How to Become a Navy Officer

It is one thing to join the Navy. It is another thing entirely to push yourself to the limits of your career. Becoming a Navy officer will go a long way in helping you reach all your career goals – while also doing what is right for your country.

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If you don’t know much about the Navy you probably have no clue what it takes to become an officer. Fortunately, there are plenty of simple details that will point you in the right direction.

Navy Officer Requirement

Not everybody qualifies to be an officer in the Navy. Basic qualifications include: United States citizen, four year degree from an accredited university, between the age of 19 and 35, good academic performance, and the ability to pass a full medical exam.

Do you meet these qualifications? If so, you may be closer than you ever imagined to becoming a Navy officer.

Your Commitment as an Officer

Most officers are required to spend four years on Active Duty. For Engineering officers the time commitment is five years; for Pilots the commitment is anywhere from eight to ten years. Medical Officers, such as dentists, doctors, and nurses, are only required to serve a minimum of three years.

Officers generally spend time both on the shore and at sea.

Officer Candidate School

This 12 week program is built to prepare you for a Navy career as an officer. From military training to classroom work and much more, you will be challenged time and time again. Although this may be the most difficult 12 weeks of your life, once complete you will know what it means to be a Navy officer.

How much Money will I make?

You don’t become a Navy officer for the money. That being said, your total salary and benefits is quite competitive when compared to civilian employment. Remember, you get more than a salary when you are a Navy officer. You have to consider housing, benefits, and education in your total compensation package. Along with this, you will receive annual raises and regular promotions for as long as you stay in the Navy.

From Officer to Civilian Employment

To become an officer in the Navy you need a four year college degree. When you combine this with your Navy experience, you will find that you are highly sought after by “traditional” employers.

From engineering to finance to business, you will leave the Navy ready to take on a variety of positions and responsibilities.

Don’t sell yourself short. If you qualify to become a Navy officer you should consider this an honor. Once you make this decision you will never look back!

10 Responses to "How to Become a Navy Officer"

  1. ELIJAH  August 24, 2012 at 4:52 am

    please i want to join the u.s navy. send me the forms. thanks..

  2. Michael Damm  November 30, 2012 at 8:44 am

    I want to be a Naval Officer. I have started the process but it seems like I have a very unresponsive recruiter and I am not getting much information or direction on what needs to happen.

    Needs some help, switch recruiters, get information as to why the recruiter is not giving me information. Whatever, it’s been months and I’ve not even taken the first test yest!


  3. Houston Palmer  February 14, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Want to join the navy

  4. Jose A. Martinez  March 12, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    I am currently a reservist in the Navy but I want to become an officer. Please send me some information.


  5. larryf  March 12, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Hi Jose, not sure if you have your college degree, but would definitely contact your area Navy recruiter. Easy to locate online via My best.

  6. Luke  January 14, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    The picture used with this article is NOT a U.S. Naval Officer. It appears to be the UK or one of the commonwealth countries, perhaps Australia.

  7. larryf  January 16, 2014 at 10:16 am

    Thanks Luke! You are correct. Sorry about that… revised & updated.

  8. CRISTINA  May 16, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    I graduated in the Philippines if Electrical Engineering. Am I capable to become or apply as US Navy Officer. What is the requirements?


  9. larryf  May 26, 2014 at 7:56 am

    Hi Christina, thank you for your interest in the US Navy. This is such a selected area of interest (electrical engineering), I would strongly recommend contacting (best to call) your local US Navy recruiter. The navy requirements can change from time-to-time so (again) I would call. If not, go to for info to start with. My best, LF

  10. rotimil  July 25, 2016 at 10:01 am

    Hi, my name is NEBOH PAUL GIFT ROTIMI C. I am a Nigerian, I want to join the US Navy. I am resided in Nigeria, never traveled before but I love the US Navy. so I need an assistant. God bless US Navy, God bless United State of America.

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