All candidates attend either the Aviation Officer
Candidate School (AOCS) program, Officer Candidate
School (OCS), or Officer Indoctrination School (OIS)
held in Pensacola, Florida.
If you are interested in any of the Naval Reserve
Officer Programs, contact your career counselor. The
Retention Team Manual contains information on these
CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER PROGRAM
The Chief Warrant Officer Program provides
personnel an opportunity to earn a commission as an
officer without possessing a college degree. You must
be in one of the senior enlisted paygrades to qualify as a
chief warrant officer candidate. The specific
requirements of the program, which are published each
year, are available from your career counselor.
LIMITED DUTY OFFICER PROGRAM
The Limited Duty Officer (LDO) Program is
another way in which you can obtain a commission
without a college degree. LDOs are commissioned
officers who are selected from the senior enlisted
paygrades. The requirements for this program, also
published each year, are available from your career
SEAMEN TO ADMIRAL PROGRAM
The Seaman to Admiral program is applicable to
enlisted personnel of the Regular Navy and Naval
Reserve. Eligible applicants will be considered by a
board convened by the Chief of Naval Personnel (CNP).
The board will select the best qualified for appointment
in the program, within quotas authorized. If selected,
you will be appointed a permanent ensign in the U.S.
Navy after successful completion of Officer Candidate
School (OCS). Following commissioning, officers will
be assigned to a warfare community. Upon successful
completion of initial sea duty and warfare qualification,
officers will be screened for selection to a bachelors
degree program at the Naval Postgraduate School.
REVIEW 8 QUESTIONS
Q1. The Secretary of the Navy can appoint a specific
number of enlisted personnel to the Naval
Academy. What number of (a) Regular Navy or
Regular Marine Corps and (b) Naval or Marine
Corps Reserve (active or inactive) can be
Q2. What is the maximum time allowed to attend
college in the NROTC program?
Q3. Who was the BOOST program intended for?
Q4. What is the major requirement to be eligible for
the Enlisted Commissioning Program?
Q5. In what two programs can senior enlisted
personnel obtain a commission without a
requirement for a college degree?
Learning Objectives: When you finish this chapter,
you will be able to
Identify the types of discharges.
Recognize the effects of the various types of
If you separate from the Navy before the end of your
active obligated service (EAOS) or after 8 years of
service or if you reenlist, you will receive a discharge