The United States Naval Academy offers an outstanding opportunity for qualified enlisted members of the regular Navy, Naval Reserves, Marine Corps, and other armed forces to embark on careers as officers in the U.S. Navy or U.S. Marine Corps.
Regular and Reserve Navy and Marine Corps service members compete for 170 appointments. Apply via your Commanding Officer in accordance with OPNAVINST 1420.1 or MARINE CORPS ORDER 1530.11(series); commanding officer's endorsement must accompany application. To receive a SECNAV nomination, a candidate must possess a combined SAT score (verbal and math) of 1050, or ACT equivalent combined score of 46 (English and math). Be advised these scores are minimums and are lower than the competitive levels for entrance into the Naval Academy, but will place a candidate in contention for NAPS based on the whole person concept. The Naval Academy Preparatory School (NAPS) provides an excellent means to get back into the school environment for service members that have been out of the classroom.
Teacher recommendations are not required for enlisted applicants who have been out of school for more than 1 year, instead, recommendations are required from two officers in the applicant's direct chain of command. In addition to the Secretary of the Navy nomination, applicants are encouraged to apply for congressional nominations.
If offered an appointment to the Naval Academy, candidates must extend their enlistment and/or active duty agreement in order to have a minimum of 24 months of active obligated service remaining as of 1 July of the entering year. Candidates who are selected for NAPS will be required to have a minimum of 24 months obligated service as of 1 July of the year that they will enter the Preparatory School. NAPS graduates who are appointed to the Naval Academy will be required to have a minimum of 24 months active obligated service as of 1 July of the year that they will enter the Naval academy. To acquire the obligated service required under this paragraph, extensions of enlistment and/or active duty agreements may be executed in accordance with MILPERSMAN articles 1050150 and 1050200. Extensions of enlistment and active duty agreements are to be prepared and executed on NAVPERS 1070/621 or NAVPERS 1070/622. Under the current law, midshipmen who graduate will receive a commission in either the Navy or Marine Corps and are obligated to a 5-year commitment following commissioning.