The information below is derived from the official Program Authorization (PA) found at the bottom of this page.  It is the responsibility of the applicant to be familiar with the PA for the option in which they are applying.



Age: STA-21 SPECWAR Option selectees must be able to complete degree requirements and be commissioned by age 29. Maximum age limit may be adjusted upward for active service on a month-for-month basis up to 24 months. Waivers beyond 24 months will be considered for enlisted personnel who possess particularly exceptional qualifications, provided they can be commissioned prior to age 35.

Enlisted Source: STA-21 SPECWAR Option applicants must possess one of the following NECs: 5323 or 5326.

Gender: Special Warfare is open to males only.

Educational Requirements: Applicants are strongly encouraged to pursue technical degrees (i.e., Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Oceanography, Operations Analysis, Physical Sciences, or Engineering).

Medical Standards: Applicants must pass physical qualification in accordance with Manual of the Medical Department, Chapter 15, including qualification for diving duty and/or combat swimmer.

Service Obligation: STA-21 SPECWAR Option selectees will incur a five-year active duty obligation upon commissioning.  Additional obligated service may be incurred as a result of special training received following commissioning.