Surface Warfare Officer
Surface Warfare Officers (SWOs) serve on Naval vessels such as aircraft carriers, destroyers, and landing craft carriers. They are stationed throughout the world, commanding a division of sailors responsible for a particular system on board the ship. SWOs serve four years after graduation, and nuclear-trained SWOs five.
Aviators pilot aircraft on land and sea all over the world, but only after completing a challenging training pipeline. After receiving one’s wings, a Naval Aviator is required a minimum of eight years.
Naval Flight Officer
NFOs operate the advanced systems on-board naval aircraft and act as the overall tactical coordinators of multiple air assets during a mission. Many will eventually command aircraft carriers, as only those in the aviation community are eligible for such duty. NFOs must complete at least six years of service upon the completion of flight training.
Submarine Warfare Officer
Submarines are important in sea control, projection of power ashore, and strategic deterrence, requiring an efficient and skillful crew to operate. Submarine Warfare Officers undergo highly technical training for over a year before reporting as a division officer aboard either an attack or ballistic missile submarine. The initial commitment for submariners is five years.
Special Warfare Officer
As part of the smallest unrestricted line community, the Special Warfare Officer concentrates on the development of skills in the areas of unconventional warfare, counter-insurgency, coastal and riverine interdiction, and tactical intelligence collection. This hazardous and demanding field requires intense training, and when completed, new SEALs are assigned as assistant Platoon Commanders within a SEAL team.
Navy Nurse Corps Officers are highly-trained, professional Registered Nurses who serve at Navy hospitals and aboard ships for at least four years after graduation.
The Marine Corps, the smallest of all the services, is a separate branch of the armed services from the Navy, but is included within the Department.