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Program Overview:


In the past, there were over a dozen different paths for Sailors to become commissioned officers, Seaman to Admiral being just one of them. This wide array of programs lacked uniformity in benefits, selection procedures, educational opportunities, and program requirements. This created a very confusing web of program applications, deadlines, and choices for fleet applicants and, quite frankly, is very cumbersome for the Navy to manage and administer. Consequently, there were countless Sailors in the fleet who would make outstanding commissioned officers, but due to program restrictions, educational background, or financial concerns, they did not apply.

For all of these reasons and more, the Navy combined most of these current commissioning paths into one consolidated program that preserves the Seaman to Admiral name made popular by Admiral Boorda: Seaman to Admiral-21 (STA-21). The STA-21 Commissioning Program is designed to meet the goals of the Navy in the 21st Century, while at the same time creating a fair and equitable system for outstanding active duty Sailors to receive a top-notch college education and become commissioned officers in the Unrestricted Line (URL); Restricted Line in Human Resources; Special Duty Officer in Intelligence, Warfare (formerly Cryptologic) and Oceanography; Staff Corps in Civil Engineering (CEC), Medical Corps (MC), Nurse Corps (NC), or Supply Corps (SC).

The following fleet commissioning programs were combined to create the STA-21 Program:

    Seaman to Admiral
    Enlisted Commissioning Program (ECP)
    Aviation Enlisted Commissioning Program (AECP)
    Nuclear Enlisted Commissioning Program (NECP)
    Civil Engineer Corps Enlisted Commissioning Program (CECECP)
    Fleet Accession to Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC)
    (Includes Nurse Option)
    Broadened Opportunity for Officer Selection and Training (BOOST)

What makes the STA-21 Program so different from most of the other commissioning programs is its fairness to the Sailor. Some of the previous enlisted commissioning programs required Sailors to pay their college tuition by themselves. Others removed the student from active duty status, thus taking away any source of income. The STA-21 Program will keep all participants on active duty at their current enlisted pay grade. This means they will receive all the pay, allowances, benefits, and privileges they currently enjoy and will still be eligible for enlisted advancement while in the program: Time spent in school will not count towards retirement, however, it will count towards pay purposes.  Sailors will receive up to $10,000 per year to cover tuition, books, and fees. The Sailor will pay any costs above $10,000 per year. Participants attending inexpensive universities that do not require use of the entire $10,000 for any year will not be able to keep the difference.

Although the applicant's history of fleet performance will receive consideration during the selection process, emphasis will be placed on the identification of those applicants who possess the academic and leadership potential necessary to become outstanding Naval officers.

Discussion Forum

STA-21 how to

Started by Chris B.. Last reply by Chris B. Sep 21, 2010. 3 Replies

"So you want to be an officer, and youwant a free college degree, have you considered the Seaman toAdmiral 21 Program!Now that you have enlistedin the Navy, and have become familiar with the service…Continue

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Comment by Chris B. on January 8, 2014 at 8:33am

Congrats Bob.  Some classmates of my son started Power School (again) recently.  It's as tough or tougher on the Officer side!  Good luck.

Comment by Bob on January 6, 2014 at 2:17pm

My son wil graduate this spring from Oregon State University with a degree in nuclear engineering and a minor in economics. 

Comment by NavyDads Co-Admin, Gary on October 30, 2013 at 4:17pm

Congratulations to the 50 Sailors selected out of 469 applicants for FY14 Seaman-to-Admiral Program!

Competition was tough! Check out the NAVADMIN here to see if you or your Sailors are on the list:

Comment by NavyDads Co-Admin, Gary on May 8, 2013 at 12:30pm
BZ Lee and Congrats Chris!!
Comment by Chris B. on May 8, 2013 at 12:07pm

Mission accomplished!  Great weekend.  Lee was commissioned May 3rd, graduated May 4th. 

Comment by Chris B. on February 22, 2013 at 6:43am

For those considering this program: FY-14 Options "

IMPORTANT INFO: The following Target Options and CORE are open for application for FY-14 STA-21 selection board: SWO, SWO/ED, SWO/IP, SWO/OCEANO, NUCLEAR, SPECWAR, EOD, NFO, PILOT, CEC, & NURSE CORPS.
The following Target Options have zero select opportunity for FY-14: HR, INTEL, IW, MEDICAL CORPS, OCEANO, & SUPPLY CORPS."
Comment by Chris B. on October 26, 2012 at 7:12am

Results for FY13 announced yesterday.  Forty Nine selected, including thirty one Nucs!  Congratulations to those selected.

Comment by Chris B. on April 2, 2012 at 5:26am

I would ask someone to review the cover letter in the STA-21 thread here.

Comment by old Lt on April 1, 2012 at 9:27pm

Chris, any advice on how the cover letter should be written? My son just took his ACT as the SAT was too old and has just about everything together in his package for submittal.

Comment by Chris B. on March 21, 2012 at 6:04am

The NSI experience from the horse's mouth here .


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