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monthly summary on some of the latest Navy career, benefits & quality of life updates as filtered & screened from collected emails &/or posted information feeds on our Navy Career Wise FB Page this …

monthly summary on some of the latest Navy career, benefits & quality of life updates as filtered & screened from collected emails &/or posted information feeds on our Navy Career Wise FB Page this week, please click the corresponding links for details. Take advantage & share this attachment to your Sailors & spouse. Navy Career Wise Facebook page was created to:

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  • 1. Please browse to this month’s recent changes & latest information on Navy & Veteran Advancement, Benefits, Career development, dependents, What’s INSIDE from A to Z: education, fleet & family, GI Bill & much more from A to Z. •Advancement – 14 •Benefits, Quality of Life & Travel – 1 •Commissioning, Special Programs – 4 •Civilian Jobs & Career Transitioning – 5 •Dependents, Family & Spouse – 6•Enlisted Retention Board & Perform To Serve – 7 •Education, Credentials & Certifications – 8 •Family & Spouse – 6 •GI Bill – 10 •Health & Housing – 9 •Internet Tools in every page.Navy Career Wise have turned into a Facebook SocialMedia page in March of 2011 and since then became amajor source of information not only of Command CareerCounselors but mentors, leading Chiefs, DepartmentHeads, Spouses & most importantly our veterans & Sailorsaround the world. This Special Edition is another test if amonthly newsletter is needed since a few have requested,please let Navy Career Wise team know. For previous edition and other Navy Career Wise presentation visit: http://www.slideshare.net/tonyastro/presentations Email your feedback to navycareerwise@gmail.com if you think that a monthly newsletter is necessary or Social Media Facebook will suffice or has taken over in putting out the word to our Sailors, Veteran & Family. Don’t be overwhelmed with the content here, subscribe to www.facebook.com/careerwise to get better & more latest information.
  • 2. *** Military OneSource eNewsletter *** This newsletter covers topics of interest to both single service members and military families: Healthy Living, Family Life in the Military, Personal and Family Readiness, Career and Education Spotlight, and Tools and Resources. http://go.usa.gov/VNf *** Veterans State Benefits Handbook 2012 *** Each state manages its own benefit programs. The following is a list of links to the websites for each of the individual states that offer veterans benefits. Be sure to take advantage of the benefits you have earned by clicking on the link to your State Department of Veterans Affairs. See what benefits your state offers. GI Bill Benefits are worth up to $52,500. Find Schools with VA-approved Programs by clicking the Navy Career Wise 2012 State-by-State Benefits Handbook. Free to download & print. http://www.slideshare.net/tonyastro/state-benefits-2012*** Vacation & Recreation *** Plan your weekend and save by using your well deserved benefits through Morale, Welfare & Recreationdiscounts & facilities. Visit http://www.mwrtoday.com/ and choose the base near you to find out this Springs specials.*** American Freedom Festival San Diego *** The 3rd annual American Freedom Festival will be held on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 7:30p.m. at the USS Midway Museum and will feature the legendary Three Dog Night with special guests, featuring Journey, Boston, Santana,Steppenwolf, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. This annual concert will celebrate our veterans and men and women of Americas armed forces at the Party ofthe Year while benefiting various organizations that serve and support veterans, active duty military, wounded warriors and their familiesthroughout San Diego County. Tickets for the American Freedom Festival at the USS Midway Museum on Saturday, May 26 at 7:30pm are $25.00,$44.50, $59.50 and $74.50 (plus applicable service charges). Tickets will be available through www.midway.org/freedom andwww.americanfreedomfoundation.org. For more information, please visit these websites or call (619) 398-8241.*** NAVADMIN & Benefits: Benefits Portal *** The eBenefits portal was developed by the Department of Defense (DoD) and theDepartment of Veterans Affairs to be a web based one-stop shop for online benefits-related tools and information for Wounded Warriors,Veterans, Service Members, their families, and their caretakers. After you create an account, you can use my eBenefits to set up a profile, addand manage favorite links, access military personnel records such as your DD 214, and view healthcare information, and more. For servicemembers currently serving on active duty, DS logon access procedures can be found at: https://myaccess.dmdc.osd.mil/dsaccess. Read thislatest NAVADMIN for details: http://go.usa.gov/VDg (See NEXT PAGE for step by step instruction to login for eBenefits)
