FIRST NCA EDITION: Navy Career News from this month, 2010 Compiled & Digested for You
March 2010 First NCA Edition Vol. 44
NAVY CAREER ONLINE GUIDE EDITION
Navy Resources You Must Review to Start Right
Latest News: Benefits for Wounded Warriors
Men and women serving in the U.S. military who become disabled while on active duty on or after October
1, 2001, regardless of where the disability occurs, are receiving "expedited processing" of disability claims
from the Social Security Department. Servicemembers can apply for and receive benefits even while
receiving military pay. Visit Social Security's Disability Benefits for Wounded Warriors webpage.The
website has everything you need to know about Social Security and military service -- including a link to
apply for disability benefits online.
Estimate Your Disability-Retired Pay
The Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) launched their new Medical Disability Retired Pay
Estimator, an interactive online tool for medically retiring Wounded Warriors, available at the DFAS
website. The user input driven tool helps medically retired servicemembers estimate their retired pay,
Combat Related Special Compensation and VA disability compensation. Visit the DFAS Retired Disability
Eye Glasses for Retirees
All retirees, even TRICARE for Life recipients, may receive one pair of standard issue glasses each year
from the Naval Ophthalmic Support and Training Activity. Visit the NOSTRA website and select the "How
to Order: Retirees" link for more information. Family members and surviving spouses are not entitled to
NOSTRA support. Learn more about TRICARE vision benefits at the TRICARE beneficiary portal. Most
servicemembers and their families are confused by TRICARE. Get the facts and latest news on TRICARE.
Get That Eye Exam!
Active duty family members can get a routine eye exam every year, and retirees and their family members
using TRICARE Prime can get one every two years. Children in both TRICARE Prime and Standard can
receive eye and vision screenings at birth and 6 months of age, along with two eye exams between the ages
of 3 and 6. Active duty servicemembers (ADSMs) enrolled in TRICARE Prime must get their eye care from
military treatment facilities (MTFs) and may receive eye glasses at MTFs at no cost. Eligible retirees and
their families can make an appointment with any TRICARE-authorized optometrist or ophthalmologist for
an exam. TRICARE Prime beneficiaries do not need a referral unless they see a provider outside of their
region's TRICARE network. Learn more about TRICARE vision benefits at the TRICARE beneficiary portal.
Post 9-11 GI Bill Update: VA Reports New GI Bill Numbers
The American Legion reports that the Department of Veterans Affairs recently released a report that says
164,144 individuals have enrolled in classes under the new Post-9/11 GI Bill, and 130,309 of them have
received payments. Currently, the VA says it is paying about 4,500 students per day, and that it takes on
average 47 days to process payments from the day the school certifies enrollment in VA.
In all, 352,281 people have applied for a Certificate of Eligibility, and 292,896 have received one. They will
receive funding when they enroll in a school. To improve the system, VA says it continues to review the
process and streamline letters to veterans and their dependents who are attending school on their behalf.
There are big differences between GI Bill programs, find out which program best fits your situation,
contact email@example.com to get the copy of Post 9-11 GI Bill Handbook
10 SITES TO UPDATE YOUR RECORDS
1 Electronic Service Record (ESR) Pay & Personnel
The ESR is an online version of your service record & replaces the paper record used in the past.
Recommended Actions: Review ESR pages, then work with your personnel office to ensure data
accurately reflects your personal and professional achievements. Take all necessary actions to ensure your
ESR is current, accurate and complete. If necessary, establish your ESR account via the following steps:
•Using CAC and CAC-enabled computer, click New Users (ESR Self Service). Enter your SSN. Your name
should be filled in. Use the “Tab” key to navigate the form and fill in your email address (.mil or .gov only)
and phone number. Enter your own user ID or click on the “lightening bolt” graphic to have one
generated for you. The user ID is case sensitive. Enter your password and confirm it. The password is case
sensitive. Click Validate and Create Self Service Account.
•Once your account is created, scroll to the top of the page and look for a message announcing that your
account was successfully created. Return to the NSIPS login page and log in to your ESR. Contact the
NSIPS help desk Call 877-589-5991, Option 2 or DSN 647-5442, Option 2 Send email to
Detailer Career Management System/Interactive Detailing (CMS/ID) 2
•CMS/ID provides you the ability to explore Navy job opportunities, identify career-enhancing jobs that
meet your professional and personal goals, identify the specific skills and abilities required to perform the
jobs you desire, and submit job applications when ready.
Recommended Actions: Review personnel data. 18 months prior to your Projected Rotation Date (PRD),
review information displayed on the CMS/ID Personnel tab and on the Sailor History page. (Prospective
commands will see this information when reviewing your job application, and Detailers will use this
information to determine whether or not you are detailed to the job you desire.) Take all necessary actions
to ensure your personnel and career data is current, accurate and complete.
