Active Duty Service Requirements upon Graduation

Active duty service requirements for scholarship midshipmen vary depending on the warfare area they enter. The basic requirement is eight years, five of which must be on active duty. The remaining three years may be completed on active duty or in the reserves. Note that some warfare communities have additional requirements:

  • Surface Warfare (ships) – 8 years total, at least 5 on active duty
  • Submarine Warfare - 8 years total, at least 5 on active duty
  • Naval Aviator (pilot, Navy or Marine) - 8 years active duty after qualification as a Naval Aviator
  • Naval Flight Officer (backseat, Navy or Marine) – 8 years total, 6 years active duty after qualifying
  • Special Warfare (SEAL) - 8 years total, at least 4 years on active duty
  • Navy Nurse – 8 years total, at least 4 years on active duty
  • USMC Officer – 8 years total, at least 4 years on active duty