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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
Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 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-20 STA-21 program is 1
July 2019. 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 the package of an applicant is 1 August 2019. No additional
documents can be added after this date. The selection board is scheduled to
convene in September 2019 and the selectees will be announced via MyNavy
4. The following target options and core are open for application for the
FY-20 Selection Board: Surface Warfare Officer (SWO), SWO/Engineering,
Nuclear (Surface/Sub), Special Warfare, Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Naval
Flight Officer, Naval Aviator, Civil Engineering Corps, Nurse Corps and
5. The following communities have zero select opportunity for FY-
20: Human Resources, Intelligence, Information Warfare, Medical Corps,
Supply Corps, SWO/Information Professional and SWO/Oceanography.
6. The Nuclear (Surface/Sub) Target Option is open to Sailors who have
completed the initial training pipeline and hold an active nuclear Navy
Enlisted Classification (NEC) (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 May 2019 for more specific information and all other requirements to
apply for the program. Additionally, applicants holding a nuclear NEC 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-
19 STA-21 selection process and board. This information is provided to
preclude common errors:
a. Of the 323 applications received for FY-19, only 305 were board
eligible. A total of 50 were selected to participate in the
FY-19 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 and validation of non-participation PFA status for those Sailors
who received overall excellent low or better, 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 CO of the
applicant may not be a board member and should not submit an interview
appraisal sheet. The personal interview of the CO should be conducted only
after the application is complete and the officer interview board has
submitted their appraisals. The full picture of the academic and officer
potential of an applicant can only be determined by reviewing the SAT/ACT
scores, high school/college transcripts and a completed application package.
d. The endorsement of the CO is extremely important, especially the
ranking of the applicant among his or her peers. The endorsement should
contain specifics about the academic potential, commitment, leadership,
service above self and potential for successful service of the applicant as a
naval officer. CO comments should specify the primary option to which the
applicant is applying and address how the applicant meets qualifications for
For junior Sailors with only schoolhouse evaluations, the CO must address the
schoolhouse status of the applicant and performance in their endorsement.
e. An interview board and nomination review board shall be conducted in
line with reference (a). It is recommended that officers belonging to the
designator of choice of the applicant, 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
leadership and academic potential of the applicant. Appraisal forms should
be typed to ensure legibility for the selection board.
f. The personal statement of the applicant should address why the Sailor
wants to become an officer, how the selection of the Sailor 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 their 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 should review their application in its entirety before submission.
They must check for misspelled words and improper grammar, and ensure all
transcripts (high school and all colleges) are enclosed.
h. Within the last year, applicants must have passed both PFA cycles to
include body composition assessment and the physical readiness test (PRT)
with performance in the good category or better. 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 1 year of the
application (i.e., Fall 2018 and Spring 2019).
i. Applicants may include additional recommendations, qualifications or
other accomplishments as a part of their application.
8. Mail completed applications to:
Naval Service Training Command (N92/STA 21)
250 Dallas Street Ste A
Pensacola FL 32508-5268
9. Program information to include program updates, eligibility criteria,
application requirements and selection procedures is available on MyNavy
Portal at https://www.mnp.navy.mil/group/career-
10. Point of contacts:
a. For STA-21 program and application procedures contact Naval Service
Training Command, STA-21 Program Officer at (850) 452-9433/
9563 DSN 459 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
b. For STA-21 Nuclear option, point of contact is the Nuclear Enlisted
Community Manager, OPNAV N133D, at (703) 604-5491/DSN 664 or via e-mail at
11. Released by Vice Admiral R. P. Burke, N1.//