BACCALAUREATE DEGREE COMPLETION PROGRAM:
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NARR/REF A IS PROGRAM AUTHORIZATION 147, THE BACCALAUREATE DEGREE COMPLETION
REF B IS NAVMED P-117, MANUAL OF THE MEDICAL DEPARTMENT.//
RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN solicits applications for the Baccalaureate
Degree Completion Program (BDCP). The BDCP is a collegiate program
that provides a financial incentive to college students to complete
their baccalaureate degree and earn a commission as an unrestricted
line officer (URL) upon successful completion of Officer Candidate
School (OCS). The BDCP boards will convene in conjunction with
professional recommendation boards to select 50 highly qualified
applicants to attend OCS during the fiscal year 2023 and beyond
shipping years. Applications will be accepted for the following URL
designators: aviation (pilot and naval flight officer), special
warfare (SEAL), special operations and surface warfare officer.
Candidates interested in the nuclear officer (submarine and surface)
communities should refer to the Nuclear Propulsion Officer Candidate
Program (Program Authorization (PA) 100A).
2. This program is open to civilians, enlisted personnel in the
Navy Reserve (Active or Inactive Reserve) and enlisted personnel in
the Reserve Components of other Armed Services (Inactive). Inactive
Reserve personnel from other components must be discharged or
released from their service obligation prior to acceptance to the
BDCP. Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) Midshipmen who
have received pay entitlements, subsistence allowance, tuition or
fees are not eligible. All applicants must be U.S. citizens.
3. Education requirements for application to the BDCP
a. Applicants must be enrolled in or accepted for transfer to a
regionally accredited four-year college or university that does not
have an established NROTC unit or NROTC cross-town agreement.
b. Applicants must have completed at least 60 semester or 90
quarter hours of credit from an accredited college or university.
Applicants who have already completed their baccalaureate degree
should apply for direct accession OCS programs outlined in PAs 100,
100D, 100E and 106.
c. Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA)
of at least 2.8 on a 4.0 scale. No waivers below 2.8 will be
d. Major. No restrictions, however, majors in science,
technology, engineering and mathematics or those studies which have
a direct application to a naval career will be given strong
consideration at the selection board.
e. BDCP selectees complete college as full-time students
attending all normal school sessions (two semesters or three
quarters) at a minimum.
f. Official transcripts must be submitted to Commander, Navy
Recruiting Command (CNRC) upon completion of each school term.
Selectees will be disenrolled if they fail to disclose complete
academic transcripts or if there is evidence of transcript tampering
in any way. Please see reference (a) for additional GPA and
g. Baccalaureate degree requirements must be fulfilled within
24 months. Selectees must have an approved degree completion plan
prior to enlistment in order to determine the projected graduation
h. Participation in non-mandatory co-op or work study program
will not be authorized if such participation will cause a delay in
the projected graduation date.
i. BDCP selectees will not be permitted to extend their
projected graduation date, cease attending classes, change majors,
enter exchange programs or transfer schools without specific
approval of CNRC. Failure to obtain permission may result in
4. Additional BDCP Requirements
a. Applicants must meet pre-commissioning/accession physical
standards in line with reference (b), as well as any additional
requirements imposed by the PA for the specific designator for which
they have applied.
b. Applicants must be within the prescribed age limits and meet
designator-specific testing requirements (such as aviation selection
test battery, officer aptitude rating and physical screening test)
in line with the PA for which they are applying for. No waivers
will be accepted.
