Navy Program Helps Enlisted Sailors Aim for the Stars

Story Number: NNS111026-10Release Date: 10/26/2011 3:15:00 PM
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From Navy Personnel Command and Naval Service Training Command Public Affairs

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- More than 70 top-performing Sailors from the enlisted ranks were selected to pursue a commission through the Navy's Seaman to Admiral-21 (STA-21) program, officials said Oct. 26.

"These highly motivated men and women will be among the leaders of our Navy well into the 21st century," said Navy Personnel Command Force Master Chief (AW/SW/NAC) Jon Port. "All those who applied should be very proud of their accomplishments and continue their outstanding performance to ensure professional growth and increase their chance of selection in a future board."

NAVADMIN 316/11 contains a complete list of selectees and alternates for this fiscal year.

STA-21 is a commissioning program that provides a path for qualified Sailors to receive a college education and earn a commission as a naval officer. Selectees are authorized a maximum 36 months of full-time, year-round study to complete a baccalaureate degree.

Participants in the STA-21 program remain on active duty while attending college and benefit from an education voucher valued at up to $10,000 per year to cover tuition, fees and book costs. STA-21 participants must become members of and drill with a local Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) unit while attending school. Upon graduation, STA-21 participants will be commissioned as ensigns and return to active duty in the fleet.

In addition to the $10,000 per year voucher, Sailors receive their basic pay and basic allowance for housing and are eligible for advancement and may be eligible to reside in military family housing if available.

The STA-21 board meets annually and Sailors interested may apply for either the STA-21 Core Option or the STA-21 Target Option. The STA-21 Core Option allows officer community assignment to an unrestricted line designator during the final year of college based on the needs of the Navy, individual qualifications, aptitude, experience and preferences.

The STA-21 Target Option allows Sailors to choose a career path in one of 17 officer career fields including Pilot, Naval Flight Officer, Surface Warfare Officer, Surface Warfare Officer/Information Professional, Oceanography, Special Warfare, Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Nuclear, Medical Fields and Supply.

All STA-21 officer candidates will attend the Naval Science Institute (NSI) course at Officer Training Command, Newport, R.I., prior to beginning college studies at an NROTC-affiliated college or university. NSI is an eight-week course of intense officer preparation and indoctrination. Course enrollment is timed to allow college entrance during fall, spring or summer semesters/quarters.

For a complete list of requirements and more information on STA-21, see OPNAVINST 1420.1B and visit the STA-21 Web site at Sailors should consult with their command career counselor and chain of command for submission requirements, deadlines and recommendations.

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