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Pilot Option

The STA-21 Commissioning Program allows Sailors to apply to the Core Program or a Target group option. The Core Program allows participants the most flexibility in selecting a major and requesting schools to attend. STA-21 students in the Core Program will be assigned an Unrestricted Line (URL) Navy officer designator upon commissioning. (Students will request which officer community they desire during their final year of academic study, but assignment is controlled by NSTC in accordance with annual community goals set by BUPERS). Sailors selected into a Target group option will, upon commissioning, be assigned to that option's officer community. These Target group options each have specific requirements related to them. The following Target group options exist:

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PILOT OPTION

Pilot

While STA-21 will continue to provide the opportunity for Pilot designation as other URL designators, graduates of STA-21 Pilot Option will be designated only as Student Naval Aviators (SNA) (Designator 1390).

Age:  STA-21 Pilot Option candidates must be at least 19 years old and able to complete degree requirements and be commissioned prior to age 27. Maximum age limit may be adjusted upward to age 29 with active duty or prior active duty service computed on a month-for-month basis and approved by PERS-313. No waivers beyond 29.

Enlisted Source:  Open to men and women of all ratings.

Mental:  Aviation Selection Test Battery (ASTB) minimum scores: AQR 4/PFAR 5 for 1390 applicants. Applicants must obtain the minimum PFAR standard prior to acceptance into the STA-21 pilot option. The AQR must be passed no later than the beginning of the participants’ senior year.

Physical:  Must be physically qualified and aeronautically adapted to engage in duties involving flight in accordance with the physical standards established by the Chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (CHBUMED). Candidates must obtain an aviation applicant physical exam from a qualified flight surgeon to determine aeronautical adaptability.

Active Duty Obligation:  STA-21 Pilot Option officer candidates will incur an eight year active duty obligation upon date of designation as a Naval Aviator (1310). Candidates disenrolled from flight training will incur obligation as specified in OPNAVINST 1420.1 series.

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NAVAL FLIGHT OFFICER OPTION

NFO

While STA-21 will continue to provide the opportunity for Naval Flight Officer (NFO) designation as well as other URL designators, graduates of STA-21 NFO Option will be designated solely as Student Naval Flight Officer (SNFO) (Designator 1370).

Age:  STA-21 NFO Option candidates must be at least 19 years old and able to complete degree requirements and be commissioned prior to age 27. Maximum age limit may be adjusted upward to age 31 with active duty or prior active duty service computed on a month-for-month basis and approved by PERS-313. No waivers beyond 31.

Enlisted Source:  Open to men and women of all ratings.

Mental:  Aviation Selection Test Battery (ASTB) minimum scores: AQR 4/FOFAR 5 for 1370 applicants. The AQR must be passed no later than the beginning of the participants’ senior year.

Physical:  Must be physically qualified and aeronautically adapted to engage in duties involving flight in accordance with the physical standards established by the Chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (CHBUMED). Candidates must obtain an aviation applicant physical exam from a qualified flight surgeon to determine aeronautical adaptability.

Active Duty Obligation:  STA-21 NFO Option officer candidates will incur a six year active duty obligation upon date of designation as a Naval Flight Officer (1320). Candidates disenrolled from flight training will incur obligation as specified in OPNAVINST 1420.1 series.

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SURFACE WARFARE OFFICER OPTION

Age: STA-21 SWO Option selectees must be able to complete degree requirements and be commissioned prior to age 31. Waivers beyond age 31 will not be considered.

Enlisted Source:  Open to men and women of all ratings.

Educational Requirements:  Applicants are strongly encouraged to pursue technical degrees (i.e. Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Oceanography, Operations Analysis, Physical Sciences, or Engineering).

Medical Standards:  STA-21 SWO Option applicants must meet medical standards in accordance with the Manual of the Medical Department, Chapter 15.

Service Obligation:  STA-21 SWO Option selectees will incur a five-year active duty obligation upon commissioning.

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SURFACE WARFARE OFFICER/INFORMATION PROFESSIONAL (SWO/IP) OPTION

SWO

Age:  STA-21 SWO/IP Option selectees must be at least 18 years old and be able to complete degree requirements and be commissioned prior to age 31. No waivers beyond 31.

