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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:

Click hereCivil Engineer Corps Option *

The information below is derived from the official Program Authorization (PA) found at the bottom of this page. It is the responsibility of the applicant to be familiar with the PA for the option in which they are applying.

CIVIL ENGINEER CORPS OPTION

Seabee

Age:   STA-21 CEC Option applicants must be at least 19 and less than 35 at time of commissioning. For applicants over 35 and less than 42, waivers may be granted by BUPERS-316E with recommendation from NSTC on case-by-case basis.

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), as of the scheduled start of Naval Science Institute (NSI) for year applying.

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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Click hereExplosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD)

The information below is derived from the official Program Authorization (PA) found at the bottom of this page. It is the responsibility of the applicant to be familiar with the PA for the option in which they are applying.

EXPLOSIVE ORDNANCE DISPOSAL (EOD)

EXPLOSIVE ORDNANCE DISPOSAL(EOD)

Age:  STA-21 EXPLOSIVE ORDNANCE DISPOSAL (EOD) Option selectees must be at least 19 years old and be able to complete degree requirements and be commissioned prior to 30th birthday. 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 and Diving community applicants must have one of the following NECs: 5332/33/34/35/36/37/42/43/5931/5932, 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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Click hereSpecial Duty Officer (Information Professional) Option

The information below is derived from the official Program Authorization (PA) found at the bottom of this page. It is the responsibility of the applicant to be familiar with the PA for the option in which they are applying.

SPECIAL DUTY OFFICER (INFORMATION PROFESSIONAL) OPTION

Age:  STA-21 Information Professional (IP) Option applicants must be at least 18 years old and be able to complete degree requirements and be commissioned prior to 35th birthday.

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

Educational Requirements:   STA-21 IP Option applicants are required to pursue fields of study directly related to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics to include Information Technology, Information Management, Computer Science, Computer Network Administration, Information Assurance, Information Security, Electronics Engineering Technology and Computer/Software Programming.

Medical Standards:  STA-21 IP Option applicants must meet physical standards for appointment as prescribed in the Manual of the Medical Department, Chapter 15 – color blindness not disqualifying.

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

Clearance Requirements:  IP 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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Click hereNaval Flight Officer Option

The information below is derived from the official Program Authorization (PA) found at the bottom of this page. It is the responsibility of the applicant to be familiar with the PA for the option in which they are applying.

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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Click hereNuclear (Submarine and Surface) Option

The information below is derived from the official Program Authorization (PA) found at the bottom of this page. It is the responsibility of the applicant to be familiar with the PA for the option in which they are applying.

NUCLEAR(SUBMARINE AND SURFACE)OPTION

Sub    SWO

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

Time in Service: STA-21(N) candidates must begin coursework at their STA-21(N) university prior to the completion of eight years of military service.

Age:  STA-21(N) candidates must complete degree requirements and be commissioned prior to their 31st birthday. Age waivers may be approved on a case by case basis.

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

Enlisted Source:  Applicants must:

  1. Have completed the naval nuclear power training pipeline, hold a nuclear NEC (335X, 336X, 338X, or 339X), and be stationed at any command, or
  2. Be enrolled in Naval Nuclear Training Pipeline (i.e., Nuclear Field A-School, Nuclear Power School, or a Naval Nuclear Power Training Unit).
  3. Receive conditional release from nuclear duty from the nuclear enlisted community manager (OPNAV N133D) per NAVADMIN 070/13. Applicants must submit a NAVPERS 1306/7 to OPNAV N133D 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(N) 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(N) candidates must meet the physical qualification requirements for submarines and 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(N) selectees incur a five-year active duty obligation upon commissioning. STA-21(N) 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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Click hereNurse Corps Option

The information below is derived from the official Program Authorization (PA) found at the bottom of this page. It is the responsibility of the applicant to be familiar with the PA for the option in which they are applying.

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.

Physical Requirements:  Must meet the physical standards for service on active duty as recommended by the Chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED). DCNO N1, upon recommendation of BUMED, may waive physical defects that will not interfere with the performance of active duty within the guidelines of NAVMED P-117.

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

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Click herePilot Option

The information below is derived from the official Program Authorization (PA) found at the bottom of this page. It is the responsibility of the applicant to be familiar with the PA for the option in which they are applying.

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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Click hereSpecial Warfare Option

The information below is derived from the official Program Authorization (PA) found at the bottom of this page. It is the responsibility of the applicant to be familiar with the PA for the option in which they are applying.

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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Click hereSurface Warfare Officer Option

The information below is derived from the official Program Authorization (PA) found at the bottom of this page. It is the responsibility of the applicant to be familiar with the PA for the option in which they are applying.

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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