FY09 STA-21 Message

FY09 STA-21 Message

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FM CNO WASHINGTON DC//N1//
TO NAVADMIN
INFO CNO WASHINGTON DC//N1//
UNCLAS //N01530//
NAVADMIN 127/08
MSGID/GENADMIN/CNO WASHINGTON DC/N1/MAY//
SUBJ/FY-09 SEAMAN TO ADMIRAL-21 (STA-21) PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT// REF/A/DOC/OPNAV/02MAY2003// AMPN/REF A IS OPNAVINST 1420.1A, ENLISTED TO OFFICER COMMISSIONING PROGRAMS APPLICATION ADMINISTRATIVE MANUAL.// RMKS/1. THE PURPOSE OF THIS NAVADMIN IS TO SOLICIT APPLICATIONS AND PROVIDE GUIDANCE FOR THE
FY-09 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-09 STA-21 PROGRAM IS 1 JULY 2008. 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 2008. FOR THE
FY-09 STA-21 APPLICATIONS, SERVICE MEMBERS IMPACTED BY THE DANTES TESTING SUSPENSION MAY SUBMIT A PARTIAL APPLICATION PACKAGE, LESS ONLY THEIR AMERICAN COLLEGE TEST (ACT) OR SCHOLASTIC ASSESSMENT TEST
(SAT) SCORES, NLT 1 JULY 2008. THOSE PARTIAL APPLICATIONS MUST INCLUDE AN ENDORSEMENT BY THEIR COMMANDING OFFICER CERTIFYING THAT THE DANTES TEST SUSPENSION HAS PROHIBITED THE APPLICANT FROM RECEIVING THEIR SAT/ACT RESULTS PRIOR TO 1 JULY 2008. THOSE APPLYING WITH THESE PARTIAL APPLICATION PACKETS MUST SUBMIT THEIR ACT/SAT TEST SCORES BEFORE 1 SEPTEMBER 2008. ACT/SAT SCORES UP TO 3 YEARS OLD MAY BE SUBMITTED AS PART OF THE PACKAGE AT THE DISCRETION OF THE CANDIDATE. NO ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS CAN BE ADDED AFTER THIS DATE.
NAMES OF SELECTEES WILL BE ANNOUNCED BY NAVADMIN IN OCTOBER 2008.
4. LESSONS LEARNED. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION ADDRESSES LESSONS LEARNED FROM THE FY-08 STA-21 SELECTION PROCESS AND BOARD. THIS INFORMATION IS PROVIDED TO PRECLUDE COMMON ERRORS.
A. OF OVER 850 APPLICATIONS RECEIVED, ONLY 713 WERE BOARD ELIGIBLE.
A TOTAL OF 210 WERE SELECTED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE FY-08
STA-21 PROGRAM.
B. EACH YEAR, PACKAGES ARE STILL NOT CONSIDERED DUE TO NON-QUALIFYING SAT/ACT TEST SCORES, NO SAT/ACT TEST SCORES SUBMITTED, NO CO ENDORSEMENT, RECENT NJP, AND MISSING OR ILLEGIBLE SUBMISSION OF DOCUMENTS.
C. MINIMUM ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS MUST BE MET BEFORE 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 PER 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 OF THE COMMAND. IN THE EVENT THAT A NOMINATION REVIEW BOARD OUTSIDE 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. HOW OTHER OFFICERS VIEW THE APPLICANT CARRIES SIGNIFICANT WEIGHT. FOR JUNIOR SAILORS WITH ONLY SCHOOLHOUSE EVALUATIONS, THE CO MUST ADDRESS THIS ISSUE IN HIS OR HER ENDORSEMENT. SAILORS MUST ADDRESS ANY HARDSHIPS OR UNIQUE EXPERIENCES THAT SHAPED THEIR CHARACTER AND JUNIOR SAILORS 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, WHAT THEY HAVE DONE TO DESERVE CONSIDERATION FOR THIS 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, UNEXPLAINED GAPS).
5. DIVERSITY WITHIN THE NAVY'S OFFICER COMMUNITY IS ESSENTIAL TO OUR FUTURE SUCCESS. I REQUEST ALL COMMANDING OFFICERS, COMMAND CAREER COUNSELORS AND SENIOR ENLISTED MEMBERS ENCOURAGE ALL QUALIFIED SAILORS TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROGRAM.
6. APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE MAILED TO:
COMMANDER
NAVAL SERVICE TRAINING COMMAND (OD2/STA-21)
250 DALLAS STREET, STE A
PENSACOLA, FL 32508-5268
7. SPECIFIC DETAILS, ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA, APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS 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.
8. QUESTIONS CONCERNING THIS PROGRAM SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO COMMAND CAREER COUNSELORS OR TO NAVAL SERVICE TRAINING COMMAND OFFICER DEVELOPMENT DIVISION (OD2) AT (850) 452-9563 OR EMAIL AT PNSC_STA21(AT)NAVY.MIL.
9. RELEASED BY VADM M. E. FERGUSON III, N1.//
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Postby IW OCM » Wed May 21, 2008 3:03 am

As you know, all STA-21 applicants desiring selection as IWOs require at least one appraisal sheet of an IWO be included in their package. As you find yourselves playing such a role in helping deserving Sailors obtain their career goals, please keep in mind that we need to focus our efforts on the more junior Sailors (e.g. earlier is better with the sweet spot being five or less years of service to accommodate commissioning prior to eight years), and that though not yet specifically mentioned in any instruction (still working on it), prior CTOs remain eligible for the IWO program. I'd also like to bring to your attention that starting next year, we will have a SWO (IW Option) whereby selectees will finish their degrees, complete their two D.O. tours as SWOs and then become 1640s. Out of a need to get creative when addressing our direct accession challenges, Captain Hagy has been working this one for a few years. His lobbying is paying off!! Other creative ideas forthcoming...
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Postby jaydubnavy » Tue Aug 05, 2008 6:34 pm

I may have mis-read the instruction, but thought it was only recommended that you have an appraisal sheet from an IWO in your package if you are desiring a commission as an IWO. I was not able to select who sat on my boards, and my command failed to include an IWO. Is this going to significantly hurt my chances of getting accepted to the STA-21 program? Also, when the SWO(IW) option comes out next year, what will the age restrictions be? The current age restrictions for SWO require the applicant to be commissioned by their 28th birthday, where IWO requires applicants to be commissioned by their 35th birthday. Since I am already 28, and will be 29 before I leave this command, even if I am accepted to the program this year, I have to pay close attention to age requirements.
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Postby IW OCM » Tue Aug 05, 2008 9:41 pm

jaydubnavy wrote:I may have mis-read the instruction, but thought it was only recommended that you have an appraisal sheet from an IWO in your package if you are desiring a commission as an IWO. I was not able to select who sat on my boards, and my command failed to include an IWO. Is this going to significantly hurt my chances of getting accepted to the STA-21 program? Also, when the SWO(IW) option comes out next year, what will the age restrictions be? The current age restrictions for SWO require the applicant to be commissioned by their 28th birthday, where IWO requires applicants to be commissioned by their 35th birthday. Since I am already 28, and will be 29 before I leave this command, even if I am accepted to the program this year, I have to pay close attention to age requirements.


Instruction says "should" not "must", so you are technically OK from that end. Not having an endorsement from an IWO is a definite minus for your package. Instruction also says applicants for IW must be a CT, so you should be able to find an IWO with whom you have served that can provide a LOR. After further review, it looks like the SWO(IW) Option is for OCS and not STA-21. More to follow...
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