Enlisted Source:  Open to men and women of all ratings.

Educational Requirements:  Though a specific academic major is not specified, applicants are encouraged to pursue a Technical Degree in Computer Science, Computer or Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Information Systems or Operations.

Medical Standards:  STA-21 SWO/IP Options applicants must meet medical standards in accordance with the Manual of the Medical Department, Chapter 15.

Service Obligation:  STA-21 SWO/IP Option selectees will incur a five-year active duty obligation upon commissioning. Additional obligated service may be incurred as a result of special training received following commissioning.

Appointment:  Will be appointed Ensign, USN, Surface Warfare Officer Student, Designator 1160, upon graduation from college/university. These officers are assigned to Division Officer Afloat Duties on a fleet unit where they will complete an initial Unrestricted Line (URL) experience tour in order to attain Surface Warfare qualification.

Officers will automatically be redesignated to 1820 upon completion of Surface Warfare qualification and will be assigned to future duties as a Special Duty Officer (Information Professional) at the completion of their initial tour.

Officers who no longer desire to execute their option to redesignate to 1820 shall submit a letter to Navy Personnel Command, Surface Officer Distribution Division (Pers-412) via Information Professional Distribution Branch (Pers-471) stating their desire to remain a Surface Warfare Officer. The letter must be endorsed by the officers commanding officer.

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HUMAN RESOURCES (HR) OPTION

Age:  STA-21 Human Resource Option selectees must be at least 18 years old and be able to complete degree requirements and be commissioned prior to age 29.  Waivers beyond age 29 will not be considered.

Enlisted Source:  This option is open to men and women of all ratings.

Educational Requirements:  Specifically looking for academic majors in Human Resource/Personnel/or Financial Management, Manpower Systems Analysis, Operations Analysis, Business Administration, Education/Training Management or a related field.

Medical Standards:  STA-21  HR Option applicants must meet medical standards in accordance with the Manual of the Medical Department, Chapter 15.

Service Obligation:  STA-21 HR Option selectees will incur a five-year active duty obligation upon commissioning.  Additional obligated service may be incurred as a result of special training received following commissioning.

Appointment:  Will be appointed Ensign, USN, Restricted Line, Designator 1200.

STA-21 HR officer candidates who fail to meet program requirements, but desire consideration for Unrestricted Line officer opportunities, may contact the HR Officer Community Manager for information regarding conversion to the STA-21 Core program, subject to the requirements of the HR Option Program.

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SURFACE WARFARE OFFICER/ENGINEERING (SWO/ED) OPTION

Surface Warfare Officer?Engineering Option

Age:  STA-21 SWO/Engineering Option selectees must be at least 18 years old and be able to complete degree requirements and be commissioned prior to age 31st birthday. Maximum age limit may be adjusted to prior to 35th birthday.

Gender:  Open to men and women.

Educational Requirements:  Though a specific academic major is not specified, applicants are encouraged to pursue a Technical Degree in Engineering or Physical Science.

Medical Standards:  STA-21 SWO/ED Option applicants must meet medical standards in accordance with the Manual of the Medical Department, Chapter 15.

Service Obligation:  STA-21 SWO/ED Option selectees will incur a five-year active duty obligation upon commissioning. Additional obligated service may be incurred as a result of special training received following commissioning.

Appointment:  Will be appointed Ensign, USN, Surface Warfare Officer Student, Designator 1160, upon graduation from college/university, with an Additional Qualification Designator (AQD) code Line of Accounting (LOA).

Officers will automatically be redesignated to 1460, Special Duty Officer (Engineering Duty) without further board action, upon completion of the Surface Warfare qualification, completion of two at sea Division Officer tours, and favorable record review screening by the Engineering Duty community manager.  Upon redesignation to 1460, officers will incur a minimum service obligation of 2 years from date of designator change, to be served concurrently with any other obligations.

Officers who no longer desire to execute their option to redesignate to 1400 and desire to remain in the Surface Warfare community, must submit a written request to the Engineering Duty community manager, with copy to the SWO community manager.  The letter must be endorsed by the officer’s commanding officer.

