By: Naval Special Warfare
Posted: March 4, 2020

SEAL Officer Assessment and Selection (SOAS) is the standard metric for which all SEAL officer candidates are assessed. The program brings civilians enrolled into Officer Candidate School (OCS), Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), inter-service transfer candidates, and service academies to Coronado, CA, for a common assessment program administered by active duty SEALs. Everyone will participate in SOAS side by side.

The SOAS regimen assesses officer candidates physically and mentally on the attributes desired in Naval Special Warfare (NSW) officers. Physical stress and sleep deprivation are applied to reveal authentic character traits. Performance and interview data on every candidate is meticulously documented and presented to the NSW Selection Panel at the completion of all three SOAS blocks.

During SOAS, Navy SEAL officers and a SEAL Master Chief will be on hand to evaluate your performance in a standardized setting. The implications of your performance during this exciting time can affect your ability to be selected to become a Navy SEAL officer.


  1. Run by the Naval Special Warfare Assessment Team
  2. Held at the Naval Special Warfare Center
  3. Held at specified times throughout the summer
  4. Two weeks long
  5. By invitation only
  6. Mandatory for most
  7. Dropouts don't go to (Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL) BUD/S
  8. Travel, food and lodging is paid for by the Navy
  9. Training gear is provided


  1. United States Naval Academy
  2. Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps
  3. Inter-service academies
  4. Officer Candidate School
  5. Direct Commission Officer
  6. Lateral transfers
  7. Inter-service transfers (Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps)


For a chance to be invited to SOAS you first have to submit a standard Navy OCS package through Navy Recruiting Command (NRC). Submit it on time! If there's any delay in a specific package requirement (i.e. medical), request an extension from NRC and the SEAL OCM.

Next, your SEAL officer package will be reviewed by the Navy SEAL Officer Community Manager (OCM). If the OCM decides you have the "right stuff", they'll call and invite you to SOAS. Here's a PDF  OCS package flow chart.

Dates to submit your Navy SEAL officer package are on the SEAL Officer Community Manager webpage. Being invited to SOAS doesn't mean you get an automatic Navy SEAL officer slot at BUD/S.


  1. Professionalism: Humility, military bearing, discipline
  2. Tenacity: Maximum effort on every evolution and test
  3. Leadership: Don't try to blend in. Instructors will learn your name; ensure it's for the right reasons
  4. Teamwork: Regardless of accession source, work together. Actively seek to get to know candidates outside your immediate accession group (i.e., USNA or ROTC)
  5. Be Yourself: Don't try to be someone you're not. We want to know exactly who you are, what you stand for, and what you do when faced with adversity
  6. Improve your fitness before SOAS by using the PDF  Physical Training Guide


Exercise Time Rest Average Minimum
Swim 500 yards (breast or sidestroke) Unlimited 10:00 minutes 9:00 12:30
Push-up 2:00 minutes 2:00 minutes 85 50
Curl-up 2:00 minutes 2:00 minutes 85 50
Pull-up 2:00 minutes 2:00 minutes 20 10
Run 1.5 miles Unlimited Event over 9:00 10:30
Use the SEAL Officer PST Calculator to find out if you've got what it takes to join NSW.


Week 1: Assessments

Assessment Week is the crucible of SOAS and tests candidates physically and mentally on their aptitude in the desired characteristics of a NSW officer. Candidates will be placed under stress and participate in multiple evolutions while under constant observation by SOAS cadre and psychologists. Although candidates may drop on request (DOR), the aim of Assessment Week is to gain a complete and accurate picture of each candidate for the officer selection panel. The bottom 10% scored candidates will be reviewed for performance drop consideration.

Week 2: Interviews and Cruise Week

  1. The interview process of two separate components: a psychological interview and an assessment interview. The psychological interview will last approximately thirty minutes and will be conducted with an NSW psychologist. The assessment interview will last approximately one hour and will be conducted by two members of the SEAL community, one officer and one enlisted. These interviews are an integral part of building a complete picture of each candidate.
  2. The cruise portion exposes candidates to a SEAL Team, Special Boat Team, and support organization personnel and operations. Candidates receive professional development in the NSW ethos and receive real-world lessons through interaction with active duty personnel in the community. Additionally, candidates will conduct basic physical and psychological testing evolutions.


  1. The OCM convenes a Navy SEAL officer selection panel
  2. The OCM and selection panel review all SOAS candidates' applications
  3. The most qualified applicants are notified of their selection
  4. Selected candidates receive orders to BUD/S


Travel to and from Naval Amphibous Base Coronado is paid for by the United States Navy. Candidates will reside in barracks at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado for the duration of SOAS. Meals will be served on base at the dining facility. There is no cost for lodging or food.

SOAS candidates should report to the Naval Special Warfare Center quarterdeck. The day and time of reporting will be given to each candidate.


Training items issued:

  1. Camouflage uniform
  2. Wetsuit
  3. SCUBA Fins
  4. Swimming trunks
  5. Undershirt
  6. Triathlon shorts
  7. Booties (for fins)
  8. Socks
  9. Boots

What to bring:

  1. Pillow
  2. PST swim gear
  3. Toiletries
  4. Towel
  5. Shower shoes
  6. Nike SFB Gen 2 boots in black - non Goretex (It's your responsibility to break 'em in prior to arrival)
  7. Running shoes (1 pair or more)
  8. Blue or black running shorts (1 pair or more)
  9. White t-shirt (2-3)
  10. Several pens and pencil
  11. Spiral notebook
  12. Spending money
  13. Other gear and information will be listed in the SOAS Warning Order



  1. Be able to run for an extended period of time on hard surfaces as well as soft sand
  2. Be able to run for an extended period of time carrying weight on your back and head
  3. Be able to demonstrate strength, agility, and endurance which will all be assessed


  1. Do NOT practice breath-holding or risky water training without proper supervision, preferably a certified lifeguard
  2. Always train with a “swim buddy”
  3. Never train in the water alone
  4. Be able to tread water for an extended period of time
  5. Be able to tread water in full clothing (shoes/boots included)


LT (SEAL) Andrew W. Dow, USN, Ret.
SOAS Program Manager