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United States Naval Officer Programs

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On October 13, 1775, the Continental Congress passed a resolution that gave birth to what has become the most powerful Navy the world has ever known. For the entire history of the United States Navy, men and women of strong moral character, courage and intelligence have been commissioned as officers in our Navy. Naval Officers use their leadership abilities and professional knowledge to inspire the best in others.

Members initially appointed to commissioned grade are so appointed by the President. Permanently commissioned officers in the active component in and above the grade of Lieutenant Commander, and reserve component officers in and above the grade of Captain are appointed by, and with the advice and consent of, the Senate. When the Senate is not in session, temporary and interim appointments are made, subject to Senate confirmation during the next session.

Navy Officer Program Authorization Chart

More pages will be added as they are built. Last update on August 22, 2015.

Navy Officer Program authorization chart
Direct Commission, Officer Candidate School (OCS) & Student Programs
BDCPHSCPHPSPFAP
Medical Service CorpsSubmarine EGANuclear Officer CandidateNurse Corps
Surface WarfareSpecial WarfareCyber Warfare EngineerNaval Flight Officer
Medical CorpsIntelligence OfficerInformation WarfareNaval Aviator
Public Affairs OfficerOceanographyCivil Engineer CorpsJAG Corps
Supply CorpsEOD OfficerDental CorpsChaplain Corps
FY-16 Seaman to Admiral

The basic moral and physical requirements for a commission in the Navy mirror that for those seeking enlistment; additionally, each officer program, via the individual program authorization, describes each program's specific requirements that may be more or even less (age, dependency, etc.) stringent than those enlisting.



Applicants must be able to demonstrate, at the time of enlistment/commissioning, that they are capable of maintaining a satisfactory pattern of conduct. Individuals who are not of the highest moral character would be a liability as a member of the Navy. An individual's acceptability, insofar as character is concerned, will be determined at the time of application, and after a careful review of their completed file.

United States Navy Commissioned Officer Rank Chart
Naval Officer Ranks and Paygrades
PaygradeRankInsignia
O-10Admiral (ADM)Four Star Admiral collar device
O-9Vice Admiral (VADM)Three Star Vice Admiral collar device
O-8Rear Admiral Upper-half (RADM)Rear Admiral Upper-half collar device
O-7Rear Admiral Lower-half (RDML)Rear Admiral Lower-half collar device
O-6Captain (CAPT)Navy Captain collar device
O-5Commander (CDR)Commander collar device
O-4Lieutenant Commander (LCDR)Lieutenant Commander collar device
O-3Lieutenant (LT)Lieutenant collar device
O-2Lieutenant Junior Grade (LTJG)Lieutenant Junior Grade collar device
O-1Ensign (ENS)Navy Ensign collar device

This listing of Navy Officer programs is for informational purposes only, and does not imply the program is currently available. Information drawn from CNRCINST 1131.2. Check with a Navy Officer Recruiter for more information.

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