Unrestricted Line Officer Communities
The Aviation Warfare Community consists of pilots and Naval Flight Officers (NFOs). Pilots and NFOs are trained to fly and operate the weapon systems of naval aircraft. All pilots and NFOs begin their Naval aviation career training at the Aviation Schools Command, Pensacola, FL. Student pilot training generally requires 12 to 18 months to complete. For pilots, the general type of aircraft (helicopter, jet, propeller) to be flown will be determined and the appropriate training curriculum entered. All student NFOs enter either the jet or propeller pipeline and begin initial basic training in Pensacola. This division of labor between Aviators and NFO’s allows for each to concentrate more closely on mission tasks that require specific occupational training.
The Submarine Warfare community is an elite and mentally challenging community. Upon commissioning, every Ensign selected for Submarine Warfare will attend one year of advanced nuclear power training, starting with six months of classroom training at Nuclear Power School in Charleston, SC. After Power School, you attend six months of practical, hands-on training operating a real nuclear reactor. You will join a highly skilled force who make the largest contribution to the Department of Defense’s primary mission of strategic deterrence and national security.
The Surface Warfare community is composed of officers who man the surface ships of the Navy, and whose goal is to command those ships. The Surface Warfare Officer (SWO) must develop experience and knowledge in operations, combat systems, tactics, and engineering. A SWO’s knowledge of surface warfare must also include an understanding of the operations of the various ship types within the surface force including carriers, cruisers, destroyers, frigates, amphibious, mine warfare and combat logistics force ships. Interested Midshipmen may also apply to join the Navy Nuclear Power Program and serve as a Nuclear Engineer Officer onboard an Aircraft Carrier.
The newly commissioned Explosive Ordnance Disposal officer will complete the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD)/Diver course at Naval Diving and Salvage Center, Panama City, FL and progress directly to EOD training at Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal (NAVSCOLEOD), Eglin AFB. Graduates will then be assigned as Division Officers at EOD Mobile Units where they will be immersed in the community’s core warfighting competencies of EOD, Anti terrorism/ Force Protection (AT/FP), Expeditionary Diving and Salvage and Underwater Mine Countermeasures. During this initial tour, officers will complete a rigorous qualification process involving a variety of Personnel Qualification Standards and advanced EOD, diving and mobility training requirements before earning warfare qualification.
Naval Special Warfare (NSW) is the maritime component of the United States Special Operations Command which deploys forces to conduct special operations and activities in support of Combatant Commanders and U.S. National Interests. NSW operational forces are comprised of SEAL Teams, SEAL Delivery Vehicle Teams, and Special Boat Teams specially organized and trained to conduct the full spectrum of special operations in maritime and other extreme environments. Qualification as a SEAL officer requires completion of the 3-week Basic Orientation, 21-week Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training (BUD/S), the 5-week Junior Officer Training Course (JOTC), and the 26-week SEAL Qualification Training (SQT). Then officers complete Jump school, SERE school and language training before joining their teams.
The Marine Corps has been an integral part of the Naval Service for more than 230 years and is renowned world-over for its leadership, determination, and loyalty. From the inception on November 10, 1775 at Tun Tavern in Philadelphia to the front lines in Iraq and Afghanistan, Marines have earned their reputation as the most effective fighting force in the world operating in the air, on land and on the sea. Standards are high– self-discipline and initiative are key factors for success in the Marine Corps. Physical Fitness is in integral part in making a Marine Officer and it is rigorous and mentally challenging. Each prospective Marine Officer must attend and successfully complete Officer Candidate School after their Junior Year of college.