Every year, the United States Naval Academy releases a list of job assignments for its graduating seniors who will be commissioned into the Navy and Marine Corps. These assignments are highly coveted and represent the culmination of years of hard work and dedication. The breakdown of assignments for the senior commissioning class of 2023 has just been released, and we have created a chart with the information to help students and aspiring future leaders understand the different career fields available to them.

It’s important to note, however, that the job assignments are based on the needs of the Navy and Marine Corps, so the number of graduates assigned to each field can vary from year to year.

Job Field# of StudentsPercentage
Surface Warfare Officer (SWO)21226.2%
Nuclear Surface Warfare Officer364.4%
Navy Pilot23128.3%
Submarines13616.7%
Naval Flight Officer (NFO)556.7%
SEAL293.6%
Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD)162.0%
Cryptologic Warfare (CW)131.6%
Intel111.4%
Information Professional (IP)81.0%
Medical Corps70.9%
Cyber Warfare Engineer (CWE)60.7%
Supply Corps40.5%
Civil Engineer Corps (CEC)20.2%
Oceanography20.2%
USMC Ground17922.0%
USMC Pilot759.2%
USMC Cyber60.7%
Total1028100.0%

If you have a desire to be a Navy officer, we highly recommend that you conduct further research into career fields you may be interested in. However, here is a brief description of each job.

Surface Warfare Officer (SWO)

SWOs are responsible for the operation and maintenance of Navy ships, ranging from small patrol boats to large aircraft carriers.

Nuclear Surface Warfare Officer

Similar to SWOs, but with additional training in nuclear power systems.

Navy Pilot

Navy pilots fly a variety of aircraft, including fighter jets, helicopters, and transport planes.

Submarines

Submarine officers are responsible for the operation and maintenance of Navy submarines.

Naval Flight Officer (NFO)

NFOs are responsible for the operation of the aircraft’s weapons systems and navigation.

SEAL

SEALs are highly trained special forces operators who perform a variety of missions, including reconnaissance, direct action, and counterterrorism.

Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD)

EOD officers are responsible for the disposal of explosive devices, such as bombs and landmines.

Cryptologic Warfare (CW)

CW officers are responsible for the gathering and analysis of intelligence through electronic means.

Intel

Intel officers are responsible for gathering and analyzing information on foreign governments, militaries, and other organizations.

Information Professional (IP)

IP officers are responsible for the management of information systems and networks.

Medical Corps

Medical officers provide medical care to service members and their families.

Cyber Warfare Engineer (CWE)

CWE officers are responsible for the design, development, and implementation of cyber warfare systems.

Supply Corps

Supply officers are responsible for the management of logistics and supply chain operations.

Civil Engineer Corps (CEC)

CEC officers are responsible for the construction and maintenance of Navy facilities and infrastructure.

Oceanography

Oceanography officers study the physical and biological characteristics of the ocean.

USMC Ground

These officers will attend The Basic School and compete for their final MOS assignment in the middle of basic.

USMC Pilot

USMC pilots fly a variety of aircraft, including fighter jets, helicopters, and transport planes.

USMC Cyber

USMC Cyber officers are responsible for the defense of Marine Corps networks and information systems.

Takeaways from the 2023 Naval Academy Assignment Release

The Naval Academy’s job list for the senior commissioning class of 2023 provides a wide range of career fields for graduating students to pursue.

93% of this year’s class were awarded either their first or second assignment choice. Midshipmen can submit up to 6 jobs, so many future officers were awarded one of their top choices.

37.5% of the class of Naval Academy class of 2023, or 306 midshipmen, was assigned pilot (by combining both Navy and Marine Corps assignments).

26.2% of the class was assigned Surface Warfare Officer.

It’s worth noting that some fields, such as SEAL and EOD, are highly selective and require additional training beyond what is provided at the Naval Academy. Overall, the job list provides a diverse set of options for graduates to consider as they begin their careers in the Navy or Marine Corps.

If you’re interested in learning how to make yourself more competitive for a Naval Academy appointment, read our complete guide to Naval Academy admissions here.

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