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SURFACE WARFARE OFFICER/OCEANOGRAPHY (SWO/OCEANO) OPTION

SWO

Age:  STA-21 SWO/OCEANO Option selectees must be at least 18 years old and be able to complete degree requirements and be commissioned prior to age 31. Waivers beyond age 31 will not be considered.

Enlisted Source:  Open to men and women of all ratings.

Educational Requirements:  Should pursue technical degrees (i.e. Oceanography, Hydrography, Marine Science, Meteorology, Mathematics, Physics, Geo-Spatial Information Systems, Chemistry, Computer Science, Operational Analysis, Physical Sciences, or Engineering.)

Medical Standards:  STA-21 SWO/OCEANO Option applicants must meet medical standards in accordance with the Manual of the Medical Department, Chapter 15.

Service Obligation:  STA-21 SWO/OCEANO Option selectees will incur a five-year active duty obligation upon commissioning. Additional obligated service may be incurred as a result of special training received following commissioning.

Appointment:  Will be appointed Ensign, USN, Surface Warfare Officer Student, Designator 1160, upon graduation from college/university. These officers are assigned to Division Officer afloat duties on a fleet unit where they will complete Unrestricted Line (URL) experience tour in order to attain Surface Warfare qualifications.

Officers will automatically be redesignated to 1800 upon completion of Surface Warfare qualification and at the completion of their second Division Officer tour. Future duties will be assigned per Special Duty Officer (Oceanography) needs.

Officers who no longer desire to execute their option to redesignate to 1800 shall submit a letter to Navy Personnel Command, Surface Officer Distribution Division (PERS-412) via Oceanography Distribution Branch (PERS 449) stating their desire to remain a Surface Warfare Officer. The letter must be endorsed by the officer’s commanding officer.

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OCEANOGRAPHY OPTION

Age:  STA-21 OCEANOGRAPHY Option selectees must be at least 18 years old and be able to complete degree requirements and be commissioned prior to age 35.

Enlisted Source:  Open to men and women of all ratings.

Educational Requirements:  Applicants are required to pursue Physical Science degrees (i.e., Physical Science, Meteorology, or Physical Oceanography). Additionally, the Oceanography community is looking for particular academic majors and for officers who possess strong analytical ability, as well as communication skills (both oral and written). Additional educational requirements are listed in the Plan Authorization (PA).

Medical Standards:  STA-21 OCEANOGRAPHY Option applicants must meet medical standards in accordance with the Manual of the Medical Department Chapter 15 and as detailed in DoD Directive 6130.3.

Service Obligation:  STA-21 OCEANOGRAPHY Option selectees will incur a five-year active duty obligation upon commissioning. Additional obligated service may be incurred as a result of special training received following commissioning.

Appointment:  Will be appointed Ensign, USN, Restricted Line, Designator 1800.

OCEANOGRAPHY Officer Candidates who fail to meet program requirements, but desire consideration for Unrestricted Line officer opportunities may contact the Oceanography Officer Community Manager for information regarding conversion to the STA-21 CORE program subject to the requirements of the Oceanography Program.

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NUCLEAR(SUBMARINE AND SURFACE)OPTION

Sub    SWO

STA-21 Nuclear Option is available for submarine and surface nuclear-trained officer billets.

Age:  STA-21 Nuclear Option candidates must be able to complete degree requirements and be commissioned prior to their 26th birthday for students and staff pickup instructors. Age Waivers may be approved on a case by case basis. Sea returnee staff instructors must be commissioned prior to their 31st birthday.

STA-21 Core Program candidates desiring selection to the Nuclear officer community upon graduation must be commissioned prior to age 27. Waivers may be granted up to age 29.

The STA-21 Nuclear Option is available only at those specially identified universities, not including cross-town universities (see Education). Selectees must major in a technical curricula and maintain a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Enlisted Source:  Due to the high priority of nuclear officer recruiting, a specific number of STA-21 seats are reserved for enlisted personnel who have successfully completed or are enrolled in the nuclear power training pipeline. The only applicants eligible to apply for this option are those who are currently:

  1. enrolled in Naval Nuclear Power School (NAVNUPWRSCOL) or Naval Nuclear Power Training Unit (NAVNUPWRTRAU); or assigned to NAVNUPWRTRACOM as sea returnee instructor.
  2. As per NAVADMIN 070/13, all Nuclear trained personnel assigned to Nuclear Training Command or hold Nuclear NEC 335X, 336X, 338X, 338X, and 339X, must obtain a conditional release from Nuclear duty by submitting NAVPERS 1306/7 to OPNAV (N133) via their detailer (PERS-403). The release must be included in their application package.
Gender:  Open to men and women.

