates go to College, Fire and Rescue, or Police and Sheriff departments.  The Eagle One program makes futures possible because we recognize potential and we develop it  no matter what professional field our candidates choose.  

The Eagle One Program is, and always has been, free for the candidates.  Many of our candidates come from very diverse and challenging financial and family environments.  It is a large part of our mission that these highly motivated young men and women not be kept from the highest level of instruction and mentoring because of financial, social, or educational barriers.

At one time our diversity program was sponsored directly by the Navy but due to budget cuts that is no longer the case.  For the past seven years, our instructors have volunteered their time so that these young men and women can be the best most well-rounded candidates that the Navy has entering into the Special Ops. Programs. 

Here is the problem;  With volunteer hours alone we cannot provide these young men and women with the number of hours per week, the event and equipment fees, or the facilities required for their success in their personal and professional lives. 

We need you!

Our instructors are all former Navy SEALs, and whether it be on active duty or after active duty in programs such as this one, our duty, and our mission is helping others.  Asking for help is not actually in our vocabulary so one of the most challenging actions that I have ever taken is to ask for your help  so that we may continue this program at the level that we have for the past ten years.  Your donations are used directly to offset:

1: equipment purchases and rentals for the students
2.  Instructor deeply discounted rates since our instructors volunteer hours are of course limited
3.  Rental of pools and beach facilities (10,000 per year per city)
4. Gear rentals and fees for state parks, mountains etc.
5. Offset costs of gear needed for each student.  (many members on our very diverse student roster joins us from financially challenging family environments and cannot train if there was a cost to them) 

My promise to you is that our standards for our instructors and our students will remain at the highest level.  We do not get rich doing this as so many fundraising programs seem to be focused on lately.  Our focus and our spending are on the absolute necessities of the program. It is our duty and personal responsibility to mentor and train these young men and women so that they meet the highest moral, ethical, physical and mental standards possible in today's complex world.  Our instructors work at a deeply discounted rate because this program and the future of our communities are that important to us and it is worth our time and effort.

The program works:  BUDs training has an average drop out rate of 80%-85% per class.  For the past ten years, the Los Angeles local team has had two candidates out of 60 ring out or D.O.R. from the BUDs training program.  That is a success rate greater than any other program in the nation!   That is amazing, and the effort of these young men and women is amazing.

We are relentless in our efforts to increase that already spectacular success rate, just as we are relentless in our pursuit of helping more young men and women succeed at high level in EVERY civilian and military field that they choose as they experience their unlimited potential.  

If that is as exciting to you as it is to us, please donate 10, 25, 100, 500 or 1000 or more if you are able.  Every donation helps no matter how small.  Please contact me at any time to hear about the program and to learn of the successes of the hard-charging young men and women in our program. 

Always Lead from the front


John B. MacLaren  (Coach Mac)
United States Navy (Ret)
SEAL Team 2,3

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