MEDICAL SERVICE CORPS IN-SERVICE
PROCUREMENT PROGRAM (MSC IPP)
MSC IPP for Health Care Administration (HCA)
and Physician Assistant (PA) provides a pathway to
officer commissions for active duty enlisted personnel
who meet eligibility criteria for Health Care
Administration or Physician Assistant.
Candidates for this program may have a qualifying
degree or may have some college credit applicable
towards an advanced qualifying degree. Those with
qualifying degrees will receive direct appointments to
the Medical Service Corps, in a paygrade
commensurate with education level.
Selectees who desire an advanced degree
(graduate level) or possess transferable credits towards
a graduate degree will be afforded the opportunity to
obtain a graduate degree while maintaining their active
duty pay and benefits. MSC IPP students receive full
pay and allowances in their current enlisted paygrades
and are eligible for advancement while in college. The
student pays tuition, fees, books and other expenses
incurred while participating in the program. If eligible,
students may use the VEAP or MGIB educational
benefits; however, students are not eligible for benefits
under the Tuition Assistance program. Selectees are
required to complete degree requirements in not more
than 36 calendar months and attend school on a
full-time, year-round basis beginning in the fall of the
year selected. Once they complete their degrees they
will be commissioned as Lieutenant (junior grade),
Medical Service Corps.
Basic Eligibility Requirements. Applicants must
· Citizens of the United States and cannot be
· Of good moral character and have no record of
disciplinary action within the last 3 years before
· Serving on active duty in the U.S. Navy or Naval
Reserve at time of application.
· Serving in paygrade E5 through E9.
· Not have reached their 35th birthday by time of
· Possess qualifying degree for Health Care
Administration or Physician Assistant or
possess the minimum amount of transferable
· Physically qualified.
· Recommended by their commanding officer.
For the active duty IPP, Chief of Naval Personnel
(PERS-811) must receive applications not later than
the date announced in the NAVADMIN for the years
board (normally on 1 November of the fiscal year in
which the application is made). Additional academic
and program eligibility requirements are specified in
greater detail in OPNAVINST 1420.1, chapter 13.
Q11. The HealthCare Administration Section of the
Medical Service Corps is available to which
LIMITED DUTY OFFICER (LDO) AND
CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER (CWO)
The opportunity to receive a commission as an
officer in the Navy has never been better than it is
today. Two of the most popular programs leading to a
commission are the Chief Warrant Officer (CWO)
Program and the Limited Duty Officer (LDO)
The Navy recognizes a need for CWOs to serve as
officer technical specialists and LDOs to serve as
officer technical managers. The LDO and CWO
Programs are the primary enlisted-to-officer programs
sponsored by the Navy that do not require a college
education. Competition in both of these programs has
been and will continue to be particularly keen.
Interested persons should begin preparation early in
their careers. Increased knowledge gained through
occupational experience and specialized training
through schools and NRTCs should be sought by all
potential candidates to better prepare for officer status.
Limited Duty Officer Program
The Limited Duty Officer (LDO) Program
provides a path of advancement for PO1 through
SCPO and CWO. The program leads to a commission
as a temporary ensign or lieutenant junior grade (as
applicable) in the Regular Navy or Naval Reserve.
The applicant must meet the following eligibility
requirements to apply for the LDO Program:
· Be a U.S. citizen.
· Be serving on active duty in the Regular Navy,
Naval Reserve, or TAR Program at the time of
application and, if selected, remain on active
duty until the appointment is tendered.