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Navy Enlisted to Officer Programs


Becoming an Officer

The enlisted to officer programs allow enlisted sailors in the United States Navy to become an officer if they meet the criteria specified for a particular officer program. Besides recommendations for the specific program you should be aware of what applies to all programs.

General Guideline:
  • Your performance must be superior to your peers
  • You should be a team player
  • Keep your uniform & grooming above standard
  • Be an expert in your field
  • Continue your education as much as possible
  • Sustained Superior Performance will give you the edge

Competition is tough but these programs allow top-notch Sailors to becoming an officer in the United States Navy. If you are interesting in one of these programs, you should first become familiar with the instructions that govern these programs. You can then gather the required information you will need when you talk to your Career Counselor, chain of command or Officer who has knowledge of these programs.

U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) and Naval Academy Preparatory School (NAPS) Programs - U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) and Naval Academy Preparatory School (NAPS) Programs - offers qualified enlisted members of the Navy, Reserves, Marine Corps, and other armed forces to embark on careers as officers in the U.S. Navy or U.S. Marine Corps. Medical Enlisted Commissioning Program - offering qualified enlisted Sailors from all rates to earn a nursing degree followed by an appointment as an Ensign in the Nurse Corps. Medical Service Corps In-service Procurement Program - Opportunities are available for the following specialties: Health Care Administration (HCA), Physician Assistant (PA), Environmental Health (EHO), Radiation Health (RHO), Industrial Hygiene (IHO), Pharmacy, Occupational Therapy, and Social Work. Officer Candidate School - * Please click on "Required and Recommended Items," and then "Active Duty/ Prior Service" Limited Duty Officer (LDO) and Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) - Applicant Information Seaman to Admiral-21 Program (STA-21) - Combines the following programs to create the STA-21 Program: Seaman to Admiral | Enlisted Commissioning Program (ECP) | Aviation Enlisted Commissioning Program (AECP) | Nuclear Enlisted Commissioning Program (NECP) | Civil Engineer Corps Enlisted Commissioning Program (CECECP) | Fleet Accession to Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) (Includes Nurse Option) Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences - Educates, trains, and comprehensively prepares uniformed service health professionals to support the Military Health System, the National Security and National Defense Strategies of the United States, and the readiness of our Uniformed Services. Enlisted to Medical Degree Preparatory Program (EMDP2) - for qualified enlisted service members, allows them to complete the preparatory coursework for application to medical school while on active duty. Nurse Candidate Program (NCP) - Program Authorization 116C: Offers financial assistance for students enrolled in a baccalaureate nursing program (Reservist.)




  • DoD Forms Management Program - (To get applicable forms)
  • NAVCRUIT 1131/5 (Rev 8-07) - Interviewer's Appraisal Sheet - The purpose of the interview is to evaluate accurately and impartially the characteristics of the candidate to determine potential as a commissioned officer and motivation toward service in the Navy.
  • GSA Forms Library