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Seaman to Admiral-21 Program


I am the Hampton Roads subject matter expert for Navy enlisted-to-officer commissioning programs.

I am the Hampton Roads subject matter expert for Navy enlisted-to-officer commissioning programs.

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  • 1. What: STA-21 Program When: Thursday, 7 August 2008, 0920 Where: ESO/CCC Workshop, Bldg. C-9, Classroom 2 Presented by: LT David Boisselle, USN This presentation will inform potential enlisted fleet applicants about attaining a STA-21 college scholarship, including eligibility criteria, application procedures and program deadline. Other officer accession programs will be discussed in brief.
  • 2. AGENDA
    • Program History
    • Current Program
    • Pay and Allowances
    • Eligibility Requirements
    • Program Options
    • Education
    • Commissioning
    • Application
    • References and Points of Contact
    • Other Commissioning Programs
    • Guest Speakers/Q&A
  • 3. PROGRAM HISTORY When Sailors today hear the term “ Seaman to Admiral,” no doubt former Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Mike Boorda comes to mind. As a product of an enlisted-to-officer commissioning program in the early 1960s, Admiral Boorda was the first CNO to have risen from the enlisted ranks . As CNO, Admiral Boorda immediately reestablished the historic program, Seaman to Admiral, for young Sailors to earn their commission and become naval officers. The admiral believed “ people should have the opportunity to excel, and be all they can be, even if they don’t get a perfect or traditional start .”
  • 4. CURRENT PROGRAM The Navy has combined most of its commissioning paths into one consolidated program , Seaman to Admiral-21. This program is designed to meet the goals of the Navy in the 21 st Century, while creating a fair and equitable system for outstanding active duty Sailors to receive top-notch college education and become commissioned officers in the Unrestricted Line, Nurse Corps, Supply Corps, or Civil Engineer Corps.
    • Participants in the STA-21 program will:
    • Receive full pay and allowances for their
    • pay grade
    • Be eligible for enlisted advancement
    • Receive an education voucher of up to
    • $10,000 per year, paid to the university
    • for tuition, fees, and books
    • Upon successful degree completion, be
    • commissioned as active duty Ensigns in
    • the U.S. Navy
    • To be eligible to apply to the STA-21
    • Commissioning Program, a Sailor must:
    • Be a U.S. citizen
    • Be recommended by CO
    • Be a high school graduate/GED
    • Be able to complete requirements for
    • a bachelor degree in 36 months or less
    • Be able to complete degree and be
    • commissioned prior to 27 th birthday
    • (some waivers)
    • Maintain a GPA of 2.5 or better
    • SAT (min. 1000 ) or ACT (min. 41 ) within
    • three years of application deadline
    • Meet physical standards for appointment
  • 7. PROGRAM OPTIONS STA-21 allows Sailors to apply to the Core Option or Target Group Option . Students in Core Program will be choose an Unrestricted Line community in their senior year. (Offers most flexibility in selecting a major and requesting schools to attend.) Students selected into a Target Group Option will, upon commissioning, be assigned to that option’s officer community.
  • 8. PROGRAM OPTIONS Pilot/NFO Surface Warfare (and SWO/IP) Nuclear (SWO & Surface) Special Warfare Civil Engineer Supply Nurse
    • Special Operations
    • Special Duty Officer, Intelligence
    • Special Duty Officer, Information Warfare
    • Medical Corps New!
    • What designator to apply for?
      • Aptitude and career desires
      • Seek mentor(s)
  • 10. EDUCATION Selection into STA-21 will occur in the fall of each year. Some selectees will initially attend BOOST, then complete Naval Science Institute (NSI), or report directly to NSI. BOOST is designed to offer an individualized program of study to assist in transition to college. BOOST path may be 3 or 6 months long , depending on student’s needs. Those who are not designated to attend BOOST will report directly to NSI. BOOST is located at NETC Newport, RI.