Educational Requirements:  Applicants for the STA-21 Nuclear Option must have a minimum of 1140 SAT (combined) or 50 ACT (combined Math/English). Additionally, applicants must have finished sufficient undergraduate work to complete requirements for a baccalaureate degree in 36 months

Medical Standards:  All STA-21 Nuclear Option candidates must meet the physical qualification requirements for submarines and/or nuclear field duty. It is strongly recommended that a physical be completed and approved by the Undersea Medicine personnel during the application process.

Service Obligation:  STA-21 Nuclear Option Selectees incur a five-year active duty obligation upon commissioning. Those STA-21 Nuclear Option disenrollees that drop on request prior to commissioning will be obligated for five years of enlisted service from the date of program disenrollment, or the remainder of their current enlistment, whichever is longer.

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SPECIAL WARFARE OPTION

SEAL

Age:  STA-21 SPECWAR Option selectees must be able to complete degree requirements and be commissioned by age 29. Maximum age limit may be adjusted upward for active service on a month-for-month basis up to 24 months. Waivers beyond 24 months will be considered for enlisted personnel who possess particularly exceptional qualifications, provided they can be commissioned prior to age 35.

Enlisted Source:  STA-21 SPECWAR Option applicants must possess one of the following NECS: 5323 or 5326.

Gender:  Special Warfare is open to males only.

Educational Requirements:  Applicants are strongly encouraged to pursue technical degrees (i.e., Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Oceanography, Operations Analysis, Physical Sciences, or Engineering).

Medical Standards:  Applicants must pass physical qualification in accordance with Manual of the Medical Department, Chapter 15, including qualification for diving duty and/or combat swimmer.

Service Obligation:  STA-21 SPECWAR Option selectees will incur a five-year active duty obligation upon commissioning. Additional obligated service may be incurred as a result of special training received following commissioning.

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EXPLOSIVE ORDNANCE DISPOSAL (EOD)

EXPLOSIVE ORDNANCE DISPOSAL (EOD)

Age:  STA-21 EXPLOSIVE ORDNANCE DISPOSAL (EOD) selectees must be able to complete degree requirements and be commissioned by age 29. Maximum age limit may be adjusted upward for active service on a month-for-month basis up to twenty-four (24) months. Waivers beyond 24 months will be considered for enlisted personnel who possess particularly exceptional qualifications, provided they can be commissioned prior to age 35.

Enlisted Source:  EXPLOSIVE ORDNANCE DISPOSAL (EOD) Option applicants must have one of the following NECs: 5332/5333/5334/5335/5336/5337/5342, 5343 and 8493 or 8494.

Educational Requirements:  Applicants are strongly encouraged to pursue technical degrees (i.e., Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Oceanography, Operations Analysis, Physical Sciences, or Engineering).

Medical Standards:  Applicants must pass physical qualification in accordance with Manual of the Medical Department, Chapter 15, including qualification for diving duty and/or combat swimmer.

Service Obligation:  STA-21 EXPLOSIVE ORDNANCE DISPOSAL (EOD) selectees will incur a five-year active duty obligation upon commissioning.

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CIVIL ENGINEER CORPS OPTION

Seabee

Age:  STA-21 CEC Option applicants must be able to complete degree requirements and be commissioned prior to age 42. No waivers will be granted.

Enlisted Source:  CEC Option is now accepting applications from all ratings. In addition to standard STA-21 eligibility criteria, STA-21 CEC Option selectees must have at least four years of active duty (of which at least three years were in an other than formal training environment).

Educational Requirements:  Applications for the STA-21 CEC Option must have sufficient college credits to complete requirements for a first professional, Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) engineering degree or National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) architecture degree within 36 months of starting STA-21 studies.

