By Matthew DeBragga
Making the most of his time and money by working a full time job as a rental sales agent for Avis Budget Group and tackling a full time school schedule, Kevin Kalberer is on his way to achieving his dream of becoming a Navy Seal.
Kalberer, 20, a liberal arts major, is in his second semester on the Ammerman campus. How badly does he want to become a Navy SEAL? “If I was in the training, you’d have to kill me to get me to quit.” Says Kalberer.
To achieve his dream he has student loans to pay for his tuition and books, he drives himself to and from school and work, and he sacrifices countless hours studying that he could spend partying with friends. It is a small price to pay when looking at the big picture.
Upon graduation Kalberer wants to transfer to VMI, (Virginia Military Institute) and enroll in an ROTC program that will aid him in becoming a Navy Seal. Qualifying to become a Navy Seal involves being extremely intelligent, while also being in great shape. Unlike regular boot camp which is designed to get you in shape, Navy Seal training demands that you are already extremely fit and puts that fitness to the test.
The initial physical requirements to become a Navy Seal involve passing the following Physical test: Swim 500 yards using breast and or side stroke in less than 10 minutes and 30 seconds, perform a minimum of 42 push-ups in two minutes, perform a minimum of 50 sit-ups in two minutes, perform a minimum of six pull ups, and complete a mile and a half run in under 11 minutes. A potential candidate must also have near perfect vision, not be color blind, and have a clean record with no criminal history. In addition to all of these requirements, a high ASVAB score is also required. The ASVAB, (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) is the military’s equivalent of the SAT. Needless to say, it is a very selective process, in fact according to military.com only one in eight candidates get accepted into the SEAL program.
If accepted into SEAL training, Hell week begins. Hell week involves 132 hours of physical labor and mental fatigue. This week of training is designed to test the candidate’s desire to become a navy seal, and is based on seeing how they function while enduring pain, cold, and sleep deprivation. SEAL applicants may DOR or Drop On Request at any time during training. This is unique to the SEALS. In any other military training you are not allowed to remove yourself from the program. Only 25 percent of those chosen for SEAL training are able to make it through Hell week.
Many of Kalberer’s Co-workers think he would make a great Navy Seal and are very proud of his decision. “He is a trustworthy and upstanding guy” says Ed Kusa, 22, a rover at Avis Budget Group who works with Kevin. “Kevin seems like he would make a good Navy Seal because he seems very dedicated to his work” says Liz Kunzinger, 22, who works at Alamo rent a car at the desk right next to Kevin’s. Even Kalberer’s Manager thinks he is making the right decision. “I hope he goes through with it, I would sleep safer knowing that Kevin was out protecting our freedom.” Says Mike Espisito, 33, Avis Budget Group shift manager.