Surface Warfare Officer - Nuclear Trained
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 Management Team
The SWO(N) Community Management Team consists of Detailers, 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.
SWO(N) Pay and Compensation
The Nuclear Officer Bonus & Incentive Pay Program (NOBIP) instruction, OPNAVINST 7220.11G, governs the Annual Incentive Pay (AIP) and Continuation Bonus (COBO). SWO(N)s are compensated for two skills sets and are eligible for both 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.
NAVADMIN 241/20 was recently released and outlines new tiered COBO contract rates. In FY 21, officers authorized to receive COBO may renegotiate their existing contracts on either their contract or commissioning anniversary. Junior officers desiring to submit initial COBO contracts may receive the higher COBO rate if they sign initial 6- or 7-year contracts that obligate them to a Department Head and Principal Assistant tour. Contract templates and a renegotiation guide may be found below:
Please contact the SWO(N) Community Manager 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.
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