Commander, Naval Surface Forces/Commander of Naval Surface Force U.S. Pacific Fleet announced a revision to the requirements for qualification and designation as a Surface Warfare Officer (SWO), July 23.
Effective immediately, designators 116X and lateral transfers into the SWO community are the only designators eligible to pursue SWO qualification. This change aligns with new career path revisions, which focuses on increased experience on ships, including increased bridge watchstanding opportunities for SWOs.
“The Surface Warfare Officer qualification is the path to 1110 and is the crucible of a junior professional Surface Warfare Officer to develop and master the core competencies necessary to excel as a future Commanding Officer of a warship,” said Vice Adm. Richard Brown, Commander, Naval Surface Forces/Commander of Naval Surface Force U.S. Pacific Fleet. “My team and I remain committed to ensuring the future leaders of our community are properly trained and qualified.”
Officers pursuing SWO qualification must be a commissioned officer permanently assigned to either a commissioned or pre-commissioning U.S. Navy surface ship.
Non-116X Officers, who are currently pursuing a SWO qualification, are authorized to continue until Oct. 1, 2018.
Additionally, only COs of commissioned surface ships may qualify officers who are permanently assigned to their ship as SWOs. Once SWO qualification is achieved, transfer from one ship to another will not require requalification as a SWO or revalidation of the entire SWO PQS package. However, requalification in all applicable watchstations is required.
Further changes to the instruction include removing the time requirement for attaining SWO Qualification and now documenting it in the instruction.