I’m Lieutenant Eddie Allen, I’ve been in the Navy seventeen years and I’m a Surface Warfare Officer. A SWO, a Surface Warfare Officer, is a ship driver. Someone who mans the ship on the bridge, pretty much takes the ship overseas. A Surface Warfare Officer is unrestricted so, i.e. they can be commanders of ships, they can do whatever job is tasked. Such as OIDIVO, which is down in Operations, Repair Division Officer, Force Protection Officer, etc. Some of the missions of a Surface Warfare Officer would be ah conducting anti-piracy missions outside any rural area. Also to become an escort for the Carrier. As a Surface Warfare Officer which is pretty much on all the ships in the Battle Group. We as SWOs are manning the DDGs, the Cruisers, we are the fire support for the Carrier. The first eighteen months for a SWO, is intense. It’s a lot of qualifications. You pretty much report aboard your ship and you’re given a division. So you’re put in a leadership role immediately. You’re in charge of maybe 30-40 personnel at a time. Being able to, you know, influence somebody to go to school and get their degree or to further their career by achieving those milestones, such as getting an Enlisted Warfare pin or Surface Warfare pin, or become a Sailor of the year. So, that drives me. They’re not different. We’re all human. It’s just that Officers are put in the leadership and management roles. So, we are tasked to do certain things that involves utilizing your personnel to get that job accomplished. Leadership skills would be patience, would be a good one. Being able to motivate or just being a self-motivator yourself and just being able to adapt and adjust to any situation. Because it’s going to be times when you’re going to be challenged and you’re going to be pushed to do things that you might not want to do. But having the courage to stand up and voice your opinion, and then follow your orders. The best way for you to become a SWO, would be if you are currently in college and you are about to finish your degree. Get with a local recruiter, submit a package, get selected. From there it would be going through the OCS school, which is Officer Candidate School, for twelve weeks. And then from there they would send you to your ship. Your first ship. So that would be your first DIVO ride. Division Officer ride. As a Surface Warfare Officer you can be stationed at sea and shore. The basic rotation for a SWO is four years sea duty, three years shore duty. I’m normally in the gym working out or reviewing something on TV to enhance my knowledge. I enjoy movies, I mean, my pastime is, you know, watching a bunch of movies and just time to myself and my kids. If your goal is to lead, to be challenged, to just become a mentor and motivate people. I recommend you go Surface Warfare Officer. If you have any further questions about becoming a Surface Warfare Officer feel free to go to navy.com. Thanks for watching and keep those questions coming on Facebook.