Navy Commissioned Engineering Duty Officer

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Age: At least 19 and less than 29 at time of commission. Waiver up to 2 yrs for prior AD service.


- BS/MS in Engineering or Science.
- Req. evidence of academic excellence (B or better average)
- Top ¼ of class.


- OCS (12 wks)
- DIVO (6-10 months)
- SWOS (4-6 wks)
- Complete DIVO tour
- NPS/MITEDO School (6 wks)


- Correctable to 20/20 (waivers considered).
- Color vision required.
- PRK and LASIK only eye surgeries waivable.

Professional: N/A

Service Obligation

- 4 yrs Active from date of commission.
- Total of 8 yrs Active & Inactive.
- If NPS/MIT for MS, then an additional 3 yrs for 1st year and month for a month thereafter.

Special Info

Three major functional areas:
- Fleet Maintenance Support
- Acquisition Program Management
- Research and Development

Three technical specializations
- Electronic Systems Engineering
- Combat/Weapons System Engineering
- Ships and Ship Systems Engineering
- Choose whether or not to re-designate as 1465 after completion of initial sea duty assignment.
- Applications will only be considered if available for OCS within 12 months unless applying for BDCP.


Community Overview. Engineering Duty (ED) Officers are the technical leaders of the United States Navy and are a unique cadre of Naval officers who are highly educated and have a broad continuum of operational experience and engineering expertise. EDs develop system-engineered, cost-effective solutions to meet fleet warfighting requirements. We lead the integration of research and development, design, acquisition, construction, modernization, and life cycle management.

Engineering Duty Option Program. Ten Officer Candidate School quotas are available per year for this program. Officers begin their careers as conventional Surface Warfare Officers and can exercise their option to become EDs after completing their warfare qualification, and a minimum sea tour, typically two years. Shortly after reporting to your ship, you'll be assigned a local ED mentor, available to provide information and answer questions.

Baccalaureate Degree Completion Program. You may apply for Officer Candidate School (OCS) up to three years before you receive your bachelor's degree. If selected, you'll be placed on active reserve duty in the Baccalaureate Degree Completion Program, and receive more than $1,600 per month while completing your studies. You can earn up to $60,000 during your sophomore, junior, and senior years while receiving many benefits enjoyed by regular Navy personnel, including 30 days vacation earned each year. Following college graduation, you'll receive military training at Officer Candidate School, and earn your commission as a naval officer. You will then be assigned for training en route to your initial fleet assignment as a surface warfare officer.

Basic Eligibility Requirements

· ED Option Program
- Science or Engineering Major
- Grade Point Average (GPA) ³ 3.0
- Class standing in the top 25%

Lateral Transfer

- Warfare qualified, or entry into the ED Dolphin Program
- Strong at-sea performance
- Undergraduate academics support technical Master's Degree, 2.7 minimum GPA (minimum Academic Profile Code (APC) of 334).
- Obligation for redesignation is two years.

Guaranteed Postgraduate Education. All EDs must earn a technical Master's Degree, either at Massachusetts Institute of Technology or Naval Postgraduate School (NPS). ED-approved curricula include Naval Construction and Nuclear Engineering at MIT, and Computer Science, Combat Systems & Technology, Naval/Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Space Systems Engineering at NPS. The postgraduate school carries a three-year obligation for the first year, then month-for-month thereafter.

Pipeline Following Accession. Upon exercising ED Option or selection through the Transfer/Redesignation Board, EDs typically attend postgraduate school. An ED qualification tour will normally be in a field command following graduate school. All EDs must complete a special ED Qualification Program (EDQP), which includes job familiarization, a technical paper, and a final oral exam.

Engineering Duty Officer School. Located in Port Hueneme, CA, the ED Officer School serves as a focal point for the development of the ED community. The extensive curriculum provides fundamental skills and practical knowledge for new EDs to become acquisition professionals and technical leaders throughout the life cycle of a naval ship and weapon systems. The six-week Basic Course indoctrinates our newly selected EDs into the plans, programs, policies, and procedures by which the Navy accomplishes the acquisition and life-cycle engineering of these systems. The two-week Senior Course updates recently selected Commanders on ED community and programmatic issues.

ED Career Functional Areas. During your ED career, you are likely to become involved in one or more of the three primary functional areas of the ED community.

Fleet Maintenance Support. Approximately one-half of the ED Community jobs are associated with this area. Most positions are in Naval Shipyards, private shipyards known as "Supervisors of Shipbuilding", or in the material section of Fleet Command Staffs. Officers in these positions supervise the planning and production aspects of overhaul and modernization of ships and shipboard systems.

Acquisition Program Management. Assignments in this area range from the preliminary and contract design of new ships and their associated propulsion systems to the integration of weapons and electronic subsystems into these ships. You may also receive assignments in program and project management supervising the acquisition of new ships and shipboard systems, program and project management supervising the acquisition of new ships and shipboard systems.

Research and Development

The majority of the jobs are in either the Naval Laboratories/Warfare Centers or in the research and technology directorates at Systems Command headquarters. Wherever assigned, you'll be guiding exploratory design and development of systems/components to meet high priority operational requirements.

ED Technical Specialization. Duty assignments will likely be concentrated in one of three areas of specialization.

Ships and Ship Systems Engineering. A career in this specialty may involve the construction, repair, and modernization of surface ships and submarines at Naval Shipyards or Supervisors of Shipbuilding. Or, you could provide the technical direction for research, development, testing, and evaluation of ship structures, propulsion systems, and auxiliary systems and components. Another aspect of this career path is directing the acquisition of a new class of ships. Associated sea tours include duty in submarine tenders and aircraft carriers.

Electronic Systems Engineering. A career in the electronics specialty may include the planning, acquisition, installation, and support of surveillance systems, navigation systems, or command and control systems. Participation in the design and engineering of new systems, such as satellite communication systems or electronic warfare systems, is also a vital part of an ED career in this specialty.

Associated sea tours include duty in Electronic Material Officer positions on command and control ships.

Combat/Weapons Systems Engineering. The design, engineering, and acquisition of new combat/weapons systems, such as the Cruise Missile System, Trident Missile, and Theater Ballistic Missile Defense are career focal points in this specialty. You could also be concerned with the development and acquisition of sonar, radar, or fire control systems or participate in the design and engineering of new strategic missile systems. Associated sea tours include duty in carriers and large-deck amphibious ships.

Special Pay/Bonuses. No specific bonuses exist for the ED community, though you may be eligible for other pay/bonuses based on your specific assignment. Examples include nuclear bonuses for ED (Nuclear Options), sea pay while filling sea billets, dive pay, and submarine pay for EDs attached to submarines during their ED Dolphin training.