When sailors today hear the term
"Seaman to Admiral" no doubt former Chief of Naval Operations Admiral
Boorda comes to mind. As a product of an enlisted-to-officer
commissioning program in the early 1960's, Admiral Boorda was the first
CNO to have risen from the enlisted ranks. The Integration Program, as
it was then known, was designed to provide an opportunity for enlisted
personnel who possessed outstanding qualifications and motivation for a
naval career to obtain a commission. Upon assuming the duties of CNO,
Admiral Boorda immediately reestablished the historic program, Seaman to
Admiral, for young Sailors to earn their commission and become naval
officers. The admiral believed "people should have the opportunity to
excel, and be all they can be, even if they don't get a perfect or
Since its rebirth in 1994, the Seaman to Admiral (STA) program has
undergone several changes to meet the needs of the Navy and Sailors,
but the spirit embodied by Admiral Boorda remains intact. STA has
always been a commissioning program in which participants maintain
the pay, benefits, and privileges they enjoy as active duty Sailors
and receive a scholarship to attend a top-notch university. Each of
these Sailors goes on to rewarding careers as naval officers.
Physical fitness is an integral part of the STA-21 program and NSI.
You will be required to be within body fat standards and pass the
Navy PRT with a score of ‘Good’ in accordance with OPNAVINST 1420.1
(series) and OPNAVINST 1610.1 (series).
For additional information on STA-21 and NROTC please consult:
NSTCINST 1533.2 – Regulations for Officer Development for NROTC
For any question or concerns, please contact OTCN Student Control at
(401) 841-2264 or Command Duty Officer at (401) 841-4321.