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Yes you can as long as you earned it when you were Enlisted. You are authorized to wear up to 2 Warfare devices. If you have earned your SWO, then the ESWS must be worn in the secondary position.

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Q: Can you wear the Enlisted Surface Warfare Device as an O-4?
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