The 12 week Officer Candidate School (OCS) at Naval Station Newport is designed to give you a working knowledge of the Navy (afloat and ashore), to prepare you to assume the responsibilities of a Naval Officer, and to begin developing you to your fullest potential. OCS is extremely demanding; morally, mentally, and physically. Your personal Honor, Courage, and Commitment will be tested at OCS and you will be challenged to live up to the highest standards of these core values. You must be committed to the goal of earning a commission as an Ensign in the Navy before arriving at Officer Candidate School.
A board of active duty Sea, Air, and Land (SEAL) officers convenes once a year in the summer to select candidates for OCS and follow-on SEAL training. The competition for the limited billets available is extremely competitive. Ensure you work with your local Officer Recruiter, your SEAL Mentor (email@example.com), and the SEAL Officer Community Manager (OCM) to ensure your package is complete.
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.
• See Important Dates
• September of year applying: NRC typically releases results. Applicants receive notification from their recruiter.
OPNAVINST 1420.1B (Chapter 4)
MILPERSMAN 1210-220 (Section 7)
SEAL PA 100D December 2009 (available from your recruiter).
MILPERSMAN 1220-410 - PST requirements
Steps to Complete the Application Process
1. Contact a Navy Officer Recruiter and let them know that you want to be commissioned through OCS and become a SEAL officer (designator 1180). Request to be introduced to a SEAL Mentor if there is one in your area. All required documents must be submitted through your recruiter.
2. OCS Instruction.
3. PST Test Results Form: test must be administered by a SEAL Mentor or qualified Naval Special Warfare tester.
4. DD2807: medical history.
5. DD2808: medical exam stamped "PQ for diving duty".
6. No more than a total of (3) Letters of Recommendation (LOR) and Interview Appraisal Sheets are desired by the selection panel. See guidance below.
7. Personal Motivation Statement: a one page (500 words) essay 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.
8. Photograph: a color photo of the applicant—full length 4x6—is optional, although strongly encouraged. Attach photo to provided form and fill out blocks 1, 5, and 6.
9. Official college transcript.
Physical Screening Test (must be under contract with Navy recruiter to take PST)
PST Requirements: MILPERSMAN 1220-410
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.