Applicants must fill out the Officer Programs Application form and submit it via their chain of command. SEE APPENDIX F of OPNAV OPNAVINST 1420.1 FOR MORE COMPLETE DETAILS ON SUBMITTING THE APPLICATION.
Commanders will appoint a panel of commissioned officers to interview the applicant and review the applicant's qualifications. The panel will prepare a recommendation/non-recommendation for the commander's review/approval.
Commanding officer's recommendation (prepared as a result of the panel) should include information concerning the members military and professional performance, degree and scope of technical competence and supervisory ability in present rating, potential to perform as a commissioned officer, and ability to accomplish officer technical management and specialist functions of the program(s) and category(ies) requested.
Only those individuals who have clearly demonstrated sustained superior performance, outstanding leadership abilities, and the potential to serve as commissioned officers should be recommended for these programs. A candidate must receive a favorable endorsement from the commanding officer (unit CO for SELRES personnel) to be eligible to apply to become a CWO.
If a commanding officer feels an individual is not qualified for CWO, the commander will not forward the package. Individuals not receiving a favorable endorsement are to be counseled on what they need to do to improve their records to ultimately receive a favorable endorsement.
Separate selection boards (one for active duty and one for inactive duty) meet at the Navy Personnel Command annually to consider applicants for the active duty and inactive duty CWO programs.
Appointment to Chief Warrant Officer
Selectees will be appointed as CWO only if they continue to meet all eligibility standards as specified previously.
The appointment of each selectee will be to the permanent grade of CWO2, except those active duty personnel in paygrade E-9, who have completed at least 2 years Time in Grade (TIG) as of 1 October of the year in which the board convenes, shall be appointed CWO3. Example: If E9 applies for FY-03 board and has 2 years TIG on 1 October 2002, the service member shall be appointed to CWO3.
Active Duty selectees must agree to remain on active duty for a of 4 years from the date of acceptance of appointment and may be required to transfer from current duty location.
Selectees under the inactive duty program must continue serving in the Ready Reserve until the appointment is tendered. Upon acceptance, each selectee must agree to remain in the Ready Reserve for a period of 3 years from the date of acceptance of appointment.