  • 3. *** How To Access eBenefits Website *** Enter in Web 11. Under heading labeled "Select Personal Image": Browser: https://myaccess.dmdc.osd.mil, - Select 1 Personal Image (i.e. Picture of Deer, Sailboat) 1. Click "Beneficiaries Tab" - Type in Personal Image Phrase 2. Click "MilConnect Portal - Login Required" - Click "Next" 3. Click "Sign In" *Located Upper-Left of Screen* 4. Click "OK" *Located at bottom of consent banner* 12. Under heading labeled "Confirm Activation" - scroll to bottom of 5. Click "Request an Account" screen: 6. Under heading labeled "Do you have a Common Access Card - Click "Activate My Account" Confirm Activation (CAC) with accessible card reader" - Click "Yes" 13. Under heading labeled "Activation Successful": - Note your user name 7. Under heading labeled "Request a DS Logon with your CAC": - Click "Finish" - Click Register - Select non-email CAC certificate on Common Access Card 14. At milConnect Site (CAC) -Click "Sign Out" and Close browser. Note: You can revisit this site later - Enter Service Member CAC pin code (if applicable) via CAC login at https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/milconnect/ - Note: You must exit this website and go to the E-Benefits website to 8. Under heading labeled "Select Sponsor": (if applicable) access the wealth of information mentioned in NAVADMIN 148/12 for -Click Select Sponsor (i.e. Service Member name) Active Duty and Reserve personnel. 9. Under heading labeled "Create Password": Steps to gain access to Service Member E-Benefits: - Create Password *9-20 characters in length* - Write down User Name and Password for later use in 1. Go to the E-Benefits web-page at accessing E-Benefits web-page https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits-portal/ebenefits.portal 10. Under heading labeled "Select Challenge Questions" 2. At DS LOGON Page - Select 5 challenge questions from list and provide brief - Logon with user name and password established via answer https://myaccess.dmdc.osd.mil - Select "Login”*** LOL: Laugh On Liberty *** Caption it, SHARE it, TAG it, Comment on it, even Learn from it, NCW CAReerTOON & CAREERcature. Send yourcartoons & funnies at navycareerwise@gmail.com. To review the cartoons click this link & get a LOL: http://goo.gl/1Cwmv
  • 4. *** Officer & College Program: Seaman To Admiral FY 2013 *** *** Navy Advanced Education Voucher *** The Navys Advanced Education Please read the latest STA-21 NAVADMIN: http://www.public.navy.mil/bupers- Voucher (AEV) program enables top performing chief, senior chief and master npc/reference/messages/Documents/NAVADMINS/NAV2012/NAV12073.txt but chief petty officers to complete bachelors and masters degrees in designated, meanwhile here are some Navy Career Wise STA-21 Tips: Navy-relevant areas of study. Deadline for applying for FY12 programs is May 1. If you havent got your SAT/ACT, take it now to get the result prior to the mailing of 25, 2012. Applications should be sent to Naval Education and Training the package. Command (N523), 250 Dallas Street, Pensacola, FL, 32508-5220. For more 2. Start your online package as early as now. Go to HTTPS://WWW.STA-21.NAVY.MIL - information about the program, call Senior Chief Electronics Technician for application & also for more information. (SW/AW) Jason Szot, AEV and enlisted learning and development coordinator 3. Read the presentation and tools on our share drive. (NETC N523) at (850) 452-7268 (DSN 922). Additional information about the 4. Continue to take as many college or CLEP. This is more of an Educational Program than AEV program may also be viewed at NKO website www.nko.navy.mil under Officers Program. Board looks at giving this type of "scholarship" to those who have the "Learning" tab. potential to complete the 3 year college prior to becoming an officer. 5. Submit your chit now - must be approved on Dept Head level by April 13 (keep this email to get a reminder on 12 April). 6. Here is the Navy Career Wise Suggested Timeline to ensure that your package goes well and on time (your command may have a different timeline): Action Recommended Completion Dates * POC / ACTION PERSONNEL •STA-21 Brief 29-Mar-12 CCC & ESO •Take SAT / ACT (If not yet started) 2-Apr-12 •Submit / Route a Request Chit via COC 13-Apr-12 Applicant •Review ESR online and service record ASAP Applicant •Complete online STA-21 application 2-Apr-12 Applicant •Administer weigh-ins & PFA CMD PRT PRT Coord. •Submit package to chain of Command 20-Apr-12 Applicant •Screen Package, Draft CO Endorsement 20-Apr-12 Admin / Member •Assemble Packages for Board review 21-May-12 CCC •Interview Appraisal Boards 6-Jun-12 Officer Board / AO *** Become a Medical Officer *** Applications for the Navy Medical Service Corps In-service •Overall Ranking of Applicants Board 6-Jun-12 All Members Procurement Program (MSC IPP) is now open. The MSC IPP enables Sailors and Marines to obtain a •Submit Smooth Appraisals & Package 13-Jun-12 Board Members commission as a MSC officer. IPP is open to active-duty enlisted Sailors, Marines and full-time •Prepare Smooth Packages to ADMIN 15-Jun-12 CCC support Navy Reservists in pay grades E-5 through E-9. Waivers for E-4 will be considered on a case •Endorsements / Nominations Signed 15-Jun-12 CO by case basis for physician assistant applicants only. Applications for the program must be •Packages signed by CO Forwarded to NPC21-Jun-12 ESO / ADMIN postmarked no later than Aug. 17. For more information, visit the Navy Medicine Professional •Deadline of Applications to NPC 1-Jul-12 Admin / Member Development Center website: http://go.usa.gov/VFs •Deadline for Additional Documentation 1-Aug-12 Member*** Active Duty Education Benefits: Online USN War College Seminars *** The U.S. Naval War College (NWC) is now accepting online applicationsthrough June 30 for the College of Distance Educations 2012-2013 Fleet Seminar Program (FSP). The NWC FSP will be offered in 20 regional locations in theUnited States for academic year 2012-2013. NWC accepts program applications from commissioned officers (active and Reserve), selected Command MasterChiefs, and civilian employees of the federal government. All applicants must have previously earned at least a baccalaureate degree. The deadline forapplications is June 30, 2012. For more information and to submit an application, visit the NWC website: http://go.usa.gov/VFF
