ESTABLISHMENT OF NAVAL SPECIAL WARFARE UNRESTRICTED LINE OFFICER ACQUISITION CORPS AND MAJOR PROGRAM MANAGER CAREER PATH:
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SUBJ/ESTABLISHMENT OF NAVAL SPECIAL WARFARE UNRESTRICTED LINE OFFICER
ACQUISITION CORPS AND MAJOR PROGRAM MANAGER CAREER PATH//
NARR/REF A IS DEPARTMENT OF NAVY (DON) DEFENSE ACQUISITION WORKFORCE
IMPROVEMENT ACT (DAWIA) OPERATING GUIDE.
REF B IS DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE (DOD) INSTRUCTION 1300.19, DOD JOINT OFFICER
MANAGEMENT (JOM) PROGRAM.//
RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN announces and establishes the Naval Special Warfare
(NSW) Acquisition Corps (AC) and associated career management plan in order
to professionalize an Acquisitions (ACQ) career path for NSW officers and
build a cadre of highly trained and operationally-experienced leaders who can
uniquely advocate for capabilities, capacity and concepts that will posture
NSW for success in the future operating environment. As directed in
reference (a), the NSW AC will ensure qualified NSW officers meet statutory
requirements for Major Program Management (MPM) selection while remaining
competitive for sequential major ACQ command slating. Development of NSW
officers to serve in MPM positions requires a minimum of 48 months of
experience in ACQ coded or related billets and proactive pre and post O-5
command career management. NSW AC designated officers need to possess the
qualifications and experience to skillfully manage the technological
innovation, development and rapid ACQ and critical life cycle support of NSW
tactical mobility platforms and advanced weapons systems.
2. Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) certification and
ACQ experience requirements described in reference (a), and selection as a
NSW AC eligible member are prerequisites for career progression and
ultimately, selection as a MPM. Experience requirements result in career
patterns different from unrestricted line officers who serve exclusively in
their primary warfare specialties. The most significant difference is the
need for NSW AC designated officers to serve in ACQ-related billets (Naval
Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) and Special Operations Forces Acquisition,
Technology and Logistics (SOF ATL)) prior to and following NSW O-5 command or
O-5 NSW ACQ milestone assignments.
3. In order to create and maintain a sufficient cadre of NSW AC officers
qualified to lead major ACQ programs, procedures have been established for
designating NSW AC eligible officers. A panel will convene once a year to
review the records of NSW officers who have requested designation as NSW AC
eligible. NSW AC eligible officers will then be assigned to positions and
enrolled in training that leads to full AC qualification as described in
Applications for NSW AC eligible selection are required but will not obligate
officers selected to enter the MPM ACQ career path.
4. NSW has established Acquisition Work Force (AWF) coded O-5 Milestone
billets to develop officers to meet statutory requirements for MPM
eligibility and selection. The AWF O-5 milestone billets create an
additional career path, in addition to commander command, to compete for MPM.
The annual NSW commanding officer and executive officer administrative board
will select officers to serve in NSW O-5 ACQ milestone assignments. NSW O-5
ACQ milestone assignments are designated as critical acquisition positions,
which require membership in the AC or an approved waiver from Director,
Acquisition Career Management. NSW officers who accept orders to NSW O-5 ACQ
milestone assignments will be eligible to compete for MPM ACQ but will not be
eligible to compete for NSW URL major command.
5. NSW officers identified as MPM eligible will be those who have acquired
sufficient ACQ-related training and experience to position them favorably for
eventual MPM selection. As directed in reference (a), designation as MPM
eligible requires full AC membership based on the following criteria:
a. Within 12 months of completing NSW O-5 command or NSW O-5 ACQ
b. Minimum of 48 months ACQ experience (up to 18 months credit for NSW
O-5 command may be included).
c. DAWIA level II certification in any career field (minimum level I
Project Management (PM) qualification), with the ability to achieve DAWIA
level III certification within 24 months in line with reference (a).
d. For a comprehensive list of undergraduate education requirements,
interested members should refer to Table 5-1 of reference (a).
e. Graduate level education in a technical, hard science, business or
acquisition-related field may be credited towards experience.
6. NSW officers who are selected as NSW AC eligible and do not accept ACQ-
related orders may be considered for future acceptance into the NSW AC
pipeline. NSW officers who are selected as NSW AC eligible will be contacted
prior to negotiating orders to establish a career path necessary to complete
the following experience and training milestones:
a. Experience up to 48 months as a level I integrated product team lead,
deputy program manager or equivalent service in a program management office
for up to a total of 48 months ACQ experience (including up to 18 months
credit for O-5 command).
b. Training as required in order to achieve DAWIA level III PM
7. NSW AC qualified officers are eligible to compete for MPM selection for
ACQ Major Commands via the annual Surface Major Command and Major Program
Manager Screening Board. NSW AC officers who formally request via letter and
compete for MPM command will not be eligible to compete for NSW URL major
operational command. NSW officers selected will be designated via an
additional qualification designator. In line with reference (b), Joint
Qualified Officer (JQO) requirements for appointment to O-7 may be waived in
line with science and technology waiver policy for NSW officers not able to
complete JQO requirements due to ACQ-related experience requirements.
8. The NSW O-5 ACQ milestone board will be concurrent with the NSW
commanding officer and executive officer administrative board. The NSW AC
eligibility panel is scheduled annually in October. MPM selection board is
scheduled annually in November.
9. Points of contact for this matter are:
a. SEAL Officer Community Manager, who can be reached at (703) 604-
5005/DSN 664 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
b. NSW Detailer who can be reached at (901) 874-2259/DSN 882.
c. NSW AC Manager can be reached at (202) 781-2601/DSN 325.
10. Released by Vice Admiral John B. Nowell, Jr, N1.//