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Specialty Career Path Expansion Provides Officers Greater Opportunity 

MILLINGTON, Tenn. – Navy officials announced the expansion of the Specialty Career Path (SCP) program Feb. 18 providing greater opportunities for career minded officers.

“Specialty Career Path has been a truly successful initiative in the Surface Warfare Officer (SWO) community that has allowed the Navy to place highly skilled officers into key Navy mission areas. It is now time to expand this program beyond SWOs and include officers from the aviation and submarine communities,” said Rear Adm. Mike Shoemaker, assistant commander of Navy Personnel Command (NPC) for career management.

First developed in 2005, SCP supports the demand for unrestricted line officer expertise in growing and expanding mission areas.  While these officers would remain available for parent community assignments as inventory dictates, the sea/shore rotation would be predominantly in their new SCP.

According to NAVADMIN 049/10, the Navy will expand the SCP options to include Operations Analysis, Financial Management, Naval Operational Planner, Anti-terrorism/Force Protection, Shore Installation Management, Anti-submarine Warfare, Mine Warfare, Missile Defense, Strategic Sealift, and Education and Training Management.

“Benefits and opportunities of selection include some shore commanding officer and executive officer or milestone billets within the specialty area, specialty training and experience, post-graduate education and joint military professional education,” said Cmdr. Vincent Segars, assigned to aviation commander assignments at NPC. Segars and several others have been part of a working group for SCP expansion.

“It is an exciting program for the Navy because it allows us to focus our manpower distribution to individual desires and the needs of the Navy through a board selection process,” said Segars.

Eligibility and application procedures are available in the NAVADMIN.

For more information review NAVADMIN 049/10 and visit the Specialty Career Path section at the NPC Web site at


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