Useful Links & Career Options

Useful Links & Career Paths

Career Paths

The possibilities open to you with a Naval commission are endless. The following is a brief overview of various career opportunities. For more information, visit the official NROTC Career Options website.

Surface Warfare Officer

Surface Warfare Officers (SWOs) serve on naval vessels including aircraft carriers, cruisers, 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 for five years after graduation.

Naval Aviator

Aviators pilot aircraft on land and sea all over the world, but only after completing a challenging training pipeline. After recieving one's wings, naval aviators are requireed to serve a minimum of eight years.

Naval Flight Officer

Naval Flight Officers (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 after completing flight training.

Submarine 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 on board either an attack or ballistic missle submarine. The initial commitment for submariners is five years.

Special Operations Officer

As part of the small, elite unrestricted line community, the Special Operations Officer focuses on developing skills related to explosive ordnance disposal. Upon graduation, Special Operations Officers must attend over a year of rigorous training before entering the fleet.

Special Warfare Officer

The Special Warfare Officer concentrates on unconventional warfare, counter-insurgency, coastal and riverine interdiction, and tactical intelligence collection. This hazardous and demanding field requires intense training. When completed, new SEALs are assigned as assistant Platoon Commanders within a SEAL team.

Marine Corps Officer

A distinct pride comes with being a Marine Officer. Marine Officers learn and adopt leadership skills that have been proven in every conflict this nation has seen. Marine Officers develop their own leadership styles and adapt them to best suit the needs of the mission and their Marines.


Useful Links

For all information regarding the NROTC program, visit the official NROTC website.

To learn more about the Navy and Marine Corps, visit:

Official Navy Website

Navy Recruiting Website

Official Marine Corps Website

Marine Corps Recruiting Website

For information about U.S. Navy PRT standards, visit:

Male PRT standards

Female PRT standards

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