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FY-2020 Seaman To Admiral-21 Program

Enlisted Commission Program STA-21

Seaman to Admiral-21 (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 OPNAVINST 1420.1B, the Enlisted to Officer Commissioning Programs Application Administrative Manual.

NAVADMIN 104/19 formally announced submission deadlines for FY-2020. The information below is taken directly from that NAVADMIN.


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 Portal.

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 Information Professional.

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.

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 NAVADMIN 177/17, if applying for option outside the Nuclear Community, from the Nuclear Enlisted Community Manager (OPNAV N133D).

The following information addresses lessons learned from the FY-19 STA-21 selection process and board. This information is provided to preclude common errors:

  1. 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.
  2. Each year, packages are not considered due to non-qualifying scholastic aptitude test (SAT) or American college test (ACT) test scores, missing commanding officer (CO) endorsement/recommendation, recent non-judicial punishment, missing physical fitness assessment (PFA) cycles, missing or illegible submission of documents, and not meeting program age or PFA requirements.
  3. 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 applicants CO may not be a board member and should not submit an interview appraisal sheet. The COs personal interview should be conducted only after the application is complete and the officer interview board has submitted their appraisals. The full picture of academic and officer potential of the applicant can only be determined by reviewing the SAT/ACT scores, high school/college transcripts, and a completed application package.
  4. The CO endorsement is extremely important, especially the ranking of the individual among his/her peers. The endorsement should contain specifics about academic potential, commitment, leadership, service above self, and potential as a naval officer of the individual. CO comments should specify the primary option to which the individual is applying and address how the individual meets qualifications for that option. For junior Sailors with only schoolhouse evaluations, the CO must address this issue in his or her endorsement.
  5. An interview board and nomination review board shall be conducted in line with OPNAVINST 1420.1B. It is recommended that officers of the applicants designator of choice, 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 applicants leadership and academic potential. Appraisal forms should be typed in 10 or 12 point font.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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).
  9. Applicants may include additional recommendations, qualifications or other accomplishments as a part of their application.

The Navy needs innovative and bold men and women to lead, think creatively, challenge assumptions, and take well-calculated risks. Today's Navy is composed of men and women representing dozens of different ethnic groups and literally hundreds of cultural backgrounds. The Navy's ability to meet leadership challenges relies on having leaders from our entire Navy who reflect our very best.

Applications should be mailed to:

For questions, specific details, eligibility criteria, application requirements and selection procedures, refer to OPNAVINST 1420.1B or contact your command career counselor for the most up-to-date information.

Information obtained from NAVADMIN 104/19 dated May 9, 2019.

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