  • 5. *** From the Commander In Chief *** “We must give our *** Military Job Fair *** You are invited to attend theveterans and military families the support they deserve, and the Corporate Gray "Security Clearance" Job Fair from 10 am to 2opportunities they have earned.” – President Obama, addressing pm on Friday, May 18th. This job fair will be held at the Waterford Reception Center, 6715 Commerce Street, Springfield,the nation from Afghanistan, to watch click http://goo.gl/6UDJ4 Virginia 22150. Several excellent career transition seminars will be held in the same location starting at 8 am and 9 am. Pre- *** Military Relief Organizations & Emergency registration for the job fair is free and recommended (see Financial Help *** Applying for emergency financial help below). By attending this job fair, you will be able to meet face- from a military relief organization: http://goo.gl/71lyg to-face with many top companies and government agencies, including Lockheed Martin, Verizon, National Security Agency, *** License Fees Waived for Vets in Florida *** A new law in National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, URS, MCR Federal, L-3 Florida waives the initial license fee, initial application fee and initial MPRI, Dell Services Federal Government, CGI, Enterprise unlicensed activity fee for many state board licenses for veterans Information Services, Jorge Scientific, EMC, Delan Associates, returning from service, provided the veteran applies for licensure and many more! Bring many copies of your resume. within 24 months of being honorably discharged. The law will apply to Recommended attire is business suit or coat and tie. Duty more than 20 professions under the Florida Department of Business uniform is also fine. REGISTRATION: To register for the job fair, and Professional Regulations jurisdiction, including construction, real visit www.CorporateGray.com/login Estate, certified public accountants and cosmetologists, as well as businesses under DBPRs Drugs, Devices and Cosmetics Division. The *** What will your Civilian Job be REALLY Like? *** Check out the military fee waivers will go into effect October 1, 2012. For more 2012 Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH): http://www.bls.gov/ooh/. Find detailed profiles of hundreds of occupations including employment information, visit the Florida Department of Business Regulation projections for the next 8 years. Although the OOH is a great place to website at http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/dbprmilitary.html start researching career fields, students should not use the OOH as the sole basis for choosing a civilian career. Reading about an occupation can *** Veteran Network & Assistance *** The Veterans be far different than the day to day reality of the work. If youre Opportunity to Work (VOW) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011, provides interested in learning about an occupation, talk to the people who are seamless transition for Servicemembers, expands education and actually doing the job; this is often referred to as an "information training opportunities for Veterans, and provides tax credits for interview". Dont be reticent about asking a working professional to give employers who hire Veterans with service-connection. This includes you a little of his time to explain his daily work. Most people enjoy talking 12 months of training and employment assistance to every Vet who about their work and would be flattered by the opportunity to give you participates or applies. http://www.benefits.va.gov/VOW/ the real scoop on what their job is like on a daily basis. Its also a great way of networking for the future*** Military Sealift Command Active Duty Career Fair *** Military Only: Tuesday, May 29, 2012 from 10am to 12pm at: CareerInformation Center in 3455 Sturtevent Street, Suite 2 San Diego, CA. For details: call 1-888-282-1493 or visit www.sealiftcommand.com
  • 6. *** Scholarships for Military Wives *** Operation Homefront and the Womens Self Worth Foundation are offering the Saban MilitaryWife Educational Scholarship to wives of uniformed servicemembers. To be eligible, applicants must be a legal wife of a military membercurrently serving on active duty. Applicants must be accepted for registration by a vocational school in one of the required medical fields and bean active volunteer in their community. Applications are being accepted until June 12, 2012. For more information and to download anapplication, visit the Operation Homefront website at www.operationhomefront.net/scholarship/. All questions should be directed to OperationHomefront Program Manager by mail at Operation Homefront-Scholarship Program, 8930 Fourwinds Drive, Suite 340 San Antonio, Texas 78239.