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Oceanography Officer Program Requirements

Oceanography Officer Candidate School Program

Applicants for the Oceanography option for the Navy Restricted Line/Special Duty Officer Candidate program (Designator 1160/1800) will be screened by a board established by the Oceanography Community Manager (BUPERS-31) and Navy Personnel Command, Oceanography Distribution Branch (PERS-449) for entry into either the Oceanography Option or direct accession programs.

Information gathered from Program Authorization 108B, dated August 2, 2015.

Unless explicitly stated, the provisions outlined on this page apply to both the Active and Reserve Component.

Active Component (AC):

Officer Candidate indoctrination and training of college graduates for appointment and active duty as:

RESTRICTED LINE/SPECIAL DUTY OFFICER (OCEANOGRAPHY) DIRECT ACCESSION. Upon completion of indoctrination, individual will be commissioned as Ensign, USN, designator 1800, Special Duty Officer (Oceanography).

RESTRICTED LINE/SPECIAL DUTY OFFICER (OCEANOGRAPHY) OPTION (1160/1800). Upon completion of indoctrination, individual will be commissioned an Ensign, USN, designator 1160, Surface Warfare Officer (Student), Oceanography Option.

Reserve Component (RC):

SPECIAL DUTY OFFICER (OCEANOGRAPHY) RESERVE COMPONENT DIRECT COMMISSIONING PROGRAM. Special Duty Officer (Oceanography) direct commission option provides exceptional prior enlisted personnel, other armed forces personnel, and qualified civilians, the ability to apply for a commission as Ensign, USNR, designator 1805, Special Duty Officer (Oceanography).

Applicants who are recommended for a commission into the active and reserve component are required to complete a prenomination interview with the local Special Security Officer (SSO) prior to final selection as an officer candidate.

Qualifications

Program is open to both men and women who are citizens of the United States. Citizenship waivers will not be granted.

Being a dual citizen (i.e. U.S. citizen and a citizen of another country) is not necessarily disqualifying. Associated risks to national security will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants for active duty must not have passed their 42nd birthday upon commissioning. For Surface Warfare Oceanography Option, applicants must not have passed their 35th birthday upon commissioning.

Applicants for the Reserve component must be at least 19 years old and less than 42 at the time of commissioning. Prior qualifying service will be considered for year-for-year credit up to age of 50. Non-prior service personnel over 42 may be considered provided that community authorization is given and there is written acknowledgement via a Maximum Age Statement of Understanding that they may not be able to complete 20 years of service prior to age 62. Selected Reserve Officers must accumulate at least 20 qualifying years of service (AC and/or RC) prior to age of 62 to be eligible for a non-regular (Reserve) retirement.

Education

Candidates must have completed a Baccalaureate Degree from an accredited college or university. Major fields of study directly related to Science, Meteorology, Oceanography, Mathematics, Physics, and Engineering are most strongly preferred but not required.

An undergraduate cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.8 or greater, a C+ average in a calculus series and a B average in a calculus-based physics series are required.

A Masters of Science degree or higher in Engineering or Physical Science from an accredited college or university supersedes the baccalaureate requirement.

Officer Aptitude Rating (OAR) (AC Only): All applicants must take the OAR examination. Applicants for commission as an Oceanography Officer must attain a score of 45 or greater.

Leadership and Work Experience

Prior military experience and significant civilian occupational expertise in physical oceanography, meteorology, hydrographic survey or geospatial information and systems is strongly desired.

Ideal enlisted candidates will be Aerographer's Mates who possess Navy Enlisted Classification (NEC) 7412 Analyst Forecaster.

Military work experience shall be validated with submission of the applicant's three most recent observed enlisted performance evaluations, military training, and education completed. Quantifiable record of leadership, management, or supervisory experience in civilian and/or military organizations is strongly preferred.

Specific consideration will be given to applicants with relevant work experience from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Weather Service, Environmental Protection Agency, or in private industry as a meteorologist, oceanographer, geophysicist, or hydrographer.

