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Surface Nuclear

The primary purpose of the SWO(N) community is to maintain a cadre of Surface Warfare Officers with a sub-specialty in nuclear power.  These officers serve alternate tours in conventional surface ships (as Division Officers, Department Heads, Executive Officers, and Commanding Officers) and in nuclear-powered aircraft carriers where they lead Sailors in operating and maintaining the nuclear propulsion plants.

This career path produces officers competitive for Major Command and Flag rank.  Along the way, SWO(N)s enjoy rewarding tours in a variety of afloat and ashore billets.  Their skills and importance to the nation's maritime strategy are well-respected and well-compensated by the Navy.

This site is maintained to provide SWO(N) officers with the most up-to-date information that will assist them in making educated career management choices.


SWO(N) Community Brief


***IMPORTANT*** To view contact info, the latest SWO(N) grams, or the annual SWO(N)/AV(N) newsletters that are not accessible to the general public, you will be prompted for a CAC login when you click to open the document.


SWO(N) Community Management Team

The SWO(N) Community Management Team consists of Detailors, Placement Officers, and the Community Manager in Millington, TN as well as the Program Manager in Washington, D.C.  This team of SWO(N)s works to balance the sides of the detailing triad to ensure continued SWO(N) health at the individual and at the community levels.



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SWO(N) Pay and Compensation 

The Nuclear Officer Bonus & Incentive Pay Program (NOBIP) instruction which governs the Annual Incentive Pay (AIP) and Continuation Bonus (COBO) was recently revised and updated.SWO(N)s are compensated for two skills sets and are eligible for both NOBIP, which is governed by OPNAVINST 7220.11F - NOBIP, and the full spectrum of Surface Warfare Officer bonuses (DHRB and SWO LRB) which are described on the PERS-41 Pay and Incentives pages.

Please contact the SWO(N) Community Manager (Make a click link to before applying for any bonus or incentive pay. There are usually some timing concerns with current or future Nuclear COBO contracts that you need to be aware of before making any decisions.

The new NOBIP instruction has provisions for new contracts and replacement contracts (see paragraph 7 for details).  Use this sample letter as a template when applying for a New Nuclear COBO contract.  Use this sample letter as a template when applying for a Renegotiation Nuclear COBO contract.

SWO(N) Grams

Sign up for email delivery of each monthly SWO(N) Gram by sending your email address to the Surface Nuclear Officer Detailer at the address provided in the Contact Us link.  If your email address changes, please be sure to provide your new email address to ensure you receive every SWO(N) Gram.


Most Recent SWO(N) Gram:  February 2018


Annual Newsletters

The semi-annual will no longer being printed and mailed out to all SWO(N)s. Fiscal constraints have made the printing and mailing unfeasible. Now that we are shifting to electronic form, you can expect to see the new Newsletters being produced on an annual basis.

2016 - 2017 Newsletter

2018 Newsletter - Under Construction (Expected Fall 2018)


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