•Use your CCC, chain of command, and mentors for career advice prior to submitting job applications.
Submit PTS applications 15 months prior to PRD and/or EAOS to receive first look at 12 months. Active
Component Sailors in Zones A, B and C must submit a PTS request, regardless of reenlistment intentions.
Your CCC will provide career information and counseling, then submit your application.
3 Web Enabled Record Review (WERR) Board
https://www.bol.navy.mil Click Web Enabled Record Review.
•WERR allows review of documents in your official military personnel file (OMPF). These are the same
documents reviewed by selection board members when considering candidates for advancement and
special programs. WERR also provides the ability to download and print service-record documents for
personal and professional use.
Recommended Actions: Review WERR to verify your personnel file is accurate and complete. Ensure
WERR does not include documents that belong to someone. Take all necessary actions to correct and/or
update your files. Use correction procedures identified via the WERR FAQ hyperlink. Send requests for
corrective actions and authoritative documents to firstname.lastname@example.org.
10 SITES TO UPDATE YOUR RECORDS
Awards 4 Navy Department Awards Web Service (NDAWS)
•NDAWS provides online access to Navy awards information and help. The web site is divided into four
separate sections, Home, Personal, Unit, and Veteran Awards.
Recommended Actions: Conduct Personal Awards Query to verify all your awards are present. Conduct
Unit Awards Query to identify unit awards you may have received. Take all necessary actions to ensure
NDAWS is current, accurate and complete. Use correction procedures provided. Go to NDAWS. Under
REFERENCE ITEMS heading, click Updating Personal Awards.
5 Electronic Training Jacket
•The ETJ provides a view of career information documented in Navy personnel databases, such as training
and education (including Navy eLearning, NECs and college courses), qualifications and certifications,
career history, advancement status, and awards.
Recommended Actions: Take all necessary actions to ensure your ETJ is current, accurate and
complete. Click Problems With Your Data? (at the bottom of ETJ pages) for resources and points of contact
that will help you correct discrepancies in the information displayed.
PRT Physical Readiness Information Management System (PRIMS)
Log in to BUPERS OnLine (BOL) at https://www.bol.navy.mil. Click PRIMS 2008.
•PRIMS allows you to view historical results of your semi-annual Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA).
•Recommended Actions: Verify PRIMS data, which is reviewed as part of the advancement, promotion,
and detailing process. See your Command Fitness Leader to update PRIMS data. Contact the NPC
Customer Service Center: Call 866-827-5672 or DSN 882-5672 or Send email to email@example.com.
Contact the PRIMS help desk: Call 901-874-2229, Option 2 (commercial) or DSN 882-2229, Option 2 or
Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org or Contact the BUPERS Online help desk Call 800-951-NAVY, Option 3
or Send email to email@example.com
7 USMAP: Apprenticeship
•A training system by which active duty service members can earn certification for skills learned through
documented work experience (On-The- Job-Training) and related technical instruction. The USMAP allows
for registered certification of the service member's military training and work experience to achieve
recognition equal to his / her civilian counterpart.
Tuition ETA: Electronic Tuition Assistance
•The Tuition Assistance (TA) program operated by Navy College is going digital. By Jan. 1, 2010 Sailors
will be required to create and submit an application for Web Electronic Tuition Assistance (Web ETA). After
Sailors fill out an application request online and their command approves the application, an electronic
copy will be sent to the servicing Navy College Office. Once an account is created, Sailors can track the
money they spend and how many classes they take, which gives them responsibility and control in pursuit
of a higher education.
10 SITES TO UPDATE YOUR RECORDS
Sailor/Marine American Council on Education Registry Transcript (SMART)
•SMART documents college courses, degrees and certifications completed on active duty through Tuition
Assistance or the Navy College Program for Afloat College Education (NCPACE), and all other college
courses completed at institutions accredited by a regional, national or professional accrediting agency
recommended by the U.S. Department of Education. SMART provides recommended college credit for your
military occupational experience and training. Recommendations are made by the American Council on
Recommended Actions: Review your SMART to verify data accurately reflects your training and
education. Take all necessary actions to ensure your SMART is current, accurate and complete. Use
correction procedures identified on the SMART Welcome page (see SMART Correction Procedure)
10 Navy Courses
NKO: Navy Knowledge Online
The official one stop portal where you can access CMS-ID, BOL, e-Learning and other career enhancing
tools that will set you up for success. Make this your regular website.
