Topic 1.23 Commissioning Programs


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Topic 1.23 Commissioning Programs

  1. 1. Career Development Training Course Commissioning Programs 1
  2. 2. Commissioning ProgramsEnabling ObjectivesUpon successful completion of this topic, the trainee will be able to: IDENTIFY the types of commissioning programs and the sources of information for these programs. LIST the basic qualification requirements needed to apply for any commissioning program. 2
  3. 3. Commissioning ProgramsEnabling Objectives (cont.) IDENTIFY the college degree requirements for each commissioning program. IDENTIFY the components of the Seaman to Admiral (STA-21) program, including core requirements, options, target groups, application procedures, and pay and allowances. IDENTIFY the purpose of the Naval Academy Preparatory School. 3
  4. 4. Commissioning ProgramsEnabling Objectives (cont.) IDENTIFY the benefits and eligibility requirements for the following commissioning programs:  United States Naval Academy  Medical Enlisted Commissioning Program (MECP)  Officer Candidate School (OCS)  Chief Warrant Officer (CWO)  Limited Duty Officer (LDO)  Medical Service Corps (MSC) In-Service Procurement Program (IPP) 4
  5. 5. Commissioning ProgramsReference Publications OPNAVINST 1420.1(series), Enlisted to Officer Commissioning Programs Application Administrative Manual NAVPERS 15560, Navy Military Personnel Manual Most recent NAVADMIN messages for commissioning programs 5
  6. 6. Commissioning ProgramsReference Publications (cont.) Seaman to Admiral-21 Medical Service Corps IPP Medical Enlisted Commissioning Program Naval Academy 6
  7. 7. Commissioning ProgramsPrograms Leading to a Commission Purpose:  Provide opportunities for enlisted personnel to obtain a commission in the U.S. Navy. 7
  8. 8. Commissioning ProgramsProgram Types Seaman to Admiral-21 (STA-21) United States Naval Academy and Naval Academy Preparatory School (NAPS) Medical Enlisted Commissioning Program (MECP) Officer Candidate School (OCS) Chief Warrant Officer/Limited Duty Officer (CWO/LDO) Medical Service Corps In-Service Procurement Program (MSC-IPP) 8
  9. 9. Commissioning ProgramsBasic Requirements OPNAVINST 1420.1 Citizenship:  Must be a U.S. citizen.  Cannot waive this requirement. Physical and Vision:  Must be qualified IAW NAVMED P-117, Manual of the Medical Department.  Must have normal color and depth perception.  AOCS (A for aviation) applicants must have at least 20/40 uncorrected vision correctable to 20/20. 9
  10. 10. Commissioning ProgramsBasic Requirements (cont.) Age:  All applicants for all programs must be qualified under current references:  Varies by program  May be waived  Always check reference 10
  11. 11. Commissioning ProgramsBasic Requirements (cont.) Testing:  OCS - Officer Aptitude Rating (OAR)  AOCS - Aviation Selection Test Battery (ASTB)  Math/Verbal (MVT)  Mechanical Comprehension Test (MCT)  USNA/STA-21/MECP - SAT/ACT 11
  12. 12. Commissioning ProgramsOther Qualification Requirements Be recommended by the CO Be of good moral character Have no NJPs within last 36 months Have no courts-martial/civil convictions Have a security clearance 12
  13. 13. Commissioning ProgramsCommissioning Programs ThatPROVIDE a College Degree Seaman to Admiral - 21 (STA-21) U.S. Naval Academy Medical Enlisted Commissioning Program (MECP) Medical Service Corps In-Service Procurement Program (MSC IPP) 13
  14. 14. Commissioning ProgramsCommissioning Programs ThatREQUIRE a College Degree Officer Candidate School (OCS) 14
  15. 15. Commissioning ProgramsPrograms That DO NOT Require orProvide a College Degree Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) Limited Duty Officer (LDO) 15
  16. 16. Commissioning ProgramsSeaman to Admiral – 21 (STA-21)OPNAVINST 1420.1, Chapter 8, Appendix G Consolidated the NROTC (Fleet Accessions), ECP, and STA. Allows Sailors to apply to the core program, target group option, or both. Allows participants in the core program the most flexibility in selecting a major and requesting schools to attend. 16
  17. 17. Commissioning ProgramsSTA-21 Core Program RequirementsMust be able to complete: Degree by age 27:  Waivers may be granted up to age 29 Requirements for baccalaureate degree in 36 months. 2 semesters of calculus and calculus- based physics with a minimum grade of 2.0. Good high or better on PFA in last year. (no waivers) 17
