NOAA Corps has two avenues to transition from another branch of service:
1. Inter-Service Transfer:
Requests for Inter-Service Transfer to NOAA Corps are evaluated individually. The decision to accept or deny an Inter-Service Transfer request is based on the immediate needs of NOAA Corps and the rank, skills, and experience of the applicant. Qualified Inter-Service Transfer applicants may be considered for direct placement in NOAA's aviation or maritime program.
All Inter-Service Transfer applicants must have less than 12 years total creditable service time and rank no higher than O-4.
Commissioned officers retain their rank at 100%. Enlisted and Reserve personnel are not eligible for Inter-Service Transfers.
For more information click on Inter-Service Transfer; Note: Banner at top of page will indicate type of Inter-Service Transfer applicants (aviation/maritime) NOAA Corps is currently accepting.
2. Non Inter-Service Transfer:
Prior service members (commissioned/enlisted) and Reservist applicants that do not qualify for an Inter-Service Transfer may apply for the NOAA Corps as a Non-Inter Service Transfer. Non-Inter Service Transfers must be fully discharged or a conditional release authorized prior to the start of BOTC training. Applicants must meet all eligibility requirements
Prior commissioned officers receive credit of at least 50% of their commissioned service time for promotion purposes upon completion of one year of temporary assignment as Ensign. 100% of all prior creditable service time is used for pay/retirement purposes.
Prior enlisted personnel receive no credit for promotional purposes. 100% of prior creditable service time is used for pay/retirement purposes.
*Note: 4 or more years of creditable service qualifies for O-1E pay; For more information click on Pay and Benefits
Non Inter-Service Transfers attend Basic Officer Training Class similar to other applicants with no prior service.