Education and Subspecialty

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Our office processes officer academic transcripts and certifications, awards X000P-coded subspecialties for accredited master-level degrees and enters the following Additional Qualification Designators: JP1, JP2, JP3, JPN, JPM, JOM, BR0, BR1, BR2, BR3, and BR4.


Transcripts and certifications must be sent by the institution as "official" in a sealed envelope or via the school's electronic transcript delivery service. Once the transcript/certification information is entered into the member’s ODC/OSR it is forward to PERS-313 for inclusion into the member’s Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). Master-level degrees from accredited institutions will be awarded a X000P-coded subspecialty by our office. 

Electronic Delivery  

Officers must have their official transcripts emailed to Some institutions may send a notification via email when the document has been downloaded, however, please allow additional time for the transcripts to be processed.

** Transcripts sent electronically through National Student Clearinghouse must select
“Education Organization, Application Service and Scholarships”,
“Department of the Navy” and “Navy Personnel Command”
in the drop-down menus of the recipient details section.
Selecting other options may result in failure to deliver transcripts electronically. **

Standard Mail Delivery

Officers who already have their official transcript/certification in a sealed envelope may forward it to the following address below in its sealed status. If not, the member will need to have the awarding institution mail their sealed official transcripts to:

BLDG 768 RM E302

For questions regarding status of record update, please contact MNCC at or by phone at 1-833-330-6622.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • ​When will I see my degree on my ODC/OSR and in my OMPF? For a master degree, when will I see the corresponding subspecialty code (i.e. X000P)? Answer: Processing times may vary during seasons of high work volume or during times of significant data entry system updates. Upon receipt and after processing, the wait time is roughly 3-4 weeks for the degree to reflect on the ODC/OSR. Corresponding subspecialty codes (i.e. X000P) for a master’s degree may take 3-4 weeks to appear on the ODC/OSR. The OMPF may take an additional 3-6 months to reflect the added documents.

  • My board is coming up soon and I need to update my record with transcripts. Will my transcripts make it in time? Answer: It is recommended that any record update completed within 1 month of your board convening date should also be followed up with a letter to the board with the same information. Review the Active Duty Officer Promotion Boards webpage for additional information. Note: correspondence to the board does not result in a permanent record update. Upon the board adjourning, information sent to the board is not forwarded to this office.

  • I sent my transcript in and when I viewed it in BOL, I noticed that I was awarded a different degree. Can it be changed? Answer: The ability to enter academic degrees is constrained by the codes listed in NOOCS Vol II Appendix D.  Efforts are made to match the degree with the codes listed in the NOOOCs. Review the NOOCS and, if necessary, provide us the code that is a more appropriate fit to your degree. New institutions and degrees are added to the NOOCS revision as they come in.

  • My degree is in my OMPF but not in my ODC/OSR, do I have to resend it? Answer: Please verify that the transcript states the degree was awarded/conferred, contact MNCC at or by phone 1-833-330-6622 and provide the document ID number for the record in question. Updates will be made based on the documents listed in your OMPF. 

  • I recently graduated and the school sent in my transcript. However, my ODC/OSR reflects a level code 4 or 7 (no baccalaureate or master degree awarded. Why? Answer: For recent graduates, be sure to contact the registrar's office to find out if your transcript was updated to reflect the degree was awarded/conferred before ordering it. Otherwise, the transcript will be entered using a partial code (in this case a level 4 or 7). If the institution is not accredited, per the NOOCS, only a level 4 can be awarded. Level codes can be found on page D-4 thru D-6 of the NOOCS Vol II Appendix D.  

  • My transcripts were sent in but I am not sure if you will be able to identify me because my last name recently changed. Do you need this information? Answer: Yes, contact MNCC at or by phone 1-833-330-6622 with the additional information.

  • Does my ODC/OSR reflect only the highest degree obtained? Answer: No, the ODC/OSR has room for 5 entries and may reflect an associate, bachelor, master, PHD, etc. Only send transcripts/certifications not already listed. If you have more than 5 entries, you will need to specify which 5 you would like to appear on your ODC/OSR.

