FY-10 SEAMAN TO ADMIRAL-21 (STA-21) PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT

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NAVADMIN 121/09
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SUBJ/FY-10 SEAMAN TO ADMIRAL-21 (STA-21) PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT//


REF/A/DOC/OPNAV/02MAY03// 
AMPN/REF A IS OPNAVINST 1420.1A, ENLISTED TO OFFICER COMMISSIONING 
PROGRAMS APPLICATION ADMINISTRATIVE MANUAL.// 
RMKS/1.  THE PURPOSE OF THIS NAVADMIN IS TO SOLICIT APPLICATIONS AND 
PROVIDE GUIDANCE FOR THE FY-10 SEAMAN TO ADMIRAL-21 (STA-21) 
COMMISSIONING PROGRAM.
2.  STA-21 IS A FULL TIME UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION AND COMMISSIONING 
PROGRAM OPEN TO ENLISTED PERSONNEL OF ALL PAYGRADES AND RATINGS WHO 
MEET ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS SPECIFIED IN REF A AND ON THE STA-21 
WEBSITE UNDER THE ADMINISTRATION LINK.  SELECTEES ARE PROVIDED A 
MAXIMUM OF 36 MONTHS OF FULL-TIME, YEAR-ROUND STUDY TO COMPLETE A 
BACCALAUREATE DEGREE. PARTICIPANTS WILL REMAIN ON ACTIVE DUTY WHILE 
ATTENDING COLLEGE AND RECEIVE PAY, ALLOWANCES, BENEFITS, AND PRIVILEGES 
OF CURRENT PAYGRADE.  IN ADDITION, SELECTEES WILL RECEIVE AN EDUCATION 
VOUCHER FOR UP TO 10,000 DOLLARS PER YEAR TO COVER TUITION, FEES, AND 
BOOK COSTS.
3.  DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS FOR THE FY-10 STA-21 
PROGRAM IS 1 JULY 2009.  APPLICATION PACKAGES MUST BE POSTMARKED ON OR 
BEFORE THE DEADLINE DATE.  DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF ADDITIONAL 
DOCUMENTATION TO AN APPLICANT'S PACKAGE IS 1 AUGUST 2009.  NO 
ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS CAN BE ADDED AFTER THIS DATE.  THE SELECTION BOARD 
WILL MEET IN SEPTEMBER 2009.  NAMES OF SELECTEES WILL BE ANNOUNCED BY 
NAVADMIN IN OCTOBER 2009.
4.  STA-21 INDIVIDUAL PROGRAM OPTION AGE, EDUCATION, SECURITY AND 
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS ARE LISTED ON THE STA-21 WEBSITE AT
HTTPS://WWW.STA-21.NAVY.MIL.  NEW STA-21 OPTIONS AND PROGRAM 
MODIFICATIONS INCLUDE:  HUMAN RESOURCE, INTELLIGENCE, INFORMATION 
WARFARE (IW), SURFACE WARFARE OFFICER (SWO)/ENGINEERING DUTY (ED) AND 
OCEANOGRAPHY OPTIONS; THESE OPTIONS ARE OPEN TO MEN AND WOMEN OF ALL 
CAREER FIELDS.  
5.  LESSONS LEARNED.  THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION ADDRESSES LESSONS 
LEARNED FROM THE FY-09 STA-21 SELECTION PROCESS AND BOARD.  THIS 
INFORMATION IS PROVIDED TO PRECLUDE COMMON ERRORS.
    A.  OF 1,000 APPLICATIONS RECEIVED, ONLY 682 WERE BOARD ELIGIBLE.  
A TOTAL OF 210 WERE SELECTED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE FY-09 STA-21 PROGRAM.
    B.  COMMON REASONS FOR DETERMINATION OF INELIGIBILITY:  
NON-QUALIFYING SAT/ACT TEST SCORES, NO SAT/ACT TEST SCORES SUBMITTED, 
NO COMMANDING OFFICER'S (CO) ENDORSEMENT, RECENT NON-JUDICIAL 
PUNISHMENT, AND MISSING OR ILLEGIBLE SUBMISSION OF DOCUMENTS.
    C.  MINIMUM ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS MUST BE MET BEFORE SUBMITTING 
AN APPLICATION.  THE SELECTION PROCESS IS EXTREMELY COMPETITIVE.  
APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE MAILED ONLY WHEN FULLY COMPLETE.  OFFICER 
INTERVIEW BOARDS AND THE CO'S PERSONAL INTERVIEW SHOULD ONLY BE 
CONDUCTED AFTER THE APPLICATION IS COMPLETE.  THE FULL PICTURE OF AN 
APPLICANT'S ACADEMIC POTENTIAL CAN ONLY BE DETERMINED BY REVIEWING THE 
SAT/ACT SCORES AND HIGH SCHOOL/COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS.
    D.  AN INTERVIEW BOARD AND NOMINATION REVIEW BOARD SHALL BE 
CONDUCTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH REF A.  IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT OFFICERS OF 
THE APPLICANT'S DESIGNATOR CHOICE, IF AVAILABLE AT A BASE OR COMMAND, 
BE ASKED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE INTERVIEW/NOMINATION REVIEW BOARD TO 
ASSESS THE APPLICANT FOR THEIR COMMUNITY.  NOMINATION REVIEW BOARDS 
SHOULD BE EXTERNAL TO THE COMMAND.  IN THE EVENT THAT A NOMINATION 
REVIEW BOARD OUTSIDE OF THE COMMAND CANNOT BE CONVENED, THE COMMAND 
SHOULD PRESENT THREE ADDITIONAL INTERVIEW APPRAISALS TO ADD TO THE 
PACKAGE OR AN EXPLANATION OF WHY THE DIRECTED PROCESS COULD NOT BE 
FOLLOWED.  FOR JUNIOR SAILORS WITH ONLY SCHOOLHOUSE EVALUATIONS, THE CO 
MUST ADDRESS THIS ISSUE IN THEIR ENDORSEMENT.  SAILORS MUST ADDRESS ANY 
HARDSHIPS OR UNIQUE EXPERIENCES THAT SHAPED THEIR CHARACTER AND JUNIOR 
SAILORS SHOULD PROVIDE INFORMATION ON HIGH SCHOOL EXPERIENCES.  HIGH 
SCHOOL TRANSCRIPTS RARELY PROVIDE IN DEPTH INFORMATION ON INVOLVEMENT 
IN SPORTS, CLUBS, VOLUNTEER WORK, ETC.  EACH CANDIDATE SHOULD BE 
INSTRUCTED TO INCLUDE IN THEIR PERSONAL STATEMENT REASON(S) FOR THEIR 
INTEREST IN THE STA-21 PROGRAM, AND WHAT THEY WOULD DO WITH THE 
OPPORTUNITY IF SELECTED.  ADDITIONALLY, APPLICANTS SHOULD EXPLAIN ANY 
MITIGATING ISSUES THE BOARD NEEDS TO CONSIDER (I.E., POOR HIGH SCHOOL 
OR COLLEGE GRADES AND UNEXPLAINED GAPS).
6.  DIVERSITY WITHIN THE NAVY'S OFFICER COMMUNITY IS ESSENTIAL TO OUR 
FUTURE SUCCESS.  THE NAVY NEEDS LEADERS FROM AND FOR EVERY PART OF OUR 
NAVY.  ALL CO'S, COMMAND CAREER COUNSELORS AND SENIOR ENLISTED MEMBERS 
SHOULD ENCOURAGE QUALIFIED SAILORS TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROGRAM.
7.  MAIL APPLICATIONS TO:
    COMMANDER
    NAVAL SERVICE TRAINING COMMAND (OD2/STA-21)
    50 DALLAS STREET, STE A
    PENSACOLA, FL 32508-5268
8.  SPECIFIC DETAILS, ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA, APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS 
AND SELECTION PROCEDURES CAN BE FOUND IN REF A AND AT THE STA-21 
WEBSITE UNDER PROGRAM OPTIONS AT HTTPS://WWW.STA-21.NAVY.MIL.
9.  QUESTIONS CONCERNING THIS PROGRAM SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO COMMAND 
CAREER COUNSELORS OR TO NAVAL SERVICE TRAINING COMMAND, OFFICER 
DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT (OD2) AT (850) 452-9563 OR EMAIL 
PNSC_STA21(AT)NAVY.MIL.
10.  RELEASED BY VADM MARK FERGUSON, N1.//
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