Medical Enlisted Commissioning Program (MECP)

Medical Enlisted Commissioning Program (MECP) is a Nurse Corps (NC) commissioning opportunity. It provides a pathway for active duty enlisted personnel of all ratings, who possess some college credit, to obtain a baccalaureate degree in nursing and ultimately a commission in the NC. This program is not intended to serve as a precursor to medical school, or for physical therapy, physician assistant, or other health care specialties.

Selectees for the program will participate in a nationally accredited academic program leading to a baccalaureate degree in nursing. MECP students receive full pay and allowances for their enlisted paygrades and are eligible for advancement while in college. The student pays tuition, fees, books, and other expenses incurred while participating in MECP. If eligible, students may use the Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP) or Montgomery Government Issue Bill (MGIB) educational benefits; however, students are not eligible for benefits under the tuition assistance program. The selectee may seek financial assistance from other sources.

Selectees are required to complete degree requirements in not more than 36 consecutive calendar months and attend school on a full-time, year-round basis beginning in the fall of the year selected.

Graduates from MECP are commissioned as ensigns, in the NC, U.S. Navy, and incur an 8-year military service obligation of which a minimum of 4 years must be served on active duty.

Basic Eligibility Requirements
Applicants must be:

  • Citizens of the United States. This cannot be waived.
  • Of good moral character and have no record of disciplinary action within the 3 years prior to application.
  • Serving on active duty in the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, or U.S. Navy Reserve. Reservists on Active Duty for Special Work (ADSW), 1-, 2- or 3-year recalls and Canvasser Recruiters (CANREC) are not eligible for the program.
  • Able to complete the nursing degree requirements and be commissioned prior to their 42nd birthday.
  • A high school graduate or hold a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) and be scholastically qualified.
  • Able to complete any prerequisites and the requirements for a baccalaureate degree in nursing within 36 consecutive months from the date of enrollment into MECP.
  • Physically qualified.
  • Recommended by their CO.