  • I was awarded a degree from a foreign university. How do I update my record with the degree? Answer: You must have your degree evaluated by a service credentialed by the National Association for Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). This credential evaluation converts the academic credits or degrees that you earned overseas to their equivalencies in the U.S. The completed evaluation is then sent to our office for entry into your record. The evaluation will cost and our office is not liable for the evaluation expenses.

Navy Subspecialty System

The Navy Subspecialty System is a manpower and personnel classification system that establishes the criteria and procedures for identifying officer (Unrestricted Line, Restricted Line, and Staff Corps) requirements for advanced education, training, and experience in a variety of disciplines, as well as identifying the officers who possess these skills and knowledge.

Important note: PERS-451 can only enter/modify non-medical subspecialty codes. Medical-specific subspecialty codes (15XX-19XX) should be directed to the BUMED POC - MC: 703-681-9240, NC: 703-681-9227, MSC: 703-681-5540, DC: 703-681-9255 (DSN 761).

The ODC/OSR will display up to 3/5 subspecialty codes respectively. Subspecialty codes are comprised of 4 numerals and an alphabetic suffix. The numerals indicate the major area, concentration and specific skills. The alphabetic suffix indicates the level of education, training and experience or combination thereof. All suffixes are listed in NOOCS Vol I Appendix B. The most common suffix codes are P, Q, S, and R explained below.

P-codes: Master's Level of Education
P-codes are awarded upon completion of a master degree from a Department of Education accredited institution. Upon receipt of an official transcript, PERS-451 has the authority to award a general X000P subspecialty code only. If an officer requests a specific subspecialty based on their master degree, they must complete an educational-based subspecialty request package. For Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), CIVINS, VGEP, GEV, and scholarships graduates, NPS or the approved Education Plan determines the appropriate subspecialty code and provides that information to PERS-451 for record entry. Graduates of dual degree programs at NPS will receive the P-code for their primary course of study. The only exception to this policy is officers who participate in the IGEP Bowman Scholar Program. These officers will receive an I-code for tracking of Bowman Scholar participants. They will also be eligible for a P-code and receive either a X000P from PERS-451, or the applicable NPS curriculum subspecialty code as determined by the Subject Matter Expert (SME). Otherwise, officers will only receive one P-code per degree.

P-code example:
An officer requests an official transcript from a civilian institution for a Master in Business Administration with a focus in finance and receives a 3000P (Resource Management and Analysis - General) code from PERS-451. In order to receive a 3105P (Financial Management - Civilian focus) instead of a 3000P, the officer would need to submit an educational-based request package (see the Subspecialty Request section below).

Q-codes: Master’s Level of Education – Proven Subspecialist
Officers must first complete a master degree and then complete a tour in a billet with qualifying subspecialty code before a Q-code is awarded. A Q-code will not be awarded if the experience occurs before the degree is earned.

Q-code example:
An Officer attended NPS and received a 3130P, then completed a tour in a 3130 coded billet. This officer would receive a 3130Q. Or, an Officer completed a Human Resources Management degree and received a 3000P. A follow-on assignment was completed in a 3130 coded billet. The officer would receive a 3000Q. Note: The officer may keep the 3000P and instead of receiving the 3000Q, elect the 3130S.

S-codes: Significant Experience
S-codes are awarded for completion of a tour in a subspecialty coded billet. PERS-451 tracks officers who are assigned to subspecialty coded billets and awards the appropriate code upon completion of the tour. No action is required by the officer. If the billet is not coded, an experience-based request (see the Subspecialty Request section below) may be submitted. Officers will only receive one subspecialty code per assignment.

R-codes: Significant Experience – Proven Subspecialist
R-codes are awarded for completion of two tours in the same subspecialty coded billet. PERS-451 tracks officers who are assigned to subspecialty coded billets and awards the appropriate code upon completion of the tour. No action is required by the officer. If the billet is not coded, an experience-based request may be submitted.

Subspecialty Requests

In addition to methods for awarding above, Officers may request subspecialty codes from the Subject Matter Expert (SME) by submitting a package. SME emails are located in the NOOCS Manual Volume I Part B. The subspecialty package must be generated using the appropriate sample package below, and sent by email to the SME who will review the request against the Education Skill Requirement (ESR) or Core Skill Requirement (CSR), and notify PERS-451 of their recommendation. Upon receipt of recommendation from the SME, PERS-451 will award the subspecialty. Reviewing the applicable ESR or CSR posted below is strongly recommended when generating the package to enable a swift review. Once approved, allow 1-2 weeks for the subspecialty to appear on the ODC/OSR.