Recommended Actions: Enroll on various e-Learning courses and verify if you have completed some of
the required training. Your completed courses are posted on your ESR (Electronic Service Record) & ETJ
(Electronics Training Jacket)
Be Wise. Career Wise
10 Sites to Get Navy Career Information
Sailor/Marine Online Academic Advisor (SMOLAA) 1
Log in to SMART at https://smart.navy.mil On the Welcome page, click Degree Shop /
SMOLAA. Alternately, log in to NKO at https://www.nko.navy.mil. On the LEARNING tab, click
SMART Transcripts. Log in to SMART. On the Welcome page, click Degree Shop / SMOLAA.
Depending on the college degree plan selected, SMOLAA will indicate the total credit hours
you must complete to earn that degree.
Recommended Actions: Use SMOLAA to identify all rating-related degree plans available to
you and to determine credits that may be earned through Academic Testing Programs.
2 Chief of Naval Personnel
The Chief of Naval Personnel launched a new webpage to serve as an additional resource
for the Navy Total Force and their families. The new webpage at http://www.navy.mil/cnp
features news stories, podcasts and videos to update the force on the latest in personnel
programs, policies and other areas. The page features links of interest for families, active duty
Sailors, Navy civilians and Reservists. Topics range from health care and financial
preparedness to education resources for families. Also found on the new leadership page is
information on CNP's top priorities to include training, manpower and diversity outreach
policies and programs.
Career & BUPERS: Your Connection to Your Detailers 3
The Navy Personnel Command Website. Your Official Navy Career Website
where you can find most of the links or websites mentioned: Career Tool Box,
Perform to Serve, Rating Managers, Officer Programs, Advancement Boards
and official Navy Directives. This is the AUTHORITY of all.
4 CANTRAC: Navy School Listing
Catalog of Navy Training Courses (CANTRAC) contains information on all formal Navy
Schools. Location, NEC, Schedules and other pertinent information on “A” school to “C”
School are described in details on this CAC-PKI only access secured website
Course Non-Resident Courses: Advancement Study
This is the original site to do many Navy Courses and it still exists to provide rating courses that
may not be available via e-Learning on NKO. This site provides student registrar functions to
include enrollment, grading, reporting, and distribution of Nonresident Training Courses to
Active Duty, Reserve, and Retired members of the U.S. Navy, USMC, and U.S. Coast Guard,
and DoN Civilians. Although NRTCs are NOT added to your Sailor/Marine ACE Registry
Transcript (SMART) it helps you for your advancement. To verify your Bibliography go to:
Navy College 5
The Navy College provides Sailors with opportunities to earn college degrees through a
variety of options. The program's mission is to provide continual academic support to Sailors
while they pursue a technical or college degree, regardless of their location or duty station.
10 Sites for Navy & Career Information
Help Tutor.com: FREE Online Tutor help 24/7 6
WHERE: www.Tutor.com/navy Once you sign in to Navy Knowledge Online, look for
Tutor.com links in the following sections under the REFERENCE tab. WHO: All U.S. Navy active
duty members, Navy Reservists on active duty, Navy Retirees, their families have free DoD
Civilians, unlimited access to Tutor.com. HOW: Access is through Navy Knowledge Online
[NKO]; once the family member account is established [DEERS is the verification source]
7 Navy Credentialing Opportunities On-Line
• Navy COOL explains how you can meet civilian certification and licensure requirements
related to your rating, job, designator and occupation. Navy COOL provides the ability to
accomplish the following: Get background information about civilian licensure and
certification. Learn how to fill gaps between Navy training and experience and civilian
credentialing requirements. Learn about resources available that can help you gain civilian
job credentials. Identify resources available to fund for credentialing exams, such as the
Navy-funded credentialing program, GI Bill, and DANTES.
Recommended Actions: Identify and earn national certification, and/or federal and state
licensure. Identify apprenticeship trades related to your rating, then enroll in USMAP to earn a
nationally recognized “Certificate of Completion” from the U.S. Department of Labor. For
help contact the Global Distance Support Center: 877-418-6824, Option 3, Option 0. Call DSN
510-428-6824, Option 3, Option 0 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the
Credentialing Program Office at 850-452-6683
STAYNAVY: One Stop for all the Tools
Tools The StayNAVY website is a career resource provided by the Navy Personnel
Command's Center for Career Development (CCD). Information and hands-on tools
are available to assist you with your career planning and development. This site
contains content relevant to active duty, reservists, and family members. On the left-
hand side you will find links to StayNAVY's various career resources. For personalized
career information select the Career Tools link.
to be a TURBOTAP: One Source for Transitioning Personnel
Visit for 24/7 access to helpful pre-separation and transition guides,
employment, education, relocation and benefits checklists and more.