*** Spouse Career Assistance *** Spouse Education and Career Opportunities provides high quality education & career services, resources,guidance & consultations accessible through the convenience of a telephone call to 1-800-342-9647. Go: http://goo.gl/9GYwt for details *** Military Teen Adventure Camp *** Military teens (14-18 years old) will have an opportunity to participate in adventure camps scheduled April 2012 through March 2013. These high energy, high adventure, and high experience camps are planned across the United States from Alaska to Maine and from Colorado to Georgia as well as states in between. There are even opportunities for military teens in the Pacific Rim. This is the perfect chance for you to experience the outdoors as you never have before! Visit: http://goo.gl/1WHnV for details. *** Benefits & Quality of Life: Marriage Enrichment Retreat (MER) in San Diego *** Talk to your Command Chaplain about Military Coupes Retreat. Here is the latest schedule. Like or comment if you have been into one. - A weekend for couples, Friday 6:00 PM – Sunday 12:00 PM. - Using a*** Military Spouse & Children $1 Million Scholarship *** variety of programs, couples will learn principles to keep their maritalThe American Freedom Foundation has partnered with Kaplan friendship and marriage growing, to handle inevitable conflicts, and toUniversity to provide over $1 million in scholarships to military strengthen spiritual, emotional, psychological, and physical aspects ofspouses and dependent children age 24 and younger. They need help their commitment. - The dates for the next retreats are held in Sangetting the word out. NO ONE HAS APPLIED. Dont miss this Diego: May 18-20, Jun 08-10, Jul 06-08, Aug 17-19, & Sept 14-16. Foropportunity to get your associate or bachelors degree. Application details contact: Chaplain Joseph Roach LT, RP2 Lisa Villafane or RP2Postmark Deadline: June 1, 2012. To date, we have been informed Rondele Logan at Spiritual Fitness Division - CNRSW 3670 Surface Navythat they have not received any applications. Please find the link Blvd—Building 330 San Diego, CA 92136 or call: 619-556-2826below. http://goo.gl/YoQ2J or http://goo.gl/3aeNA
  • 7. Navy Career Wise & NPCSuccess Partners for Sailors & their Family
  • 8. *** Another Chance to Stay *** Perform- *** Career Counselor & Perform To Serve Alert *** The Navy Counselor rating(less To-Serve FAQs from Business Rules of 9 April CRF) will not be available in FLEET RIDE as a conversion option for month of May 2012. 2012 (Updated 18 April 2012) Q1: There are Currently, the rating is at 103% manned. It is uncertain at this time if NC will be an option Sailors with an SEAOS in July that would have for conversion via FLEET RIDE for the next few PTS cycles. been eligible for the March NWAE if the new business rules had been in effect prior to the *** ERB Alert: TERA - Early Retirement NAVADMIN *** If your ERB Sailor qualifies for Early NWAE. Can the new business rules be Retirement (i.e 15 years & ERB or not selected for retention) Read link for process details. Ensure “grandfathered” and allow those Sailors to take EVERYONE with an ERB Sailor that is eligible for TERA is made aware of this NAVADMIN. Some HIGHIGHTS: a substitute exam? A1: Yes. Substitute exams -The NAVADMIN specifically addresses TRANSFERABILITY for POST 9/11 GI BILL via TERA. will be authorized for Sailors if: - SEAOS is from - Sailors are NOT ELIGIBLE to transfer Post 9/11 benefits once the TERA application is approved. 01 Jul 2012 to 31 Jul 2012 only - Denied Final- This is a major area of concern. Active status - Sailor requested Active -DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: 15 June 2012 -Submit via OPINS or NSIPS -TERA Approvals DO NOT Component PTS quota at last PTS look. More on qualify for Involuntary Separation Pay (ISP). Please read NAVADMIN thoroughly: this PTS Alert at: http://goo.gl/9ZWul http://goo.gl/cBRYr*** Early Retirement for ERB-Affected *** Navy ReserveSailors *** NAVADMIN 140/12, released Apr. Manual *** Download24, announces procedures for eligible Sailors the Spring 2012 editionseparating due to the Enlisted Retention Board(ERB) on applying for early retirement under of The Navy Reserve toTemporary Early Retirement Authority (TERA). learn more about theThis NAVADMIN is a follow-up to NAVADMIN history of the Navy025/12, released Jan. 20, which initially Reserve, Reservists, keyannounced that Navy was implementing TERA to lifeline support,for some ERB-affected Sailors. More on this surface warfareTERA NAVADMIN FAQ at: http://goo.gl/fnx2J opportunities and more!*** Fleet Reserve or Retirement Process and TERA - ERB Alert**** Click: below for your Fleet Reserve or RETIREMENT request Click the link toform. You can also utilize this to request for TERA if you have 15years and not retained due to ERB. download:http://www.slideshare.net/tonyastro/fleet-reserve-application2 http://bit.ly/Jkjd7b*** Temporary Early Retirement Authority (TERA) *** TERA for eligible Sailors separating due to the Enlisted Retention Board (ERB). Sailors must submit their applicationsto Navy Personnel Command (NPC) no later than June 15, 2012, and may check the status of their application through www.bol.navy.mil. Sailors considered but not selectedfor retention by the FY 2012 ERB who will have completed at least 15 years of active service as of Sept. 1, and whose active duty service date (ADSD) is Sept. 2, 1997 orearlier, are eligible for early retirement benefits under TERA.
