Naval Science Institute - Seaman to Admiral 21 Program     

NSI

Welcome Aboard,

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!

Sincerely,
CAPT Hazenberg
Commanding Officer
Officer Training Command Newport

NSI Program Overview

NSI PROGRAM OVERVIEW

 

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: 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.

NSI - Uniform Requirements
 

UNIFORM REQUIREMENTS


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 Click here DoD 7000.14-R ‘Clothing Monetary Allowances’ (Click on Volume 7A, Chapter 29 - Clothing Monetary Allowances)

 
NSI Academics
 

NSI PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

 

Academic Courses

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.)

 

Physical Fitness Standards

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:

  • Male Standard:
    • Age 18-21:22 percent
    • Age 22-29:23 percent
    • Age 30-39:24 percent
    • Age 40+:26 percent
  • Female Standard:
    • Age 18-21:33 percent
    • Age 22-29:34 percent
    • Age 30-39:35 percent
    • Age 40+:36 percent

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.

Click here for Fitness Guide http://www.navyfitness.org/fitness/noffs-training/operational-series/virtual-trainer

The Physical Fitness Assessment consists of 4 events:

  • BCA
  • Curl-ups
  • Push-ups
  • 1.5 mile run

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.

PFA INFORMATION:

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

STUDENT REGULATIONS:

All NSI candidates are encouraged to review the student regulations and program information included in OTCNINST 1530.7C.

Memorization
 

MEMORIZATION

 

Sailor’s Creed

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.

Chain of Command

Sir/Ma’am, the _____ person in this officer’s chain of command is:

  1. Division Officer: ______________
  2. Class Chief Petty Officer ______________
  3. Class Officer: ______________
  4. NSI Course Supervisor: ______________
  5. Executive Officer, Officer Training Command Newport: ______________
  6. Commanding Officer, Officer Training Command Newport: ______________
  7. Commander, Naval Service Training Command: ______________
  8. Commander, Naval Education and Training Command: ______________
  9. Chief of Naval Operations: ______________
  10. Secretary of the Navy: ______________
  11. Secretary of Defense: ______________
  12. Vice-President of the United States: ______________
  13. President of the United States: ______________

Code of Conduct

  1. I am an American, fighting in the forces which guard my country and our way of life. I am prepared to give my life in their defense.
  2. I will never surrender of my own free will. If in command, I will never surrender the members of my command while they still have the means to resist.
  3. If I am captured, I will continue to resist by all means available. I will make every effort to escape and aid others to escape. I will accept neither parole nor special favors from the enemy.
  4. If I become a prisoner of war, I will keep faith with my fellow prisoners. I will give no information nor take part in any action which might be harmful to my comrades. If I am senior, I will take command. If not, I will obey the lawful orders of those appointed over me and will back them up in every way.
  5. When questioned, should I become a prisoner of war, I am required to give name, rank, service number and date of birth. I will evade answering further questions to the utmost of my ability. I will make no oral or written statements disloyal to my country and its allies or harmful to their cause.
  6. I will never forget that I am an American, fighting for freedom, responsible for my actions, and dedicated to the principles which made my country free. I will trust in my God and in the United States of America.

General Orders of a Sentry

Sir/Ma’am, the ______ general order of a sentry is to:

  1. Take charge of this post and all government property in view.
  2. Walk my post in a military manner, keeping always on the alert and observing everything that takes place within sight or hearing.
  3. Report all violations of orders I am instructed to enforce.
  4. Repeat all calls from any posts more distant from the guardhouse (quarterdeck) than my own.
  5. Quit my post only when properly relieved.
  6. Receive, obey, and pass on to the sentry that relieves me all orders from the Commanding Officer, Command Duty Officer, Officer of the Day, Officer of the Deck, and Officers and Petty Officers of the Watch only.
  7. Talk to no one except in the line of duty.
  8. Give the alarm in case of fire or disorder.
  9. call the Corporal of the Guard or Officer of the Deck in any case not covered by instructions.
  10. Salute all officers and all colors and standards not cased.
  11. Be especially watchful at night and during the time for challenging, to challenge all persons on or near my post, and to allow no one to pass without proper authority.

