The Screening Panel selects a very limited number of officers from the Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Public Health Service, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for re-designation as 1180 and follow-on SEAL training. Eligible applicants shall be O-1, O-2, or a junior O-3 (less than six years commissioned service) at time of selection and on permanent active duty throughout the selection and transfer process. Interested applicants must be aware of requirements associated with inter-service transfers, as outlined in Military Personnel Manual (MILPERSMAN) 1300-082, Inter-service Transfer of an Officer into the Navy. Applicants should work with the SEAL OCM to ensure their packages are complete and properly submitted.
• September: Selectees notified through their service chain-of-command, but final transfer requires the concurrence by both the losing and gaining services.
Specific inter-service transfer eligibility requirements
• O-1 or O-2 at time of selection: more senior officers do not have the ability to complete career milestones based on seniority.
• Must be on permanent active duty throughout the selection and transfer process.
• MANMED P-117 Chapter 15, Section 105 – eye requirements on pages 26 and 84.
• SECNAVINST 1000.7F - Interservice Transfer of Commissioned Officers
• NAVMILPERSMAN 1300-082 - Interservice Transfer of an Officer into the Navy
• MILPERSMAN 1210-220 - Naval Special Warfare Officer (SEAL)
• OPNAVINST 1420.1B - Enlisted to Officer Commissioning Programs Application
• Army (Army Regulation 614–120)
• Air Force (Air Force Instruction 36-3207)
• Marine Corps (SECNAVINST 1000.7G)
Applicants must complete one of the following to successfully complete their interservice transfer application:
1. Attend SEAL Officer Assessment and Selection (SOAS) at NSW Center in Coronado, CA during the summer of 2019. Applicants who have attended SOAS previously will be allowed one additional opportunity to attend. SOAS is a two week course, however this time commitment may be modified for lateral transfer candidates to accommodate operational commitments (SOAS would be approximately 10 days). Contact the OCM office or SOAS Program Manager (LT (Ret.) Andrew Dow, firstname.lastname@example.org) for details and dates.
2. If they cannot attend SOAS, they will conduct a VTC or in-person interview with members of the SOAS staff. Interviews are a last resort and are intended for candidates who cannot attend events due to operational commitments. In the applicant's CO endorsement letter please include reason for not being available to attend SOAS (i.e. deployment, underway, etc.). The interview will count as a SOAS attempt, so candidates should carefully consider their options prior to committing to an interview.
** The NSW Interservice Transfer Selection Panel will be held in September 2020.
** Previous SOAS attendees can attend a second time. Candidates can only attend SOAS two times.
SEAL Officer Application Contents
1. Application Letter for Inter-Service Transfer to NSW: example.
2. Commanding Officer’s Endorsement: example.
3. Inter-Service Transfer Letter DD FORM 368 (conditional release from parent service). Applicants should submit the DD 368 to their chains of command prior to submitting an application. It takes several weeks for parent services to review a request and applicants cannot transfer to the USN, even if selected, without permission from their parent service. Once approved by parent service and selected by NSW, it takes approximately 5 months for final approval for the interservice transfer from OSD.
4. Officer Data Card: Card will be sent to applicants after the SEAL OCM receives all other package items. Card should be returned to the SEAL OCM in Excel format.
5. Statement of Understanding: example.
6. Report of Applicant Screening: example. The Physical Screening Test (PST) is recorded on this form by a SEAL officer or officer at your command. PST should be conducted within 3 months of package submission and shall be within 6 months in order to ensure an accurate representation of the candidates physical status.
7. Resume or Curriculum Vitae. There is no specific format required. Include accurate contact information. If you have ever applied or competed to become a SEAL Officer, include date applied or competed and how far into the process you got.
8. Official College Transcript. Please do not mail transcripts to the OCM office. PDF Copies of official transcript is acceptable for the application.
9. Copy of Master Personnel Record.
10. No more than two (2) Letters of Reference (LOR): example.
- There is an official format for LORs. Please contact the SEAL OCM office for more information about the required formatting of LORs. Completed letters should be submitted to SEAL_OCM@navy.mil.
- The LOR should not solely be a character reference. These should be used as a tool to highlight your accomplishments, experiences, and leadership potential.
11. Source of Original Commission Documentation
12. DD2807: medical history. Please ask about the SOAS medical form prior to completing the DD2807.
13. DD2808: medical exam stamped PQ for diving duty.
**Submit Package to SEAL_OCM@navy.mil**
**Please submit all package items as individual PDF files**
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