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FY19 STA-21

#2
Anyone applying this year? Has anyone done the interview before? What kind of questions can I expect? This is my first time applying.
This will be my first and most likely last. I'm prepping for the interviews now and trying to get my ASTB scores up as high as possible.
 

abigail vytlas

STA-21 NFO/CORE
#3
I am applying again for the forth year, hoping this is the last year of course. Expect anything for questions, I've mostly been asked each time about college aptitude and why I want to be an officer.

I do have a question, administators please chime in if you have any info. With NAVADMIN 141/17 put in placed should we as an applicant still participate in the PFA or just get BCAs done since we've "earned" the right to do so? I'm coming out of an injury and will be waived from push ups either way, but I'm not too sure how much the board takes this into account.
 

beewur

New Member
#4
Anyone applying this year? Has anyone done the interview before? What kind of questions can I expect? This is my first time applying.
This is also my first year applying, I am done with my package with the exception of the boards, but I just had my first board today. The questions I was asked are listed below, though some are typical, most were not like ones I read from previous forums. Most were quite personal, and were oriented around my qualifications. Anyways....

"Why do you want to be an officer?"
"What is the difference between management and leadership?"
"What does initiative mean to you and give me examples of ways you have shown it?"
"What if the pilot option does not work out?"
"Why did you stop going to school after you got your associates degree?"
"Where are the weak areas of your package?"
"How did you earn your letters of recommendation?"
"Give a time you had to accept failure."
"Name a challenge you faced in your life and how did you overcome it?"
"How well do you handle defeat? Have you ever been told no?"
"Does your wife support your decisions?"
"What was it like being a Navy brat?"
"Explain to me how the STA-21 program works." (I think he legitimately did not know).
"Why aren't you applying for any other designators?"

Thats all that comes to mind right now. Other questions were ad hoc questions based off of answers I gave. I read that the boards are supposed to be like conversations and not job-interviews. Though it is hard to grasp that mentality, especially having never done this before, the board was just that. It was very relaxed, we joked a bit, and as I mentioned, some answers got personal. They are there to measure your aptitude and potential to succeed as a Navy Officer. Good luck and holler if you need any more help!
 

NavyOffRec

Well-Known Member
#5
This is also my first year applying, I am done with my package with the exception of the boards, but I just had my first board today. The questions I was asked are listed below, though some are typical, most were not like ones I read from previous forums. Most were quite personal, and were oriented around my qualifications. Anyways....

"Why do you want to be an officer?"
"What is the difference between management and leadership?"
"What does initiative mean to you and give me examples of ways you have shown it?"
"What if the pilot option does not work out?"
"Why did you stop going to school after you got your associates degree?"
"Where are the weak areas of your package?"
"How did you earn your letters of recommendation?"
"Give a time you had to accept failure."
"Name a challenge you faced in your life and how did you overcome it?"
"How well do you handle defeat? Have you ever been told no?"
"Does your wife support your decisions?"
"What was it like being a Navy brat?"
"Explain to me how the STA-21 program works." (I think he legitimately did not know).
"Why aren't you applying for any other designators?"

Thats all that comes to mind right now. Other questions were ad hoc questions based off of answers I gave. I read that the boards are supposed to be like conversations and not job-interviews. Though it is hard to grasp that mentality, especially having never done this before, the board was just that. It was very relaxed, we joked a bit, and as I mentioned, some answers got personal. They are there to measure your aptitude and potential to succeed as a Navy Officer. Good luck and holler if you need any more help!
One of the questions should be "do you want to be a nuke?" since 35 of 50 spots go to those who want to be nukes.
 

beewur

New Member
#6
One of the questions should be "do you want to be a nuke?" since 35 of 50 spots go to those who want to be nukes.
I noticed that from the selection results from last year! Hopefully with the shortage of pilots the military is experiencing, they will select more pilot applicants
 

RUFiO181

Making Recruiting Great Again
#7
I noticed that from the selection results from last year! Hopefully with the shortage of pilots the military is experiencing, they will select more pilot applicants
Your statement is misleading and you’re comparing apples to oranges. Aviation has a retention issue not an ascession issue.

HOWEVER, with current POTUS wanting a larger force there might be more opportunities down the road, but I wouldn’t be too optimistic just yet.