Enterprising Navy leaders have many avenues by which to promote the advancement of their charges. One of these is the Seaman to Admiral program. In its most recent manifestation, this dates from the tenure of Admiral Mike Boorda as Chief of Naval Operations. He believed strongly in the value of upward mobility into the officer ranks by the most promising and motivated enlisted men and women. Since its reintroduction, the program has undergone almost annual revisions. The most sweeping occurred in 2001, when all enlisted commissioning programs (except for Officer Candidate School, limited duty officer/chief warrant officer, and the Naval Academy option) were collected into "Seaman to Admiral 21."
Nobody Asked Me, But ... Seaman to Admiral: Don't Add to the Red Tape
By Commander Mark Gorenflo, U.S. Navy