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Officer Accessions & Talent Optimization

The Department of Officer Accessions & Talent Optimization is the Naval Academy's center for midshipmen career development and assignment. It is responsible for the Career Information and Service Assignment programs.

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The Career Information Program (CIP) educates midshipmen about future Navy and Marine Corps career options.  It is an integrated four-year plan, comprised of briefings, social events, and discussion of current trends in the operational Navy and Marine Corps with Junior officers, as well as daily midshipmen interaction with military staff and faculty.

The culmination of CIP is the service assignment process, by which midshipmen are assigned to their respective warfare communities.  The process matches a midshipman's qualifications, aptitude, and career preferences with Navy and Marine Corps officer manning requirements.  The department serves as the liaison with the Chief of Naval Personnel to ensure the Naval Academy provides the best-qualified officers ready to lead Sailors and Marines.

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