2. ACADEMIC HISTORY: Applicants must demonstrate that they are capable of maintaining a strong academic performance as a full time student at a regionally accredited four-year college or university. The cumulative grade point average requirement is a minimum of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants earning less than a semester grade point average 2.7 in several semesters, or who show a decreasing academic trend prior to applying for the program, are typically not considered best qualified and will not normally be selected. Applicants that have only completed coursework in a Community College prior to application, though they are accepted to a four-year institution, are eligible to apply for the program. However, these applicants are usually not considered competitive because they have not proven their ability to meet academic performance standards at a four-year school. Historically, most students fail to meet the academic standards of the program in the first one or two semesters following transition from a Community College to a four year institution, are frequently placed on academic probation and in inactive status, and ultimately attrite from the program. Individuals who fall in this category may be favorably considered for BDCP, but they must have successfully completed challenging technical/mathematics courses at the Community College. Finally, students with significant gaps in their status as a full time college student (one or more years) will not be considered for the program until they have met the academic requirements for the program as a full time student immediately prior to application.
3. EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITY: Extra activities are considered by the OCMs for the professional recommendations, but they do not weigh much in the boarding process for collegiate selections. These activities may include (but are not limited to) work, family support, community organizations, etc. BDCP applicants are expected to have demonstrated superior academic performance prior to selection.
These guidelines are based on a review of a number of cases in which BDCP students failed to achieve the required academic performance. In many cases, CNRC and NRD personnel were required to spend a significant amount of time to counsel/manage these collegiates. In a majority of the cases, these students ultimately attrited from the program without reaching a commissioning source at a cost of many thousands of dollars to the Navy with no return on the investment.