  • 9. *** Before You Pick that School *** Check out *** Exam Preparations for Military Paid by DoD ***www.Degree.Net before you register for school. Degree.net Get the following Credit by exam preparation or study tools for free & availableis a great resource that provides information on traditional to all Service Members & their Dependents to help them pass exams & reachand nontraditional schools. It includes information on their education goals:evaluating schools, including accreditation and licensure. 1. OASC and DoD MWR Library - at the Online Academic Skills Course (OASC)Degree.net can help you decide and expose diploma mills. Web site students can build up their math and writing skills in order to excel in(Alert: most colleges appear here will be college for profit, their jobs, pass exams, advance their careers or continue their education.although accredited, you must be wary & contact Navy Active duty Service members can access OASC via their Service portals (AKO,College for better choices) NKO, AF-Portal, Coast Guard). The DoD MWR Library *** Top 10 Reasons to Continue Your Education *** (www.nelnetsolutions.com/dod) provides study guides, printable sample tests, 10. Fulfill a Dream – Or Begin One resources, articles, and related links for various examinations, as well as links to 9. Have Fun! OASC. 8. Make Connections That Can Link You to Future Jobs 7. Become Part of a Cultural Stew 2. Tutor.com - a free online tutor service available for active military and their 6. Meet New People 5. Do What You Love Doing and Get Paid for It family members is located at www.tutor.com/military for tutoring in specific 4. Increase Your Sense of Personal Accomplishment subject areas. 3. Advance in Your Career and Earn a Higher Income 2. Learn Critical-Thinking and Analytical Skills 3. Study guides - other options to consider for self-paced preparation include 1. Ensure That You Won’t Get Left Behind (From College Web sites offering free CLEP and DSST exam study guides: Success Tips for Adult Learners by Peterson’s.) http://clep.collegeboard.org/study-resources and http://getcollegecredit.com/. WARNING: Before purchasing any study materials, students are strongly*** Update your Records, Fax Your Grades *** As recommended to check out their on-base education center and/or local library,spring semester comes to a close you should fax your grade as these locations have access to a variety of FREE study materials in variousreport to Pensacola if you used Navy Tuition Assistance media formats.(TA). The Navy holds each Sailor responsible for submitting *** Reminder: GED Exams ending October 2012 *** Navy College Office (NCO)a grade report. After you fax the grade report check your will no longer offer the GED exam as of 1 October 2012. GED testing is converting to aMyEducation (Link below on NCO website) account to see if computer-based platform which is not available at NCO. Only a few militarythe grade was posted to your TA account. Call NCO if your installations will have the capability to provide computer-based GED testing. Sailorsgrade is not posted within 7 days. The fax number to who take the GED through a non-military civilian test center will do it at their ownPensacola is (850) 452-1149. Be sure your grade report is a expense and will NOT be reimbursed. Sailors must take the required GED practice testclean, bold copy containing your name and the last four of before taking the actual GED. Contact NCO for more info. Free GED prep materials canyour SSN. https://www.navycollege.navy.mil/nta.cfm be found on the MWR Library site http://goo.gl/AJqiN
  • 10. *** Military Family Life Insurance or FSGLI *** Spouses *** Military Health & Fitness: PRT Calculator & More *** Use this asare covered by FSGLI insurance for a death benefit not to exceed guide for the Body-Fat (BCA) requirement and what you may need to run, sit-$100,000, OR, whatever lesser amount their active duty spouse up & push up to PASS the PRT based on your age, height & weight:is covered for. In other words, if the active duty service member http://navy-prt.com/navyprtcalculator.html (The calculator is not updated onelects only $50,000 in SGLI coverage, the most his/her spouse low/high areas, dont use this for official count, use PRIMMS). For morecan be insured for under FSGLI is $50,000. Here is a link for the details including PFA Bikes & Elliptical requirements go: http://go.usa.gov/VFvVA website that discusses SGLI/FSGLI: http://go.usa.gov/VFp *** New TRICARE Contractor *** Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, Inc. (MetLife) is the new TRICARE Dental Program (TDP) contractor. Beneficiaries purchasing TDP will see expanded dental benefits beginning May 1 with lower monthly premium rates than last year. More details about premiums costs can be found on the MetLife TDP website at www.mybenefits.metlife.com/tricare. TDP information is available by calling 1-855-638-8371 in the U.S., 1-855-638-8372 outside the United States or online through the MetLife TDP website at www.mybenefits.metlife.com/tricare. The website has more information about costs, coverage details and finding a provider. For more information about TRICAREs dental programs, visit the TRICARE Dental webpage at www.tricare.mil/dental. *** Take 5: Navy Career Wise is Physical Fitness Wise *** PFA Season maybe going on soon. Are you fitness ready? Here are just 5 Tips to help you motivated, we hope its not too late: http://goo.gl/9Ydc3. If you have any more Physical Fitness tips - please post.