Selectees will major in a National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) accredited architecture program or Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) accredited engineering curricula and maintain a 3.0 minimum grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale. Preferred engineering degrees are civil, mechanical, ocean and electrical engineering.

Medical Standards:  Same as Core STA-21 Program except color-blindness is not a disqualifying condition.

Service Obligation:  STA-21 CEC Option Selectees incur a five-year active duty obligation upon commissioning. Additional obligated service may be incurred as a result of special training received following commissioning.

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SPECIAL DUTY OFFICER (INTELLIGENCE) OPTION

Age:  STA-21 Intelligence Option applicants must be at least 18 years old and be able to complete degree requirements and be commissioned prior to age 35.

Enlisted Source:  This option is open to men and women of all ratings.

Educational Requirements:  Although STA-21 Intelligence Option applicants are strongly encouraged to pursue technical degrees, the intelligence community seeks no particular academic major, but rather desires officers who possess strong analytical ability and communication skills (both oral and written).

Medical Standards:  STA-21 Intelligence Option applicants must pass physical standards as prescribed in the Manual of the Medical Department, NAVMED P-117.

Service Obligation:  STA-21 Intelligence selectees will incur a five-year active duty obligation upon commissioning.

Clearance Requirements:  Applicants who are selected, must have a current TS/SCI clearance or provide proof that a TS/SCI clearance has been requested.

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SPECIAL DUTY OFFICER INFORMATION WARFARE (IW) (FORMERLY CRYPTOLOGIC) OPTION

Age:  STA-21 Information Warfare Option applicants must be at least 18 years old, and be able to complete degree requirements and be commissioned prior to age 35.

Enlisted Source:  Information Warfare Option provides an upward mobility opportunity for active duty Sailors regardless of enlisted rate (though Cryptologic Technicians, Intelligence Specialists and Information Professionals have the greatest transferability of skills) by providing them an opportunity to obtain a commission and 1640 designation.

Educational Requirements:  Although STA-21 Information Warfare Option applicants are strongly encouraged to pursue technical degrees, the Information Warfare community seeks no particular major, but rather desires officers who possess strong analytical ability and communication skills (both oral and written).

Medical Standards:  STA-21 Information Warfare Option applicants must pass physical standards as prescribed in the Manual of the Medical Department, Chapter 15.

Service Obligation:  STA-21 Information Warfare Option applicants will incur a five-year active duty obligation upon commissioning.

Clearance Requirements:  Applicants who are selected, must have a current TS/SCI clearance or provide proof that a TS/SCI clearance has been requested.

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SUPPLY CORPS OPTION

Supply Subs     Supply Aviation Supply Surface

Age:  STA-21 Supply Corps Option selectees must be at least 18 years old and be able to complete degree requirements and be commissioned prior to age 31. Waivers beyond age 31will not be considered.

Enlisted Source:  This option is open to men and women of all ratings.

Educational Requirements:  STA-21 Supply Corps Option applicants must earn a baccalaureate degree in a business, engineering or math-related field. Waivers will be considered at time of application.

Medical Standards:  STA-21 Supply Corps Option applicants must pass medical standards in accordance with the Manual of the Medical Department, Chapter 15.

Service Obligation:  STA-21 Supply Corps Option selectees will incur a five-year active duty obligation upon commissioning.

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NURSE CORPS OPTION

Nurse Corps Option

Age:  Applicants must be at least 18 years old and be able to complete degree requirements and commissioned by age 42.

Enlisted Source:  This option is open to men and women of all ratings.

Educational Requirements:  STA-21 Nurse Corps Option participants are exempt from the two semester Calculus and Calculus-based Physics minimum requirement of the STA-21 Core program. However, they are required to meet the math and science requirements of their Nursing degree program.

The STA-21 Nurse Corps Option is available only at specially identified NROTC affiliated colleges or universities with nursing programs that confer a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing that is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) (see Education).

Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and have accepted by the university to which applying, a minimum of 45 quarter, or 30 semester credit hours in undergraduate nursing prerequisite courses (general English, general math, psychology*, biology*, chemistry*, organic chemistry*, anatomy and physiology*, microbiology*, nutrition*, sociology*, PE class, and history; although some of these courses fit your general degree requirements, it is very important to get the science (*) classes completed in order to be prepared to enter into the sequential nursing curriculum). Credit hours may be a combination of traditional classroom courses, College Level Entry Program (CLEP) credit, on-line or distance learning programs, or military training credits provided the school to which the application is made accepts the non-traditional credits.

Licensure Requirements:  Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science Nursing degree, member must successfully pass the National Council Licensing Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) as required by SECNAVINST 1120.6 Series. Register for the test through the National Council of State Board of Nursing. The NCLEX-RN test is administered by a testing service. Professional licensing is required to practice nursing.

Medical Standards:  Minor physical defects, non-organic in nature, may be waived. A person who is drug or alcohol dependent, abuses drugs or alcohol, or whose pre-service abuse of drugs or alcohol indicates a proclivity to continue abuse in the service or who has a record of any drug trafficking offenses is ineligible.

Service Obligation:  STA-21 Nurse Corps Option selectees will incur a five-year active duty obligation upon commissioning.

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* Changes have been made, read carefully the requirements for these options.

MEDICAL CORPS OPTION

Medical Corps Insignia
PROGRAM AUTHORIZATION 150K APRIL 2007

Program Authorization for: Seaman to Admiral-21 (STA-21) Medical Corps Option commissioning program. STA-21 Medical Corps Option will facilitate the completion of a baccalaureate degree (Bachelor of Science), acceptance to Medical School, and the completion of a Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy degree, by providing an opportunity for enlisted personnel to obtain a commission. PERS-4415 Community Manager Medical Corps is the Community Manager. The program manager is: Naval Service Training Command, (NSTC), OD DSN 922-9437 Commercial (901) 874-2369.

1. Program Authority: 10 USC 532, 632, 2013, 6323 and 12201 to 12209.

2. Quota: As prescribed by the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education) (N1).

3. Qualifications:
  1. Citizenship: Applicants must be citizens of the United States. Applicants cannot maintain dual citizenship. Waivers will not be granted.

  2. Gender: Open to male and female applicants.

  3. Age: Applicants must be at least 18 years old and able to complete 20 years of active commissioned service as a physician by age 62.

  4. Education:

    (1)  STA-21 Medical Corps Option participants will attend NROTC affiliated colleges or universities with pre-medical programs that confer a Bachelor of Science (B.S.)degree.

    (2)  Participants will be enrolled as full-time students throughout the year (including summer sessions).

    (3)  Participants must remain at the university in which they initially enrolled and will not be permitted to transfer to another university while participating in STA-21 Medical Corps Option program.

    (4)  STA-21 Medical Corps Option participants will be required to complete all pre-medical requirements as identified by their institution and will take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) no later than one year prior to undergraduate degree completion. The MCAT score must be at least 24 with no individual score of less than 8 within the three area’s of assessment (physical sciences, verbal reasoning, and biological sciences) or better.

    (5)  All STA-21 Medical Corps Option participants must be able to complete requirements for a B.S. with a pre-medical concentration within 36 consecutive months from the date of enrollment. No waivers for extensions beyond 36 months of training will be approved.

    (6)  Participants must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

    (7)  All STA-21 Medical Corps Options participants must be accepted to either the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences (USUHS) or the Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) to complete the medical education component of the STA-21 Medical Corps Option. If the member fails to gain acceptance into a medical school, the member will be placed into the STA-21 Core pool and will fulfill their obligation for undergraduate degree completion as an unrestricted /restricted line officer.

    (8)  Applicants must provide SAT or ACT scores. Minimum SAT score is 1000 (500 Math and 500 Critical Reading) even though there is a writing section of the SAT this program will not require this score for acceptance. Minimum ACT score is 21 Math and 20 English.

    (9)  Participation in a non-mandatory co-op or work-study program will not be authorized if such participation will cause delay in the projected graduation date.

    (10)  Selectees will not be permitted to extend their projected graduation date, cease attending classes, change majors, enter exchange programs, or transfer schools without specific approval of NSTC OD. Failure to obtain prior approval may result in disenrollment.