Prior to contacting the SME, please review the Subspecialty Request Action Chart to see if that is the correct action for your circumstance.
Electronic Delivery Only
Subspecialty requests must be sent as a single .pdf document file, all pages should be legible (adjust scan DPI 300+ if necessary), FITREPs should be upright, and PII must be redacted. Please keep file size below 5MB. To do so in Adobe Acrobat Pro, click File, Save As Other, Reduced Sized PDF. All subspecialty requests must be sent to the SME listed in NOOCS Manual Volume I Part B. The subject line of the email should be formatted SSP Request ICO RANK, NAME
Education-based Requests
Officers should review the applicable ESR and determine if the master degree coursework meets the requirements. Request packages will include: your request letter, copy of official transcript, course descriptions (do not forward entire course catalog), and your email address/phone number. Officers (except IGEP) will only receive one subspecialty code per degree.   

Subspecialty Education Request Sample Package
Experience-based Requests  
Officers should review the applicable CSR and determine if the work in the billet meets the requirements. Request packages will include: command endorsement letter, your request letter with emphasis on the experience documented within the FITREP as it relates to the CSR, copies of FITREPs with documented experience, and your email address/phone number. Officers (except IGEP) will only receive one subspecialty code per assignment.   
Subspecialty Experience Request Sample Package

Frequently Asked Questions
  • My billet is not coded with a subspecialty and I feel that it should be. How do I change the billet? Answer: Refer to NOOCS Manual Volume I Part B Section 3 -Changes to the Subspecialty System.

  • I detached from my command and I would like to request a subspecialty code based on the work from that billet, may I still do so? Answer: Yes. You do not have to be assigned at the command to request a subspecialty code and the command endorsement letter may be signed at your new command.

  • How long will it take to know if my request is approved/disapproved? Answer: Each subspecialty code has a different reviewer, and the length of the review depends on their process. If you are anticipating a board and desire your record to be updated prior, submit your request well in advance to the board and request a status from the reviewer.

  • My request was denied. What are my options? Answer: It is important to review the ESR or CSR before submitting a package. If your request was denied, then use the feedback offered to you to improve your package for resubmission.


Major Area Sponsors (MAS) and SMEs develop ESRs/CSRs and monitor subspecialty management. MASs may delegate responsibilities to SMEs, but retain overall responsibility and approval authority. ESRs/CSRs are reviewed biennially.  