Phonetic Alphabet

Letter

 

Pronunciation

A

Alpha

 

AL fah

B

Bravo

 

BRAH voh

C

Charlie

 

CHAR lee

D

Delta

 

DELL tah

E

Echo

 

ECK oh

F

Foxtrot

 

FOKS trot

G

Golf

 

GOLF

H

Hotel

 

hoh TELL

I

India

 

IN dee ah

J

Juliet

 

JEW lee et

K

Kilo

 

KEE loh

L

Lima

 

LEE mah

M

Mike

 

MIKE

N

November

 

no VEM ber

O

Oscar

 

OSS cah

P

Papa

 

pah PAH

Q

Quebec

 

kay BECK

R

Romeo

 

ROW me oh

S

Sierra

 

see AIR rah

T

Tango

 

TANG oh

U

Uniform

 

YOU nee form

V

Victor

 

VIK tah

W

Whiskey

 

WISS key

X

X-Ray

 

ECKS ray

Y

Yankee

 

YANG key

Z

Zulu

 

ZOO loo


 
NSI Required Paperwork


NSI Required Paperwork / Items to Bring

Below is the required paperwork for each student reporting to NSI.

Naval Sciences Institute Required Paperwork

  •       Endorsed Original Orders
  •       Detaching Evaluation or Extension Letter
  •       Agreement to Reenlist/Extend
  •       Record Of Emergency Data (PAGE 2). If you are newly married or have a new dependent child, the original marriage/birth certificates are required.
  •       SGLI
  •       Medical and Dental Records

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.

MALE FEMALE
  •       T-Shirts (white, crew neck) – 9
  •       Underwear, Briefs (white) – 9 pairs
  • * boxer briefs boxer shorts/regular
  •       Athletic Socks (white) – 9 pairs (Any type)
  •       Towel – 1 each
  •       Washcloth – 1 each
  •       T-Shirts (white, crew neck) – 9
  •       Underwear, Briefs (white) – 9 pairs
  • *basic underwear
  •       Athletic Socks (white) – 9 pairs (Any type)
  •       Towel – 1 each
  •       Washcloth - 1 each
  •       Brassiere/Sports Bras
Personal Toiletries Personal Toiletries
  • Basic Items Only
  •       Shaving gear
  •       Toothbrush/paste and floss
  •       Deodorant
  •       Soap/Shampoo
  •       Nail Clippers
  • Basic Items Only (full size)
  •       Feminine Hygiene Products
  •       Toothbrush/paste and floss
  •       Deodorant
  •       Soap/Shampoo
  •       Nail Clippers
 
  •       Personnel with poly/wool khaki's or NWU Type III should bring them.
  •       All students need to bring a combination padlock.  (Key locks are not authorized.)
  •       All appropriate Ribbons, Medals, and Warfare Devices.
  • Running Shoes:

  •       Quality running shoes minimize injury potential.
  • Authorized Items:

  •       Cell Phones
  •       Wristwatch
  •       Wallet and Check Book
  • Other Items:

  •       12” ruler
  •       2-3 black ink ball point pens
  •       Supplies for school, such as notebooks, etc.
  • Other Items:
  • **Special Dietary and Religious needs must be expressed on the first day of training. OTCN will do everything possible to accommodate all special and religious needs without compromising training.
 
NSI Schedule

SAMPLE SCHEDULE *

  • 0530                 Reveille / Morning Routine / Breakfast
  • 0700 - 1100     Class
  • 1100 - 1200     Lunch
  • 1200 - 1600     Class
  • 1600 - 1700     PT
  • 1800                 Dinner
  • 1830 - 2130     Study Time / Evening Routine

* 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.

LIBERTY POLICY **

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.