Physical

Applicants must be physically qualified in accordance with the physical standards established by the Manual of the Medical Department, Chapter 15. Candidates must meet the physical fitness weight and/or percentage of body fat standards at the time of application and at time of commissioning.

Interviews (Reserve Only)

IDC panel interviews and Region OIC endorsement letters have a one-year currency. Applications that do not meet this requirement will not be considered by the professional recommendation board.

  1. Applicants must submit a maximum of three or a minimum of two interviews conducted by IDC officers (04 and above), and at least one must be conducted by an Oceanography Officer if 1805 is the applicant's first commissioning preference. NAVCRUIT 1131/5 Interviewer's Appraisal (preferably typed) will be used to record observations and evaluation of candidates. DCO Interview Appraisal Sheets will be forwarded to the IDC Region OIC.
  2. The IDC Region ore shall conduct a personal interview (this should be separate from the IDC panel) and prepare an endorsement letter. The ore will forward the OIC endorsement, pre-nomination interview and the NAVCRUIT 1131/5 forms to the local recruiter for inclusion in the candidate's final package.


Indoctrination and Training

Indoctrination

Active Component selectees must complete the following:

  1. Officer Candidate School at Newport, RI.
  2. Information Dominance Basic Course (IDBC), 3 weeks in course length, in addition to Division Officer Leadership Course, 1 week in course length, at Center for Information Dominance Unit Hampton Roads (CIDUHR), Damneck, VA. Required for officers commissioning after August 2015.
  3. Basic Oceanography Accession Training (BOAT), seven weeks in course length, at the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Professional Development Center in Gulfport, MS. Oceanography Option officers (1160/1800) will attend after redesignation to 1800.
  4. Meteorology and Oceanography Officer qualification in the METOC Community PQS (Section 316, NAVEDTRA 43203-G, Aug 2011) within 36 months of reporting to initial oceanography (non-training) assignment (this is a prerequisite to Information Dominance Warfare Officer Qualification).
  5. Information Dominance Warfare Officer Qualification (NAVEDTRA 43360) within 36 months of reporting to initial oceanography (non-training) assignment, in accordance with OPNAVINST 1412.13.

Reserve Component selectees must complete the following:

  1. The two week Direct Commission Officer Indoctrination Course at Newport, RI, within one year of commissioning.
  2. Information Dominance Basic Course (IDBC), 3 weeks in course length, in addition to Division Officer Leadership Course, 1 week in course length, at Center for Information Dominance Unit Hampton Roads (CIDUHR), Damneck, VA. Required for officers commissioning after August 2015.
  3. Basic Oceanography Accession Training (BOAT), seven weeks in course length, at the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Professional Development Center in Gulfport, MS within 36 months of commissioning.
  4. Meteorology and Oceanography Officer qualification in the METOC Community PQS (Section 316, NAVEDTRA 43203-G, Aug 2011) within 36 months of commissioning (this is a prerequisite to Information Dominance Warfare Officer Qualification).
  5. Information Dominance Warfare Officer Qualification (NAVEDTRA 43360) within 60 months from date of direct commissioning.

Appointment

Oceanography Option: Ensign, USN, Surface Warfare Officer Student, Designator 1160, upon completion of Officer Candidate School. These officers are assigned to Division Officer Afloat duties of a fleet unit where they will complete two at-sea division officer tours as a URL and qualify as a Surface Warfare Officer. Additionally, these officers are not eligible for SWO continuation pay unless they formally opt out of the option program.

Direct Accession: Candidates will be commissioned in the restricted line of the Navy as Ensign, U. S. Navy, designator 1800.

Active Duty Obligation

Officer must serve at least four years on active duty from the date of appointment.

The balance of service, sufficient to complete eight years total obligated service, may be served in a ready reserve status.

Upon redesignation to 1800, officers incur a minimum service obligation of 2 years from date of designator change, to be served concurrently with any other obligations. Officers who terminate their Option must still satisfy their initial active duty obligation.



Information obtained from Navy Oceanography Program Authorization 108B dated August 2, 2015. See an Officer Recruiter for further details.

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