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To collect, interpret and apply meteorological and oceanographic data and information for safety at sea, strategic and tactical warfare, and weapons system design, development and deployment. We provide meteorological, oceanographic, and geospatial information and services (GI&S) to increase the effectiveness of our Navy in both peacetime and in war.
This program commissions officers as 1160s (unqualified Surface Warfare Officers):
Starting in 2008, officers fulfill an initial SWO division officer tour and after qualifying automatically transfer to 1800 at the completion of their tour (PRD).
If an officer desires to stay SWO, then can apply to be redesignated as an 1110 (SWO) vice 1800.