Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps
Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps

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Special Operations Officers (click for more information) lead some of the most strategic, secretive, and dangerous missions in the Navy. They must coordinate the flawless team effort, needed in virtually every environment, in order to accomplish each mission.


To some people, comfort is a warm spot under the covers. To Special Operations Officers, it’s parachuting 500 feet into the frigid ocean, overseeing the disposal of an ocean-borne mine, traveling silently underwater in a  SEAL Delivery Vehicle, or scurrying through a dense jungle in a combat situation. Only the most physically fit, strategically thinking team players qualify to orchestrate operations among this elite community. Special Operations Officers are the experts and leaders in unconventional warfare. They quietly and efficiently destroy enemy targets, recover and dispose of  explosives, and collect information on enemy operations.


As an Officer in the Special Operations community, you may be called upon at a moment’s notice to perform covert reconnaissance missions, conduct antiterrorist missions, clear land mines in the far corners of the globe, or even train dolphins to utilize their sonar capabilities. Special Operations Officers may be trained to jump from airplanes with high-altitude parachutes or operate stealthy watercraft, inflatable boats, or scuba gear. As an Officer in Special Operations, you might:

     *  Perform underwater location and identification of foreign and domestic ordnance, as well as rending safe, disposing of, or recovering ordnance

     *  Assist the United States Secret Service in protecting dignitaries

     *  Direct and perform parachute/helicopter insertions

     *  Collect information about enemy military installations in coastal areas

     *  Conduct reconnaissance and demolition of natural or man-made underwater obstacles prior to amphibious landings

     *  Conduct and carry out demolition and other direct-action raids against military targets


You might learn the fundamentals of explosive ordnance disposal through formal Navy schooling. Or you may learn about chemical/biological warfare, military tactics, deep-sea diving, or a number of other tactical military procedures.

The courses in this field are demanding, but individuals who accept these challenges are rewarded with extra pay and extraordinary duty assignments.


Special Operations Officers assigned to diving duty are eligible to receive dive pay. Demolition Duty Pay is payable to Officers working with explosives and demolitions during training.


The Special Operations Officer training pipeline is one of the most demanding training pipelines in the Navy. It includes training in Diving Operations (click for more information) and in Explosive Ordnance Disposal (click for more information).