  18. 18. Commissioning ProgramsSTA-21 Core Program Requirements(cont.) Must maintain a grade point average of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale. Must pass medical standards IAW NAVMED P-117, Manual of the Medical Department, Chapter 15. Incur a 5-year active duty obligation upon commissioning. 18
  19. 19. Commissioning ProgramsSTA-21 Program OptionsSTA-21 students in the core program will: Be assigned an unrestricted line (URL) Navy officer designator upon commissioning. Request URL designator in final year of study. Naval Service Training Command (NSTC) will select by officer community goals. 19
  20. 20. Commissioning ProgramsSTA-21 Program Options (cont.) Sailors applying to the STA-21 program may apply:  To the STA-21 core program only, or  For one target group option only, or  For the STA-21 core program plus one target group option. Note: Applicants may not apply for more than one target group option. 20
  21. 21. Commissioning ProgramsSTA-21 Program Options (cont.) STA-21 participants must meet eligibility requirements of the Core program AND the requirements for desired target group option if applying for both. 21
  22. 22. Commissioning Programs STA-21 Target Group Options Nuclear (submarine & surface) Pilot Naval Flight Officer (NFO) Surface Warfare Officer (SWO) w/multiple options Special Duty Officer (Intel) Special Duty Officer (Information Warfare) Special Warfare (SPECWAR) Civil Engineer Corps (CEC) Supply Corps Nurse Corps Medical Corps (MC) Human resources (HR) option Explosive Ordinance Disposal 22
  23. 23. Commissioning ProgramsSTA-21 Application ProceduresThe STA-21 application is composed of twoparts:Online:  Review statistical data  Check application status  Update applicationMail-In Portion: Naval Service Training Command ATTN OD2 (STA-21) 250 Dallas St Ste A Pensacola FL 32508-5268 23
  24. 24. Commissioning ProgramsSTA-21 Pay and AllowancesParticipants in the STA-21 Program will:  Receive full pay and allowances and benefits.  Be eligible for enlisted advancement.  Receive up to a $10,000 education voucher per year paid directly to college or university for tuition, books and fees.  Participate in a tailored preparatory program.  Be allowed to attend school year-round. 24
  25. 25. Commissioning ProgramsSTA-21 Pay and Allowances (cont.)Participants in the STA-21 Program willnot:  Be eligible for TA OR MGIB OR VEAP benefits.  Be eligible for Special Duty Assignment Pay (SDAP). Note: Some special pays may continue for participants in the Special Warfare Option as directed by the Officer Community Manager. 25
  26. 26. Commissioning ProgramsSTA-21 Points Of Contact Commercial: (850) 452-9563/9433 DSN: 922-9563/9433 Fax: (850) 452-2486 or DSN 922-2486 Email: Website: Hours: Mon-Fri 0630-1600 (CST) 26
  27. 27. Commissioning ProgramsNaval Academy Preparatory School(NAPS) OPNAVINST 1420.1, Chapter 3 Provides intensive instruction and preparation for the academic, military, and physical training curricula at the Naval Academy. Offered in a direct appointment to the Naval Academy. Has an age limit of 22 as of 1 July of the entrance year. 27
  28. 28. Commissioning ProgramsUnited States Naval Academy (USNA) OPNAVINST 1420.1, Chapter 3, Appendix A, and MILPERSMAN Art 1531-010 Provides 4 years of college education and naval training. Results in a commission as an Ensign, USN, in the Line/Restricted Line/Staff Corps or as a Second Lieutenant, USMC. 28
  29. 29. Commissioning ProgramsUSNA EligibilitySailors must: Be at least 17 years old and must not have passed their 23rd birthday on 1 July of the entrance year. Be unmarried, not pregnant, and have no legal responsibility to support others. Have vision correctable to 20/20 and normal color perception. Attain SAT/ACT minimums: 1050 or 46 (combined). No more than 2 yrs old. 29
  30. 30. Commissioning ProgramsUSNA Pay and Obligations Students at the Naval Academy:  Are midshipmen, USN  Receive:  Midshipman pay (currently $864.70 per month).  Free tuition, room, and board.  Must obligate 5 years of active duty and 3 years of Reserve upon initial appointment. 30
  31. 31. Commissioning ProgramsMedical Enlisted CommissioningProgram (MECP) OPNAVINST 1420.1, Chapter 5, Appendix D Provides up to 36 months of study at a university having an accredited nursing program. Is open to all active duty enlisted personnel. Provides a full-time opportunity for enlisted personnel to earn a baccalaureate degree in nursing and a commission in the Nurse Corps. 31