  • 11. *** Transferring your Post 9-11 GI Bill *** Here is the updated process on how 4. Once your transfer request is approved, your request data is sent toto transfer your GI Bill benefits to your dependents. It is best to do it while you are the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA). Each family member muston active duty (before you go on terminal leave): first apply for a certificate of eligibility from the DVA before they can1. Use your Common Access Card (CAC), DoD Self-Service Logon (DS Logon), or use their transferred benefits. Once the DVA receives the request dataDFAS Account (myPay) to sign in to the milConnect portal application: and VA Form 22-1990E, they will be able to process your familyhttp://milconnect.dmdc.mil. When the milConnect Home page displays, select members’ requests to use their benefits. The application for theEducation → Transfer of Education Benefits (TEB) from the menu bar. When the certificate of eligibility (VA Form 22-1990E) can be found through theTEB page displays, your family members are listed in the table under the List of Department of Veterans Affairs’ VONAPP Web SiteFamily Members section. (http://vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/main.asp). A paper form is alsoNote: If a family member is not eligible for DEERS benefits, and thus is not eligible to available at http://www.vba.va.gov/pubs/forms/VBA-22-1990e-receive transferred benefits, the word “ineligible” will display in the Relation ARE.pdf. Or you can call the DVA for Education Benefits informationcolumn to the right of your relationship to that family member. at 1-888-GIBILL1.2. To transfer benefit months to a family member, do the following: 5. After receiving their certificates of eligibility from the DVA, your• Locate the name of the appropriate family member in the table. family members must provide the certificates to the school.• From the Months drop-down list, select the number of months (0 to 36) totransfer. 6. If your family members do not receive their certificates of eligibility• Optionally, enter an End Date in YYYY-MM-DD format. from the DVA before they enroll in school, they should ask theRepeat this process for each family member. veterans’ certifying official at the school to submit to the DVA an enrollment certification for the academic term.3. Once transfer Months have been assigned to your family members, you must Tuition will be sent directly from the DVA to the school. Children aresubmit your transfer request for approval by doing the following: eligible for the monthly living stipend and/or the books and supplies• Select the “Post-9/11 GI Bill Chapter 33” radio button in the Select the stipend while you are serving on active duty. Your spouse is eligible foreducational program from which to transfer benefits section. the books and supplies stipend, but not the monthly living stipend,• Select all the boxes in the Transferability of Education Benefits while you are on active duty, because both you and your spouse areAcknowledgements section to indicate that you have read and understand each already receiving the Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH). If you are notstatement. currently serving on active duty, then both your spouse and children• Click the Submit Request button. are eligible for the monthly living stipend and/or the books andIf the submission is successful, a Confirmation message displays. After you have supplies stipend.submitted your transfer request, the Sponsor information section at the top of theTEB page updates to show that the Status is now Submitted. The Status Date is Note: If you are an active duty Service Member, you and your spouseblank and will remain blank until a Service Representative approves, rejects, or sets can continue to use the benefit for up to 15 years after you are lastyour request to a pending status. To track the status of your request, you will need released (discharged or retired) from active duty. If you are a Selectedto return to the TEB page to check the “Status” in the Sponsor information section. Reserve Service Member, you and your spouse can continue to useOnce your transfer request is approved, the status will be updated to Request the benefit for up to 15 years after you are released from your lastApproved and the approval Status Date will be set to the date the Service active duty period of at least 90 consecutive days. Children can useRepresentative approved the request. their benefits until their 26th birthdays.
  • 12. *** 15 Year Retirement Calculator *** What the law states: “(e) Computation of Retired Pay. — Retired or retainer pay of a member retired(or transferred to the Fleet Reserve or Fleet Marine Corps Reserve) under a provision of title 10, United States Code, by reason of eligibilitypursuant to subsection (b) shall be reduced by 1/12th of 1 percent for each full month by which the number of months of active service of themember are less than 240 as of the date of the member’s retirement (or transfer to the Fleet Reserve or Fleet Marine Corps Reserve)” — 10 USC1293, the section of law on military retirement. Click link for the easy & quick way to estimate your Retirement Pay for between 15- less 20years. Click link for the easy & quick way to estimate your Retirement Pay for between 15- less 20 years. http://militarytimes.com/projects/15-year-retirement/ (Not a Navy official calculator but it works as a guide or estimate) *** Benefits Based on Character of Service *** *** Job Site & Career Networking *** H2H.Jobs is not just another job Assist your Sailors who are separating or verify your DD- site. Its a project with a special mission: to thank you for your service by 214s type of discharge & find out your entitlements. helping you find your perfect career. https://h2h.jobs/ Click this link to download: http://goo.gl/0CbsI*** Credit Tips If Youre Unemployed *** Recent studiesshow that over 60% of employers screen applicants creditbefore finalizing employment. There are several legitimatereasons for this: employees in financial difficulty may be morelikely to embezzle, may be more stressed and less productive atwork, and poor credit management may reveal personality traitsthat would make you an irresponsible employee. If yourelooking for a new job, this can put you in a Catch-22, particularlyif youre unemployed. You need good credit to get a job, but youmay be struggling with limited income. (military.com) *** FAQs on VA Home Loans *** VA Home Loans allow qualified buyers the opportunity to purchase a home with no down payment. There are also no monthly mortgage insurance premiums to pay, limitations on buyers closing costs, and an appraisal that informs the buyer of the property value. For most loans on new houses, construction is inspected at appropriate stages and a 1-year warranty is required from the builder. VA also performs personal loan servicing and offers financial counseling to help veterans having temporary financial difficulties. Although there is no maximum VA loan, lenders generally limit the maximum VA loan to $417,000. For details visit: http://www.benefits.va.gov/homeloans/
