The basic requirements for selection to the Submarine Engineering Graduate Accession (SEGA) Engineering Duty program. Through targeted recruiting, SEGA provides an accession path for students enrolled (or accepted) to qualifying Graduate Engineering degree programs at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HCBUs). Although the primary focus of recruiting will be at HBCUs, all qualified applicants will be equally considered regardless of background. The program commissions the candidate as a Lieutenant (Junior Grade) with an Engineering Duty Officer in Training (1460) designation upon graduation from a qualified Graduate Engineering program. Personnel accessed by this program must be medically qualified for submarine duty. Those selected will attend Officer Candidate School located in Newport, Rhode Island prior to their first assignment.
SEGA Qualification Requirements
Open to both men and women, applicants must be a citizen of the United States. Applicants must be at least 19 years old and not have passed their 29th birthday at time of commissioning. The maximum age limit may be adjusted upward for prior active service on a month-for-month basis up to twenty four months.
Applicants must possess a Baccalaureate Degree in Engineering or Physical Science from an accredited college or university, and possess a GPA of 3.0 or hig1er. Applicants who are in their final year of a Baccalaureate Degree in Engineering or Physical Science from an accredited college or university may also apply provided they possess a GPA of 3.0 or higher for coursework completed.
Candidates must complete requirements for a qualifying graduate degree in 27 months. No waivers for over 27 months will be approved.
Enrollees must remain at the University in which they initially enrolled and will not be permitted to transfer to another university while participating in SEGA.
Participation in a non-mandatory co-op or work study program will not be authorized if such participation will cause delay in the projected graduation date.
Selectees will not be permitted to extend their projected graduation date, cease attending classes, change majors, or enter exchange programs without specific permission from BUPERS-3. Failure to obtain prior approval may result in disenrollment.
Participants must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
In addition to disenrollment for academic reasons, candidates may be disenrolled because of discipline/moral problems (drug usage, civil convictions, etc.) by the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (N13) as recommended by BUPERS-3.
Applicants must be physically qualified and aeronautically adapted in accordance with the physical standards established by the Manual of the Medical Department, Chapter 15 and must complete a radiation and submarine physical examination upon acceptance to the program. Selectee must, prior to acceptance and commissioning, meet the Navy height/weight PFA standards. Failure of the physical exam will lead to removal from the program.
Per Department of Defense Instruction 1304.26: Persons entering the Armed Forces should be of good moral character. The underlying purpose of moral character enlistment standards is to minimize entrance of persons who are likely to become disciplinary cases or security risks or who disrupt good order, morale, and discipline. The Military Services are responsible for the defense of the nation and should not be viewed as a source of rehabilitation for those who have not subscribed to the legal and moral standards of society at large. Moral standards of acceptability for service are designed to disqualify the following categories of persons (Navy Moral Waiver Guide):
- Individuals under any form of judicial restraint (bond, probation, imprisonment, and/or parole).
- Those with significant criminal records.
- Persons convicted of felonies may request a waiver to permit their enlistment. The waiver procedure is not automatic and approval is based on each individual case, including consideration of the individual's adjustment to civilian life.
- In processing waiver requests, the Military Services shall require information about the "who, what, when, where, and/or why" of the offense in question; and a number of letters of recommendation from responsible community leaders; such as school officials, ministers, and law enforcement officials, attesting to the applicant's character or suitability for enlistment.
- Those who have been previously separated from the Military Services under conditions other than honorable or for the good of the Military Service concerned.
- Those who have exhibited antisocial behavior or other traits of character that may render them unfit to associate with military personnel.
Additionally, applicants for SEGA must have no record of courts-martial convictions or civilian felony convictions, disciplinary action under Article 15, Uniform Code of Military Justice, or conviction by civil court for misdemeanors, except minor traffic violations, during the three years preceding date of application to SEGA, Any substantiated drug use while in an enlisted status is disqualifying.
A person who is drug or alcohol dependent, abuses drugs or alcohol, or whose pre-service abuse of drugs or alcohol indicates a proclivity to continue abuse in the service, or who has a record of any trafficking offenses, is ineligible.
Selectees will attend Officer Candidate School, Officer Training Command Newport, Rhode Island. Following commissioning, officers will normally be assigned to designator specific training as appropriate.
Active Duty Obligation
Selectees would incur a five year obligation from date of commissioning. Those disenrollees who drop on request prior to commissioning incur no obligation to the government. Those that complete degree requirements but fail to be commissioned incur no obligation to the government.