Establish your TurboTAP life-long account today so you can access your online
personalized transition assistance planning tool and receive update
Family & Fleet & Family Support 10
The Fleet and Family Support Program (FFSP) provides unified, customer-focused,
consistent, and efficient FFSP programs and services to support sustained mission and
Navy readiness. Here you get information on Sponsorship, TAP Class, Spouse
assistance, relocation & other family assistance.
Security Clearances Wanted
Did you know when leaving the military, you can re-activate your clearance for up to 24 months without having to
start the process over again? Don't let your security clearance go to waste and use it find the hottest jobs in the
industry. Contact your SECURITY CLEARANCE Officer for details.
Educational opportunities abound while you are in the military service. Whether you are
looking for additional military training, seeking to earn an advanced degree, or simply wanting
to improve your mind, the Navy has an educational match for you.
NAVADMIN 301/07 Education Points For E4-E6 FMS, and Emphasis on Education for E7-E9
Selection Board Precepts
Voluntary Education Degrees .PDF Instructions on how to add your Voluntary Education
Degree to your military records.
Navy Advancement Manual - BUPERSINST 1430.16F ADVANCEMENT MANUAL FOR THE
ADVANCEMENT OF ENLISTED PERSONNEL OF U.S. NAVY AND U.S. NAVY RESERVE
Navy Knowledge Online The Navy's Web Learning Portal through which Sailors are able to
access the professional and personal development resources.
Navy Advancement Center Website designed to help sailors prepare for advancement by
providing the latest advancement information and requirements.
•Senior Enlisted Academy A six-week educational course located in Newport, RI, which
ensures the continued improvement of the students' already superior management and
leadership skills by exposing them to a variety of leadership models and encouraging them to
solve problems in a systematic manner.
Online Sources: NPC (Click link)
Online Sources: NPC (Click link)
Tuition Assistance The Navy's financial assistance program. It provides active duty personnel
and some reserve personnel on active duty a percentage of the tuition costs for courses taken
in an off-duty status at an accredited college, university, or vocational/technical institution.
STA-21 Commissioning Program The STA-21 Commissioning Program is designed to allow
superior active duty Sailors to receive a college education and become commissioned officers
in the Unrestricted Line (URL), Special Duty Officer (Intelligence), Nurse Corps (NC), Supply
Corps (SC), or Civil Engineer Corps (CEC).
• Navy Knowledge Online The Navy's Web Learning Portal through which Sailors are
able to access the professional and personal development resources.
• Naval War College The Naval War College's mission for their students is to expound
upon their professional capabilities, provide an understanding of military strategy and
operational art, and imbed them with good attitudes and perspectives on joint
operations. The War College also serves as a center for war-gaming and research to
develop future plans for fighting a war.
• Command Leadership School The Command Leadership School houses the
Prospective Commanding Officer Course and the Prospective Executive Officer Course.
The CNET hosted link allows members to prepare for the school and their next
• Naval Postgraduate School Provides an outstanding opportunity to complete a
graduate degree in a variety of technical and non-technical programs.
• Tuition Assistance The Navy's financial assistance program. It provides active duty
personnel and some reserve personnel on active duty a percentage of the tuition costs
for courses taken in an off-duty status at an accredited college, university, or
• Navy College Program Provides opportunities for Officers to earn college degrees by
providing academic credit for Navy training, work experience, and off-duty education.
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Message # Subject Date
•032/10 FY-10 AVIATION CAREER CONTINUATION PAY01/26/2010
•031/10 FY-10 FULL TIME SUPPORT AVIATION CAREER CONTINUATION PAY01/26/2010
•030/10 HAITI RELIEF OPERATIONS01/25/2010
•028/10 SELECTIVE REENLISTMENT BONUS (SRB) UPDATE01/22/2010
•027/10 ZACHARY AND ELIZABETH FISHER DISTINGUISHED CIVILIAN HUMANITARIAN AWARD - CALL
•026/10 2009 PERSONAL EXCELLENCE PARTNERSHIP FLAGSHIP AWARD WINNERS01/21/2010
•025/10 POLICY UPDATE AND EXPANSION OF ENLISTED EARLY TRANSITION PROGRAM01/21/2010
•024/10 CAREER REENLISTMENT OBJECTIVES12/20/2010
•023/10 SPIRIT OF HOPE AWARD01/20/2010
•022/10 GUIDANCE FOR THE FINAL DISPOSITION OF REJECTED NAVY PERFORMANCE EVALUATION
SYSTEM REPORTS 01/19/2010
•021/10 UPDATE TO NAVY-WIDE E7 EXAM POLICY FOR SAILORS DEPLOYED IN SUPPORT OF
OPERATION UNIFIED RESPONSE - HAITI01/19/2010
•020/10 NAVY UNIFORM UPDATE - SERVICE DRESS KHAKI01/19/2010
•018/10 NAVY-WIDE E7 EXAM WAIVER FOR SAILORS DEPLOYED IN SUPPORT OF OPERATION UNIFIED
RESPONSE - HAITI01/18/2010
•15/10 NAVY UNIFORM UPDATE01/15/2010
•014/10 ACTIVE DUTY FLYING CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER PILOT PROGRAM01/15/2010
10 Tips To Successful Navy Career by NCC Astro
•Get A Mentor. They can assist you in ways you may not be aware of and they can give you some of the
unwritten rules for success.
