STA-21 NAVADMIN

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SUBJ: FY-10 SEAMAN TO ADMIRAL-21 (STA-21) PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT
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NAVADMIN 121/09
MSGID/GENADMIN/CNO WASHINGTON DC/N1/APR// SUBJ/FY-10 SEAMAN TO ADMIRAL-21 (STA-21) PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT// REF/A/DOC/OPNAV/02MAY03// AMPN/REF A IS OPNAVINST 1420.1A, ENLISTED TO OFFICER PAGE 02 RUCOMFA7678 UNCLAS COMMISSIONING PROGRAMS APPLICATION ADMINISTRATIVE MANUAL.// RMKS/1. THE PURPOSE OF THIS NAVADMIN IS TO SOLICIT APPLICATIONS AND PROVIDE GUIDANCE FOR THE FY-10 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 ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS SPECIFIED IN REF A AND ON THE STA-21 WEBSITE UNDER THE ADMINISTRATION LINK. SELECTEES ARE PROVIDED A MAXIMUM OF 36 MONTHS OF FULL-TIME, YEAR-ROUND STUDY TO COMPLETE A BACCALAUREATE DEGREE. PARTICIPANTS WILL REMAIN ON ACTIVE DUTY WHILE ATTENDING COLLEGE AND RECEIVE PAY, ALLOWANCES, BENEFITS, AND PRIVILEGES OF CURRENT PAYGRADE. IN ADDITION SELECTEES WILL RECEIVE AN EDUCATION VOUCHER FOR UP TO 10,000 DOLLARS PER YEAR TO COVER TUITION, FEES, AND BOOK COSTS.
3. DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS FOR THE FY-10 STA-21 PROGRAM IS 1 JULY 2009. APPLICATION PACKAGES MUST BE POSTMARKED ON OR BEFORE THE DEADLINE DATE. DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION TO AN APPLICANT’S PACKAGE IS 1 AUGUST 2009. NO ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS CAN BE ADDED AFTER THIS DATE. THE SELECTION BOARD WILL MEET IN SEPTEMBER 2009. NAMES OF SELECTEES WILL BE PAGE 03 RUCOMFA7678 UNCLAS ANNOUNCED BY NAVADMIN IN OCTOBER 2009.
4. STA-21 INDIVIDUAL PROGRAM OPTION AGE, EDUCATION, SECURITY AND ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS ARE LISTED ON THE STA-21 WEBSITE AT
HTTPS://WWW.STA-21.NAVY.MIL. NEW STA-21 OPTIONS AND PROGRAM MODIFICATIONS INCLUDE: HUMAN RESOURCE, INTELLIGENCE, INFORMATION WARFARE (IW), SURFACE WARFARE OFFICER (SWO)/ENGINEERING DUTY (ED) AND OCEANOGRAPHY OPTIONS; THESE OPTIONS ARE OPEN TO MEN AND WOMEN OF ALL CAREER FIELDS.
5. LESSONS LEARNED. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION ADDRESSES LESSONS LEARNED FROM THE FY-09 STA-21 SELECTION PROCESS AND BOARD. THIS INFORMATION IS PROVIDED TO PRECLUDE COMMON ERRORS.
A. OF 1,000 APPLICATIONS RECEIVED, ONLY 682 WERE BOARD ELIGIBLE. A TOTAL OF 210 WERE SELECTED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE FY-09 STA-21 PROGRAM.
B. COMMON REASONS FOR DETERMINATION OF INELIGIBILITY: NON-QUALIFYING SAT/ACT TEST SCORES, NO SAT/ACT TEST SCORES SUBMITTED, NO COMMANDING OFFICER’S (CO) ENDORSEMENT, RECENT NON-JUDICIAL PUNISHMENT, AND MISSING OR ILLEGIBLE SUBMISSION OF DOCUMENTS.
