Have completed at least 8 years but not more than
16 years of active naval service on 16 January of the year
in which application is made
requirements for advancement to CPO, with the
exception of time in paygrade, and successfully
compete in the annual Navywide advancement
examination administered in January of the year of
application. A candidates final multiple must be equal
to, or greater than, the lowest final multiple for PASS
SELECTION BOARD ELIGIBLE. A PO1 who is
presently authorized advancement to CPO is exempt
from the CPO Navywide examination qualification
CPOs and SCPOs with at least 12 years, but not
more than 16 years, of naval service may apply for LDO
and CWO in the same application year, but only one
designator for each program may be requested
For application procedures and eligibility
requirements, see BUPERSINST 1131.1.
REQUIREMENTS FOR ENLISTED
WARFARE SPECIALIST DESIGNATION
Learning Objective: Recall the requirements for
enlisted warfare specialist designations.
The purpose of the enlisted warfare specialist
designation is to recognize through a formal
qualification program exceptional achievement,
initiative, and professional qualifications of enlisted
To qualify as an enlisted warfare specialist, you
must complete a qualification program that is part of
the personnel qualification standards (PQS). The
qualification program consists of general knowledge
requirements of the overall mission, engineering
capabilities, combat systems and other mission-
essential systems, and basic equipment involved in the
particular warfare specialty.
The Navy has four enlisted warfare specialist
designations: Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist
(ESWS), Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist
(EAWS), Enlisted Submarine Specialist (ESS), and
Enlisted Seabee Combat Warfare Specialist (ESCWS).
Figures 4-1 through 4-4 show the designated pins to be
awarded after all qualifications have been met and
For details and the most up-to-date eligibility
requirements, consult the following community-
specific instruction. The instructions are Enlisted
Surface Warfare Specialist Qualification, OPNAV
1414.1; Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist
Qualification Program, OPNAV 1414.2; Enlisted
Requirements for Submarine Qualification,
What is the maximum length of service
allowed for an applicant to the Chief Warrant
Figure 4-1. Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist insignia.
Figure 4-2. Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist insignia.
Figure 4-3. Enlisted Submarine Warfare Specialist insignia.
Figure 4-4. Enlisted Seabee Combat Warfare Specialist