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I need a copy of OPNAV Instruction 1412.4. I believe the instruction allowed for enlisted personnel to wear the ESWS insignia if just completing a tour at sea and going to shore duty. I have a personal reason for this: I completed a five year tour on a DDG in June of 1978. My CO indicated that I was the #1 CPO. I did NOT request authorization at that time because I believed in the PQS program (I tried to get my command to allow me to complete the SWO program but denied); but I believed I would be going back to sea after the shore rotation. Because of certain events, I did not return to sea dut
Surface Warfare Officer The Surface Warfare Officer insignia is the first milestone qualification an eligible commissioned officer may receive in surface warfare. This device is commonly called the "SWO pin" in the U.S. Navy since "badge" is more of a European rather than American term for metal military insignia, and, jokingly, "water wings" or "mark of the beast. Those receiving the Surface Warfare Officer pin must qualify as Officer Of the Deck (both underway and inport), small boat officer, Combat Information Officer watch officer, and must be trained in shipboard engineering, damage