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SEAL Officer Selection


If you are interested in becoming a Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Sea, Air, and Land (SEAL) Officer, please begin the application process by emailing a completed NAVPERS Form 1210/9 to  Complete the remainder of the application per the below application guides and deadlines.  Verify receipt of all e-mails if you don't receive a response within 96 hours. 


***Applications for SEAL Officer Assessment and Selection 2023 are due by 24 February 2023***

***Applications for active duty SO and SB enlisted Sailors for the September 2023 SEAL Officer Selection Panel are due 30 June 2023*** 


  • Do not submit your 1210/9 without PST scores! 
  • STA-21 NSW option is only available to active duty SO sailors. If you are a non-SO enlisted and interested in STA-21 you may apply to the generic STA-21 option, and apply to SOAS the summer before your senior year

  • OCM office does not schedule PSTs for applicants. While challenge rate administrators are preferred (SEAL, EOD, Navy Diver), a commissioned officer from another community can administer the PST if one is not available 



Officer Candidate School (OCS)
Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC)
Lateral Transfer
Inter-Service Transfer
Inter-Service Academy  
• United States Naval Academy (USNA): The application  process for USNA midshipmen is administered by the senior SEAL at USNA.



1.  February - Applications for all candidates other than active duty SO and SB enlisted members are due to
2.  March - Down select panel narrows down eligible applicants.  Selected candidates from this panel are invited to attend SEAL Officer Assessment and Selection (SOAS).
3.  June - Enlisted SO and SB application packages are due to
4.  June, July, August - SOAS takes place in three different sessions during the Summer in Coronado, CA.
5.  September - The SEAL Officer Selection Panel convenes to select candidates who will begin Basic Underwater Demolition / SEAL (BUD/S) training during the subsequent fiscal year.


In order to be considered by the annual SEAL Officer Selection Panel, candidates (other than active duty SO and SB enlisted members) must attend SEAL Officer Assessment and Selection (SOAS).  Officers seeking lateral and inter-service transfer should make every effort to attend SOAS.  If unable to attend due to operational commitments, applicants must conduct an interview with SOAS staff memberes.  SOAS provides an opportunity for SEAL officer candidates to be assessed against their peers in an equitable training environment, regardless of accession source. Prospective SEAL Officers will be selected based on the following characteristics: Honor and Integrity, Leadership, Physical Fitness, Communication Skills, Commitment, Academic Performance, Conduct, and Peer Evaluations.

Quick Links
NSW Physical Training Guide
Physical Screening Test (PST) MILPERSMAN
Program Authorization 100D (OCS)
Program Authorization 150Q (STA-21)

Contact Information

SEAL Officer Community Manager (Applications)

SOAS Program Manager
(888)-633-5460; (619)-537-1149 (Mon - Wed)

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