5. Applicants may only request consideration for one community in
their application. Interested SEAL officer candidates should
contact the SEAL Officer Community Manager (OCM) (OPNAV N137) to
fully understand the unique timing of their selection process.
a. BDCP selectees will receive full pay and allowances (except
clothing) at the rate of Officer Candidate Petty Officer (OCPO)
Third Class, but must pay for tuition, books and other school
b. Selectees who make the deans list during two consecutive
semesters or three consecutive quarters are eligible for a one-time
meritorious advancement (maximum E-6) on the first day of the month
following completion of 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours in the
c. Any BDCP selectee who provides CNRC a referral which results
in an accession to an officer commissioning program (collegiate,
direct appointment or direct commission) will be eligible for a one-
time advancement to the next higher paygrade (maximum E-6).
d. Both opportunities will allow for two possible advancements
up to OCPO1 (E-6) (maximum) while in the program, one for academic
achievement and one for a referral leading to an officer accession.
e. Upon completion of baccalaureate degree requirements,
selectees will be advanced to OCPO2 (E-5), if not previously
advanced. Selectees who have previously advanced to OCPO1 will
maintain their current paygrade. All BDCP selectees who have
completed baccalaureate degree requirements will maintain pay and
benefits while awaiting enrollment in the next available OCS class.
7. Enlistment requirements. BDCP selectees will be required to
enlist in order to receive pay and financial incentives for joining
the BDCP. After enlisting, selectees will be ordered to the nearest
Navy Talent Acquisition Group (NTAG). Selectees will be placed in
an Active-Duty status as OCPO3s (E-4) and graduate as OCPO2s in the
Navy Reserve and will incur all rights and responsibilities thereof.
If already in the Navy Reserve, selectees will be placed in an
Active-Duty status at their current rank, if higher. The NTAG will
be responsible for coordinating management and administration of
BDCP selectees including indoctrination, physical readiness testing,
urinalysis, identification cards, service records, pay and other
administrative requirements until they report to OCS.
8. Service obligation
a. BDCP selectees must volunteer to serve four-years Active-
Duty from the date of enlistment. This obligation is superseded
automatically upon earning a commission.
b. Commissioned Active-Duty obligated service will be as
required by the appropriate designator PA in effect at the time of
enlistment. Total commissioned service obligation is eight years.
This obligation may be served as a combination of active service and
reserve service, with a minimum active service obligation of four
years (or longer, depending on the specific PA).
d. BDCP selectees who disenroll or attrite from this program
prior to commissioning for any reason other than medical or physical
disqualification will normally be required to complete recruit
training, unless previously graduated from Navy recruit training,
and serve on active duty for 24 months. CNRC or Director, OCS may
effect orders to recruit training. Enlisted Active-Duty will
normally commence within 60 days of disenrollment.
e. If not physically qualified for commissioning or enlistment,
BDCP selectees will be discharged. The type of discharge and
reenlistment code will be determined by CNRC with recommendation
from the applicable OCM.
f. Selectees who become not physically qualified for
commissioning but who are physically qualified for enlistment may be
made available for recruit training or discharged as desired by the
g. Selectees who become not physically qualified for a
previously approved designator shall submit a change of designator
request to CRNC who will coordinate the request with Military
Community Management Office (BUPERS-3) prior to candidate attendance
h. Selectees who attrite will be administratively reduced to
paygrade E-3 prior to entry to recruit training.
i. No specialized Navy training will be authorized following
recruit training unless the member agrees to extend Active-Duty
obligation to meet the service obligation of the training program
a. Upon receiving a baccalaureate degree, BDCP selectees will
be assigned to the next available OCS class. All selectees shall
complete OCS in Newport, RI. If a selectee fails to successfully
complete OCS for any reason other than injury, that selectee will be
required to serve the remainder of their enlisted contract.
b. Follow-on training will be in line with the PA for the
specific designator for which they will be accepted.
10. Applicants interested in applying for BDCP as well as inquiring
about board convening dates and deadlines should contact their local
Navy officer recruiter or command career counselor (if interested
member is in the Navy Reserve). Additionally, questions may be
referred to the BDCP Program Manager: LCDR James Barfoot, Branch
Head, General Officer Accessions (CNRC N311) at (901) 874-9419 or
via e-mail at email@example.com. Questions
concerning the SEAL program may be referred to the SEAL OCM (OPNAV
N137) at (703) 604-5005 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
11. This NAVADMIN will remain in effect until superseded or 28
February 2024, whichever occurs first.
12. Released by Vice Admiral John B. Nowell, Jr, N1.//