C. MINIMUM ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS MUST BE MET BEFORE PAGE 04 RUCOMFA7678 UNCLAS SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION. THE SELECTION PROCESS IS EXTREMELY COMPETITIVE. APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE MAILED ONLY WHEN FULLY COMPLETE. OFFICER INTERVIEW BOARDS AND THE CO’S PERSONAL INTERVIEW SHOULD ONLY BE CONDUCTED AFTER THE APPLICATION IS COMPLETE. THE FULL PICTURE OF AN APPLICANT’S ACADEMIC POTENTIAL CAN ONLY BE DETERMINED BY REVIEWING THE SAT/ACT SCORES AND HIGH SCHOOL/COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS.
D. AN INTERVIEW BOARD AND NOMINATION REVIEW BOARD SHALL BE CONDUCTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH REF A. IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT OFFICERS OF THE APPLICANT’S DESIGNATOR CHOICE, IF AVAILABLE AT A BASE OR COMMAND, BE ASKED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE INTERVIEW/NOMINATION REVIEW BOARD TO ASSESS THE APPLICANT FOR THEIR COMMUNITY. NOMINATION REVIEW BOARDS SHOULD BE EXTERNAL TO THE COMMAND. IN THE EVENT THAT A NOMINATION REVIEW BOARD OUTSIDE OF THE COMMAND CANNOT BE CONVENED, THE COMMAND SHOULD PRESENT THREE ADDITIONAL INTERVIEW APPRAISALS TO ADD TO THE PACKAGE OR AN EXPLANATION OF WHY THE DIRECTED PROCESS COULD NOT BE FOLLOWED. FOR JUNIOR SAILORS WITH ONLY SCHOOLHOUSE EVALUATIONS, THE CO MUST ADDRESS THIS ISSUE IN THEIR ENDORSEMENT. SAILORS MUST ADDRESS ANY HARDSHIPS OR UNIQUE EXPERIENCES THAT SHAPED THEIR CHARACTER AND PAGE 05 RUCOMFA7678 UNCLAS JUNIOR SAILORS SHOULD PROVIDE INFORMATION ON HIGH SCHOOL EXPERIENCES. HIGH SCHOOL TRANSCRIPTS RARELY PROVIDE IN DEPTH INFORMATION ON INVOLVEMENT IN SPORTS, CLUBS, VOLUNTEER WORK, ETC.
EACH CANDIDATE SHOULD BE INSTRUCTED TO INCLUDE IN THEIR PERSONAL STATEMENT REASON(S) FOR THEIR INTEREST IN THE STA-21 PROGRAM, AND WHAT THEY WOULD DO WITH THE OPPORTUNITY IF SELECTED. ADDITIONALLY, APPLICANTS SHOULD EXPLAIN ANY MITIGATING ISSUES THE BOARD NEEDS TO CONSIDER (I.E., POOR HIGH SCHOOL OR COLLEGE GRADES AND UNEXPLAINED GAPS).
6. DIVERSITY WITHIN THE NAVY’S OFFICER COMMUNITY IS ESSENTIAL TO OUR FUTURE SUCCESS. THE NAVY NEEDS LEADERS FROM AND FOR EVERY PART OF OUR NAVY. ALL CO’S, COMMAND CAREER COUNSELORS AND SENIOR ENLISTED MEMBERS SHOULD ENCOURAGE QUALIFIED SAILORS TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROGRAM.
7. MAIL APPLICATIONS TO:
COMMANDER NAVAL SERVICE TRAINING COMMAND (OD2/STA-21)
50 DALLAS STREET, STE A
PENSACOLA, FL 32508-5268
8. SPECIFIC DETAILS, ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA, APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS PAGE 06 RUCOMFA7678 UNCLAS AND SELECTION PROCEDURES CAN BE FOUND IN REF A AND AT THE STA-21 WEBSITE UNDER PROGRAM OPTIONS AT HTTPS://WWW.STA 21.NAVY.MIL.
9. QUESTIONS CONCERNING THIS PROGRAM SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO COMMAND CAREER COUNSELORS OR TO NAVAL SERVICE TRAINING COMMAND, OFFICER DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT (OD2) AT (850) 452-9563 OR EMAIL PNSC_STA21(AT)NAVY.MIL.
10. RELEASED BY VADM MARK FERGUSON, N1.// BT
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