  • 11. EDUCATION The Naval Science Institute (NSI) Program is designed to teach officer candidates the fundamental core concepts of being a naval officer . This program provides competency in navigation, engineering, weapons, military history, justice, etc. NSI is located at NETC Newport, RI and lasts 8 weeks . Upon successful completion of NSI, the STA-21 officer candidates will report to an NROTC affiliated college or university to pursue their college degrees.
  • 12. EDUCATION STA-21 applicants make up to three school choices during the application process, and CNET conducts actual student placement to the schools after selection into the program. This placement is based on several factors including available NROTC Unit openings, program option, etc. While selectees are strongly encouraged to pursue technical degree programs, participants are free to choose their major areas of study . Some of the many NROTC colleges and universities include: * University of Arizona * San Diego State University * Pennsylvania State University * University of Notre Dame * ODU/HU/NSU
  • 13. EDUCATION Students in the STA-21 Program will attend school full-time year-round. All students are required to complete degree requirements in not more than 36 calendar months . STA-21 members are required to be enrolled in every academic semester offered by the college or university. Not all STA-21 students will begin their college education at the same time of year due to planned phasing of the program. Some may begin in the summer, others in the fall, and still others in the spring.
  • 14. COMMISSIONING After successfully earning a college degree and graduating from his or her respective college or university, the officer candidate will be commissioned an Ensign in the United States Navy . Following graduation, newly commissioned Ensigns are sent to initial training for their officer community.
  • 15. CANDIDATE CHARACTERISTICS or “ The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Sailors”
    • Sustained superior performance
    • Challenging and diversified assignments
    • Personal and professional education and development
    • Command and community involvement
    • Appearance and physical fitness
    • Leadership and maturity
    • Goal-oriented
    • The STA-21 application is composed of two parts:
    • Part I (Initial Application Data—Online Form)
    • Part II (Mail-in)
    • a. Must be postmarked by 1 July of application year
    • b. Includes:
    • Personal Statement
    • Downloadable application form
    • Last five enlisted performance evaluations
    • SAT or ACT scores
    • Academic transcripts (HS/GED and college)
    • SMART Transcript
    • PFA Results
    • Interviewer’s Appraisal Sheets
    • Commanding Officer’s endorsement and recommendation
  • 17. TIMELINE
    • 31 Mar 09: SAT or ACT deadline (recommended)
    • 01 May 09: Special Request Chit to CO
    • 15 May 09: Application package to Admin
    • 31 May 09: Interviewer’s Appraisal Board
    • and Nomination Review Board
    • 15 Jun 09: CO’s endorsement prepared
    • 01 Jul 09: Mailing deadline
    • XX Sep 09: Selection board convenes
    • XX Oct 09: Results announced by NAVADMIN
  • 18. Lessons Learned
    • Clear, forceful, consistent endorsement from CO
    • Comments on leadership and potential
    • Interview boards of senior officers (DH+)
    • Personal statement explains weakness(es)
    • Personal statement highlights leadership exp.
    • Have mentor(s) proof personal statement
    • Obtain as much current college as possible
    • Letters of recommendation encouraged
  • 19. TRENDS
    • More emphasis on technical majors
    • Early completion – Do you have your AA/AAS?
