Navy SEAL Officer Application Steps

NAVY SEAL OFFICER ASSESSMENT AND SELECTION (SOAS) PROGRAM

  • By U.S. Navy SEAL + SWCC Scout Team
    Posted May 13, 2016

 

Navy SEAL officers are expected to lead from the front in all categories, especially in physical fitness. However, physical fitness is not the only quality Naval Special Warfare looks for in SEAL officer candidates. NSW takes the “whole-person” approach to evaluating candidates and looks for those who exemplify all of the following: physical fitness, discipline, resiliency, innovation, intelligence, tenacity and LEADERSHIP. If you embody all of these traits, you are on the right path to becoming a Navy SEAL officer.

SOAS finds the nation's very best Navy SEAL officer candidates worthy enough to wear the Trident. It's three weeks long - very intense and a vital step in your path to becoming a Navy SEAL officer.

During SOAS, Navy SEAL officers and a SEAL Master Chief will be on hand to evaluate your performance in a standardized setting. The implications of your performance during this exciting time can affect your ability to be selected to become a Navy SEAL officer.

Approximately 180 Navy SEAL officer candidates are chosen each year to attend this exclusive event in their quest to fulfill their dream of becoming a Navy SEAL officer.

SOAS is:

  1. Mandatory for: United States Naval Academy (USNA), Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC), SEAL Officer Candidate School (OCS), and Interservice academies
  2. By invitation only
  3. Three weeks long
  4. Held at the Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Center in San Diego, CA.

Civilians, Service Academy, and the ROTC Program will all participate in SOAS side by side.

Dates for SOAS package submission

Deadlines for SOAS are found on the SEAL Officer Community Manager (OCM) important dates page.

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.NAVAL SPECIAL WARFARE EXPECTATIONS

NSW has high expectations of Navy SEAL officer candidates. The following is expected:

  1. Professionalism: Humility, military bearing, discipline
  2. Tenacity: Maximum effort on every evolution and test
  3. Leadership: Don't try to blend in. Instructors will learn your name; ensure it's for the right reasons
  4. Teamwork: Regardless of accession source, work together. Actively seek to get to know candidates outside your immediate accession group (i.e., USNA or ROTC)
  5. Be Yourself: Don't try to be someone you're not. We want to know exactly who you are, what you stand for, and what you do when faced with adversity
  6. Improve your fitness before SOAS by using the Naval Special Warfare Physical Training Guide

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.GETTING TO SOAS

Who can go to SOAS?

  1. United States Naval Academy (USNA)
  2. Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC)
  3. SEAL Officer Candidate School (OCS)
  4. Interservice academies

SOAS is by invitation only - here's how to get invited

  1. Submit your Navy SEAL officer application package to the SEAL Officer Community Manager (OCM)
  2. If the OCM decides you have the "right stuff", they'll call and invite you to SOAS

Being invited to SOAS doesn't mean you get an automatic Navy SEAL officer slot at BUD/S.

What happens after SOAS?

  1. The OCM convenes a Navy SEAL officer selection panel
  2. The OCM and selection panel review all SOAS candidates' applications
  3. The most qualified applicants are notified of their selection
  4. Selected candidates receive orders to BUD/S

You must have completed your college degree before you can start BUD/S as a Navy SEAL officer student.

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.SOAS DATES: FOUR TIMES EACH SUMMER

  1. May - August

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.SOAS WEEK ONE: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Week one is currently optional but highly recommended for Officer Candidate School applicants.

  1. Introduction to NSW
  2. General physical training with NSW Group 1 and local SEAL Team
  3. Briefing and information sessions
  4. Exposure to SEAL Team organization and home port operations.

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.SOAS WEEK TWO: ASSESSMENTS

  1. Mini BUD/S experience of individual and team physical challenges
  2. Group problem scenarios
  3. Instructor and peer evaluations
  4. Writing assignments
  5. High performing candidates will move on to Week 3 Interviews

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.SOAS WEEK THREE: INTERVIEWS

  1. Psychological and individual interviews
  2. Candidate summary preparations
  3. Candidate Questionnaire/Survey

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.SOAS PREPARATION

NSW has high expectations of Navy SEAL officer candidates. The following is expected:

  1. Professionalism: Humility, military bearing, discipline
  2. Tenacity: Maximum effort on every evolution and test
  3. Leadership: Don't try to blend in. Instructors will learn your name; ensure it's for the right reasons

Land

  1. Be able to run for an extended period of time on hard surfaces as well as soft sand
  2. Be able to run for an extended period of time carrying weight on your back and head
  3. Be able to demonstrate strength, agility, and endurance which will all be assessed

Water

  1. Be able to tread water for an extended period of time
  2. Be able to tread water in full clothing (shoes/boots included)
  3. Be comfortable in the water…
  4. Always train with a “swim buddy”. Never train in the water alone
  5. Do NOT practice breath-holding or risky water training without proper supervision, preferably a certified lifeguard

Online

  1. Join the official Navy SEAL and SWCC Training Forum
  2. Review the training tips on what reps, speeds and distances correlate to BUD/S success

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.LOGISTICS

Travel to and from Naval Amphibous Base Coronado is paid by the United States Navy. Candidates will reside in barracks at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado for the duration of SOAS. Meals will be served on base at the dining facility. There is no cost for lodging or food.

SOAS candidates should report to the Naval Special Warfare Center quarterdeck. The day and time of reporting will be given to each candidate.

Training items issued:

  1. Camouflage uniform
  2. Wetsuit
  3. Jet Fins
  4. Swimming trunks
  5. Undershirt
  6. Tri-shorts
  7. Booties
  8. Socks
  9. Boots

What to bring:

  1. Toiletries
  2. Towel
  3. Shower shoes
  4. Bates light boots - model E00924 optional (break 'em in prior to arrival)
  5. Running shoes (1 pair or more)
  6. Blue or black running shorts (1 pair or more)
  7. White t-shirt (2-3)
  8. Several pens and pencil
  9. Spiral notebook
  10. Spending money

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.POST SOAS

Upon completion of all SOAS training blocks:

  1. The OCM convenes a Navy SEAL officer selection panel in September
  2. The OCM and selection panel review all SOAS candidates' applications
  3. The most qualified applicants are notified of their selection in October/November
  4. Selected candidates receive orders to BUD/S
  5. You must complete your college degree and receive your commission prior to BUD/S

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.NAVY SEAL OFFICER QUESTIONS

Andrew Dow, PMP
SEAL Officer Assessment and Selection (SOAS) Program Manager.

andrew@sealswcc.com

888-633-5460

Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, closed for federal holidays.