Hello all! I'm a 23 year old civilian who is considering enlisting in the Navy. There are many attractive features to Naval service, but one of the primary ones for me is the education benefits available. Needless to say, the STA-21 program seems too good to be true! My recruiter mentioned it, but was unable to give me many details, so I'm doing some research on my own. I understand that the program is pretty competative, but I think that with some hard work I can make myself an attractive candidate for selection. I got a 1460 on the SAT, and have some college under my belt, but my GPA was pretty abysmal. I plan to take college courses again starting in the upcoming Winter semester, and blow them away. However, I'm still concerned that my previously subpar academic career will reflect too strongly for me to hope to be selected for this program. Could any of you tell me how heavily weighted previous academic experience is in considering candidates? Is the GPA the only thing considered, or would the entire transcript be looked at? I'm positive that I have gained the motivation necessary to reverse my earlier academic failures, and I wonder what the best way to prove that would be? I am also curious how soon after enlisting one can reasonably expect to apply for the STA program. I am under the impression that there is no minimum time-in-service, or enlisted rank to apply, but I'm sure that's not the whole story. Ideally I'd like to apply ASAP after 'A' school, and I'd love to get some idea of how soon that would be. Are more experienced persons given preference over those new to the service? I can certainly understand this, if it is the case, but would like to know what the specifics of the selection process look like, so that I could begin planning for my application before even enlisting. I am very interested in Naval service, but not quite prepared to take the leap. This program won't make or break my decision to enter, but it's certainly a strong selling point! I hope you folks can give me a better idea of what is entailed in the application process, and point me in the right direction to begin preparing ahead of time.