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Officer Faculty Opportunities

Opportunities exist for officers to serve as faculty members at the United States Naval Academy. Officers are assigned to the faculty in one of five capacities. Each is listed below.

Rotational Officer Faculty

The United States Naval Academy has opportunities for Navy and Marine Corps officers to serve as officer-instructors for tours of up to three years. Officers qualifying for duty in the Schools of Mathematics and Science, Engineering and Weapons, or Humanities and Social Science will have at least a master’s degree in a discipline appropriate to a subject they are teaching. Departments in which officers are sought include the following:

School of Engineering and Weapons

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering
  • Weapons and Systems Engineering

School of Mathematics and Science

  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Oceanography
  • Physics

School of Humanities and Social Science

  • Economics
  • English
  • History
  • Foreign Languages (Spanish)
  • Political Science

Interested Navy officers should contact their detailers.

Marine Corps officers should contact the Marine Corps staff secretary, Capt John Cisco at (410) 293-6304, DSN 281, or

Recalled Reserve Officer Faculty (Navy Only)

The U.S. Naval Academy has a need for qualified Navy reserve officers, especially at the ranks of LT, LCDR, and CDR, with at least a master’s degree in an appropriate academic discipline to instruct in designated academic departments for fall 2020 and to serve as outstanding military role models for midshipmen.

Recall Opportunities will be considered for the following disciplines: electrical engineering, computer engineering, general engineering, nuclear engineering, mechanical engineering, naval architecture, ocean engineering, aerospace engineering, and weapons, robotics and controls engineering; mathematics, chemistry, physics, cyber science, computer science, information technology, and oceanography; political science, economics, English, history, and foreign language (French, German, or Chinese, primarily).

Only three documents are needed to apply: a cover letter stating which discipline(s) you are applying for and what makes you qualified for that position, an accompanying civilian resume of experience (academic, professional, and naval experience, including any recent mobilizations, recalls, or extended active duty periods), and a full-length khaki photo.  Once you have these documents, go to, submit the questionnaire and upload your documents.  Your application will be reviewed for completeness and the board will convene in January.

Most of the questions you may have regarding this opportunity will be answered in the FAQ.  If you still have questions please contact the USNA Reserve Liaison Officer:

Reserve Recall Liaison Officer, CDR Matt Schell
United States Naval Academy, Code 14B
121 Blake Road
Annapolis, MD 21402-1300

Telephone: (410)-293-6521
DSN: 281-6165
Fax: (410) 293-3943

To receive full consideration, interested officers for Academic Year 2021-2024 should apply no later than December 31, 2019. Officers selected will be recalled to active duty and assigned orders for an officer-instructor three year tour commencing July 2020. Recalled officers will remain on the reserve active status list and will remain eligible for promotion consideration before reserve selection boards.

Selections will be made only after USNA placement officers are confident that USNA billets will not be filled from the active duty pool of potential officer instructors.  Applicants will be made aware of their selection status by mid-April.  Final arrangements are contingent upon PCS funding being available through the Navy.

Permanent Military Professor (PMP)
The Permanent Military Professor (PMP) program was created in 1997 to establish a cadre of career naval officers with both doctoral degrees and extensive operational experience who would instruct at one of the Navy's education institutions until statutory retirement or until released from active duty.  The program would specifically alleviate military instructor shortfalls at USNA, improve the educational background of military instructors and senior role models, strengthen military instructor presence at the Navy's education institutions, and provide viable opportunities for naval officers with doctoral degrees.
Current Selection Board Information:  Application Announcement

For more guidance, please see OPNAV INSTRUCTION 1520.40C

If you have additional questions about the Permanent Military Professor community, please contact CAPT Shawn Gallaher, USN, PhD (410.293.6564;

Junior Permanent Military Professor (JPMP) / Permanent Military Instructor (PMI)

Note:  The JPMP program has been renamed to the PMI program.

PMI officers help meet the demands for military instructors at the USNA. The PMI program provides a stable source of officers in the grade of Lieutenant Commander with the appropriate professional experience and academic preparation to teach at the USNA.  

The PMI component seeks post-department head URL or IWC Lieutenant Commanders with relevant master’s degrees and preferably with teaching experience to join the faculty of USNA.  USNA is authorized up to 40 PMIs, consisting entirely of Lieutenant Commander (O-4) billets. 

PMI program selectees compete for promotion in their current designator and are subject to the same promotion opportunity as other officers within their respective competitive category.  Since PMIs serve at USNA for an extended period of time prior to their in-zone look for promotion to O-5, PMIs promote at significantly lower rates than their counterparts who stayed in the standard competitive category career path.

Subject to available funding, PMIs not already possessing a relevant master’s degree may attend designated civilian institutions to obtain a master’s degree. For more guidance, please see OPNAV INSTRUCTION 1520.4C.

PMI Frequently Asked Questions
PMI Department POCs
PMI previous Program Selection Board Announcement NAVADMINs
Graduate Education and Teaching (GET) Program

The GET program is on hold for the 2023-2024 academic year.  Please contact if you have specific questions about the program.

The GET program provides the USNA with unrestricted line officers who are qualified academically and professionally to serve as teachers and role models for our future officers and then return to the Fleet in career competitive assignments.  

The program consists of active duty, warfare qualified unrestricted line officers serving as or selected to Lieutenant.  Selectees will complete approximately 12 months of graduate education prior to reporting to USNA for two years of teaching.  Master’s degrees will be obtained at the Naval Postgraduate School for relevant STEM disciplines.  Subject to available funding, approval may be granted to attend designated civilian institutions in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area. For more guidance, please see OPNAV INSTRUCTION 1524.2.

Current Selection Board Information: 


Application Announcement

"Fillable" GE+T Application Form

GET Frequently Asked Questions

GET Program previous Selection Board Announcement NAVADMINs
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