aircraft and with Marine Corps units, but does not
mandate assignment of women members to any
particular ship, aircraft, or Marine Corps unit. The
Chief of Naval Operations and the Commandant of
the Marine Corps will develop specific plans and
policy directives for assignment of women members.
These policies will ensure that women members of
the Navy and Marine Corps are assigned and used to
the greatest benefit of the service. They will also
ensure that assignments provide women with
rewarding careers commensurate with that of their
SECNAVINST 1300.12, Title 10, U.S. Code,
Section 6015, and Military Personnel Manual
(MILPERSMAN), article 1820100, have more
information about womens mission in the Navy.
The Navy places considerable emphasis on an
officers developing a subspecialty in addition to a
primary area of naval warfare. A subspecialty is a
secondary area of expertise coded to show levels of
education or experience.
If you desire a certain code status, you can enroll
in further study under a Navy-sponsored program or
an off-duty program.
NAVPERS 15839, volume 1, broadly defines
subspecialty areas available to all unrestricted,
restricted, and staff corps officers.
SPECIALTY AND SUBSPECIALTY
The area of specialization (specialty) required in a
particular job (billet) is identified by a unique
designator code. Certain billets requiring additional
qualifications beyond those indicated by a designator
code are further identified by subspecialty codes.
Subspecialty codes define the field of application and
additional education, experience, and training
qualifications needed to satisfy special requirements
that meet specific criteria of the subspecialty
Subspecialties, which are
applicable to the URL, RL, and staff corps, are
professional development fields secondary to
SUBSPECIALTY CODE DESCRIPTION
A subspecialty code is made up of five characters
consisting of four numerals and an alphabetic suffix.
The following are several examples.
provides a detailed description of subspecialty codes.)
OBTAINING A SUBSPECIALTY
Officers interested in developing a subspecialty
based upon postgraduate (PG) education should
indicate a preference for such graduate work
(including curriculum) on their officer preference
card before they complete their first tour. That will
permit a significant number of PG-selected officers to
pursue graduate studies during second or subsequent
tours of duty. The Navy needs officers with graduate
degrees in technical areas. Therefore, the majority of
PG quotas set are for study in technical curricula.
Officers who miss going to postgraduate school
during their first shore tour have additional
opportunities for selection and attendance during their
second and subsequent shore tours.
Of primary importance to new unrestricted line
officers is the attainment of the basic skills and
qualifications associated with their warfare specialty.
Unrestricted line officers should strive to gain the
necessary warfare qualifications leading to command.
Your sustained superior performance in your
present assignment is the most important factor in
determining your future assignments and promotion
opportunities. Therefore, whatever your job and
whether or not you consider it important, always
strive to do your best.
A few ideas follow that may enhance your
chances for PG school:
Basic qualification in your community
(URL/RL/Staff Corps) is the ticket to your future
Progress appropriate to your rank is
essential in your URL/RL/Staff Corps community.
Without that progress, you wont get promoted unless
you are very unusual and have some skill the Navy
cant find elsewhere.
Being joint qualified is better than not being
joint qualified. Sure, waivers are possible, but they
are waivers and should be considered as such.
Rememberworry about a waiver after you are a
recognized professional in the URL/RL/Staff Corps,
Having a proven subspecialty is a real plus
for you and the Navy, particularly if you are a URL