•Use all the Navy Career Tools. Navy is definitely going online with many of the services that can help you
have a squared away career. Check all 20 of them identified in this Career Wise edition.
•Develop a Plan. Find out what is your short and long term plan and write it down. This will give you a
visual map to attain your goal.
•Set up a Career Development Board (CDB). This will create an accountability of what you need to do by
having your LPO, LCPO, CMC & CCC be aware of how far you have been and where you are going in the
•Use Tuition Assistance or NCPACE to get you prepared in case you separate. Many Sailors have
completed their Bachelors Degree without even using their GI Bill. Save up your GI Bill by using your TA
•Attend a TAP Class – If you are undecided and unsure if the Navy is the right career for you.
• Prepare yourself for the job of the leader at the next higher rank, volunteer to take on challenging tasks
and be open to learning.
•Develop a Financial Plan. If you have a poor financial health, it affects your job and ability to focus in
your work. Setup a budget or talk to your Command Financial Specialist.
•Be Involved with your Community, this will expand your horizon and get you time-off, away from
military obligations and have that self-fulfillment that you really have contributed something to the
society. It’s an added bullet for your evaluations too.
•Train yourself in other Jobs. With PTS requirements some of you may be forced to convert to
another rate, so be prepared.
Talk to your Career Counselors to get more successful Navy career ideas.
RATE E1-4 E5 E6 RATE E1-4 E5 E6
3 Detailing, CREO &
CREO DATA as of Jan 2010 For latest & complete CREO listing contact your CCC @ J-6368
ABH 3 3 2 FT 1 2 3
Perform To Serve
AE 2 3 3 GSM 2 2 3 Negotiation Negotiation
AG 3 3 3 HM 1 3 3 Begins With Ends On Last
If PRD Month
AM 2 3 3 HT 2 2 2 First Day Of Day Of
AME 2 3 3 IC 2 2 2
CMS/ID Cycle CMS/ID Cycle
AO 2 3 3 In: In
IS 1 1 2
AS 3 3 3
IT 1 2 2 January April July
AT 3 3 2
LN 1 1 3
AWF 3 1 2
LS 3 3 3 February May August
AWO 1 1 3
AWR 3 3 3 LS_SS 3 2 3
AWS 1 1 2 MA 2 2 3 March June September
AWV 3 1 1 MC 1 3 3
AZ 3 3 3 MM 3 2 3
April July October
BM 3 2 3 MM_NUC_SS 1 1 1
BU 2 2 3 MM_NUC_SW 1 1 1
MM_SS_AUX 2 2 3
May August November
CE 2 2 3
CM 3 2 3 MM_SS_WEPS 1 2 3
MN 1 3 2 June September December
CS 2 3 3
CS_SS 3 2 3 MR 3 1 3
CTI 1 1 1 MT 1 2 2 July October January
CTM 1 1 3 MU 1 2 3
CTN 1 1 2 NC N/A 1 2 August November February
CTR 1 1 2 NC_CRF N/A 2 2
CTT 1 1 3 ND 1 1 2 September December March
DC 3 2 2 OS 3 2 2
EA 3 2 2 PR 3 3 3 October January April
ELT_NUC_SS 1 1 1 PS 3 1 3
ELT_NUC_SW 1 1 1 QM 2 2 2 November February May
EM 2 2 2 RP 3 3 3
EM_NUC_SS 1 1 1 SB 2 2 1
EM_NUC_SW 1 1 1 December March June
SH 3 3 3
EN 2 3 2
SO 1 2 1
EO 2 2 3 The 1-866-U-ASK-NPC Customer Service Center is the
EOD 1 2 2 STG 2 2 2
only phone number you need or the contact center
ET 1 2 2
STS 1 2 3 providing support to Sailors and their Families.
