ECP Nuclear Option, which includes surface and
ECP CEC Option, where candidates receive
Civil Engineer Corps appointments.
Primary considerations for selection is the
potential for career growth and academic capability.
The basic requirements a person must meet to be
eligible for these programs are as follows:
Be a citizen of the United States. Waivers will
not be considered.
Be on active duty as an enlisted member of the
Navy, Navy Reserve, or TAR and has completed
at least 4 years of service as of 1 September of the
year of enrollment in ECP.
Be at least 22 years of age and able to complete
degree requirements and be commissioned
before his/her 31st birthday.
Has completed at least 4 years of active service
as of 1 September of the year of enrollment.
Possesses fully transferable credit (normally at
least 30 credits). College Level Examination
Program (CLEP) scores and credit from
nonaccredited schools are generally not
considered fully transferable.
Has a grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or better
on a 4.0 scale (GPA is based on grades for all
courses taken). Nuclear Option candidates must
have a grade point average of 3.0 or better.
Has competitive scores on the Scholastic
Assessment Test (SAT) or the Enhanced
American College Test (EACT) taken on or after
the date specified in the current OPNAVNOTE
Meets physical standards as described in the
Manual of the Medical Department, U.S. Navy,
a n d t h e p h y s i c a l f i t n e s s s t a n d a r d s in
Has no record of court-martial convictions or
civilian felony convictions. Has no record of
disciplinary action under Article 15, UCMJ, or
conviction by civil court for misdemeanors
(except minor traffic violations) during the 2
years preceding 1 November of the year of
application. (A fine of $300.00 or less, exclusive
of court charges, is considered minor.) Any
substantiated drug or alcohol abuse while in an
enlisted status is disqualifying. Exceptions will
not be considered.
Although not a specific requirement, warfare
qualifications will receive strong consideration
as an indicator of the members motivation and
The selectees for the ECP are subject to the
Must attend selected NROTC universities.
Must pay for tuition, fees, books, and personal
e x p e n s e s ( i f e l i g i b l e , m a y u s e VA o r
Montgomery GI Bill [MGIB] educational
benefits), but may not use Navy tuition
assistance to pay for ECP.
Must complete requirements for a nontechnical
degree in 30 months or less and requirements for
a technical degree in 36 months or less.
Must incur a 6-year active-duty obligation upon
enrollment and 4 years of active commissioned
service upon commissioning.
ECP selectees are entitled to the following
May retain enlisted grade and eligibility for
May be designated as officer candidates and
treated as prospective naval officers.
May receive full pay and allowances.
May attend Officer Candidate School (OCS)
upon graduation if designated as a Nuclear
Power or Civil Engineer Corps student.
The MILPERSMAN, Article 1530-010, contains
additional information on the ECP Program. Also,
once a year an OPNAV Notice 1530 announces
eligibility requirements and application procedures.
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