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Special Warfare Officer Program Requirements

Special Warfare Officer Program

The basic requirements for selection to the Special Warfare Officer Candidate indoctrination and training program for college graduates applies to both the Active and Reserve Component unless specifically stated otherwise.

This program leads to appointment on active duty as a Navy Ensign in designator 1180 (Training-Special Warfare), or as a Special Warfare Officer, designator 1135, for those who apply via the Reserve Component Direct Commissioning Program.

SEAL Officer Qualifications

An applicant a citizen of the United States.

For active duty, applicants must be at least 19 years old and not have passed their 29th birthday at time of commissioning.

For the Reserve, applicants must be 22 years old and of such an age that they will not have passed their 42nd birthday at time of commissioning.

Education

Applicants must possess a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree from a regionally accredited college or university.

For the active component, highly competitive candidates may apply in the academic year proceeding their graduation year. Applicants that are selected by the SEAL Officer Selection Panel will not receive a contract to Officer Candidate School until they provide a copy of their baccalaureate degree to their Officer recruiter.

Physical

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 as detailed in Department of Defense Directive 6130.3. Candidates must meet the physical fitness weight and/or percentage of body fat standards at the time of application and at time of commissioning.

In addition, the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED) must review the applicant's Report of Medical Exam (DD Form 2808). BUMED must indicate that the individual is physically qualified for "Special Operations and Diving" duty.

Physical Screening Test

Applicants must be able to pass a physical screening test consisting of a 1.5 mile run while wearing long pants and boots, a 500 yard swim test, push-ups, sit-ups and pull-ups. The test will be administered by a SEAL mentor or commissioned officer.

Moral Character

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):

Application and Interview

For civilian and active duty: Applicants that desire to become SEAL Officers must be selected by a SEAL officer selection panel and provide current contact information to the SEAL OCM office. AC applicants that do not carry the SEAL NEC O26A or SWCC NEC O52X must attend SEAL officer assessment and selection (SOAS). If they are unable to attend due to operational commitments, applicants must conduct an interview with SOAS staff members. All civilian applicants must attend SOAS to be considered by the selection panel. AC applicants must submit their SEAL officer application to CNRC in line with OPNAVINST 1420.1B (Chapter 4). Civilian applicants must submit their package to CNRC via their officer recruiter. All applicants must also submit the following package components to the SEAL OCM office for consideration at the SEAL officer selection panel:

  1. NSW Applicant Questionnaire. Applicants must complete the NSW Applicant Questionnaire, which is provided on the SEAL Officer Community Manager website or by contacting the OCM directly.
  2. A full length 5x7 or 8x10 photograph in in professional business attire or service working uniform.
  3. The results of the Physical Screening Test.
  4. Resumé. There is no specific format for the resumé. It should include at a minimum education, employment history, sports involvement, volunteer activities, and qualifications.
  5. Official college transcript.
  6. No more than two letters of recommendation.

For the Reserve Component: Designator 1135 Direct Commission Officer applicants must be selected by the SEAL officer selection panel and provide current contact information to BUPERS-311D. Applicants must submit their package via CNRC and the SEAL OCM office to include the following documents:

  1. NSW Applicant Questionnaire. Applicants must complete the NSW Applicant Questionnaire, which is provided on the SEAL Officer Community Manager website (link provided above).
  2. A full length 5x7 or 8x10 photograph in in professional business attire or service working uniform.
  3. The results of the Physical Screening Test.
  4. Resumé. There is no specific format for the resumé. It should include at a minimum education, employment history, sports involvement, volunteer activities, and qualifications.
  5. Official college transcript.
  6. Copy of all Active Duty and Reserve evaluations.
  7. Copy of Performance Summary Record and Electronic Service Record.
  8. SEAL Team 17 or 18 Commanding Officer endorsement.
  9. Three NAVCRUIT 1131/5 interviewer's Appraisal Sheets completed and filled out by Navy Special Warfare officers at the rank 04 and above.

Source of Applicants

For the Active Component:

  1. Civilians.
  2. Enlisted Personnel of the Active Navy or Navy Reserve.
  3. Enlisted Personnel of other armed services of the United States who have an approved inter-service transfer or conditional release.

For the Reserve Component: Enlisted Navy reservists (Selected Reserve (SELRES) or Individual Ready Reserve (IRR)) carrying NECs O26A or O23A. SELRES on extended or recall orders (mobilization, 1-3 year recall, or active duty for special work) may apply, but must complete their active-duty obligation under current orders before being commissioned.

Indoctrination

Active duty 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.

Reserve Component selectees must attend the direct commission officer course at Newport, Rhode Island, followed by the Naval Special Warfare Junior Officer Training Course in Coronado, California within one year of commissioning.

Enlistment

Civilians and enlisted applicants in the paygrades of E-4 or below, who are selected for this program are designated an officer candidate and advanced to the paygrade of E-5 upon reporting to OCS. Enlisted applicants in the paygrades of E-5 and above are designated officer candidates in their present paygrades.

Pay and Allowances

Upon commencing Officer Candidate School, Selectees will receive pay and benefits based on paygrade outlined.

Active Duty Obligation

Active duty selectees will incur a four-year active duty obligation from date of graduation from SQT and appointed as an 1130, SEAL Officer. The balance of service, sufficient to complete eight years of total obligated service may be served in a ready reserve status.

Reserve Component selectees will incur a three-year Selected Reserve (SELRES) obligation followed by a five-year individual ready reserve (IRR) obligation for a total eight-year obligation. The obligation commences upon commissioning. Initial assignment will be with SEAL Teams 17 or 18, assigned in the SEAL Navy Reserve Unit, as assistant officer in charge (AOIC) of a SEAL Platoon. During years 2-4 from commissioning date, officer can anticipate a 15 month mobilization to include a 6 month Unit Level Training (ULT) followed by a nine month overseas deployment as AOIC of a SEAL Platoon. Officers must maintain eligibility for mobilization and worldwide assignment.

Information obtained from Navy Special Warfare Officer Program Authorization 100D dated, April 19, 2019. See an Officer Recruiter for further details.

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