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NARR/REF A IS OPNAVINST 1420.1B, ENLISTED TO OFFICER COMMISSIONING PROGRAMS
APPLICATION ADMINISTRATIVE MANUAL. REF B IS NAVADMIN 177/17, NUCLEAR TRAINED
SAILOR APPLICATIONS TO OFFICER COMMISSIONING PROGRAMS.//
RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN solicits applications and provides guidance for the
FY-19 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 the
eligibility requirements specified in reference (a).
3. Deadline for submission of applications for the FY-19 STA-21 Program is 1
July 2018. Application packages must be postmarked on or before the deadline
date. It is recommended that applications be mailed prior to the deadline as
early submission allows timely feedback to the Sailor for submission of
missing or illegible documents. Deadline for submission of additional
documentation to a package of the applicant is 1 August 2018. No additional
documents can be added after this date. The selection board is scheduled to
convene in September 2018, and the selectees will be announced via NAVADMIN.
4. The following target options and core are open for application for the
FY-19 Selection Board: Surface Warfare (SWO), Nuclear (Surface/Sub), Special
Warfare, Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Naval Flight Officer (NFO), Pilot,
Civil Engineering Corps, Nurse Corps, and Information Professional.
Applicants for Aviation options must meet the new minimum Aviation Selection
Test Battery scores of AQR 5/PFAR 6 for Pilot (1390) and AQR 5/FOFAR 6 for
NFO (1370) in line with Program Authorization (PA) 150D dated April 2018.
5. The following target options have zero select opportunity for
FY-19: Human Resources, Intelligence, Cryptologic Warfare (previously
Information Warfare), SWO Engineering Duty Option, SWO Information
Professional Option, SWO Oceanography Option, Medical Corps, and Supply
6. The Nuclear (Surface/Sub) target option is open to Sailors who are
serving in the fleet and hold an active nuclear Navy enlisted classification
(335X, 336X, 338X, or 339X). Sailors who are serving as a staff member or
student in the Navy Nuclear Power Training pipeline are also eligible. All
applicants must be able to begin their first day of class in the first
semester of their course work prior to commencing their eighth year of
service. See the Nuclear Program Authorization (PA150A) dated December 2015
for more specific information and all other requirements to apply for the
Additionally, applicants holding a nuclear Navy enlisted classification must
receive conditional release, in line with reference (b), if applying for
option outside the Nuclear Community, from the Nuclear Enlisted Community
Manager (OPNAV N133D).
7. The following information addresses lessons learned from the
FY-18 STA-21 selection process and board. This information is provided to
preclude common errors:
a. Of the 342 applications received for FY-18, only 302 were board
eligible. A total of 50 were selected to participate in the
FY-18 STA-21 Program.
b. Each year, packages are not considered due to non-qualifying
Scholastic Aptitude Test/American College Test (SAT/ACT) test scores, missing
commanding officer (CO) endorsement/recommendation, recent non-judicial
punishment, missing physical fitness assessment
(PFA) cycles, missing or illegible submission of documents, and not meeting
program age or PFA requirements.
c. Minimum eligibility requirements must be met before submitting an
application. Applications should be mailed only when fully completed.
Officer interview boards shall consist of three officers. The applicants CO
may not be a board member and should not submit an interview appraisal sheet.
The COs personal interview should be conducted only after the application is
complete and the officer interview board has submitted their appraisals. The
full picture of an academic and officer potential applicant can only be
determined by reviewing the SAT/ACT scores, high school/college transcripts,
and a completed application package.
d. The COs endorsement is extremely important, especially the ranking of
the individual among his/her peers. The endorsement should contain specifics
about the individuals academic potential, commitment, leadership, service
above self, and potential as a naval officer. CO comments should specify the
primary option to which the individual is applying and address how the
individual meets qualifications for that option. For junior Sailors with
only schoolhouse evaluations, the CO must address this issue in his or her
e. An interview board and nomination review board shall be conducted in
line with reference (a). It is recommended that officers of the applicants
designator of choice, if available, be asked to participate in the
interview/nomination review board to assess the applicant for their
community. Officer appraisals provide important insight on the applicant.
The appraisal from the board should be a frank and honest assessment of the
applicants leadership and academic potential. Appraisal forms should be
typed in 10 or 12 point font.
f. The applicants personal statement should address why the Sailor wants
to become an officer, how the Sailors selection would improve the Navy, and
why the Sailor is applying for a specific option. Sailors must also address
any hardships or unique experiences that shaped their character. Junior
Sailors should provide information on high school experiences as high school
transcripts rarely provide in-depth information on involvement in sports,
clubs, volunteer hours, work, etc. Additionally, applicants should address
any anomalies in the package (e.g., poor high school grades, college grades,
or service school grades, poor evaluation performance). The explanation
should include details of the situation, how the applicant has overcome these
issues, and why the applicant will be successful in the future.
g. The application is a reflection of the applicant.
Applicants must review their packages in their entirety before submitting.
Check for misspelled words and improper grammar.
Ensure all transcripts (high school and all colleges) are enclosed.
Within the last year, applicants must have passed the PFA, to include body
composition assessment and the physical readiness test with performance in
the good category. For applicants who received a waiver on the most recent
PRT, points will be awarded from the most recent observed score from the
latest full test taken within a year of application (i.e., Fall 2017 and
Spring 2018). A grade of satisfactory or failure of the above two required
PRTs will make the applicant ineligible.
h. Qualifying SAT/ACT scores are required. Include any additional
recommendations, qualifications, or other accomplishments as a part of the
i. It is recommended that the command retain a copy of the entire
application package. The command copy should not be given to the applicant.
8. Mail completed applications to:
Naval Service Training Command (OD2/STA 21)
250 Dallas Street, Ste A
Pensacola, FL 32508-5268
9. For questions, specific details, eligibility criteria, application
requirements, and selection procedures, refer to reference (a), contact your
command career counselor, or visit the
STA-21 website at www.sta-21.navy.mil for the most up-to-date information.
10. Points of contact. Naval Service Training Command, STA-21 Program
Officer at (850) 452-9433/9563 DSN 459, or via e-mail at
pnsc_sta21(at)navy.mil. Nuclear target option policy change is the Nuclear
Enlisted Community Manager, OPNAV N133D, at
(703) 604-5491/DSN 664, or via e-mail at bullnuke(at)navy.mil.
11. Released by Vice Admiral R. P. Burke, N1.//