ET_NUC_SS 1 1 1 SW 3 2 3 1-866-U-ASK-NPC
ET_NUC_SW 1 1 1 UT 2 2 3 TDD for Hearing Impaired 1-866-297-1971
ET_SS_NAV 1 2 3 YN 3 2 3 Fax Selection Board Packages (901) 874-2116
YN_SS 2 2 3 Email: CSCMailbox@navy.mil
ET_SS_RF 1 2 2
FC 1 2 2 FEBRUARY 2010
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Application results are available beginning at 1630 on the day the detailer
selection ends and remain posted until the next month's requisition scrub
APPLICATION RESULTS ARE AVAILABLE BEGINNING AT 1630 (CST) ON THE DAY THE DETAILER SELECTION ENDS AND REMAINS POSTED
UNTIL THE NEXT MONTHS REQUISITION SCRUB
CMS-ID DOWN FOR REQ LOAD CMS-ID REQUISITION SCRUB CMS-ID DOWN FOR MAINTENANCE
CMS-ID AVAILABLE FOR APPLICATIONS DETAILERS MAKE SELECTIONS CMS-ID COMMAND COMMENTS ONLY (No Applications allowed)
Navy Counselors Association Officers
NCCM(SW/AW/IUSS) Cynthia L. Reynolds
Center Personal and Professional Development
Command Career Counselor School
8947 First Street (Buildig CEP-162)
Norfolk, VA 23511-2719
Phone (757) 445-4012
NCCS(SW/AW) Ken Boben
Commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic
1430 Mitscher Ave
Norfolk, VA 23551-2494
NC1(AW) Johna K. Armintia
Command Career Counselor
Fleet Logistics Support FIVE NINE (VR 59)
1050 Boyington Drive
Fort Worth, Tx 76127
817-782-5411 x 604 DSN 739-5411 x 604
NCC(SW) Shakilah L. Verner
USS NITZE (DDG 94)
FPO AE 09579-1200
Phone (757) 445-6087 Ext. 4201
The Navy Counselors Association (NCA) 22nd Annual professional development and training symposium will
be held at the Marriott Norfolk Waterside Hotel, Norfolk, Virginia, from 27 June - 1 July 2010. This year's
theme is “America's Navy: a Global Force for Good." This professional development and training
symposium provides the Navy's career counselor community information on retention policies, policy
changes, program updates, news and best practices. Plan now!
10 Reasons I Stayed Navy by Chief Astro
1. RETIREMENT PLAN. The average 401K retirement plan balance of a US worker is $86K.
The average retirement plan value of an E-7 retiring with 20 years at age 38 is $1.02M.
(Employee Benefit Research Institute and 2009 Basic Pay Tables)
2. HEALTH INSURANCE. The average annual cost for health insurance for a family of four in
corporate America is $3,618. The average cost of a military family’s health insurance if
using Tricare Prime is $0. (Kaiser Foundation & Tricare Manual 2009)
3. VACATION. The average vacation benefit for a corporate employee with five years of service
is 14 days. That same vacation benefit for a Navy E-5 or 0-3 (five years of service) is 30
days. (SHRM 2008 Benefits Survey)
Here’s to the Heroes provides a single day’s free admission to any
one SeaWorld or Busch Gardens park, Sesame Place, Adventure
Island or Water Country USA for the service member and as many
as three of his or her direct dependents. Any active duty, active
reserve, ready reserve is entitled to free admission under the
program. He or she need only register, either online at
www.herosalute.com or in the entrance plaza of a participating
park, and show a Department of Defense photo ID.
4. PAY. Where else can you get a steady pay check and guaranteed that your company (the
government) is near impossible to be bankrupt.
5. OVERSEAS LIVING. Get an opportunity to live and have a tour with your family and
experience another culture all through out your tour.
6. COMMISSARY / EXCHANGE. Get the low price guarantee in most Navy Exchange and
never have to pay sales tax.
7. EDUCATION BENEFITS. NCPACE, Tuition Assistance and the new Post 9-11 GI Bill that
you can transfer to your dependents upon certain obligations.
8. COMRADERIE. The team and mentorship is invaluable in guiding you even when you need
a personal help.
9. TRAVEL. Not only during deployment or cruise on liberty port but the Space-Available
flight form all over the world including the most affordable lodging (Navy Gateway Inn or
Navy Lodge) you can’t find anywhere else.
10. HOUSING. Civilian contracted housing and an option to rent or buy a house using your
NPC Survey on Reason Sailors LEAVE Navy:
NPC Survey on Reason Sailors Stay Navy:
•Time Away From Home
•Morale in your unit
•Benefits (Leave; Education;
•Red tape (administrative barriers) required to
•Value of your benefits
get things done
•Pay and Retirement
•Impact on Family (Effects of moves on
•Availability of Navy exchange
•The amount of leave you receive
•Current Job Satisfaction
•Availability of commissary
•Civilian Job Opportunities
•Education benefits while on active duty
•Appropriateness or system of awards in unit
15 Things You Should Know About SRB
1. Selective Reenlistment Bonuses (SRB) are a market-based tool used to help minimize over or under execution of
critical skill retention goals. As retention behavior changes or reenlistment goals are achieved, SRB award levels
will be adjusted to reflect Navy’s manning and mission requirements and to ensure we provide the Fleet with the
right Sailors with the right experience and skill sets.
