With the Navy experiencing cut-backs I was dropped from ROTC and I am looking for other options to join. Can anyone offer advice on this program for me?
Navy Baccalaureate Degree Completion Program (BDCP):
If youíre a civilian or enlisted inactive reservist of any armed service working toward your bachelorís degree, the Navyís Baccalaureate Degree Completion Program (BDCP) could give you the financial boost you need to complete your college degree requirements-and help you become a Naval Reserve officer at the same time.
As a member of the program you will:
Be in active duty status;
Receive a full salary, benefits, and allowances;
Continue your college education.
Youíll pay for your tuition, books and other school-related expenses while completing your bachelorís degree. No uniform requirements apply until after graduation.
Technical majors such as mathematics, science and engineering are highly desired, but students in most curricular are eligible for BDCP.
To apply for the Navyís BDCP, you must:
Be a U.S. Citizen;
Be at least 18 but not more than 34 before degree completion. (Most officer programs have lower age requirements.);
Meet Navy physical standards;
Have a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of at least 2.7 on a 4.0 scale;
Be enrolled in or accepted for transfer to a regionally accredited four-year college or university with at least 30 semester hours or 45 quarter-hours of accredited college or university credit.
Qualified applicants may be accepted into most officer communities, including surface warfare, aviation, SEAL, explosive ordnance disposal, supply, aeronautical maintenance duty, intelligence, cryptology, or oceanography.
If youíre selected for the BDCP, you must:
Complete college as a full-time student as soon as possible;
Maintain a minimum 2.7 cumulative GPA or higher if required by the specific officer community for which selected;
Report your college grades to the Commander, Navy Recruiting Command after completing each semester or quarter;
Complete requirements for a bachelorís degree according to a previously approved degree completion plan.
After earning your bachelorís degree in BDCP, youíll be enrolled in the next available Officer Candidate School (OCS) class in Pensacola, Florida. Classes last about 13 weeks.
Upon successful completion of OCS, youíll be commissioned an officer in the Naval Reserve.
As a selectee, your service obligation is four years of active duty, then four years in an inactive status unless otherwise required by your officer community. Candidates who leave the program before commissioning (for any reason other than medical) must serve two years of active duty in an enlisted status.