Are designated as officer candidates and treated
as prospective naval officers
The MECP enables qualified, outstanding enlisted
personnel with previous college credits to complete the
requirements for a bachelor of science degree in
nursing. They can complete the requirements in 36
months or less through full-time study. Selectees must
meet the following basic qualifications:
Be a citizen of the United States.
Be active-duty USN or USNR members who
have completed at least 3 years of active naval
service as of 1 October of the fiscal year in which
the selection board is held.
Be at least 18 years of age. Must be able to
complete the educational requirements and be
commissioned prior to their 35th birthday.
Have 30 fully transferable semester hours.
Have maintained a cumulative grade point
average of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale.
Meet the physical standards for officer
candidates as described in the Manual of the
Have no record of conviction by courts-martial,
nonjudicial punishment, or civil court for other
than minor traffic violations during the 4 years
preceding 1 October of the fiscal year in which
the selection board is held. A felony conviction
(military or civilian), regardless of the date, or
any record of drug or alcohol abuse while
personnel are in an enlisted status disqualifies
them from the program.
Be recommended by the commanding officer.
MILPERSMAN, Article 1131-050, and current
BUPERSINST 1131.3 contain additional information
on the MECP.
A person completing the requirements of the
Medical Enlisted Commissioning Program will
receive what type of degree?
COLLEGE DEGREE PROGRAM
The College Degree Program provides the
opportunity for active-duty naval officers to earn
baccalaureate degrees in approved service-related
fields. Officers selected for this program become
full-time students at civilian educational institutions.
Students receive full pay and allowances, but they
must pay their tuition and all other program expenses.
Personnel selected for this program are not eligible for
Navy tuition assistance; however, eligible officer
students may use their in-service VA or MGIB
educational benefits. The program authorizes no more
than 18 consecutive months of study at the civilian
Major fields of study undertaken by College
Degree Program participants must be consistent with
the selectees designator and prospective future
assignments in the Navy.
T h e f o l l o w i n g a r e t h e b a s i c e l i g i b i l i ty
requirements for this program:
Be a commissioned officer in the rank of chief
warrant officer (W-2) through commander.
Have at least two regular fitness reports since
Have sufficient college credits to obtain a
baccalaureate degree within an 18-month
Have sufficient time remaining in the Navy to
perform obligated service incurred (1 year
obligated service for each 6 months of
Be eligible for rotation to a normal shore tour or,
if on a normal shore tour, have at least 2 years
remaining on shore duty upon entry into the
BUPERSINST 1520.106 contains eligibility
requirements and application procedures.
Are personnel selected for the College Degree
Program eligible for Navy tuition assistance?
OFFICER LAW EDUCATION PROGRAM
The Officer Law Education Program allows
selected naval officers to enter an American Bar
Association (ABA) accredited law school for up to 36
months. Selectees may enter the school to pursue a
bachelor of laws or juris doctor degree, which may lead
to service as a Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps
officer. Officers selected and ordered to law school
will be entitled to a permanent change of station (PCS)
move and military pay and allowances. The
government will pay tuition and up to $150.00
annually for fees and books. Selectees must make a
service commitment of 2 years of obligated service for
each year, or part thereof, of legal training in addition
to any other service obligation.