What is the C-SORT?

Computerized Special Operations Resiliency Test

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CSORT: Testing Resilience in Special Operations Recruits

The C-SORT or Computerized-Special Operations Resiliency Test, is an online test recruits will take at the recruiter’s office and is created to assess a future SEAL recruit’s ability to handle stress. Some call it the Mental Toughness Test or the Resiliency Test, but the test is actually structured to assess the recruit’s ability in the following areas:

·         Performance strategies – The use of stress coping tools such as self-talk, breathing, and goal setting abilities are tested in this section. 

·         Psychological resilience - How a recruit deals with stressful and unpleasant situations as well as mental challenges and threats will also be tested in this section.

·         Personality traits – This section is mainly used for statistical analysis as there are many personality traits that make it through SEAL training. 

A recruit can only take the C-SORT one time, and there is no study guide.  The best advice is to read the questions carefully and answer honestly even though there maybe more than one answer to questions that fit your character.  The C-SORT is graded on a scale of one to four (1 to 4).  If you score a 4 on the C-SORT you are considered to have a high resiliency level.  

The recruit’s Navy SEAL Physical Screening Test (PST) is also considered as part of the entry level grade to get into SEAL training.

 The BUD/S PST consists of the following events:

500 yard swim (10 minute time to transition to PT area)
Push-ups - max effort in 2 minutes
Sit-ups - max effort in 2 minutes
Pull-ups - max effort
(10 minute transition to run area)
1.5 mile timed run

The two cardiovascular endurance events of the PST - the 500 yard swim time and 1.5 mile run - are timed and added together and then combined with the grade of the C-SORT.

  If you score well on both, you can quickly qualify for SEAL training after Navy Boot Camp.  However, a score of 1 on the C-SORT is the lowest, and you will have to combine a much higher physical screening test (run and swim time) score to prove you have the ability to work hard with a strong foundation of fitness.

Recruits take the PST several times while in the Delayed Entry Program (usually 2-3 times a month) with a SEAL Mentor in his recruiting district.  By showing the recruiters you can work hard and improve your fitness test scores, you can get to SEAL Training (BUD/S) even without a high C-SORT score. Having high scores of near 8 minute swim or less and a near 9 minute run or less shows effort on the recruit's part and a will to work hard to achieve those scores.  Recruits will also have to score high on the ASVAB as well. 

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