volumes I, II, and III, NAVEDTRA 10500, for basic
requirements, length of course, location of the school,
obligated service requirements, and the NEC that would
be assigned upon successful completion of the course.
PROGRAMS LEADING TO A COMMISSION
You may have a goal of becoming a YNCM, the top
of the enlisted ladder. Another goal might be to become
a commissioned officer. There are several programs
open to you that lead toward a commission, if you
Enlisted-to-officer programs benefit from your
career experience in the military, especially in the
supervisory and leadership positions. You have many of
the characteristics in demand such as knowledge of your
career field, commitment, responsibility, creativity, and
the desire to learn. These programs are applicable to
Regular Navy and Naval Reserve on active duty. In
addition to direct commission, there are basically three
paths leading to a commission. These are the Broadened
Opportunity for Officer Selection and Training
(BOOST) Program and Navy Reserve Officers Training
Corps (NROTC) for junior enlisted, the Enlisted
Commissioning Program (ECP) for E-5 and E-6, and
the Limited Duty Officer (LDO) and Chief Warrant
Officer (CWO) Programs for senior members. If you
miss one of these programs, seek the next. The path to
these programs is within your reach. The following
sections explain the programs that lead to a commission.
Consult with your career counselor to find out how to
qualify for any of the programs. Check to see if there
are other programs that may lead to a commission.
The United States Naval Academy and Naval
Academy Preparatory School
The United States Naval Academy offers an
outstanding opportunity for qualified men and women
who desire to seek a career as a commissioned officer.
This program provides 4 years of college training
leading to a commission as an ensign of the Regular
Navy or second lieutenant of the Marine Corps.
If you apply for a direct appointment to the Naval
Academy, you may also apply concurrently for the
Naval Academy Preparatory School, which could bean
alternate program in the event you are not selected for
direct admission to the Naval Academy. The Naval
Academy Preparatory School provides you with
intensive training that is considered necessary to assure
successful completion of the demanding academic
requirements at the U.S. Naval Academy.
Detailed procedures for applying for an
appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy and the Naval
Academy Preparatory School are prescribed in the
MILPERSMAN and Nomination of Candidates for the
Naval Academy-Naval Academy Preparatory School
Program, OPNAVINST 1531.4E. For information
about this program, see your career counselor or write
to the Fleet/Naval Academy Preparatory School,
Coordinate, Candidate Guidance Office, U.S. Naval
Academy, Annapolis MD 21402-5018.
Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps
The NROTC Scholarship Program offers an
opportunity to earn a college degree and to become a
commissioned officer in the Regular Navy or the Marine
Corps. There are two NROTC Scholarship
Programs-the Four-Year, which includes the NROTC
Nurse Four-Year Program option, and the Two-Year.
These programs provide the recipient with tuition,
textbooks, instructional fees, and a subsistence
allowance. It allows a candidate to attend a civilian
university for 2 or 4 years depending on the program.
Full details about these programs are contained in the
MILPERSMAN and the 1992 Naval Reserve Officers
Training Corps (NROTC) Scholarship Programs,
Broadened Opportunity for Officer Selection
and Training Program
The BOOST Program is designed for selected
individuals from financially or educationally deprived
backgrounds who show promise for successful
completion of college level education. The BOOST
program offers an individual an opportunity to prepare
for entry into the NROTC Scholarship Program or the
U.S. Naval Academy, to earn a college degree, and to
become an unrestricted line officer.
Specific eligibility requirements and application
procedures are established in the MILPERSMAN and
the Broadened Opportunity for 0fficer Selection and
Training (BOOST) Program, OPNAVNOTE 1500. The
following list includes the general eligibility
requirements for the BOOST Program:
. Be an enlisted member on active duty in the
Regular Navy or Naval Reserve.
. Have 36 months of obligated service as of 1 June
of the year in which BOOST training commences.