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Navy Commissioned Officer Job Designators Description & Qualification Factors




Age: At least 19 and less than 29 at time of application. Waiver up to 2 yrs for prior AD service.


- Technical degree preferred.
- Min 2.0 GPA.


OCS (12 wks)
- DIVO (6-10 months)
- SWOS (4-6 wks)
- Complete DIVO tour
- ND/STC(18 wks)
- EOD School (51wks)


- Correctable to 20/20 (waivers considered).
- Color vision required.
- PRK and LASIK only eye surgeries waiverable.

Professional: N/A

Service Obligation:

- 2 yrs Active after EOD School grad. or until completion of previously acquired min. obligated svc., whichever is longer.
- Total of 8 yrs Active & Inactive.

Special Info:

- Must be eligible for Secret clearance.
- Applications will only be considered if available for OCS within 24 months.

Four areas:
- Explosive Ordnance Disposal
- Underwater Mine Counter-Measures
- Diving and Salvage
- Expendable Ordnance Management

- SPECOPS officers who are qualified divers are eligible to receive dive pay of $550.


Community Overview. Looking for something different and challenging? The 1140 Navy Special Operations (SPECOPS) community comprises the warfighting communities of Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) and Under-Water Mine Countermeasures (UMCM) with expertise in Operational Diving and Salvage (ODS) and Explosive Ordnance Management (EOM). The Community offers a unique opportunity to motivated men and women who seek early leadership responsibilities and tough challenges. Assignments are based on performance, qualification, and personal desires, mirroring the URL warfare community. All aspects from initial training to command are included in the organization of the SPECOPS community. Junior officers are immediately trained as Navy Diving Officers and serve aboard Mine Countermeasures (MCM) and salvage ships to earn their qualification as Surface Warriors. After training in EOD, officers are immediately assigned as the Officer in Charge of EOD detachments, operating throughout the world. Throughout the Special Operations career, the tasks are varied and require personnel that enjoy responsibility, hard work, autonomy and an exciting atmosphere…Are you that person? As an officer progresses through a career in Navy Special Operations (SPECOPS), the following are four areas in which to serve:

Explosive Ordnance Disposal. Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) and Under Water Mine Countermeasures (UMCM) make up over 80% of the community billets with ODS and EOM combining for approximately 20% of the jobs. Navy SPECOPS Officers lead the U.S. Navy's highly trained men and women who render safe unexploded ordnance that impedes military operations or endangers the public. Each SPECOPS Officer is trained as an EOD technician at Naval School, Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Eglin AFB, Florida. Trained alongside the enlisted EOD technicians. SPECOPS Officers provide field leadership to EOD forces from the LT Officer in Charge (OIC) at sea to the CAPT who commands each Fleet's EOD Group, providing leadership and planning for large-scale operations, force integration and modernization. Navy EOD was born during World War II. Numerous recent operations include clearing unexploded bombs from ships during the Arabian Gulf "Tanker War" of the 1980s, rendering safe an unexploded Iraqi missile lodged in USS STARK in 1987, destroying mines in the Arabian Gulf in the 1990s, disarming terrorist device in Kosova, to name a few. From the arctic to the desert, to the depths of the world's oceans, Navy EOD teams - Those Who Dare! - are trained and ready to clear the way! The detachment is the basic operational element of the EOD forces. Led by a LT or CWO, EOD detachments can vary in size from 1 officer/5 enlisted to 2 officers/16 enlisted. EOD detachments deploy with Carrier Battle Groups, Amphibious Ready Groups, and Mine Countermeasures Groups in addition to responding to contingency operations throughout the world. Ashore, EOD detachments are located at many naval installations for response to ordnance incidents, to provide diving services, and in support of research and development projects. There is an increasing demand for EOD personnel to assist the United States Secret Service to protect dignitaries, Department of Justice for Force Protection and Department of State for ordnance classification. EOD operates the Navy's Marine Mammal Systems that employ Atlantic bottlenose dolphins and California sea lions in mine countermeasures operations, swimmer detection missions and for underwater object recovery.

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