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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))


Responsible Office

CNO (N13)

Phone:       DSN




(703) 614-8327








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)

NAVPERS 15665I, U.S. Navy Uniform Regulations


NAVSEA 0910-LP-708-8000, U.S. Navy Diving Manual

Defense Joint Military Pay System Procedures

   Training Guide (DJMS-PTG)




1.  Designation


    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 Explosive Ordnance Disposal School graduation.


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 Naval School  for Explosive Ordnance Disposal (NAVSCOLEOD) to NAVPERSCOM (PERS-416), will list the names of officer students who graduate from each class, along with their date of graduation.  Training attrites will be obligated (month for month) to an extension of their original MSR equal to the number of months of training completed, to be served concurrently with their original obligation.


4.  Application.  Applications will be sent via the CO and BUMED to CNO (N131X) in the following format:



From:  [Rank, Name, SSN/Designator]

To:    Chief of Naval Operations (N131X)

Via:   (1) Commanding Officer, [member’s present command]

       (2) Chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (MED-21)




Ref:   (a) MILPERSMAN 1210-230

       (b) NAVMED P-117, Article 15-36


Encl:  (1) DD FORM 2808 (Rev. 1-03), Report of Medical


       (2) DD FORM 2807 (Rev. 7-01), Report of Medical History

       (3) Report of Program Screening


1.  Per reference (a), I volunteer for the Special Operations Officer program.


2.  Per reference (b) and based on the results of a medical examination, enclosures (1) and (2), and screening results, enclosure (3), I submit my eligibility for training.  [Include the following if applicable.]  I request a waiver to the following requirements:  [specify requirements which need a waiver].


3.  I understand the nature of Special Operations Officer duty, and I agree to


     a.  Serve on active duty for a period of 3 years from my graduation date from Naval School for Explosive Disposal (NAVSCOLEOD) School.  If I attrite, I will be obligated (month for month) to an extension of my original minimum service required (MSR) equal to the number of months of training completed, to be served concurrently with my original obligation, unless released earlier by NAVPERSCOM.


     b.  Serve the minimum obligated service specified, regardless of whether I retain the Special Operations Officer qualification for 3 years.


4.  I further request change of designator to 119X.  [Restricted Line, Staff Corps, and limited duty officers see MILPERSMAN 1212-010 or 1212-020 as appropriate].





5.  Application Endorsement.  Endorsement format:





From:  Commanding Officer

To:    Chief of Naval Operations (N131X)

Via:   Chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (MED-21)




Ref:   (c) SECNAVINST 5510.35A


1.  Forwarded.


2.  [Commanding Officer’s recommendation regarding the officer’s suitability for training and subsequent assignment to Special Operations billets.]


3.  [Statement regarding availability of the officer.  If the officer’s availability is beyond 6 months, state reasons.]


4.  The applicant possesses the necessary mental and emotional stability to assume nuclear weapons duties under the criteria set forth in enclosure (3) to reference (c).


5.  A Background Investigation of the applicant has been initiated or completed (as appropriate).







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.


7.  Training


    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.


8.  Insignia


    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)/

(NAVEODTECHDIV) COs upon the member’s satisfactory completion of 2 years in EOD billets and applicable Personnel Qualification Standards (PQS).


        (3) Master EOD Badge.  Awarded by EOD group commanders or EOD Mobile Unit/EOD Training Unit (NAVSCOLEOD)/(NAVEODTECHDIV) COs upon the member’s satisfactory completion of the applicable PQS, qualification boards, and 3 years as a designated senior EOD officer (AQD-KG2).  SPECOPS officers who are not currently serving at EOD commands authorized to award the Master EOD Badge must request designation by an EOD group commander, NAVSCOLEOD, or Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technical Division (NAVEODTECHDIV), as appropriate.


9.  Requalification


    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.