The Trident denotes membership into one of the most exclusive clubs on earth. At SEAL Qualification Training (SQT) graduation the men who began their training over a year ago with BUD/S are inducted into that club.
The Trident reflects the three environments in which SEALs operate -SEa, Air, and Land. The anchor signifies the United States Navy as the branch of service. Above the anchor is an eagle with outspread wings symbolizing the air, as well as strength, and courage. The eagle’s right talon grips a Trident, symbolic of Neptune and his scepter, the Roman God and ruler of the sea. In the eagle’s left talon, a cocked flintlock pistol characterizes land warfare and the SEAL’s constant state of readiness.
At SQT graduation, the men receive their Trident pin and a KA-BAR knife. Each new SEAL carries the figurative weight of their predecessors. KA-BAR knives presented at the Trident ceremony are engraved with the name of a SEAL killed in action or training. They are Navy SEALs.
For some of these new SEALs, this will be their last day together. Each will go his separate way, assigned to either an East or West Coast Team. But from now on, no matter where or how far they go from this hangar, these men are family.