  32. 32. Commissioning Programs MECP Eligibility RequirementsSailor must: Be no more than 42 years old at commissioning. Have no in-service drug or alcohol abuse or felony conviction. Have completed a minimum 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours in undergraduate coursework with a GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Attain SAT/ACT minimums: 1,000 or 42 (combined). No more than 3 yrs old. Have applied for acceptance or transfer into a nursing program at a nationally accredited college. 32
  33. 33. Commissioning ProgramsMECP FeaturesSailors: Receive full pay and allowances while attending college. Must Pay for all tuition, books, and fees, but may use VEAP or MGIB (Use of TA is not authorized). When possible, attend college within 50 miles of a Naval activity for administrative purposes. 33
  34. 34. Commissioning ProgramsOfficer Candidate School (OCS) OPNAVINST 1420.1, Chapter 4, Appendix C Is an initial commissioning program for individuals possessing a minimum of a baccalaureate degree from accredited institution. Applicants may choose, depending on individual qualifications, designators within the Unrestricted Line, Restricted Line, and certain Staff Corps designators. 34
  35. 35. Commissioning ProgramsOCS Eligibility Requirements andBenefits Has age limits based on designator (19 to 42). Provides 12 weeks of officer candidate indoctrination and training at Naval Station Newport, Rhode Island. E-4 and below applicants are advanced to E-5 upon reporting to OCS. 35
  36. 36. Commissioning Programs OCS Available Designators Pilot  Intelligence Naval Flight Officer  Aviation Surface Warfare Maintenance Duty Surface Nuclear Officer (AMDO)  Civil Engineer Submarine Corps (CEC) Supply Corps  Surface Warfare Special Warfare Officer (SWO) Explosive Ordinance  SWO (Nuclear) Disposal 36
  37. 37. Commissioning ProgramsOCS Available Designators (cont.) SWO ( EDO ) SWO Information Professional (IP) SWO Information Warfare (IW) SWO Oceanography (OCEANO) Nuclear Power Instructor Information Professional Information Warfare Public Affairs Officer
  38. 38. Commissioning Programs Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) OPNAVINST 1420.1, Chapter 7, Appendix F MILPERSMAN 1100-040 Provides a path of advancement to officer status for outstanding Chief Petty Officers of the regular Navy and Naval Reserve on active duty for performance of duty in the technical field indicated by their enlisted ratings. 38
  39. 39. Commissioning ProgramsCWO Eligibility Must be a CPO (E7 to E9), including a PO1 selected for CPO. Must have at least 12, but not more than 22 years of active duty service. Have no NJPs, courts-martial, or civilian felony convictions in last 36 months as of 1 Oct of the application year. 39
  40. 40. Commissioning Programs Limited Duty Officer (LDO) OPNAVINST 1420.1, Chapter 7, Appendix F MILPERSMAN 1100-040 Provides an opportunity for appointment to regular commissioned status for selected warrant officer and senior enlisted personnel for the performance of duty in the broad occupational fields indicated by their former warrant or enlisted rating groups. 40
  41. 41. Commissioning ProgramsLDO Eligibility Must be a PO1 or CPO (E-7 to E-9). Must have at least 8, but not more than 16 years of active duty service. PO1 applicants:  Must be serving in that capacity for one year as of 1 Oct of the application year.  Must meet advancement requirements for E-7 except TIR and score high enough to be selection board eligible on exam. 41
  42. 42. Commissioning Programs Medical Service Corps (MSC) In-Service Procurement Program (IPP) OPNAVINST 1420.1, Chapter 6, Appendix E MILPERSMAN 1131-030 Is specifically intended to provide an advancement pathway to commissioned officer status for outstanding career- motivated active duty enlisted personnel who have significant Navy Medical Department experience. 42
  43. 43. Commissioning ProgramsSummary and Review What programs did the STA-21 program consolidate? Can non-U.S. citizens apply for commissioning programs? What are the age eligibility requirements for MECP? 43
  44. 44. Commissioning ProgramsSummary and Review (cont.) Which commissioning programs require a baccalaureate degree or higher? Which commissioning programs do not require a college degree? 44