midshipman walking to class in the snowSeaman to Admiral (STA-21)

The Seaman to Admiral – 21 was designed to combine a number of commissioning programs into one. With this new program, enlisted sailors are given the opportunity to receive a commission while maintaining the benefits of being active duty. Sailors receive up to $10,000 per year for books, fees, and tuition.  See also OSU Military Experience Credits.

Upon graduation, Sailors will receive a commission as an Unrestricted Line Officer, Special Duty Officer, Nurse Corps, Supply Corps, or Civil Engineer Corps.

For more information regarding the STA–21 program please visit: STA-21

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The STA-21 Program is for active duty sailors which allows them to return to an accredited college for up to 3 years to complete their degree before accepting a commission in the United States Naval Reserve.

OSU is an accredited school for Core, Nuke, and Pilot options for Officer Candidates (OC). The Navy allows up to $10,000 per academic year for books, tuition and fees.

Oregon State University is on the quarter system, so students should plan for approximately $2500 per term (not including fees).  Calculators, pens, pencils and notebooks are not reimbursable. The NROTC unit does not cover the upfront cost of books, but you may be reimbursed if you submit your receipts.  Also, a new requirement for the College of Engineering is that all incoming freshmen and transfer students must have a laptop with wireless capabilities. Exact specifications for Engineering computer requirements can be found on their website. The STA-21 program will not reimburse for this purchase, so please plan accordingly.

OC’s are strongly encouraged to fill out FAFSA forms and apply for scholarships through OSU Financial Aid, FAQs, as well as independent sources. Be sure to fill out the information accurately and account for ALL income and funds received from the Navy, including the $10,000 scholarship and BAH/BAS. Failure to supply this information during application for need-based financial aid is considered fraudulent.

At Oregon State University active duty sailors are fully integrated within the Battalion. They participate in weekly physical training, battalion drill and labs, as well as holding positions within the battalion chain of command. Various billets are assigned to OC’s, and their midshipmen counterparts, in order for their professional development and leadership skills.

Please email LT Johnnie DeBoe with any further questions you may have.