CIVILIAN SEAL OFFICER APPLICATION STEPS

By: Naval Special Warfare
Posted: July 28, 2021


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STEP 1: COMPLETE THE DATA CARD

If you're interested in becoming a SEAL officer, begin the application process by completing the PDF  Prospective Naval Special Warfare Officer Data Card.

STEP 2: EMAIL YOUR DATA CARD

Verify receipt of your document if you don't receive a response within 96 hours.

Where to send your data card

SEAL Officer Community Manager

 seal_apply@navy.mil

BASIC REQUIREMENTS

  1. Be a U.S. citizen
  2. SEAL training is open to anyone who can meet the standards.
  3. A 4 year degree is required
  4. You must be able to obtain a secret security clearance, and must remain morally, mentally and physically qualified
  5. You must be at least 19 years old and not have passed your 42nd birthday at the time of commissioning
  6. Age waivers will be considered by: PDF  BUPERS-311D
  7. Have a medical screening
  8. Eyesight must be 20/25 with lenses - color blindness or color deficiency is disqualifying. Eyesight must be correctable to 20/25 with lenses. If your vision is worse than 20/25 but at least 20/40 in your best eye, and 20/70 in your worst eye, and you can correct it to 20/25 with lenses then you qualify. If not, you may require eye surgery at your own expense; Lasik, Lasek, or PRK are acceptable.
  9. Must pass the physical screening test
  10. Must attend SEAL Officer Assessment and Selection (SOAS)
  11. Must complete SEAL training

Current or Post College Students Additional Basic Requirement

  1. You must receive a commision from the Officer Candidate School

QUALIFYING NSW PREP PST STANDARDS - FOR A SEAL OFFICER CONTRACT

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.

PRE-COLLEGE STUDENTS

Prospective NROTC students must apply separately to both:

  1. Civilian colleges
  2. The Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps program itself

Get a commission through one of three sources:

  1. United States Naval Academy Admissions
  2. Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps
  3. Officer Candidate School

Here's where to apply to earn your commission:

  1. United States Naval Academy Admissions
  2. Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps

CURRENT OR POST COLLEGE STUDENTS

When you're a civilian college student and not enrolled in a SEAL officer commissioning program you start your accession process with a Navy recruiter.

The Officer Candidate School and the Naval Special Warfare officer application processes are separate and run concurrently. Requirements, documents and the SEAL officer application process can be found on the SEAL Officer Community Manager webpage.

QUESTIONS

SEAL Officer Community Manager

 seal_ocm@navy.mil