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Navy Commissioned Officer Job Designators Description & Qualifcation Factors




Age: At least 18 and cannot exceed designator age limit prior to commission.


- Enrolled full time in accredited 4-yr college with at least 30 sem. or 45 qtr hrs.
- Min. 2.7 GPA.
- No waivers.
- 24 mo - Non-tech1
- 36 mo -Technical2

Applications will not be considered if appl not already within the 24/36 month windows listed above.

Training: OCS (12 wks) Follow-up training per designator.

Vision/Med: Designator dependent

Professional: N/A

Service Obligation: 4 yrs Active Duty from enlistment; superceded upon commission by applicable desig. requirements

Special Info: Competitive appl must demonstrate the ability to consistently achieve >2.7 GPA while maintaining challenging full-time course load. Appl who earn GPA = 2.7 in several semesters or show academic trend may not considered competitive. Community College applicants are eligible, but not usually competitive unless they completed challenging tech/math courses with high GPA while taking full-time course load.

Enlisted as E-3 during program. Promotions to E-4/5 if: 1.) Refer person who accesses 2.) Make Deans List (3.5 GPA) for two consecutive semesters3

At least one swim PRT must be taken prior to reporting to OCS.


BDCP a very financially rewarding program for applicants and a tremendous tool for recruiters to attract top quality college students to begin a career as a Naval Officer. BDCP candidates are selected by an officer community (Aviation Officer and Surface Warfare Officer BDCP professional selections are made by CNRC staff vice community representatives) when determined that the applicant possesses the desired skills, abilities, and professional growth potential desired by the specific community. Once professionally selected, the CNRC staff conducts an evaluation of the applicant's academic record and selection is based on the assessment of the individual's potential to meet the academic performance standards prescribed for the program.

Several factors are considered in assessing the likelihood of an applicant's ability to achieve the required academic standard:

1. TIME TO GRADUATION: Applicants pursuing technical degrees are eligible for BDCP when they are within 36 months of graduation. A semester is not considered complete until the transcript is received. For example: If an applicant graduates with a technical degree in December 2003, the Fall 2000 transcript (with grades) must be a part of the application in order for the applicant to be considered. Applicants pursuing non-technical degrees are eligible when they are within 24 months from graduation. The approved list of technical and non-technical degrees is attached. Applicants who are in their final semester of college are generally not considered competitive and will not normally be selected because of the short time to graduate. There has been a number of problems associated with the disposition of "one semester BDCP students" that failed to successfully complete the program given the challenge of enforcing the enlisted service obligation to meet program requirements for collegiates with less than one semester in a paid status. Additionally, there is no significant benefit to the Navy in accessing these applicants as a collegiate, vice an in-year non-paid "Depper," given the short time that these students will be in the program until graduation. Given the structure of the Program Authorization, we will consider exceptions to this guideline in cases where extenuating circumstances can be clearly demonstrated.

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