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Baccalaureate Degree Completion Program (BDCP)

Navy BDC Program

The Baccalaureate Degree Completion Program (BDCP) provides financial assistance to college students and graduates to complete baccalaureate degree requirements as applicable and obtain commissions via Officer Candidate School (OCS) or Officer Development School (ODS).

BDCP Qualifications

The Baccalaureate Degree Completion Program is open to male and female applicants who are citizens of the United States. Enlisted personnel of the Naval Reserve (active or inactive), enlisted personnel of the Reserve components of the other armed services (active or inactive) can also apply, and must be discharged or released from other service obligation upon acceptance into BDCP.

Former service academy and NROTC members who have received pay entitlements, subsistence allowance, tuition, or fees under the provisions of these programs are eligible but may not be placed on active duty until graduation.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and can not exceed the maximum age limit for the specific designator that application is made. There are no marital status restrictions.

Applicants must meet physical standards for appointment as prescribed in the Manual of the Medical Department, Chapter 15. Candidates must meet the physical fitness weight and/or percentage of body fat standards at the time of application and at time of commissioning.

Academic Eligibility

Candidates must fall within one of the following two categories:

  1. Have completed the requirements for a baccalaureate degree at an accredited college or university in the United States.
  2. Be enrolled in or accepted for transfer to a regionally accredited four-year college or university with at least 30 semester or 45 quarter hours of credit from an accredited college or university.

Applicants must have completed two academic terms of a normal schedule of courses with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least a 2.7 on a 4.0 scale. No GPA waivers will be granted.

College Major

Candidates must meet the requirements for the specific designator for which they will be accepted. For designators without restrictions, technical majors are preferred such as mathematics, science and engineering, or those studies which have direct application to a career in the Navy.

Selectees complete college as full-time students attending at least all normal school sessions (2 semesters or 3 quarters). They must maintain a cumulative and term GPA of a least a 2.7, or higher if required by the specific designator.

Official transcripts must be submitted to Navy Recruiting Command (NRC) upon completion of each school term. A selectee's failure to disclose complete academic transcripts or evidence of tampering in any way will result in disenrollment from the BDCP.

Selectees must be enrolled in or accepted for transfer to an upper division accredited college or university and have an approved degree completion plan prior to enlistment In order to determine the projected graduation date. Baccalaureate degree requirements must be fulfilled within 36 months.

Participation in a non-mandatory co-op or work-study program will not normally be authorized if such participation will cause a delay in the projected graduation date.

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 NRC. Failure to obtain permission may result in disenrollment.


Applicants may request any of the following officer communities for which they qualify (subject to quota limitations): Surface, Aviation, Submarine, Civil Engineer Corps, Special Warfare, Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Supply Corps, Aeronautical Maintenance Duty, Intelligence, Information Warfare, or Cyber Warfare Engineer. Any requests for designator changes must be approved by NRC.

After enlisting, candidates will be ordered to the nearest Navy Recruiting District. Candidates will be placed in an active duty status as Officer Candidate Seaman (OCSNs) (E-3) and graduates as OCP02s (E-5) in the Navy Reserve and will incur all rights and responsibilities thereof. If already in the Reserves, they will be placed in an active duty status at their current rank, if higher. NRC will be responsible forcoordinating management and administration of BDCP candidates including indoctrination, Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA), identification cards, service records, pay, etc. until they report to DCS/ODS.

Payments and Tuition

Selectees will receive full pay and allowances (except clothing), but must pay for tuition, books and other school related expenses.

Members are eligible for meritorious advancement by two means:

  1. Members who make the Dean's List during two consecutive semesters or three consecutive quarters. Candidates are eligible for a one-time advancement to next higher pay grade (maximum E-5) effective on the first day of the month following completion of 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours.
  2. Make a referral which results in an accession to an Officer commissioning program (candidate or direct commission). Candidates are eligible for a one-time advancement to the next higher pay grade (maximum E-5) effective on the date of the referral's enlistment or commissioning.

Upon completion of baccalaureate degree requirements, candidates will be advanced to Officer Candidate Second Class Petty Officer (OCP02 (E-5)), if not previously advanced and will continue to receive pay at that pay grade while awaiting enrollment in the next available OCS/ODS class.

Information obtained from Navy BDCP Program Authorization 147. See an Officer Recruiter for further details.

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