What is SWCC?
10-31-06, GMCM Jim Gray (SWCC) ret. What is SWCC? They are Naval Special Warfare Combatant Craft crewmen. The SWCC are the modern descendant of the BSU, CRD, and SBU boatguy. Their history is what you, the old boatguys has done through the decades. They wouldn't be here without your contributions to NSW history. The SWCC are the Boatguys of today serving in Special Boat Teams and making their own history and adding to ours, for we are a Brotherhood.
What makes the SWCC
Unique to our history is that it is a professional
career in the Navy like the SEAL, part of Naval
Special Warfare. He can spend their entire time in
the Navy in the Special Boat Teams rising in pay
grade from E-3 to E-9 and even CWO. The concept of a
career path for the boatguy has been floating around
for many years. I personally remember hearing talk
about it back in 1977. However momentum grew slowly
and active duty sailors be came proficient boatguys,
did their tours and rotated out, some were fortunate
enough for a return tour. Only the reservist could
make a entire career as a boatguy.
In 1994 it became
official that an active duty sailor could make a
career as a Special Warfare Combat Craft crewman (SWCC).
At that time active duty fully qualified boatguys
holding the 9533 Nec (Naval Enlisted Classification
Code) serving in a Special Boat Unit received the
designation of SWCC. For the reservist the rules
changed some. If you were fully qualified and had
your 9533 Nec and serving in a Special Boat Unit you
also received the SWCC designator. However, at that
point, only a SWCC with prior active duty service
could come into the reserves as a SWCC reservist.
The days of "in House training " OJT qualification
In 2001 the SWCC
received a SWCC Warfare Insignia to acknowledge this
special warfare specialty. The SWCC today of the
SBTs are the living legacy of the BSU/CRD/SBU
boatguy and like a proud family member we watch our
community grow and make their own history.
The SWCC section here
will focus on the professional development of the
SWCC and will grow with articles of interest as they
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