Congratulations on your selection to the NSI STA-21 Program, and Welcome Aboard! Your outstanding performance and enlisted service has led to your selection for this highly competitive program, and brought you to the rank of Officer Candidate in this highly competitive officer accession program. Although you officially become an Officer Candidate upon reporting, you will continue to receive your enlisted pay while attending NSI. Begin preparing yourself mentally for the challenges that lie ahead.
NSI STA-21 is a unique, one-of-a kind, officer-accession education and training program. It is time-compressed and provides significant academic challenges.
Due to the compressed class schedule, you should make every effort to get your personal affairs in order prior to reporting to prevent unnecessary distractions during this essential education and training evolution.
Your accomplishments thus far are noteworthy. Goals of strengthening your present academic foundation and embarking on a journey, towards a college degree and a commission as a Naval Officer are firmly within your reach. You will be challenged daily, academically, militarily, professionally, and physically! You should be prepared to devote the majority of your time and energy towards a serious and regimented lifestyle. Your success is proportional to your level of commitment.
Accountability....Responsibility....Authority....all come with gold bars!
Officer Training Command Newport
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.
Seaman to Admiral
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: NSTC M-1533.2D – Regulations for Officer Development for NROTC
For any question, please contact the OTCN Student Control at (401) 841-3354 or Command Duty Officer at (401) 862-4321.
You will purchase all necessary Uniforms during your first week of training at NSI. Until uniform fitting and issue, Officer Candidates will wear official Navy PT gear as the Uniform of the Day. Do not purchase uniform items prior to arrival. Uniform items are very specific, and purchasing them from any source other than an authorized Navy Uniform Store may result in unnecessary expenditures.
Any uniform items you may already own that are the same for both officer and enlisted (i.e. all weather coat, Navy issue PT gear, black leather gloves, ribbons/medals/warfare devices, etc.) should be brought with you. Prior Chiefs should bring all khaki uniform components as well. If the Class Officer or Senior Enlisted Class team member determines items are unserviceable, new items will be required to be purchased.
The typical Uniform of the Day at NSI will be Service Khakis.
All Officer Candidates with the exception of prior Chief Petty Officers will receive a one-time uniform allowance to cover the cost for the initial uniform issue. For further questions concerning uniform allowances, please check the below link.
Click here DoD 7000.14-R ‘Clothing Monetary Allowances’ (Click on Volume 7A, Chapter 29 - Clothing Monetary Allowances)
Course work consists of six major areas that are equivalent to approximately 18 semester hours of college credit in Naval Science (each college/university has its own course credit policies). The academic courses at NSI include:
(1) Introduction to Naval Science. This course is a general introduction to the military and the naval service. Instruction places particular emphasis on the officer’s perspective of the mission, organization, regulations, and warfare components of the Navy. Included is an overview of officer and enlisted rank and rating structures, career opportunities, promotion and advancement, and retirement policies. This course also covers the basic tenets of naval courtesy, customs, discipline, naval leadership, and ship nomenclature. The candidate is made cognizant of the major challenges facing today’s Naval officer, including the areas of equal opportunity, fraternization, sexual harassment and drug/alcohol abuse.
(2) Sea Power and Maritime Affairs. This course is a survey of American Naval history from the American Revolution to the present. In addition, the course discusses the general concept of Sea Power, the roles of various warfare components of the U.S. Navy, and U.S. Naval Strategy.
(3) Naval Ships Systems I (Engineering). This course is designed to familiarize candidates with the types, structure, and purpose of naval ships. Ships’ propulsion systems, auxiliary power systems, interior communications, and ship control are included. Elements of ship design to achieve safe operations and ship stability characteristics are examined.
(4) Naval Ships Systems II (Weapons). This course offers an introduction to the theory and principles of the operation of naval weapons systems. The course includes coverage of types of weapons and fire control systems, radar and sonar fundamentals, theory of target acquisition, identification and tracking, trajectory principles, and basics of naval ordnance.
(5) Navigation I. This course provides an in depth study of the theory, principles, procedures and application of plotting, piloting, and navigation techniques. Students learn piloting techniques, the use of charts, visual and electronic aids, and theory of operation of magnetic/gyro compasses. Other topics include tides, currents, effects of wind/weather, voyage planning, and application and understanding of international/inland rules of navigation. The course is supplemented with review/analysis of case studies involving actual navigation.
(6) Navigation II (Seamanship and Naval Operations). Study of relative motion,vector-analysis theory, formation tactics, and ship employment. Also included is an introduction to naval operations, operations analysis, ship maneuvering characteristics, applied aspects of ship handling, communications, and command/control. This course is supplemented with a review/analysis of case studies involving moral/ethical/leadership issues pertaining to the concepts listed above.
Memorization Items. Officer Candidates may be required to recite the items below. (Go to the Memorization "tabbed" section on this page.)
The Navy considers a physically fit body as important as a sound mind. The objectives of the physical training sessions classes at OTCN are to develop stamina, endurance and to improve your overall physical conditioning.
Physical training instruction begins immediately upon arrival. You are required to be within Navy Body Composition Standards upon arrival. They are:
Within the first week of training, you will given a BCA and will complete a PFA. It pays to be in peak physical condition when you report to NSI.
Officer Candidates must maintain Physical Fitness Standards IAW OPNAVINST 6110.1(series).
The following link contains recommended conditioning programs to help prepare you for the physical fitness requirements of NSI.
Individuals who do not satisfactorily complete any portion of the PFA with a score of good low or better may be subject to administrative actions which may adversely affect their status at NSI.
For information concerning the Navy Physical Fitness Assessment, please click on the following links
Navy Physical Readiness Home Page
OPNAVINST 6110.1 (series) Navy Physical Fitness Assessment Instruction
All NSI candidates are encouraged to review the student regulations and program information included in OTCNINST 1530.7C.
I am a United States Sailor. I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America and I will obey the orders of those appointed over me. I represent the fighting spirit of the Navy and those who have gone before me to defend freedom and democracy around the world. I proudly serve my country's Navy combat team with honor, courage, and commitment. I am committed to excellence and the fair treatment of all.
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Below is the required paperwork for each student reporting to NSI.
Required Items To Bring:
You will be issued all necessary uniform items upon arrival at NSI (See the Uniform Requirements "tabbed" section on this page.) You will also receive a clothing allowance based on your rank (Prior Chief Petty Officers will not receive this, as they have already received an allowance). Below are the items needed to begin training.
Note: Opportunities to go to the NEX will be limited during the first few weeks of training.
* The schedule is a sample only. It is meant to give an idea of the daily routine. Week 1 of training consists of administration and indoctrination, Weeks 2-6 are classes, Week 7/8 are finals and out-processing.
Monday - Thursday (End of Training)-2100, on base liberty, Uniform of the Day. Friday 1700-Sunday 2000, off base liberty, appropriate civilian attire. Civilian clothing will be appropriate for a Naval Officer, to include collared shirts, pants with a belt, closed toed shoes, etc.
** The liberty policy is at the class team's discretion. Class performance and behavior will determine restriction or relaxation of the policy.