Surface Warfare Officers (SWOs) serve on Naval vessels such as aircraft carriers, cruisers, destroyers, and aircraft carriers. They are stationed throughout the world, commanding a division of sailors responsible for a particular system on board the ship. The initial commitment for SWOs is five years.
Nuclear Surface Warfare Officers serve their first tour on a conventional surface platform, leading a division of sailors responsible for systems onboard. They then complete the same technical nuclear training that submarine officers complete, after which they serve as watch officers in the reactor plant of our aircraft carriers. The initial commitment for SWO(N)’s is five years.
Submarines are important in sea control, projection of power ashore, and strategic deterrence, requiring an efficient and skillful crew to operate. Submarine Warfare Officers undergo highly technical training for over a year before reporting as a division officer aboard either an attack or ballistic missile submarine. The initial commitment for submariners is five years.
Naval aviators pilot aircraft on land and sea all over the world, but only after completing a challenging training pipeline. The initial commitment for Navy Pilots is eight years after the completion of flight training.
NFOs operate the advanced systems on-board naval aircraft and act as the overall tactical coordinators of multiple air assets during a mission. The initial commitment for NFOs is six years after the completion of flight training.
As part of the small, elite unrestricted line community, the Special Operations Officer focuses on the development of skills in the areas of explosive ordnance disposal. Upon graduation, Special Operations Officers must attend over a year of rigorous training before entering the fleet.
The Special Warfare Officer concentrates on unconventional warfare, counter-insurgency, coastal and riverine interdiction, and tactical intelligence collection. This hazardous and demanding field requires intense training. When this training is completed, new SEALs are assigned as assistant Platoon Commanders within a SEAL team.
There is a distinct pride that comes with becoming, and being, an officer of Marines. Marine Officers learn and adopt leadership skills that have been tried and proven in every conflict this nation has seen. From these skills Marine Officers develop their own leadership styles and adapt them to best suit the needs of the mission and their Marines.
Navy Nurse Corps Officers are highly-trained, professional Registered Nurses who serve at Navy hospitals and aboard ships. The initial commitment for Navy Nurses is five years.