NSI
 

NSI FAQ

 
  1. What food options are available at OTCN?
    • You will be required to eat in the Ney Hall dining facility for every meal during normal working hours. The galley has a wide variety of food, including a salad and fruit bar, and a variety of proteins and vegetables. The galley also provides vegetarian options.
  2. Should I bring civilian clothes?
    • Yes. You will have the opportunity later in training to wear civilian clothes.
  3. What kind of expenses will I incur while at NSI?
    • Some items include:
      • Graduation Reception. $15.00-$20.00 per person (If family attends, you will need to pay for each)
      • Class T-Shirts/Sweatshirts. Each company usually designs and orders a shirt. These range from $15-$25 apiece.
      • Class Dinner. The class usually goes out the last week for a casual event. This ranges from $15-$20 apiece.
      • Uniform accessories. Throughout training you will probably need items to maintain your uniform.
      • Miscellaneous Supplies
      • Any other expense will be on the individual. There is a Navy Exchange on the base, along with other MWR services.
  4. What kinds of hairstyles are authorized for females? Will I have time to groom my hair on a daily basis?
  5. What specific personal items should I bring to NSI?
  6. Can I bring my cell phone?
    • Yes.  You will not be able to use it during the work day, but you will have access to it after working hours.
  7. Can I bring my laptop computer?
    • Yes.  Please be advised we do not have wireless internet capability. There are computers available for you to use in our computer labs.
  8. Do I need to buy my uniform items prior to NSI, or will we purchase them there?
    • You do not need to purchase any uniforms prior to reporting to NSI. The second day is uniform issue, and everything will be available for purchase on that day.
  9. Can I bring over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol, motrin?
    • Yes, but they must be in the original bottles.
  10. How do I get paperwork notarized?
    • Your local county courthouse should be able to notarize items for a nominal fee. Also, most law firms/attorneys provide notary service for a fee as well. Check your local yellow pages for this service.
  11. I am already being paid at my current rank, do I still need to bring all the documentation?
    • Bring all recommended paperwork items per this webpage.
  12. Who do I contact if I have a problem arriving at base?
    • Contact the Class Officer via the contact link or call the Command Duty Officer at (401) 862‑4321.
  13. Can females wear make-up during training?
    • Yes, your class team will determine when this will start.
  14. What uniform do I report in?
    • NSI Students shall report in business casual attire, (slacks/skirt, shirt with collar/blouse) when arriving. Students will be in formal Navy PTU for the Monday first class meeting.
  15. Where will I live while attending NSI?
    • All OTC students will be staying in King Hall barracks for the duration of training. Rooms house two students with beds, bedding, trash cans, study tables, and a wall locker with drawers. Communal heads and laundry facilities are available for all students. Students will be expected to clean their rooms and the common passageway, laundry room, and other common areas. Also, you can expect to participate in weekly cleaning assignments and scheduled room inspections.
    • Rooms have very limited storage space. Pillows, bedding, and linens are provided. Bring washcloths, towels, toiletries, and a padlock for your wall locker (a combination closet and chest-of-drawers), where your personal possessions can be stored
  16. What will be my mailing address for NSI?
    • (YOUR NAME)
      STA-21 NSI (CLASS #)
      (YOUR COMPANY)
      OFFICER TRAINING COMMAND NEWPORT
      1356 Meyerkord Avenue
      Newport, RI 02841-1641
  17. What are my duties and obligations to the Navy?
    • Active duty military must have a minimum of 36 months obligated service upon transfer to STA-21 Schoolhouse.  Upon successful completion of NSI, students will be transferred to an NROTC-affiliated college or university. Students will attend classes, join the NROTC unit as an officer candidate, and participate in drills; while working on completing their degree requirements within a maximum of 36 months:
    • You will remain on active duty and receive enlisted pay and benefits while attending an NROTC-affiliated college or university.
    • You will be responsible for tuition, fees, books, and other expenses incurred while participating in college studies, however, an annual $10,000 education voucher will be provided to help supplement these expenses.  You will not be eligible for tuition assistance under the Navy's Tuition Assistance Program. Students who do not receive educational vouchers may use their Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) and/or Navy College Fund educational benefits.
    • You may apply for Federal student aid at www.fafsa.ed.gov
    • Your active duty obligation after college will vary depending on the specific officer program you choose to enter.
      • If you are not successful in completing NSI School, you must complete the remainder of your enlisted obligated service.
      • For further NSI STA-21 info, please see NSTC's "ROD_and_Appendices" webpage for this manual: NSTC M-1533.2D
  18. When I obligate service for STA-21 can I receive an SRB?
    • Under NO circumstances should you receive an SRB while obligating for STA-21.  Reference OPNAVINST 1160.6 for additional information.  Students who do receive an SRB or SEB will be required to repay DFAS the entire amount.
  19. My question is not listed above?
    • Refer to the Contact page for assistance. You are encouraged to contact the ROTC unit at your respective university prior to arrival at NSI.  Each unit is unique and can answer questions specific to ROTC, college academics and STA-21.
 
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