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All Hands Magazine's mini-documentary series "Making a Sailor": These six videos follow four recruits through Boot Camp in the spring of 2018 who were assigned to DIV 229, an integrated division, which had PIR on 05/25/2018. 

Making a Sailor: Episode 1 - "Get on the Bus"

Making a Sailor: Episode 2 - "What did I get myself into?"

Making a Sailor: Episode 3 - "Processing Days"

Making a Sailor: Episode 4 - "Forming"

Boot Camp: Making a Sailor - Episode 5

Making a Sailor: Episode 6 - "I'm a U.S. Navy Sailor"

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This group is for those interested in discussing enlisted commissioning programs.

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Latest Activity: Jan 16

Discussion Forum

STA-21 how to

Started by Chris. Last reply by Sweet*Southern*Lady Jul 18, 2010. 1 Reply

"So you want to be an officer, and you want a free college degree, have you considered the Seaman to Admiral 21 Program! Now that you have enlisted in the Navy, and have become familiar with the…Continue

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Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN on January 16, 2020 at 2:02pm

The FY-21 online application will be available 1 March 2020 for anyone who is interested.

Here's the link:

STA-21 Program

Comment by Chris on June 24, 2018 at 10:17am

NavyNukeWife  Check the "STA-21 how to" at the top of this page.  Acceptance to a college can be a benefit.  Everything matters including college transcripts.

The STA-21 deadline is early July with results in September or October.

STA-21 is a process.  Some candidates apply more than once.  Some apply three or four consecutive years.  Strengthening their packages each year.

Look at threads at and for some gouge.  


Comment by NavyNukeWife on June 13, 2018 at 11:52am

I have questions about the STA-21 program! My husband is in training to be an MM, he will be in Power School when he applies for the STA-21 program.

Does he need to be accepted to a college prior to applying for the program? 

He has two years of college done but his grades were honestly pretty bad (laziness), he has been doing great in MM school - will his transcripts ruin his chance at being accepted into the program? Do they even look at the transcripts?

If he was accepted, would he begin in the fall? If so, what do they do for the summer prior to?

Thank you to anyone who can answer any of these!

Comment by Laura G on April 23, 2018 at 2:18pm

Thanks, Chris!

Comment by Chris on April 23, 2018 at 2:06pm

Congratulations to you and your son.  My son was a Nuke ET sub vol., but he never served on a sub!  He got orders to the Virginia a week after he was accepted to STA-21.  Undergraduate school was a great time for my son.  Your son will be the Big Man On Campus!  With a paycheck!  My son graduated and Commissioned in May 2013.  He is now a Naval Aviator.  Have fun, enjoy the ride!     

Comment by Laura G on April 23, 2018 at 1:06pm

Hello :) I'm a Nuke Mom and my son is now in the STA-21 program.  He previously served on the USS Alabama as an ETN.  He just completed NSI and will start classes at Purdue in June.  I'm very excited about this next leg of my son's journey in the Navy!

Comment by NavyMominVA on August 16, 2017 at 7:15pm
After boot camp, they continue to the training for their MOS. In my son's case it was 'A' school and Power school. While in Goose Creek, he applied for and was accepted to STA-21. Since he is a nuke, he had a good chance (they take a lot of Nukes into STA-21). They select their college (the school has to have a Navy ROTC unit) and have to be accepted through the application process. They have 3 years to complete their degree and then commission with their ROTC unit. And backing up a bit, with the exception of Nukes, it's extremely unusual to be accepted into STA-21 during training. My older son was enlisted for 5 years before he was accepted to STA-21. Hope this helps.
Comment by NewNavyMom3 on August 16, 2017 at 4:22pm

NacyMominVA - thank you for the response. I guess for starters, what happens after boot camp in terms of training and when do they go back to complete a degree? He only had one year of college left and a strong physics/calculus background. Does everyone in the STA-21 program have the same schooling after bootcamp? Do they get to select the college where they finish their degree? And when does that happen?

Comment by NavyMominVA on August 16, 2017 at 3:30pm
NewNavyMom ask away. I have 2 sons who are commissioned through STA-21. My younger son was picked up while in school at Goose Creek, and is actually back there now completing his officer training to be a surface nuke.
Comment by NewNavyMom3 on August 16, 2017 at 3:22pm

I am a new Navy mom with some questions about the STA-21 program. My son is just about to finish boot camp and then I believe heads to school in SC.  If anyone is a bit experienced with the program and flow, please PM me because I have some general questions. Thanks


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