Navy Intelligence Officer Requirements


  1. The Navy requires that its officers be between the ages of 19 and 39. Officers must fall within this age range at the time they are appointed, typically once a candidate completes training. Candidates should keep in mind that Officer Candidate School lasts 12 weeks and basic intelligence training is five months in length. An officer candidate with prior military service can apply for an age waiver, which extends the maximum age to 42.


  1. A candidate must possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited school to become a naval officer. Candidates must have an overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.2 or higher. Because the naval intelligence officer career path is highly desirable and competitive, the Navy encourages candidates to have a graduate-level degree. Certain degrees do not meet the Navy's minimum education requirement. These degree concentrations include music, theology, healing sciences and veterinary medicine.


  1. To qualify for an officer position in the Navy, candidates must have an impeccable background. This requirement includes a clean criminal record, financial stability and a sound employment history. Prior arrests, bankruptcies and numerous gaps between jobs make it difficult for aspiring officers to obtain the necessary security clearance. A naval intelligence officer must successfully obtain a Top Secret security clearance as part of the acceptance requirements. Officer candidates must also be U.S. citizens and pass a background investigation.


  1. Prior to an official appointment, aspiring intelligence officers must complete several training requirements. The first training requirement is Officer Candidate School, or OCS. Those without prior military experience must also complete boot camp training before they attend OCS. Intelligence officers must complete a five-month training course at the Navy's Intelligence Training Center. The five-month course covers strategic intelligence, counterintelligence and war strategy. The Navy requires officers to complete on-the-job training assignments, during which they are given immediate leadership responsibilities. Candidates who do not have a bachelor's degree can receive initial training through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps, or NROTC.