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 two 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:

SOAS is the standard metric for which all candidates are to be assessed by. The program brings civilians enrolled into Officer Candidate School (OCS), Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC), Transfer candidates, and Service Academies to Coronado, CA, for a common assessment program administered by active duty SEALs. The SOAS regimen assesses officer candidates physically and mentally on the attributes desired in NSW Officers. Physical stress and sleep deprivation are applied to reveal authentic character traits. Performance and interview data on every candidate is meticulously documented and presented to the NSW Selection Panel at the completion of all four SOAS blocks.

SOAS will consist of an initial down select, four blocks, and one final selection panel. Each block consists of two weeks.

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

Active duty, reservists, 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. USNA
  2. NROTC
  3. Interservice academies
  4. OCS
  5. DCO
  6. Lateral and Interservice transfers

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: ASSESSMENTS

Assessment Week is the crucible of SOAS and tests candidates physically and mentally on their aptitude in the desired characteristics of an NSW Officer. Candidates will be placed under stress and participate in multiple evolutions while under constant observation by SOAS cadre and psychologists. Although candidates may drop on request (DOR), the aim of Assessment Week is to gain a complete and accurate picture of each candidate for the NSW FY-19 officer selection panel. The bottom 10% scored candidates will go under review for performance drop consideration.

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.SOAS WEEK TWO: INTERVIEWS/CRUISE WEEK

  1. The interview process of two separate components: a psychological interview and an assessment interview. The psychological interview will last approximately thirty minutes and will be conducted with an NSW Psychologist. The assessment interview will last approximately one hour and will be conducted by two members of the SEAL community, one officer and one enlisted. These interviews are an integral part of building a complete picture of each candidate.
  2. The cruise portion exposes candidates to a SEAL Team, Special Boat Team (SBT), and support organization personnel and operations. Candidates receive professional development in the NSW Ethos and receive real-world lessons through interaction with active duty personnel in the community. Additionally, candidates will conduct basic physical and psychological testing evolutions.

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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

LT (SEAL) Andrew W. Dow, USN, Ret.
SOAS Program Manager

soaspm@sealswcc.com

888-633-5460

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