A board of active duty Sea, Air, and Land (SEAL) officers in September selects a very limited number of cadets and/or midshipmen from all service academies for commissioning into the Navy and designation as 1180 (SEAL candidate). The United States Naval Academy conducts SEAL selection through a separate process. Cadets and midshipmen from US Military Academy, US Merchant Marine Academy, US Air Force Academy, and US Coast Guard Academy are eligible to compete for an inter-service commission.
The competition for the limited quotas available is extremely competitive. Ensure you work with your current command and the SEAL Officer Community Manager (OCM) to ensure you package is complete and processed by the deadlines detailed below.
The inter-service commission process is detailed and differs for each service. Once your package is complete, submit it to your service chain-of-command for approval. At the same time, send a copy of your application package to the SEAL OCM. This is to ensure that a delayed staffing process does not preclude the board from evaluating your application. If you are selected for an inter-service commission by the SEAL board, final selection is not official until the losing service and gaining service approve the request. It is your responsibility to ensure the application is routed through the appropriate chains-of-command for the losing and gaining service.
There may be instances where you find conflicting information in the below documents. Contact the OCM if conflicting information affects the submission of your application package. As a general rule, trust approved Navy instructions, not web content.
• 01 March (year prior to commissioning year): Packages due to SEAL_OCM@navy.mil. Coordinate submission with your Navy Liasion Officer.
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• See Important Dates
• March 1 of commissioning year: Last day approval from losing service is accepted. If an applicant is selected by the SEAL board but the losing service fails to approve the transfer by March 1st, the next alternate candidate will be selected from the selection list.
• Notification of selection processed through your chain-of-command.
• SECNAVINST 1000.7F - Interservice Transfer of Commissioned Officers.
• MILPERSMAN 1300-082 - Interservice Transfer of an Officer into the Navy.
• MILPERSMAN 1210-220 - General requirements.
• OPNAVINST 1420.1B - General requirements.
• MILPERSMAN 1220-410 - PST requirements.
• Air Force
• Marine Corps
• Coast Guard
• Public Health Service
Steps to Complete the Application Package
1. Application Letter for Inter-service Commission to NSW: example.
2. Commanding Officer’s Inter-service Commission Endorsement Letter (conditional release from parent service): example.
3. Report of Applicant Screening: example. The Physical Screening Test (PST) and pressure test is recorded on this form by a SEAL officer or officer at your command.
4. Copy of master personnel record.
5. Personal Motivation Statement: up to a one page essay (500 words) on why you want to be a SEAL officer. Beyond this general guidance, the essay is your chance to highlight your strengths, accomplishments, and experiences that enhance your application. It is recommended that you include athletic endeavors, specifically collegial sports played and leadership positions held, along with language expertise and cultural experiences.
6. Statement of Understanding: example.
7. Photograph: a color photo of the applicant in uniform—with or without cover and either full or 3/4 length—is optional, although strongly encouraged. Attach photo to the provided form and fill out blocks 1 through 6.
8. Resume or Curriculum Vitae is recommended but not mandatory. There is no specific format required. Include accurate contact information.
9. DD2807: medical history.
10. DD2808: medical exam stamped PQ for diving duty.
11. No more than a total of (3) Letters of Recommendation (LOR) and Interview Appraisal Sheets are desired by the selection panel. See guidance below.
12. Official college transcript.
Physical Screening Test
• PST Requirements: 1220-410.
• Additional information on requirements.
• MANMED P-117 Chapter 15, Section 105 – eye requirements on pages 32 and 91.
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**Letters of Recommendation/Interview Appraisal Sheets**
SEAL Officer interviews (Interview Appraisal Sheets) are no longer recommended to be part of the application for Unrestricted Line (URL) Lateral Transfer, Interservice Transfer, or NROTC candidates. SEAL Officer candidates in these categories should all have the opportunity to interview in person in front of the SEAL Officer selection panel.
SEAL OCM and others will no longer coordinate interviews for candidates in the above categories. SEAL OCM still encourages and will assist in the coordination of interviews for OCS and Restricted Line (RL) Lateral Transfer candidates if desired, as these candidates have a slightly different process for consideration. An interview appraisal sheet can be found here.
LORs should not solely be character references. These should be used as a tool to highlight your accomplishments, experiences, and leadership potential.
There is not a required format for LOR. Address all LORs to "President, SEAL Officer Selection Panel". Direct questions and mail completed packages to SEAL Officer Community Manager, in accordance with the guidance for package submission.