SWO GROUNDRULES FOR LATERAL TRANSFER
a. Applicants must have completed at least 24 months of commissioned service above the grade of CW05.
b. URL officers may not request lateral transfer/redesignation until within one year of completing obligated service in their present community as a result of functional training received.
c. SWOs who are under orders to Department Head School may not laterally transfer/redesignate until completion of an initial Department Head Tour. SWOs serving under an agreement for any of the special or incentive pays are not eligible to apply to the board until within one year of satisfaction of that obligation.
d. Officers in the URL must have achieved final warfare qualification in their current community before applying for lateral transfer/redesignation.
e. Applicants may request consideration for no more than two designators within the same or different competitive categories.
f. Officers must possess at least a Baccalaureate Degree with the exception of LDOs who are within six months of completing their Baccalaureate Degree. Their package must include an official letter from an accredited university or college stating they are in good standing and also contain expected degree and graduation date (month/year).
g. Applicants with an approved resignation or retirement request are not eligible to apply to the board.
h. Applicants who are, or have been notified that they are, being processed for administrative separation are not eligible to apply to the board.
i. Applicants applying for lateral transfer/redesignation into another community must meet the applicable criteria specified for that community.
j. Applicants requesting lateral transfer into or within the Staff Corps must meet additional eligibility criteria prescribed by OPNAVINST 1120 series.
k. Applicants, except for officers selected for Aerospace Engineering Duty Officer (AEDO), Judge Advocate General Corps (JAGC), and Medical Service Corps (MSC), must agree to serve on active duty at least two years from the date of designator change. AEDO, JAG Corps, and MSC officers must agree to serve on active duty at least three years.
PERS-803 is the sponsor for the active duty redesignation board. For board info, current guidance, and admin support visit the NPC Transfer/Redesignation page.