2. SRB program adjustments over the past year have enabled the SRB program to become a more targeted,
focused, and efficient tool. Enlisted Community Managers continuously monitor the health of their community
and make recommendations to leadership, as required, to maintain acceptable manning levels.
3. 132 NEC/skill groups remain unchanged; 51 NECs/skill groups were adjusted. Decreased: 4; Removed: 7;
Increased: 38; Added: 2. Navy will continue to monitor retention rates and make adjustments as necessary, to
ensure we’re poised to meet current and future demands.
4. Top performing Sailors in every rating are important and required to execute global operations. The intent of
SRB is to incentivize Sailors who attain training in skills most critical to Navy’s current needs and mission
requirements. We will continue to invest resources in retaining these Sailors with critical skills.
5. •Sailors are encouraged to work with their command career counselors, Command Master Chiefs, and chain of
command to discuss timing, policies and procedures of reenlistment well in advance of their EAOS.
6. SRB program has undergone significant changes over the past year in order to more efficiently and effectively
achieve critical skill retention goals. It was essential to establish a system which would formally prioritize (place
in a tier) enlisted ratings/skills ranked according to replacement costs, difficulty to replace, and/or existing
7. Some ratings may have skills or zones that fall under multiple tiers because each rating is evaluated and placed
into a tier based on skill and zone. The health of the force may be different for each of those zone/skill
combinations within a rating/NEC. Therefore, ratings/NECs may be awarded SRB at different priority levels, or
tiers. New skills/zones may be added and current skills/zones may be shifted to different tiers, reduced, or even
eliminated as enlistment goals are achieved.
8. Who can reenlist early for SRB and who is held to the 90-day policy? There are three categories of Sailors who
may reenlist early for SRB.
• All Tier 1 Sailors may reenlist early, any time within the fiscal year of their EAOS.
• Sailors serving in Tier 2 or Tier 3 skills who received an “EP” in block 45 of their most recent regular
periodic evaluation or fitness report may reenlist early, any time within the fiscal year of their EAOS. No
transfer, concurrent, or special evaluations will apply. However, Sailors advanced within the 12-months
prior to their EAOS will be allowed to substitute the last regular periodic evaluation or fitness report in
their previous pay grade.
9. • Sailors who are eligible for Combat Zone Tax Exclusion (CZTE) or serving in a qualified Hazardous Duty Area
(HDA) and have a “hard EAOS” that falls in the most current fiscal year are eligible to reenlist early any time
within the fiscal year of their EAOS. All other Sailors will be held to the 90-day reenlistment window as outlined
in NAVADMIN 006/09.OPNAVINST 1160.8A provides information on additional early reenlistment opportunities
10. Why do we have to submit our request to reenlist more than 35 days in advance? Is this a new policy? The 35-
day PRECERT requirement has always been part of Navy policy. The PRECERT policy allows Navy to more
efficiently and effectively manage the SRB program to best benefit our Sailors and Navy’s mission requirements.
11. Why can we no longer use inoperative extension time in our SRB calculation? Sailors who signed an agreement
to extend their enlistment specifically for an Enlistment Bonus, known as the Enlistment Bonus for Extended
Enlistment (EBEE), are not allowed to use this time in SRB calculations due to regulatory constraints. EBEE
was a temporary program in effect from 17 May 2004 through 28 October 2006. However, the majority of
Sailors who enlisted under a 5YO or 6YO program will continue to be allowed to use inoperative extension time
in SRB calculations.
12. Can I change rates to keep an SRB? Consult with your Command Career Counselor to see if you are qualified to
move to an undermanned or critical rating.
13. If I wait to re-enlist later in the year will my SRB increase or decrease? The SRB program is a market-based tool
which is continually reviewed and evaluated and adjusted to reflect the current manning needs of the Fleet.
Choosing when to reenlist is the choice of the individual and should be based on career and family needs. The
levels of SRBs will change based on retention behavior and we cannot predict whether they will increase,
decrease or be removed.
14. Does a reduction in SRB award level indicate the rating is overmanned and advancement opportunity will
decrease? Not necessarily. Many SRB’s are paid to specific NEC’s and are not an indication of the overall health
of the rating.
