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 SWO Option selectees must be able to complete degree requirements and be commissioned prior to age31. Waivers beyond age 31 will not be considered.

Enlisted Source:: Open to men and women of all ratings.

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: STA-21 SWO Option applicants must meet medical standards in accordance with the Manual of the Medical Department, Chapter 15.

Service Obligation: STA-21 SWO Option selectees will incur a five-year active duty obligation upon commissioning.