. Be at least 17 years of age. Maximum age
requirements for BOOST are contingent upon eligibility y
for at least one of the related officer procurement
programs. Age waivers will not be granted except as
specified in the MILPERSMAN.
. Have no record of conviction by court-martial or
by civil court for other than minor traffic violations.
Applicant must not have been in violation of Article 15,
Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), for 2 years
preceding application for BOOST school.
l Be a high school graduate or possess a GED
certificate by the time of application.
The BOOST school curriculum concentrates on
mathematics, physical and social sciences, and the
communications skills of reading, writing, listening, and
speaking. Included in the program are educational and
personal counseling, development of study skills, and
time management. This training brings the general
educational level of those selected individuals to that of
a college freshman. The length of BOOST school is
about 14 months.
Officer Candidate School and Officer
Candidate Preparatory School
The officer candidate school (OCS) offers enlisted
men and women with a baccalaureate degree or higher
from a regionally accredited college or university an
opportunity to become commissioned officers. Enlisted
members selected for the program in paygrades E-4 and
below are designated officer candidates and advanced
to paygrade E-5 upon reporting to OCS. Enlisted
members in paygrades E-5 and above are designated
officer candidates in their present paygrades. OCS
provides 16 weeks of officer candidate indoctrination
The curriculum at OCS is very demanding.
Preparation in English, mathematics, physics, physical
science, naval science, air science, military training,
physical training, and swimming instructions are
deemed necessary for the successful completion of
OCS. If you are weak in any of these areas, you maybe
selected for Officer Candidate Preparatory School
(OCPS). OCPS prepares you with intensive training in
the demanding academic, military, and physical training
requirements at OCS. OCPS is conducted
approximate y four times annually. The course length is
8 weeks for members selected to attend OCS. Detailed
procedures for OCS and OCPS are prescribed in the
Officer Candidate Prepatory School, OPNAVNST
1530.6A, and the U.S. Naval Reserve Officer Programs
Open to Active Duty Naval Enlisted Personnel,
Enlisted Commissioning Program
ECP is an undergraduate education program that
offers a till-time opportunist y to complete requirements
for a baccalaureate degree and become a commissioned
officer. Selectees for this program attend an NROTC
host university on a full-time basis while receiving full
pay and allowances for their enlisted paygrade and are
eligible for advancement. Refer to the Enlisted
Commissioning Program, OPNAVNOTE 1530, for the
list of NROTC host universities.
The ECP is divided into three different categories:
basic ECP, which includes all unrestricted line
designators except nuclear surface and subsurface;
ECP Nuclear Option, which includes surface and
subsurface; and CEC Option, in which candidates
receive Staff Corps appointments in the Regular
Navy. After the baccalaureate degree is earned,
candidates in basic ECP will be commissioned in the
Regular Navy. Nuclear Option and CEC Option
candidates will attend OCS after graduation in the
ECP and will be commissioned upon completion of
OCS. Eligibility requirements and application
procedures are established in the MILPERSMAN and
Limited Duty Officer Program and Chief
Warrant Officer Program
The LDO and CWO categories are separate
programs that provide an opportunity for enlisted men
and women to compete for a commissioned officer
status. The Navy has realized 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
The LDO path of advancement is for outstanding
enlisted personnel E-6 (for at least 1 year) through E-8
and CWOs. They must have completed at least 8 years,
but not more than 16 years, of active service.
The CWO category is for E-7 through E-9.
Applicants must have completed at least 12 years, but
not more than 24 years, of active service.
Figure 2-3 shows the path of advancement from
enlisted status to LDO and CWO.