receive extensions of up to 6 months on a case-by-case
basis. The time starts upon enrollment at the NROTC
A technical degree is defined as a degree in
mathematics, physics, any of the engineering
disciplines, or any of the hard sciences, such as
chemistry. A nontechnical degree is any other degree
program applicable to URL.
Advanced academic standing may be granted at the
discretion of the individual university; however,
students so advanced will be expected to complete
degree requirements in a proportionally reduced time
If disenrolled from the ECP at any time,
students are issued PCS orders to a new assignment to
complete their remaining enlisted active duty
Additional information and application procedures
are contained in MILPERSMAN, Article 1020355.
COMMISSIONING PROGRAM (MECP)
The MECP gives active duty enlisted personnel,
including those in the TAR Program, an opportunity to
complete the requirements for a baccalaureate degree in
nursing and earn a commission as a Nurse Corps officer.
The program provides upward mobility for outstanding
performers in all ratings. Naval reservists on active
duty for special work or 1-year recall and canvasser
recruiters are not eligible for this program.
MECP selectees receive full pay and allowances for
their enlisted paygrades and are eligible for
advancement while attending college on a full-time
basis, including summer sessions. Tuition, fees, books,
and other expenses must be paid by the MECP
Upon graduation, candidates are appointed as
Ensign, Nurse Corps, United States Naval Reserve.
Candidates incur an active duty obligation of 4 years,
with a total commissioned obligation of 8 years. Time
not spent on active duty is spent in the Inactive Reserve.
Candidates are commissioned upon completion for
MECP and must successfully complete Officer
Candidate Indoctrination School. Nurse Corps officers
must obtain and maintain a license to practice as a
registered professional nurse from a state, territory, or
the District of Columbia, This license is based on a
licensing examination provided by the National
Council of State Boards of Nursing and administered
by one of its member boards of nursing.
Obtaining and maintaining a license is the
responsibility of the officer. Officers who fail to
become licensed may be appointed in a different
competitive category to complete any incurred active
duty obligation or separated for cause under the
guidance of SECNAVINST 1120.6 and SECNAVINST
Applications are due annually by 1 January.
Eligibility criteria and application procedures for the
MECP are contained in the Medical Enlisted
Commissioning Program (MECP), BUPERSINST
SEAMAN TO ADMIRAL PROGRAM
The Seaman to Admiral Program is a new program
that allows personnel another opportunity to become
commissioned officers. Information provided here is
not all-inclusive, and you should review other
publications for additional information.
The Seaman to Admiral Program is applicable to
enlisted personnel of the Regular Navy and Naval
Reserve on active duty (including TAR personnel).
Eligible applicants are considered by a Board
convened by the CHNAVPERS. The Board selects
candidates considered best qualified for appointment in
the unrestricted line within quotas authorized by
CHNAVPERS. The names of selectees are published
Personnel not selected are not
Selectees are appointed as permanent Ensigns, U.S.
Naval Reserve, after indoctrination at the OCS in
Pensacola, Florida. Following commissioning in the
Unrestricted Line, officers are assigned to the warfare
community specific training, as appropriate. While it
is expected that the vast majority of selectees will
succeed in OCS and follow-on training, it is necessary
to establish ground rules should a selectee fail to
complete early training.
MEMBERS DISENROLLED FROM OCS
Members disenrolled from OCS for any reason are
reverted to their former rates in the Navy or Naval
Reserve and are made available for general assignment.
Normally, reverted members will be required to serve