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Navy: Surface Warfare Officer

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NavyTaunton, MA
  • ABOUT America's Navy has the most modern, advanced fleet of ships in the entire world.
  • Surface Warfare Officers (SWOs) are trained extensively to maintain and operate these ships, their crews and their systems.
  • Leading by example.
  • Surface Warfare Officers form the backbone of Fleet leadership.
  • In this role, you will have the opportunity to excel as a leader.
  • You could serve as Commanding Officer over an elite crew and be an authority in every aspect of your Navy assignments.
  • WORK ENVIRONMENT As a Surface Warfare Officer, you will work at sea and on shore, in a variety of environments.
  • Sea duty could place you aboard ships within the fleet.
  • Shore duty may involve a tour of duty at the Pentagon; a student assignment atthe Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif.
  • ; or command and management positions at shore bases and stations around the world.
  • TRAINING & ADVANCEMENT Unless theyhave already been commissioned through the Naval Academy or ROTC, those pursuing a Surface Warfare Officer position are required to attend Officer Candidate School (OCS) in Newport, R.I. Newly commissioned SWOs can expect an advanced training process that includes comprehensive training at sea and ashore.
  • Newly commissioned Surface Warfare Officers will be assigned to a surface ship, leading a team of Sailors responsible for a component of the ship anything from electronics to weapons to engineering systems.
  • In this setting, Officers are working toward full Surface Warfare qualification.
  • After completing these initial sea tours, Surface Warfare Officers may be selected to serve on high-level staffs, commands or strategic projects, or they may be selected to work in recruitment.
  • Promotion opportunities are regularly available but competitive and based on performance.
  • It's also important to note that specialized training received and work experience gained in the course of service can lead to valuable credentialing and occupational opportunities in related fields.
  • The ultimate goal for many: to one day command their own ship.
  • EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES Beyond professional credentials and certifications, Surface Warfare Officers can advance their education by:Pursuing opportunities at institutions such as Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) or Navy War College (NWC)Completing Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) at one of the various service collegesQUALIFICATIONS& REQUIREMENTSA four-year degree from an accredited U.S. college or university is required to become a Surface Warfare Officer.
  • There are different ways to become a SWO. If you're a high school student or an undergraduate, you can enter through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) or through the U.S. Naval Academy.
  • Those already having a degree attend Officer Candidate School (OCS), a 12-week Navy school in Newport, R.I.To be an eligible candidate, you must:Be a U.S. citizenBe at least 19 years of age and no older than 29 at the time of commissioningMeet the Navy's physical standards General qualifications may vary depending upon whether you're currently serving, whether you've served before or whether you've never served before.

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