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 Pilot designation as other URL designators, graduates of STA-21 Pilot Option will be designated only as Student Naval Aviators (SNA) (Designator 1390).

Age: STA-21 Pilot 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 29 with active duty or prior active duty service computed on a month-for-month basis and approved by PERS-313.  No waivers beyond 29.

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

Mental: Aviation Selection Test Battery (ASTB) minimum scores: AQR 5/PFAR 6 for 1390 applicants. Applicants must obtain the minimum PFAR standard prior to acceptance into the STA-21 pilot 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 Pilot Option officer candidates will incur an eight year active duty obligation upon date of designation as a Naval Aviator (1310).  Candidates disenrolled from flight training will incur obligation as specified in OPNAVINST 1420.1 series.