    • Encouraging more applicant diversity
    • PFA minimums are not good enough
    • Average SAT = 1200
    • Previous college credits – Math
    • Whole Person Concept – community involvement, outside activities
    • FY07 STA-21 Selection Process:
    • - 800 applications received
    • - 595 application board eligible (due to errors)
    • - 200 selected (34%)
  • 20. REFERENCES AND POINTS OF CONTACT References: OPNAVINST 1420.1A (Chapt. 8) [https://www.sta-21.navy.mil/opnavinst1420_1a_chap8.pdf] NAVADMIN XXX/09 (approx. May) Your Command Career Counselor Points of contact: The STA-21 program is managed and administered by the Commander, Naval Service Training Command (NSTC), Officer Development. On the Web: https://www.sta-21.navy.mil/ E-mail: [email_address] Telephone: (850) 452-9563 or DSN 922-9563 LT David Boisselle, U.S. Joint Forces Command david.boisselle@jfcom.mil or 836-7935
      • United States Naval Academy
      • Officer Candidate School
      • Limited Duty Officer/Chief Warrant Officer
      • Medical Enlisted Commissioning Program
      • Medical Service Corps In-Service Procurement Program
      • Flying Chief Warrant Officer Program
      • Direct Commissioning Programs
  • 22. UNITED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY Established in 1845, the Naval Academy, located in Annapolis, Maryland, is the undergraduate college for the Navy that prepares young men and women to become to become professional officers in the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. The Naval Academy ensures that the best students from around the United States are selected for admission and that those who are selected have the drive and motivation to complete the four-year program and excel as Officers in the Navy or Marine Corps. On the Web: www.usna.edu
    • At least 17 years of age and must not have passed 23
    • on 1 July of year entering USNA
    • Unmarried, not pregnant, no parenthood obligations
    • Must obtain 1 of 85 SECNAV nominations
    • Academically qualified (incl. SAT 1050 or ACT 46)
    • SECNAV nomination requests due to USNA Admissions Office
    • by 15 February of year desiring entry
  • 24. OFFICER CANDIDATE SCHOOL (OCS) The 13-week OCS course has been designed to give an individual a basic working knowledge of the high-tech naval establishment afloat and ashore, to prepare that individual to assume the responsibilities of a naval officer. OCS is open to qualified individuals who possess a bachelor’s degree and who are committed to the goal of earning a commission in the Navy. The United States Naval Officer Candidate School is located at Naval Air Station, Pensacola, FL. www.nsgreatlakes.navy.mil/otcp/
  • 25. OFFICER CANDIDATE SCHOOL - Eligibility
    • At least 19 years old and not more than 29 to 35
    • depending on designator. (Waivers for enlisted service.)
    • Must possess a bachelor’s degree
    • Must pass Officer Aptitude Rating (OAR) exam. Pilot/NFO/
    • AMDO applicants must also take the Aviation Selection
    • Test Battery (ASTB).
    • Marital status and dependents: no restrictions
    • No application deadline to COMNAVCRUITCOM
  • 26. LDO/CWO The Limited Duty Officer and Chief Warrant Officer Programs provide commissioning opportunities to qualified senior enlisted personnel. LDOs and CWOs are technically oriented officers who perform duties limited to specific occupational fields and require strong leadership skills. www.npc.navy.mil/Officer/LDOCWOCommunity/
  • 27. LDO/CWO - Eligibility
    • Be at least a PO1 (CPO SelBd eligible) for LDO or
    • CPO-select for CWO
    • LDO: Must have completed at least 8 but not more than
    • 16 years (15 for PO1) of active naval service
    • CWO: Must have completed at least 12 but not more than
    • 24 years of active naval service
    • No age restriction
    • Applications postmarked to NAVPERSCOM by 1 October
  • 28. MEDICAL ENLISTED COMMISSIONING PROGRAM (MECP) MECP is a commissioning program specifically intended to provide an advancement pathway to a commission in the Nurse Corps , USNR. Selectees for the program will participate in a nationally accredited academic program leading to a bachelor’s degree in nursing . OPNAVINST 1420.1A, Chapt. 5
  • 29. MECP - Eligibility
    • Candidates must complete baccalaureate nursing degree requirements and be commissioned prior to 35 th birthday
    • Accepted for acceptance to nursing school
    • Marital status and dependents: No restrictions
    • Applications postmarked to NMETC Bethesda by 1 October .
    • The MSC IPP provides a pathway to an
    • officer commission for career
    • motivated enlisted to serve as:
    • Health Care Administration (HCA)
    • Physician Assistant (PA)
    • Radiation Health Officer (RHO)
    • Environmental Health Officer (EHO)
    • Industrial Health Officer (IHO)
    • Entomology
    • Pharmacy
    • Open to E-5 to E-9 (some rating restrictions)
    • Must not have reached 42 nd birthday by time of initial
    • appointment
    • Qualifying degree
    • Deadline for application to NMETC Bethesda is 26 August .
