The BOOST Program provides successful
students with a 4-year undergraduate education. It
opens a direct pathway for enlisted personnel to attain
professional status as a naval officer after graduation
from college. The BOOST Program helps personnel
acquire the scholastic skills and academic credentials
that place them on a par with their college-bound peers.
Before helping personnel apply for the BOOST
Program, the ESO should ensure applicants are
genuinely interested in pursuing a Navy career. Those
persons selected are expected to enter college well
prepared to meet the academic challenges and
demands of a commissioning education program.
Naval Educational and Training Center, Newport,
R.I., conducts BOOST training. It provides a rigorous
10-month college preparatory curriculum consisting
of mathematics, English, science, computer science,
campus skills, and military training. Individuals who
graduate from the BOOST program and accept
NROTC scholarships are released from active duty
into the Naval Reserve and assigned to an NROTC
unit. BOOST graduates who are accepted by USNA
r e p o r t t o t h e A c a d e m y f o r P l e b e S u m m er
indoctrination. To be eligible for the BOOST Program,
a p p l i c a n t s m u s t m e e t t h e f o l l o w i n g b a s ic
Be a citizen of the United States. No waivers
Have no court-martial conviction or civilian
felony conviction. Have no record of
disciplinary action under article 15, Uniform
Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), or conviction
by civil court for misdemeanors (except minor
traffic violations) during the 2 years preceding
the year of application. (A fine of $200.00 or
less, exclusive of court charges, is considered
minor.) Any substantiated drug or alcohol abuse
while in an enlisted status will result in
disqualification. Exceptions will not be
Have no more than two dependents if below
paygrade E-4. USNA selectees must be
unmarried with no dependents. Marriage and/or
dependents will not disqualify a selectee for the
NROTC Scholarship Program.
Be within age criteria. Prospective NROTC
Scholarship Program applicants must be under
22 years old on 30 June of the year they plan to
enter the BOOST program. Candidates with
active service in the Armed Forces prior to
entering the BOOST school may be granted a
waiver on a month-for-month basis for each
month of active duty up to a maximum of 36
months. A request for age waivers must be
addressed in the commanding officers
endorsement. Prospective USNA candidates
must not have passed their 22nd birthday on 1
July of the year that they plan to enter BOOST.
No age waivers are granted.
Be certified as physically qualified for the
N R O T C S c h o l a r s h i p p r o g r a m b y t he
Department of Defense Medical Examination
Review Board (DODMRB) according to
NAVMED P-117, as described in the Manual of
the Medical Department, U.S. Navy.
Meet minimum Scholastic Assessment Test
(SAT) or American College Testing Assessment
(ACT) Program scores as published in
Possess a high school diploma or a General
Education Development (GED) equivalency
Possess no more than 1 year, 30 semester hours
or 45-quarter hours, of college course credit.
Personnel with more than 1 year are ineligible
for BOOST. No waivers will be granted. These
personnel are encouraged to apply directly for
the NROTC Program, the Naval Academy, or
the Enlisted Commissioning Program.
Be serving on active duty in the Navy or Naval
Reserve. Applicants must have or be willing to
obtain 36 months of obligated service as of 1
June of the year in which BOOST training
begins. Application procedures are promulgated
annually in OPNAV Notice 1500.
Be recommended by the commanding officer.
The MILPERSMAN, Article 1530-030, contains
additional information on the BOOST Program.
O P NA V N o t i c e 1 5 0 0 a n n o u n c e s e l i g i b i l i t y
requirements and application procedures each year in
June or July.
The Broadened Opportunity for Officer
Selection and Training (BOOST) Program
provides qualified and selected candidates a
special opportunity to what educational