Participants in the STA-21 program will:

  • The VA has authorized the use of the Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) benefits (Chapter 30 of Title 38) to pay for courses after the service member's STA-21 funds are exhausted, as long as payment is for different courses and not combined to pay for the same course.
  • Receive full pay and allowances including BAH and BAS for their enlisted pay grades.
  • Be eligible for enlisted advancement.
  • Receive up to $10,000 per year, paid to the university to supplement the costs of tuition, fees, and books.
  • Upon successful degree completion, be commissioned as active duty Ensigns in the United States Navy (USN). ( View current officer and enlisted pay tables from DFAS web site.)
  • Maintain medical care and commissary/exchange privileges.
  • Be eligible for base housing (area permitting).

STA-21 participants will not:

  • Be eligible for Tuition Assistance (TA) under the Navy's Tuition Assistance Program, Navy College Fund (NCF), or Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP) benefits.
  • Be eligible for special duty assignment pay (SDAP).
  • Be eligible for accrual of years of service:
    • From 10 U.S. Code § 6328 - Computation of years of service: voluntary retirement ©
      Time Spent in Seaman to Admiral Program.-The months of active service in pursuit of a baccalaureate-level degree under the Seaman to Admiral (STA-21) program of the Navy of officer candidates selected for the program on or after October 28, 2009, shall be excluded in computing the years of service of an officer who was appointed to the grade of ensign in the Navy upon completion of the program to determine the eligibility of the officer for retirement, unless the officer becomes subject to involuntary separation or retirement due to physical disability. Such active service shall be counted in computing the years of active service of the officer for all other purposes.

- Note: Some Special Pays may continue for participants in the STA-21 Special Warfare and Explosive Ordinance Disposal options as directed by the Officer Community Manager (BUPERS - 311D and BUPERS - 311E respectively).