ACTIVE DUTY SEAL OFFICER APPLICATION STEPS

By: Naval Special Warfare
Posted: March 4, 2020


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THE HOLISTIC APPROACH TO SEAL OFFICER SELECTION

Naval Special Warfare (NSW) conducts an annual officer accession selection panel to select the next generation of SEAL officers. SEAL officers are expected to lead men and women in combat operations early in their careers. In addition to the traditional concentration on direct action and surveillance and reconnaissance missions, officers will be diplomats and development experts. They must be culturally aware, adept at interagency collaboration, and experts at waging war at the individual to the troop level in complex, politically sensitive, and dangerous environments. SEAL officers will be required to fill critical leadership positions, and must be honorable men and women who can represent the nation well throughout the world. Officer selection is highly competitive; applicants must be dedicated to the NSW community and its mission. Future officers must possess leadership skills, integrity, teamwork, drive, and a relentless pursuit of excellence in the face of adversity.

In selecting future SEAL officers, the panel utilizes a holistic approach in its rigorous search for the men and women who'll lead SEAL platoons, troops, and eventually teams into combat. Leadership potential is the most sought after trait. Honor and integrity are indispensable, and the highest levels of physical fitness are expected. Academic achievement, with an emphasis on foreign language skills (Arabic, Farsi, Pashtu, Dari, French), regional expertise, and cultural knowledge and experience are highly valued. In consideration of the whole person, letters of recommendation are incredibly important, especially those written by SEAL officers. The panel recognizes that not everyone has access to a SEAL officer - someone who could write a letter of recommendation.

PST STANDARDS FOR BUD/S

SEAL OFFICER
Exercise Time Rest Average Minimum
Swim 500 yards (breast or sidestroke) Unlimited 10:00 minutes 9:00 12:30
Push-up 2:00 minutes 2:00 minutes 85 50
Curl-up 2:00 minutes 2:00 minutes 85 50
Pull-up 2:00 minutes 2:00 minutes 20 10
Run 1.5 miles Unlimited Event over 9:00 10:30
Use the SEAL Officer PST Calculator to find out if you've got what it takes to join NSW.

LATERAL TRANSFER FOR NAVY OFFICERS

Navy officers in grades O-1, O-2 or junior O-3 with less than six years commissioned service may apply for a lateral transfer to the SEAL community through the SEAL Officer Community Manager (OCM). See PDF MILPERSMAN 1210-220 for details about the Naval Special Warfare Officer (SEAL) and PDF OPNAVINST 1210.5 for Lateral Transfer/Re-designation and Augmentation of Officers in the Navy. Visit the Navy Personnel Command Lateral Transfer webpage for important dates, eligibility and year groups currently being targeted.

INTER-SERVICE TRANSFER

Active duty officers in the Army, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, Public Health Service, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the same grades may apply for an inter-service transfer through their chain of command and the SEAL OCM. See MILPERSMAN 1300-082 for details and consult the SEAL OCM’s webpage for important dates and further guidance. Inter-service Officer Academy students may also apply for SEAL Officer through the same inter-service transfer process. See the SEAL OCM’s web page for details.

ENLISTED TO OFFICER

Active duty enlisted personnel should read PDF OPNAVINST 1420.1B to learn more about the Enlisted to Officer Commissioning Programs Application.

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