  • 13. *** Plan My Move Series *** What to Do with Your Car *** Navy Active Duty Job Opens May 10 at 1800 CST *** Typically from 2nd Thursdays for 2 weeks job openings are posted & open for When Moving Overseas: http://goo.gl/NUIup application via CMS Interactive Detailing (Active Duty Job) at: https://www.cmsid.navy.mil/jass/ActiveJobsSummary.action*** Career WISE Counselor: Nominate your Counselors *** 9 MONTHS PRIOR your PRD is your window to negotiate. But 12 MONTHS PRIORPlease click the wall photo for the updated criteria. Nominees: your PRD should not deter you not to view and contact your detailer for possibleNCC Tony Turner, HM2 Michael Ortiguero, NC1 Rex Parmelee. negotiation. Contact your Command Career Counselor for more information.For details & update click: http://goo.gl/G8iMF For details and time line / countdown 18 months prior to your PRD go to: http://www.public.navy.mil/bupers- *** Blue Angels Seek Enlisted Applicants *** npc/enlisted/cmsid/Documents/Detailing%20Countdown%20(MAY%2011).pdfThe Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, is encouragingqualified Navy and Marine Corps enlisted personnel to apply for the 2013 andfollow-on seasons. Navy E-5 and above, and outstanding E-4, Sailors frommultiple aviation platforms are considered for this type-two sea duty billet.Marine Corps applicants must be F/A-18 specific electricians,communication/navigation (COMNAV), power plants or air frames. For moreinformation on how to apply visit the Blue Angels website:www.blueangels.navy.mil or contact Senior Chief Aviation Electronics TechnicianPatrick Hosterman at Patrick.hosterman@navy.mil.*** New SRB Rates *** Selective Reenlistment Bonus (SRB) rates have sixincreases, three additions, one deletion, and one skill that is being moved fromTier 2 to Tier 1. Commands must submit SRB reenlistment requests for eligibleSailors 35-120 days prior to the requested reenlistment date. SRB requestssubmitted less than 35 days in advance without substantial justification will notbe accepted. Sailors can reenlist for SRB no more than 90 days prior to their endof active obligated service. View current list of SRB eligible ratings/skills basedon available quotas at this NAVADMIN: http://go.usa.gov/Vul •And more at www.facebook.com/careerwise and the rest of the Navy Career Wise Social Network - subscribe now: •Navy Career, Veteran & Benefits Videos go to: www.youtube.com/user/thecareerwise •Training Slides & Latest Documents or Newsletters: www.slideshare.org/tonyastro •Professional Network Group: LinkedIn http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Navy-Career-Wise-Group •Twitter: https://twitter.com/chiefcounselor
  • 14. *** CCC Discussion & Tools: Career Development Board **** If you are doing a CDB, are you just going through the motions because it is required?Parts of CDBs are accounting the goals & career plans of Sailors and a FOLLOW UP is must. This CDB Prescription (created last year in June by NCW for yourdownload) can be utilized by Sailor PRIOR to sitting on the CDB, by ranking their priorities (column 2). During the CDB - the discussion will revolve aroundmembers priority and if any of the board needs to advice member, Sailors will have further recommendation & this prescription handed to the member withupdated priorities & goals written. CDBs are required for all Sailors upon reporting to a command - after six months on board, at 12-months on board and at12-month intervals thereafter. Official guidance is contained in OPNAVINST 1040.11C. When the Sailors career desires are recorded in the Career InformationManagement System (CIMS) it becomes part of a permanent record that can follow the Sailor throughout his or her career. CLICK this link to download NCWCDB Prescription: http://www.slideshare.net/tonyastro/cdb-prescription-priority-checklist*** Financially Wise - Career Wise *** *** Pay & Personnel Support Handbook *** Good handbook for information on IDSailors experiencing financial challenges should Card, Entitlements, PSD Reenlistment & Separation process, Travel, DEERS, TDY, Servicenotify their chain of command and work with theirRecord and much more on pay & personnel. http://goo.gl/d1NHYCFS to development a budget and explore *** TSP Roth *** The TSP Roth will beadditional options such as military relief societies, made available to most federaleligibility for interest rate reductions and other employees on May 7; however, civiliansrelief. Additionally, being upfront and trying to who are paid through DFAS wont haveaddress the issue openly can work to a Sailors access until July. Marines will be able toadvantage if financial difficulties threaten a enroll in the TSP Roth option in June,members security clearance. For more personal while Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen won’tfinance information or free Financial Advice: be able to enroll until October. Coast Guard personnel will be able to submit1. Contact your local Fleet & Family TSP Roth enrollment/contribution2. Visit www.militaryonesource.com requests on May 7. Visit: www.tsp.gov3. Contact 1.800.342.9647 for free consult4. Click CFPB web site at *** Command Pay/Personnelhttp://www.consumerfinance.gov/ Administrative Support System5. Contact your CFS or Command Financial (PASS) Coordinator (CPC) *** TheSpecialist CPC serves as the critical link6. Contact your local Navy & Marine Corps Relief between an individual Sailor, his orSociety for free Financial Counseling. her command, and the supporting7. Contact your local Civilian Financial Advisor & Personnel Support organization:pay up to $500 for their services. (Not so wise) http://go.usa.gov/VuC*** Loan Repayment Program (LRP): Receiving payments *** LRP payments are not an automatic process. Service members must submit annualapplications. Annual payments are made to lenders at the 1, 2, and 3 year mark of a Sailors enlistment. Payments are triggered by the service membersubmitting an annual updated DD FORM 2475, which should be submitted on or within 60 days of their anniversary. The form can be found on the internet bytyping in DD space 2475 into any search engine. For details: http://goo.gl/KYN6w
