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 traditional start.
Since its rebirth in 1994, the Seaman to Admiral (STA-21) program
has undergone several changes to meet the needs of the Navy and
Sailors, but the spirit embodied by Admiral Boorda remains intact.
STA-21 has always been a commissioning program in which participants
maintain the pay, benefits, and privileges they received as active
duty enlisted sailors and receive a scholarship to attend a superb
university upon graduation.
Physical fitness is an integral part of the STA-21 program.
You will be required to be within Body Composition Standards and
pass the Navy PRT with a score of ‘Good Low’ in accordance with
OPNAVINST 1420.1 (series) and
OPNAVINST 6110.1 (series).
For additional information on STA-21 and NROTC please consult:
NSTCINT 1533.2 Ch 1 – Regulations for Officer Development for NROTC
For any question, please contact the OTCN Student Control at
or Command Duty Officer at