    • OPNAVINST 1420.1A, Chapt. 6
      • Navy is seeking applications from highly-qualified and
      • hard-charging Sailors (E5-E7) for a “pilot” program to
      • place Chief Warrant Officers in cockpits as pilots and
      • naval flight officers.
      • 30 selectees will be commissiond as CWO2, attend
      • LDO/CWO Indoctrination, and report to flight training.
      • Newly-winged aviators will attend FRS for ultimate
      • assignment to VP, VP(Q), VQ(T), HSC, and HSL squadrons.
      • Intent is to create “ flying specialists ” unencumbered
      • by traditional career paths of unrestricted line
      • officers. As such, Flying CWOs will rotate between
      • traditional aviation sea and shore commands, but remain
      • junior/division officers (vice DH and command track).
      • Eligibility:
      • Must be commissioned by 27 th birthday
      • Must possess associate’s degree or higher
      • Physically qualified for aviation duty
      • Must meet Aviation Standard Test Battery (ASTB)
      • minimums
      • 8 year minimum service obligation for pilot; 6 for NFO
      • Application deadline to Pers-432V is o/a Jun 09
      • For further info, see:
      • www.npc.navy.mil/officer/aviation/flying+cwo+program
      • Dental Corps
      • Chaplain Corps
      • Judge Advocate General Corps (JAG)
      • Medical Officer
  • 35. QUIZ!
      • STA-21 participants receive an education voucher of how much, and what may it be used for?
      • STA-21 participants must complete requirements for a bachelor’s degree in how many months?
      • STA-21 participants must be commissioned prior to what age?
      • STA-21 applicants must achieve what SAT or ACT minimum scores?
      • T or F: Non-citizens may apply for STA-21.
      • Applications must be postmarked to CNET by what date?
  • 36. “ We are now faced with the fact, my friends, that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now . In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there is such a thing as being too late. Procrastination is still the thief of time.” - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • 37. Boisselle’s Recommended Reading
    • Leadership Gold: Lessons I’ve Learned from a Lifetime of Leading – John Maxwell
    • Quiet Strength: The Principles, Practices, & Priorities of a Winning Life – Tony Dungy
    • How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie
    • My American Journey – Gen. Colin Powell
    • Life’s a Campaign: What Politics Has Taught Me About Friendship, Rivalry, Reputation, and Success – Chris Matthews
    • Faith of My Fathers: A Family Memoir – John McCain
    • Navy Mustang: From Seaman to Officer, a Quarter Century in the United States Navy – Ed DeLong
    • Leadership is an Art – Max De Pree
    • It’s Your Ship: Management Techniques from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy – D. Michael Abrashoff
    • On Becoming a Leader – Warren Bennis
    • The Greatest Generation – Tom Brokaw
    • 1776 – David McCullough
    • The Gift of Valor: A War Story – Michael M. Phillips
    • The Difference Maker: Making Your Attitude Your Greatest Asset - John C. Maxwell
    • Read Navy Objectives for FY 2008 and Beyond, Navy Times, All Hands, and your local newspaper
  • 38. Phone: 683-4744 Or visit: http://www.odu.edu/ao/hrnrotc
  • 39. REFERENCES AND POINTS OF CONTACT References: OPNAVINST 1420.1A (Chapt. 8) [https://www.sta-21.navy.mil/opnavinst1420_1a_chap8.pdf] NAVADMIN XXX/09 (approx. May) Your Command Career Counselor Points of contact: The STA-21 program is managed and administered by the Commander, Naval Service Training Command (NSTC), Officer Development. On the Web: https://www.sta-21.navy.mil/ E-mail: [email_address] Telephone: (850) 452-9563 or DSN 922-9563 LT(Ret) David Boisselle, USN [email_address]