    (11)  Waivers of these educational requirements may be granted by the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (N13) with recommendation provided by NSTC OD on a case-by-case basis.

    (12)  In addition to disenrollment for academic reasons, candidates may be disenrolled because of discipline/moral problems (drug usage, civil convictions, etc.) by the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (N13) as recommended by NSTC OD.

  5. Physical Requirements: In accordance with the Manual of the Medical Department, Chapter 15, minor physical defects, non-organic in nature, may be waived by NSTC, OD with the recommendation of the Chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED). The candidate must meet the physical fitness weight and/or percentage of body fat standards at the time of application and at time of commissioning.

  6. Marital status: No restrictions.

  7. Time in service: No restrictions.
4. Source:
  1. Applications must be serving on active duty in the U.S. Navy or Navy Reserve including Full Time Support (FTS), or Selected Reserve (SELRES), and Navy Reservists on active duty except for those on active duty for training (ACDUTRA) to include annual training (AT), Active Duty for Special Work (ADSW), and initial active duty for training (I-ACDUTRA).
  2. Disciplinary Actions. Applicants must have no record of courts-martial convictions or civilian felony convictions, disciplinary action under Article 15 (Uniform Code of Military Justice), or conviction by civil court for misdemeanors (except minor traffic violations) during the three years preceding the date of application to STA-21. Any substantiated drug abuse while in an enlisted status is disqualifying.
  3. A person who is drug or alcohol dependent, abuses drugs or alcohol, or whose pre-service abuse of drugs or alcohol indicates a proclivity to continue abuse in the service or who has a record of any trafficking offenses is ineligible.
5. Funding: Selectees will continue to receive their full enlisted pay and allowances, and remain eligible for promotion while participating. An annual $10,000 education voucher will be provided to benefit each participant and paid to the educational institution attended. This voucher will be used to pay tuition, fees, and book costs only. Excess funding for vouchers will be remitted by the educational institution to NSTC as program manager.

6. Indoctrination: Before beginning full-time college studies, STA-21 participants must attend the eight-week Naval Science Institute (NSI) at OTCN Newport, RI to complete all required officer professional core competencies. While attending their selected NROTC affiliated college or university, STA-21 officer candidates will become members of the NROTC unit and drill, but are only required to take two Naval Science leadership courses since coverage of most material is provided during NSI.

7. Appointment: Ensign, USN Designator 1970, upon completion of B.S. and acceptance to USUHS; or Ensign, USNR, Designator 1975, upon completion of B.S. and acceptance to HPSP. After completion of medical school, candidates will supersede to Lieutenant, and access to active duty by lateral gain to the accession plan.

8. Active duty obligation
  1. Selectees must volunteer to enlist for six years from the date of enrollment. Payment of the selective reenlistment bonus is not authorized for selectees who reenlist for the purpose of meeting this obligated service requirement.

  2. Selectees will incur a five-year active duty obligation upon commissioning, in addition to any obligation incurred for medical school as noted below:

    (1) If a member is accepted to, and attends USUHS for four years, he/she will incur a seven-year obligation in addition to their undergraduate obligation, a total of 12 years.

    (2) If a member is accepted to, and attends a civilian medical school via HPSP, the member will incur a year for year obligation while under the HPSP scholarship in addition to the member’s undergraduate obligation, which in most cases would be nine years.

    (3) The service obligation will commence after completion of medical school, internships or residencies and will be served consecutively with their STA-21 service obligations.

    (4) Per Title 10, Section 632, selectees are not eligible for retirement until completion of service obligation for Graduate Medical Education.

  3. STA-21 disenrollees who drop on request prior to commissioning will be obligated for five years of enlisted service from the date of program disenrollment or the remainder of their current enlistment, whichever is longer.

  4. STA-21 participants who complete degree requirements but fail to be commissioned will be obligated for five years of enlisted service from the date of program disenrollment.

  5. STA-21 Medical Corps Option Officer Candidates who fail to meet program requirements, but desire consideration for other Unrestricted Line officer opportunities may contact the Medical Corps Officer Community Manager for information regarding conversion to the STA-21 Core program, subject to the requirements of the Medical Corps Option Program.

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