Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps
Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps



Naval Special Warfare (NSW) is the maritime component of the United States Special Operations Command which deploys forces to conduct special operations and activities in support of Combatant Commanders and U.S. National Interests.  NSW operational forces are comprised of SEAL Teams, SEAL Delivery Vehicle Teams, and Special Boat Teams specially organized and trained to conduct the full spectrum of special operations in maritime and other extreme environments.

As a Naval Special Warfare qualified unrestricted line officer, you will lead and command NSW forces at all levels of rank.  A SEAL officer becomes an expert at conducting special operations in complex, politically sensitive, and dangerous environments. SEAL officers will be required to fill critical leadership positions, and must epitomize the SEAL Ethos.  During his career, a SEAL Officer typically deploys at least once per pay grade and is likely to be stationed overseas at least once. 


Selection for SEAL officers is highly competitive.  NROTC Midshipmen desiring a spot should be committed to preparing themselves for the selection process.  During the summer between their Junior and Senior year, midshipmen interested in going SEALs must attend the Navy Seal Officer Assessment and Selection (SOAS) program. This cruise consists of 3 weeks of physical and physcological evaluations by SEALs. The selection process is judged on the results of the SEAL Physical Screening Test (PST), performance at SOAS, quality of the application, and results of an interview conducted by a panel of SEAL officers.


Qualification as a SEAL officer requires completion of the 3-week Basic Orientation, 21-week Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training (BUD/S), the 5-week Junior Officer Training Course (JOTC), and the 26-week SEAL Qualification Training (SQT). Then officers complete Jump school, SERE school and language training before joining their teams. Training starts with physical conditioning and being tested for physical and mental toughness in Hell Week, followed by training in open and closed-circuit diving, weapons, demolitions, communications, land warfare, small unit leadership, close quarters combat, maritime operations, air operations, static-line and freefall parachuting, survival, evasion, resistance and escape.

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