Commander, Naval Surface Forces/Commander of Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet announced a revision to the requirements for qualification and designation as a surface warfare officer. Effective immediately, designators 116X and lateral transfers into the SWO community are the only designators eligible to pursue SWO qualification. Officers pursuing SWO qualification must be a commissioned officer permanently assigned to either a commissioned or pre-commissioning U.S. Navy surface ship. Non-116X officers, who are currently pursuing a SWO qualification, are authorized to continue until Oct. 1, 2018. Also, the time requirement for attaining SWO qualification has been removed.
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