HOW TO BECOME AN ENGINEERING DUTY OFFICER
The Engineering Duty Officer Community does not have direct accessions through USNA/NROTC commissioning sources. The ED community relies on the URL communities for it's accessions. A typical new accession is warfare qualified, a strong performer and academically qualified to pursue a technical Master's Degree.
Two primary means are available to become an ED:
- Lateral Transfer
Lateral Transfer/Redesignation boards meet twice per year usually in June and November. To learn more about the process, please refer to MILPERSMAN 1212-010 or contact the new accessions detailer for more information.
ED Option is available as a choice during Service Selection through NROTC, United States Naval Academy, OCS, Seaman-to-Admiral 21 and Merchant Marine Reserve candidates. MILPERSMAN 1212-040 outlines the ED Option Program for USNA, NROTC, STA-21, OCS and MMR commissioning sources.
SWO ED Options
A SWO ED Option is required to complete two SWO Division Officer tours, earn their SWO pin and automatically redesignate to 1460 within 6 months of promotion to Lieutenant.
ED Options must submit their SWO qualification letter and intent to execute the ED Option via email to the Junior ED Detailer. ED Options that wish to remain in the Surface Warfare Community must submit a command-endorsed request letter to decline the ED Option and remain in the URL community to the Engineering Duty Officer Community Manager via the Surface Warfare Officer Community Manager. The concurrence of both the EDO and SWO Community Managers are needed to approve the request to decline the ED Option.
Submarine ED Options
A Submarine ED Option is required to complete their Division Officer and Department Head tours as a Submarine Officer. Sub ED Options are required to attend graduate school at the Naval Postgraduate School to earn a technical Master’s degree. Sub ED Options may attend MIT but should contact the Junior ED Detailer to discuss quota availability. Failure to obtain a technical degree while on shore duty will result in a loss of the ED Option. Submarine ED Options must submit a command-endorsed ED Option Execution letter to PERS-445 in order to exercise their option.
Contact the new accessions detailer for further information about the surface or submarine ED Option programs, career paths, and Surface and Submarine Officer requirements for exercising ED Options.