  • 15. Partners in Leading the Way.CPO Creed: During the course of this day you have been caused to humbly accept challenge and face adversity. This youhave accomplished with rare good grace. Pointless as some of these challenges may have seemed, there were valid, time-honored reasons behind each pointed barb. It was necessary to meet these hurdles with blind faith in the fellowship ofChief Petty Officers. The goal was to instill in you that trust is inherent with the donning of the uniform of a Chief. It was ourintent to impress upon you that challenge is good; a great and necessary reality which cannot mar you - which, in fact,strengthens you. In your future as a Chief Petty Officer, you will be forced to endure adversity far beyond that imposedupon you today. You must face each challenge and adversity with the same dignity and good grace you demonstrated today.By experience, by performance, and by testing, you have been this day advanced to Chief Petty Officer. In the United StatesNavy - and only in the United States Navy - the rank of E7 carries with it unique responsibilities and privileges you are nowbound to observe and expected to fulfill. Your entire way of life is now changed. More will be expected of you; more will bedemanded of you. Not because you are a E7 but because you are now a Chief Petty Officer. You have not merely beenpromoted one paygrade, you have joined an exclusive fellowship and, as in all fellowships, you have a special responsibilityto your comrades, even as they have a special responsibility to you. This is why we in the United States Navy may maintainwith pride our feelings of accomplishment once we have attained the position of Chief Petty Officer. Your newresponsibilities and privileges do not appear in print. They have no official standing; they cannot be referred to by name,number, nor file. They have existed for over 100 years, Chiefs before you have freely accepted responsibility beyond the callof printed assignment. Their actions and their performance demanded the respect of their seniors as well as their juniors. Itis now required that you be the fountain of wisdom, the ambassador of good will, the authority in personal relations as wellas in technical applications. "Ask the Chief" is a household phrase in and out of the Navy. You are now the Chief. The exaltedposition you have now achieved - and the word exalted is used advisedly - exists because of the attitude and performanceof the Chiefs before you. It shall exist only as long as you and your fellow Chiefs maintain these standards. It was ourintention that you never forget this day. It was our intention to test you, to try you, and to accept you. Your performancehas assured us that you will wear "the hat" with the same pride as your comrades in arms before you. We take a deep andsincere pleasure in clasping your hand, and accepting you as a Chief Petty officer in the United States Navy.YEAR OF THE CHIEF: 2012Honor Courage &Commitment & Communicating Effectively & Fast
  • 16. While we are waiting for the E7 & below advancement results, it is For E6 & Above:good, career wise to start planning for the next steps or plan for 1. Results from the CPO Selection board last year came about 1 Augustthe best and worst. Here are some few things you can do now: (June 1st for E8). Members can access their profile sheets directly via NKO For E6 & Below candidates: same time or later on BOL for command access. To access your profile 1. Last years March exam result came in May 23, so far (though sheets (even on weekend with a CAC PKI Card) login to NKO then go tonot consistent) historically, it gets released around that time frame advancement result or just click& in this case it could be out before or around the Memorial Day https://neasos.cnet.navy.mil/NEAS/NEASRpts/Individual.aspxweekend. Those who took the exam can access on their profile - Career Wise tip now: Prepare for mental and physical stamina, its goingsheets directly via NKO same time or later on at BOL for command to be a very exhausting training if you are selected.access. To access your profile sheet (even on weekend with a CACPKI Card) login to NKO then go to advancement Profile Sheet link 2. For upcoming details including PRECEPTS and other helpful tips on theor just click CPO selection board go to: http://go.usa.gov/VwF. E7 Board eligiblehttps://neasos.cnet.navy.mil/NEAS/NEASRpts/Individual.aspx Sailors still have time to review your OMPF on BOL and submit a - Career Wise tip now: Take or complete your required Navy correction before June 4.Leadership for E6 & below prior to your frocking, this will expediteyou getting promoted specially for an E4. 3. You have an option to apply to become an officer via Limited Duty or Chief Warrant Officer (LDO/CWO). For helpful hints, important dates and2. The latest September Exam Bibliography is now posted NKO. more details on LDO/CWO program visit: http://go.usa.gov/VwL.Here is the direct link also for any updates on your exams Upcoming LDO/CWO Program brief being held within San(including bibliographies): http://go.usa.gov/Vws Diego/Lemoore/Fallon area as follows with Date, Time & Location: - Career Wise tip now: Always login to NKO to access your BIBs, 17 May 0900-1100 CNAP Auditorium (bldg 8) - San Diegothere may be some changes or updates and you can always click on 23 May 1100-1300 Multi Purpose Conference Room (BOQ) - Fallondirect link of the resources. Study early, you have less than 4 24 May 1230-1330 NASL (SFWSP AUDITORIUM) - Lemooremonths before the exam and avoid cramming. Take some actual - Career Wise tip now: If you are fully qualified but not 100% sure if youjob via OJT so you can work on what you are studying. want to become an officer, submit your package anyway. The board can see your persistence and history in upward movement in your career even3. This cycles NAVADMIN for September has not been released if you settle to become a non-commissioned officer (CPO). Attend theyet but browse through NPC Advancement website for brief and talk to an LDO/CWO for mentorship. You can view the LDO/CWOrequirements and more helpful tips: http://go.usa.gov/Vw6 presentation at: http://goo.gl/GtGEp If you have any questions contact me or any of your mentors. Get a follow up updates and interactions on all advancement and commissioning programs by LIKING: www.facebook.com/careerwise
  • 17. Time is precious. Information is value.Is your Sailor in Social Media? They Have 4 Options.You Have Power. Navy Career Wise Social Media.http://twitter.com/chiefcounselor www.youtube/user/thecareerwiseSearch Navy Career Wise group at LIKE: www.facebook.com/careerwise www.linkedin.com Or ADD Friend: navycareercounselor
  • 18. 24th Navy Counselor Association Symposium 2012**24-28 September 2012** Memphis Marriott Downtown250 North Main Street Memphis, Tennessee 38103