SURFACE WARFARE OFFICER/OCEANOGRAPHY (SWO/OCEANO) OPTION
Age: STA-21 SWO/OCEANO Option selectees must be at least 18 years old and be able to complete degree requirements and be commissioned prior to age 28. Waivers beyond age 28 will not be considered.
Enlisted Source: Open to men and women of all ratings.
Educational Requirements: Should pursue technical degrees (i.e. Oceanography, Hydrography, Marine Science, Meteorology, Mathematics, Physics, Geo-Spatial Information Systems, Chemistry, Computer Science, Operational Analysis, Physical Sciences, or Engineering.)
Medical Standards: STA-21 SWO/OCEANO Option applicants must meet medical standards in accordance with the Manual of the Medical Department, Chapter 15.
Service Obligation: STA-21 SWO/OCEANO Option selectees will incur a five-year active duty obligation upon commissioning. Additional obligated service may be incurred as a result of special training received following commissioning.
Appointment: Will be appointed Ensign, USN, Surface Warfare Officer Student, Designator 1160, upon graduation from college/university. These officers are assigned to Division Officer afloat duties on a fleet unit where they will complete Unrestricted Line (URL) experience tour in order to attain Surface Warfare qualifications.
Appointment: STA-21 SWO/OCEANO Option selectees will incur a five-year active duty obligation upon commissioning. Additional obligated service may be incurred as a result of special training received following commissioning.
Officers will automatically be redesignated to 1800 upon completion of Surface Warfare qualification and at the completion of their second Division Officer tour. Future duties will be assigned per Special Duty Officer (Oceanography) needs.
Officers who no longer desire to execute their option to redesignate to 1800 shall submit a letter to Navy Personnel Command, Surface Officer Distribution Division (PERS-412) via Oceanography Distribution Branch (PERS 449) stating their desire to remain a Surface Warfare Officer. The letter must be endorsed by the officer’s commanding officer.