The information below is derived from the official Program Authorization (PA) found at the bottom of this page.  It is the responsibility of the applicant to be familiar with the PA for the option in which they are applying.



While STA-21 will continue to provide the opportunity for Naval Flight Officer (NFO) designation as well as other URL designators, graduates of STA-21 NFO Option will be designated solely as Student Naval Flight Officer (SNFO)(Designator 1370).

Age: STA-21 NFO Option candidates must be at least 19 years old and able to complete degree requirements and be commissioned prior to age 27.  Maximum age limit may be adjusted upward to age 31 with active duty or prior active duty service computed on a month-for-month basis and approved by PERS-313.  No waivers beyond 31.

Enlisted Source: Open to men and women of all ratings.

Mental: Aviation Selection Test Battery (ASTB) minimum scores: AQR 5/FOFAR 6 for 1370 applicants. Applicants must obtain the minimum FOFAR standard prior to acceptance into the STA-21 NFO option. The AQR must be passed no later than the beginning of the participants’ senior year.

Physical: Must be physically qualified and aeronautically adapted to engage in duties involving flight in accordance with the physical standards established by the Chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (CHBUMED). Candidates must obtain an aviation applicant physical exam from a qualified flight surgeon to determine aeronautical adaptability.

Active Duty Obligation: STA-21 NFO Option officer candidates will incur a six year active duty obligation upon date of designation as a Naval Flight Officer (1320).  Candidates disenrolled from flight training will incur obligation as specified in OPNAVINST 1420.1 series.