SeeD... (...A code name, for Balamb Garden's elite mercenary force... SeeD... Combat specialists...)
SeeD is the name of a mercenary force founded by Cid and Edea Kramer. To the outside world, SeeD is a mercenary force for hire, conducting missions around the world as battle support and undercover operatives. Their services are requested by governments and civilians; their tasks range from providing military support to protecting civilians. Its true purpose, however, is to ensure students will be trained to become strong enough to take on Ultimecia in the future.
Balamb Garden, the first Garden, is responsible for training SeeDs. Only Balamb Garden trains SeeD cadets, but members from the other Gardens can transfer to Balamb for the field exam, because all SeeD are stationed at Balamb. They are in high demand by groups requiring a small force of undercover specialists, and commissions made through such dispatches are an important part of the Garden's income.