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NAVY STA-21 Students

The information here is meant to be a guide on what to expect and what is expected of you during your time here at NC State. It is not all inclusive and some things are subject to change.

The Sailors and Marines listed above are your direct COC and are the Active Duty Staff at NC State. During your time here, you will also have a Midshipmen (MIDN) COC that will be in charge and that you should utilize in most matters. Each semester this MIDN COC will change and a new group will be placed in charge.

While serving as a STA-21 Officer Candidate, you will still be eligible for advancement and will receive regular evaluations. 

  • Each semester (with the exception of summer) a new MIDN COC will be put in place. As such, billets will be assigned to these MIDN and they are expected to fill those roles.
  • As a STA-21 participant, you are expected to follow their direction and to help them learn the billet that they are in.
  • You will also be expected to fill billets in the MIDN COC when appointed to them. You are to be an example and are to teach and coach the MIDN on how a billet should be performed and what they should be doing.
  • The billets are the same as what you would see in most commands, CO, XO, First Sergeant or Command Master Chief depending on Navy Option or Marine Option, Supply Officer, Supply Chief, etc.
  • All participants in the program are expected to excel in their PRT scores.
  • The minimum standard for STA-21 is a score of Excellent overall with no score below Good to avoid being placed on the Fitness Enhancement Program (FEP).
  • Physical Training is held by the Battalion Physical Training Officer (MIDN Billet) one day a week in the morning normally from 0600-0725 on Mondays. The FEP is held by the PTO normally from 0600-0725 on Fridays.
  • PT is a combined effort with the Navy and Marine MIDN combined and is not only meant to help keep you in shape, but to also build camaraderie between the Navy and Marine Corps. Do your best to set the example that everyone expects from a Sailor and Naval Officer.
  • You are expected to PT on your own to maintain your personal fitness level. At NC State you have access to Carmichael Gymnasium which is included in your tuition to the school. You should utilize this resource as you see fit to maintain your fitness.
  • The STA-21 requirements for GPA are outlined in OPNAVINST 1420.1, and differ between the Core, Medical, and Nuclear programs. Nuclear Officer Candidates must maintain a cumulative and semester GPA at or above a 3.0, with no grade lower than a 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. 
  • You must be a full-time student at all times while you are participating in the STA-21 program. The minimum amount of credit hours at NC State for the spring and fall semesters to be considered full-time is 12. The minimum amount of credit hours for summer is 6. You are free to plan your classes as you see fit but are expected to attend all NROTC functions without interference.
  • All of your classes must contribute toward your degree. Courses that do not contribute will not be taken with the exception of Naval Science Courses that are required for the NROTC program. The courses you are required to take are NS 210 – Naval Leadership and Management and NS 420 – Leadership and Ethics. Additionally, you will need to sign up for NS 100 Naval Science Lab every semester which does not count for any credits.
  • The current annual stipend authorized for STA-21 is $10,000 per year, disbursed as a $4,000 installment every spring and fall semester, and $2,000 for the Summer semester.
  • This amount may or may not fully cover the costs of tuition and fees. Expect to have some amount of financial responsibility every semester. 
  • You may use your G.I. Bill to pay for the remaining cost. For more information on this, you can visit this website for instructions on how to apply for these benefits. Also, you can contact the Veternans and Military Resource Center here at NC State for more information.
  • You should apply for financial aid and scholarships while you are attending school here. Even if you do not think you need it, it could be helpful if anything unexpected occurs. You can do this through this website
  • You will receive Active Duty pay based on your rank and Time in Rate while attached to the NROTC Unit. You will also receive pay such as Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) based on your dependent status, as well as Basic Allowance for Subsistence (BAS).
  • It is up to you to manage your finances and to stay in good standing with the University. You will be responsible for paying for a parking permit for the school and should do so to avoid getting tickets.
  • From time to time the NROTC will have events that you are expected to attend. These can be at any point in time during the semester and can include working parties, cookouts, training events, and commissioning ceremonies.
  • The NROTC operates a student organization, called The Quarterdeck Society, which serves as a Wardroom analogue. The Quarterdeck Society holds up to two annual fundraising events, in which all NROTC students are expected to participate. All funds raised are used to support the MWR program and stock and furnish The Wardroom, which is the NROTC’s student study and lounge. 
  • NROTC NS 100 Naval Science Lab is a required course and is normally held every Wednesday through the spring and fall semesters from 0615-0730. It covers topics ranging from leadership and ethics, to navigation, to fully immersive war games.
  • Attendance is expected for all official NROTC events unless a valid excuse is expressed to the Active Duty and MIDN COC. 
  • Please note that our two weekly meetings occur early in the morning, and during the summer semester, the Active Duty students still meet in person. We recommend searching for housing within a reasonable commuting distance from campus.
  • NC State offers a service for finding housing near campus to share with other students, found at this link:
  • Raleigh has a variety of nearby communities within a 30 minute commuting distance. These include Cary, Garner, Morrisville, Knightdale, Holly Springs, Fuquay-Varina, and Apex. We recommend looking at all of these options when searching for a place to live.
  • The BAH ZIP code for our unit is 27708 (as of February 2022). 
  • We are looking forward to having you as a part of our crew. Our STA-21 student liaison is Officer Candidate James Lambert, who can be reached at
  • If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the COC at any time. The best and most efficient method is via email, via the directory
  • The STA-21 Advisor is LT Timothy E. Hinkle, available at 

Looking to Get Started?

  • Apply to North Carolina State University as a transfer student.
  • Contact the Naval ROTC STA-21 POC: Our Nuclear Programs Officer once your application is completed.
  • Develop a Degree Completion Plan from the NC State University requirements via MyPack Portal and ensure you check against the university course catalog:(
  • Once accepted, please contact the COC as well as the HRA/Supply Support Staff to get properly integrated into HR/Supply systems.
    • Supply Technician –Joe Johnson, Office: (919) 513-4865. email: jajohn37@acolema
    • Human Resources Assistant – Lee Cox, Office: (919) 515-8931, email: lcox@acolema

Have immediate questions or specific concerns? Contact the NC State Naval ROTC Nuclear Programs Officer