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There's a program (Ad Adstra, I think...."To the Stars") where exceptionally bright, talented Captains are assigned directly to the Air Staff / Chief of Staff's office for 12-24 months.

The old ASTRA program -- ASTRA is an acronym, but I don't know what it stands for -- has been dead for a long time. A few years ago, the Air Force created a new Air Force Intern Program (AFIP), but the Air Force went to a lot of trouble to emphasize AFIP is different from ASTRA. Here's a link to the most recent press release on AFIP:

However, I've never heard of the term STARNOM. I agree with your comment that context would help. My personal guess is that it's a local term, although I wouldn't be surprised to learn that somebody is pulling the Marine's leg.

David Jacobs
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