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Special Operations (SPECOPS) Officer (Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), (Diving and Salvage (D & S), Expendable Ordnance Management (EOM), and UNDERWATER Mine Countermeasures (UMCM))
NAVPERS 15839I, Manual of Navy Officer Manpower and
Personnel Classifications, Volume I, Major Code
NAVMED P-117, Manual of the Medical Department
Catalog of Navy Training Courses (CANTRAC)
Defense Joint Military Pay System Procedures
Training Guide (DJMS-PTG)
a. Officers selected for Special Operations (SPECOPS) officer training will be redesignated 119X (SPECOPS trainee/trainee, Training and Administration of Reserves (TAR)).
b. The SPECOPS designation (114X) is applied to
all officers who have qualified, through formal training and practical
experience, for duty involving Diving and Salvage (D & S),
Underwater Mine Countermeasures (UMCM), Expendable Ordnance Management (EOM),
and Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD).
Navy Personnel Command (NAVPERSCOM), Special Operations Branch
(PERS-416) will approve designator change to 114X, and make the appropriate
entries in the Officer Master File. This
will include extending the minimum service required (MSR) from the date of
2. Eligibility. The SPECOPS designation is open as follows:
a. Physically qualified Unrestricted Line (URL) volunteers, who may submit appropriate packages via Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED) and their commanding officer (CO), directly to Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), Special Operations Officer Community Manager (N131X).
b. Qualified limited duty officers (LDO), Restricted Line, and Staff Corps officers must request a change of designator to the URL via the Semiannual Lateral Transfer and Redesignation Board as promulgated by specific NAVADMIN, prior to designation as SPECOPS Officers (119X/114X). See MILPERSMAN 1212-020 for procedures.
c. Officers 30 years of age or less as of application receipt date in NAVPERSCOM, except officers with previous enlisted experience, who may receive a waiver (year for year) based on needs of the Navy.
d. Officers meeting medical standards as specified in NAVMED P-117, article 15-36. Waiver authority for medical standards, as recommended by BUMED, rests with NAVPERSCOM (PERS‑416).
3. Obligated Service for Training. Officers must agree to serve on active duty
for a period of 3 years from their graduation date from EOD school. Correspondence, from
4. Application. Applications will be sent via the CO and BUMED to CNO (N131X) in the following format:
5. Application Endorsement. Endorsement format:
6. Application Screening
a. All applicants must be screened by a qualified screening activity prior to requesting initial training.
b. A qualified screening activity is any diving, EOD, or training activity whose primary mission is to conduct or train, in Diving or in EOD operations. A qualified SPECOPS officer will interview volunteers. Additionally, they must successfully complete the physical screening test for EOD per MILPERSMAN 1220-100, Exhibit 1 and a hyperbaric pressure test, as described in MILPERSMAN 1220-160 through 1220-190. Physical screening test scores are considered to be the applicant’s best effort.
a. Up-to-date course descriptions, prerequisites, class convening dates, and designated training activities for SPECOPS Officer core and billet specialty training are contained in Catalog of Navy Training Courses (CANTRAC).
b. Officers (re)designated Special Operations Officer Trainee (119X) will be ordered to a two-phase core program focused on diving and professional development. This core training includes a 13-week Basic Diving Officer course, 6-week Salvage course, and 2-week EOD Mixed Gas Diving course at Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center (NAVDIVESALVTRACEN). The second phase of core training consists of Surface Warfare Officer Qualification, (normally 24 months). Prior completion of these or related professional qualifications may satisfy part or the entire core training requirements, as determined by NAVPERSCOM (PERS-416). Upon completion of this training, officers will receive orders to EOD training. This is tailored to their first operational SPECOPS Department Head assignment, officer-in-charge of a detachment at an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit, (normally 24-30 months).
c. This Department Head Billet Specialty Training consists of the 48-week Basic EOD course at NAVSCOLEOD. It may also include an advanced tactical training course and parachute training, as billet requirements dictate. Upon graduation and qualification as a Basic EOD Officer (AQD-KG1), 119X officers will be designated by NAVPERSCOM (PERS-416) as Special Operations Officers (114X). Additionally, their service obligations will be extended to reflect training completion.
d. SPECOPS officers will not remain in the community without completing the EOD course; qualification as a Basic EOD Officer is a Special Operations Community requirement. Those failing to complete it will be processed as training attrites.
e. Officers who voluntarily or involuntarily disenroll from initial training will be made available for reassignment. Administrative action will be taken to cancel the agreement to extend officer service and to determine remaining active duty obligation. Officers who voluntarily disenroll from training must serve a minimum of 1 year prior to reapplying for the same or similar training.
a. Authorization to wear Diving, EOD, or SPECOPS officer insignia is granted to qualified officers holding appropriate designator and qualification codes as defined in NAVPERS 15839I.
b. Officers designated 114X are authorized to wear the SPECOPS officer insignia.
c. SPECOPS officer (119X, 114X) may wear the diving officer insignia upon completion of D & S billet specialty training leading to assignment of a diving officer Navy Officer Billet Classification (NOBC) Code/Additional Qualification Designation (AQD) as found in NAVPERS 15839I.
d. Qualified EOD officers will be authorized by commands as indicated below, to wear the following EOD insignia upon fulfillment of the proper criteria:
(1) Basic EOD Badge. Awarded by CO, NAVSCOLEOD upon completion of Basic EOD training.
(2) Senior EOD Badge. Awarded by EOD group commanders or EOD Mobile Unit/EOD Training Unit (NAVSCOLEOD)/
(3) Master EOD Badge. Awarded by EOD group commanders or EOD Mobile
Unit/EOD Training Unit (NAVSCOLEOD)/(NAVEODTECHDIV)
a. The perishable skills of diving and specialized demolition, which are inherent to the profession, are requirements of all SPECOPS officers. COs are directed to provide every opportunity for SPECOPS officer qualifications to be maintained in the proper proficiency and periodicity.
b. Diving, parachuting, and demolition requalification will be conducted per MILPERSMAN 1220-250.
c. Documentation of the requalification will be made as described in the NAVSEA 0910-LP-708-8000. The appropriate NAVCOMPT forms will be sent per DJMS-PTG in all instances in which Special Diving/Hazardous Duty pay is affected.