REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. (Jan. 8, 2016) -- Are you a Soldier who wants to reach for the stars? It is possible, and the deadline for applications is approaching.

Soldiers who want to be considered for the Army Astronaut Candidate Screening Board must complete the two-part application process by Feb. 18.

According to MILPER Message #15-364, the application consists of an electronic submission directly to NASA through the www.usajobs.gov website and a paper application mailed to the Army Astronaut Candidate Screening Board.

Applicants must be a U.S. citizen between 62 inches and 75 inches tall. He or she must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in engineering, biological science, physical science, computer science or mathematics. Degrees must be followed by at least three years of related, progressively responsible professional experience or at least 1,000 hours of pilot-in-command time in jet aircraft. An advanced degree is desirable and may be substituted for part of the experience requirement.

The following degrees are not considered qualifying: degrees in technology, degrees in psychology except for clinical, physiological or experimental, degrees in nursing, degrees in exercise physiology or similar field, degrees in social science, and degrees in aviation, aviation management or similar fields.

Full application details are included in the MILPER message #15-364.

The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command provides support to NASA with an Army astronaut detachment assigned to the Johnson Space Center in Houston.