1101 Facilities Engineering 1101 ESR 1101 CSR
1103 Ocean Engineering 1103 ESR 1103 CSR
1201 Military Justice (Advanced)/Criminal Law 1201 ESR 1201 CSR
1202 Military Justice Litigation 1202 ESR 1202 CSR
1203 International Law/Ocean Law 1203 ESR 1203 CSR
1207 Environmental Law 1207 ESR 1207 CSR
1301 Supply Acquisition and Distribution Management 1301 ESR 1301 CSR
1302 Supply Chain Management 1302 ESR 1302 CSR
1306 Acquisition and Contract Management 1306 ESR 1306 CSR
1307 Petroleum Management 1307 ESR 1307 CSR
1309 Logistics Information Technology 1309 ESR 1309 CSR
1430 Religion in Culture 1430 ESR 1430 CSR
1440 Pastoral Counseling 1440 ESR 1440 CSR
1450 Ethics 1450 ESR 1450 CSR
2000 National Security Studies 2000 ESR  
2101 Middle East, Africa, South Asia 2101 ESR 2101 CSR
2102 Far East and Pacific SEE 2101 ESR SEE 2101 CSR
2103 Western Hemisphere SEE 2101 ESR SEE 2101 CSR
2104 Europe, Russia, and Associated States SEE 2101 ESR SEE 2101 CSR
2300 Naval Strategy (Civilian Institution) 2300 ESR 2300 CSR
2301 Naval Strategy (NPS) 2301 ESR 2301 CSR
2400 Strategic Intelligence 2400 ESR 2400 CSR
2500 Special Operations and Irregular Warfare 2500 ESR 2500 CSR
2600 Homeland Defense and Security 2600 ESR 2600 CSR
3100 Executive Master of Business Administration (NPS) 3100 ESR 3100 CSR
3105 Financial Management (Civilian Focus) 3105 ESR 3105 CSR
3110 Financial Management (NPS) 3110 ESR 3110 CSR
3113 Financial Management with Energy Track 3113 ESR 3113 CSR
3121 Logistics and Transportation Management - Logistics 3121 ESR SEE 3121 ESR
3122 Logistics and Transportation Management - Transportation 3122 ESR 3122 CSR
3130 Manpower Systems Analysis Management 3130 ESR 3130 CSR
3150 Education and Training Management 3150 ESR 3150 CSR
3210 Operations Research Analysis 3210 ESR 3210 CSR
3211 Operations Research Analysis - Analysis and Assessment 3211 ESR 3211 CSR
3212 Operations Research - Logistics Analysis (ORLA) 3212 ESER 3212 CSR
3213 Operations Analysis with Energy Track 3213 ESR 3213 CSR
3214 Operations Research Analysis - Foundations of Modeling and Analysis 3214 ESR 3214 CSR
4100 Mathematics Applied Disciplines 4100 ESR 4100 CSR
4201 Operational Sciences - Chemistry (USNA only) 4201 ESR  
4301 Academic Support - English (USNA only) 4301 ESR  
4302 Academic Support - History (USNA only) 4302 ESR  
4400 Public Affairs 4400 ESR 4400 CSR
4500 Leadership Education and Development 4500 ESR 4500 CSR
4600 Human Systems Integration 4600 ESR 4600 CSR
4700 Bandmaster 4700 ESR 4700 CSR
51XX Naval Construction and Engineering 51XX ESR 51XX CSR
52XX Nuclear Engineering 52XX ESR 52XX CSR
53XX Electrical/Electronic Systems Engineering 53XX ESR 53XX CSR
5400-5402 Aeronautical Engineering 5400-5402 ESR  
5500 Space Systems Engineering 5500 ESR 5500 CSR
5600 Naval/Mechanical Engineering 5600 ESR 5600 CSR
5601 Naval/Mechanical Engineering (NPS) SEE 5600 ESR SEE 5600 CSR
5602 Naval/Mechanical Engineering (NPS w/ TSSE track)   SEE 5600 CSR
5603 Mechanical Engineering (Energy) 5603 ESR 5603 CSR
5700 Combat Systems Science and Engineering (includes 5701-5710) 5700 ESR 5700 CSR
58XX Systems Engineering 58XX ESR 5800 CSR
6202 Modeling, Virtual Environments, and Simulation 6202 ESR 6202 CSR
6203 Computer Science and Systems Design 6203 ESR 5203 CSR
6206 Space Systems Operation 6206 ESR 6206 CSR
6208 Cyber Systems and Operations 6208 ESR 6208 CSR
6209 Network Operations and Technology 6209 ESR 6209 CSR
6301 Undersea Warfare 6301 ESR 6301 CSR
6401 METOC Operational Sciences 6401 ESR 6401 CSR
6402 Operational Oceanography Sciences (PhD) 6402 ESR 6402 CSR
6403 Meteorology Operational Sciences 6403 ESR 6403 CSR
6500 Systems Engineering Analysis 6500 ESR 6500 CSR
6501 Systems Engineering Analysis 6501 ESR 6501 CSR
6502 Systems Acquisition Management 6502 ESR 6502 CSR
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  • For Enlisted personnel academic degree record updates, visit:
    NETPDC Joint Services Transcript Operations Center

  • For medical-specific subspecialty codes (15XX-19XX), contact the BUMED point of contact: 
    MC: 703-681-9240
    NC: 703-681-9227
    MSC: 703-681-5540
    DC: 703-681-9255 (DSN 761)

  • For eDACM updates, contact the eDACM support team:
    717-605-2357 (DSN 430)

  • For DAU-related AQDs, contact:
    901-874-3837 (DSN 882)


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