Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to apply to the STA-21 Commissioning Program, a Sailor must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States. No waivers.
  • Be recommended by the Commanding Officer. Applicants must have good moral character, officer potential, and unquestionable loyalty to the United States.
  • Be serving on active duty with an Active Duty Service Date (ADSD) in the U.S. Navy or Full Time Support (FTS). Selected Reservist (SELRES) must be on ADSW orders. SELRES on ACDUTRA, AT, or I-ACDUTRA orders are not eligible. Individual Program Options may have additional requirements and specific restrictions.
  • Be a high school graduate. High school diploma or equivalency certificates based upon military education experience and General Equivalency Diploma (GED) test results are acceptable to meet the educational requirements if issued by the Department of Education of a state, commonwealth, or territory of the United States of America or the District of Columbia.
  • Be able to complete requirements for a baccalaureate degree in 36 months or less.
  • Be able to complete degree requirements and be commissioned prior to the birthday specified in the Program Options Section of this site. Waivers of this requirement may be considered by Program Managers for the specific options.
  • Maintain a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale while enrolled in STA-21. Certain Program Options may have different requirements.
  • Qualifying ACT or SAT scores MUST come from the same test and be included in the application when submitting to the Commanding Officer. If multiple tests are taken, we will take your BEST scores within three (3) years of application deadline (i.e., applicants that are applying in 2016 for FY17 must submit scores from a test taken after 01 July 2013).  Up until March 2016 we used the English and Critical Reading scores to determine eligibility.  As of March 2016, we look at the Math and the Evidence Based Reading and Writing (ERW) portions of the test.  To be eligible, we require a minimum of 1000 SAT, (500 Math and 500 ERW or Critical Reading).  We will still accept the scores from earlier tests if they are within three years of the 1 July application due date.  ACT minimum score of 41 (21 Math, 20 English) is required. Applicants for the Nuclear Option must have a minimum of 1140 SAT (combined Math/Verb or Critical Reading) or 50 ACT (combined Math/English).  No waivers.
    Service members can take a total of (3) ACTs and (3) SATs, during their time of service, when taken at approved testing locations. The exams are funded and/or reimbursed when taken during time of service. A total of six exams are authorized; (3) ACTs and (3) SATs. The availability of testing options is increased for the service member, because they have one chance to test on a military installation and two additional chances to test at a National or International Test Center.
    Funding for these exams varies by testing location.
    When the initial exam is taken at a DANTES test site, funding is provided and no money is exchanged or required by the service member. Re-tests, however, must be paid for by the service member at the time of re-test. If the exams are taken at a National/International Test Center, the exam fees must be paid for by the service member at the time of testing. However, reimbursement is provided by DANTES via the DANTES online reimbursement request, located at DANTES: Test Funding & Reimbursement Eligibility . Reimbursement means the exam must have been completed. A payment receipt and score report must accompany the DANTES online reimbursement request in order to be approved. Please submit the request within 90 days of test completion. When the exam is taken at a DANTES test site, your score report will be mailed to the address provided on the registration form. Delivery of your score report may take 6-8 weeks. If the exam is taken at a National/International Test Center, the quickest way to receive your exam score report is to create an account at the appropriate testing agency website (ACT or SAT). Download your score report to submit with your DANTES online reimbursement request.

    For More Information visit the DANTES website at http://www.dantes.doded.mil . If you have further questions, please contact the Exams Program personnel at exams@navy.mil email icon
  • Meet physical commissioning standards for appointment in the Unrestricted Line (URL); Restricted Line in Human Resources, Special Duty Officer in Information Warfare (formerly Cryptologic), and Oceanography; Staff Corps in Civil Engineering (CEC), Medical Corps (MC), Nurse Corps (NC), or Supply Corps (SC).
  • Have no record of courts-martial convictions or civilian felony convictions.
  • Have no record of driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving under the influence (DUI) within the three (3) years preceding 01 July of application year. Substantiated alcohol or drug-related incidents while in an enlisted status are considered an aspect of an individual's performance and judgment and will be considered when assessing future leadership potential. Applicants who are alcohol dependent must have successfully completed the appropriate regimen of treatment and education in accordance with OPNAVINST 5350.4C and have remained alcohol free for the period of three (3) years preceding 01 July of application year.
  • Have no record of disciplinary action under Article 15, Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), or conviction by civil court for misdemeanors (except minor offenses that impose a fine of $300 or less, exclusive of court charges) during the three (3) years preceding 01 July of application year.
  • Must submit scores for the previous three (3) PFAs cycles.  Must have passed the most recent two PFAs cycles (Cycle 2, 2015 and Cycle 1, 2016) with a minimum overall score of "GOOD" or better (unless waived).  For applicants who received a waiver on the Cycle-1 2016 PFA, the score from the Cycle 2 2015 PFA will be accepted.  A grade of SATISFACTORY or FAILURE on either of the two most recent PFA cycles will make the applicant ineligible.  If missing cycle 1 of application year, command should administer special PRT if needed, to meet this requirement.
  • Have submitted all documentation listed in OPNAVINST 1420.1B pdf icon (Chapter 8) paragraph 6 (Application Procedures). Omission of documentation may be disqualifying for this program.
  • Maintain eligibility requirements during the application period and during participation in the program.
  • Meet additional requirements as described in Program Options.


  • Students presently enrolled in other officer accession programs are not eligible for the STA-21 Program.
  • Individuals who have already obtained their baccalaureate degree are not eligible for STA-21 and should apply directly for Officer Candidate School (OCS). OCS application procedures can be found in OPNAVINST 1420.1B (Chapter 4).