Recent Navy News You Must Know
• Two New Navy Uniforms. Two new Navy Working Uniforms (NWU) will hit the fleet in fiscal year
2011. The first, NWU Type II, a desert digital camouflage uniform of four colors that will be worn by
special warfare operators and Sailors who support them during deployment and deployment training
exercises. The second, NWU Type III, is a woodland digital camouflage uniform that will be the
standard camouflage uniform worn in non-desert environments and stateside. Both new uniforms
have an authorized matching pattern Gortex parka with a removable fleece liner. For more
information on Navy uniforms, visit the Navy Uniform Matters webpage.
• Navy Selective Reenlistment Bonus Update. Navy officials provided a status update for the Selective
Reenlistment Bonus (SRB) program notifying Sailors that as reenlistment goals for particular skills
are achieved, SRB award levels for those skills will be removed from the plan, but no earlier than 30
days following the release of a NAVADMIN announcing award levels. Commands must submit SRB
reenlistment requests for eligible Sailors 35-120 days prior to the requested reenlistment date. With
some exceptions, Sailors can reenlist for SRB no more than 90 days prior to their end of active
obligated service (EAOS). For more information, speak with a career counselor.
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Bulletin Board Tools of the Month
TIME IN RATE AND EXAM COMPUTATION TABLE
If Your Effective Date for E4 Your TIR You Must Have 1 Year To Particpate in the E5
is Between: Date is: SIPG by the TED of: Exam Given:
(YY MM DD) (YY MM DD) (YY MM DD) (YY MM DD) (YY MM) (Cycle)
06 07 01 to 06 12 31 06 07 01 07 07 01 07 03 195
07 01 01 to 07 06 30 07 01 01 08 01 01 07 09 196
07 07 01 to 07 12 31 07 07 01 08 07 01 08 03 199
08 01 01 to 08 06 30 08 01 01 09 01 01 08 09 200
08 07 01 to 08 12 31 08 07 01 09 07 01 09 03 203
09 01 01 to 09 06 30 09 01 01 10 01 01 09 09 204
09 07 01 to 09 12 31 09 07 01 10 07 01 10 03 207
10 01 01 to 10 06 30 10 01 01 11 01 01 10 09 208
10 07 01 to 10 12 31 10 07 01 11 07 01 11 03 211
11 01 01 to 11 06 30 11 01 01 12 01 01 11 09 212
If Your Effective Date for E5 Your TIR You Must Have 3 Years To Particpate in the E6
is Between: Date is: SIPG by the TED of: Exam Given:
(YY MM DD) (YY MM DD) (YY MM DD) (YY MM DD) (YY MM) (Cycle)
05 07 01 to 05 12 31 05 07 01 08 07 01 08 03 199
06 01 01 to 06 06 30 06 01 01 09 01 01 08 09 200
06 07 01 to 06 12 31 06 07 01 09 07 01 09 03 203
07 01 01 to 07 06 30 07 01 01 10 01 01 09 09 204
07 07 01 to 07 12 31 07 07 01 10 07 01 10 03 207
08 01 01 to 08 06 30 08 01 01 11 01 01 10 09 208
08 07 01 to 08 12 31 08 07 01 11 07 01 11 03 211
09 01 01 to 09 06 30 09 01 01 12 01 01 11 09 212
09 07 01 to 09 12 31 09 07 01 12 07 01 12 03 215
10 01 01 to 10 06 30 10 01 01 13 01 01 12 09 216
If Your Effective Date for E6 Your TIR You Must Have 3 Years To Particpate in the E7
is Between: Date is: SIPG by the TED of: Exam Given:
(YY MM DD) (YY MM DD) (YY MM DD) (YY MM DD) (YY MM) (Cycle)
05 01 01 to 05 06 30 05 01 01 08 01 01 07 01 194
06 01 01 to 06 06 30 06 01 01 08 01 01 EP 07 01 194
06 01 01 to 06 06 30 06 01 01 09 01 01 08 01 198
07 01 01 to 07 06 30 07 01 01 09 01 01 EP 08 01 198
07 01 01 to 07 06 30 07 01 01 10 01 01 09 01 202
08 01 01 to 08 06 30 08 01 01 10 01 01 EP 09 01 202
08 01 01 to 08 06 30 08 01 01 11 01 01 10 01 206
09 01 01 to 09 06 30 09 01 01 11 01 01 EP 10 01 206
09 01 01 to 09 06 30 09 01 01 12 01 01 11 01 210
10 01 01 to 10 06 30 10 01 01 12 01 01 EP 11 01 210
10 01 01 to 10 06 30 10 01 01 13 01 01 12 01 214
11 01 01 to 11 06 30 11 01 01 13 01 01 EP 12 01 214
11 01 01 to 11 06 30 11 01 01 14 01 01 13 01 218
12 01 01 to 12 06 30 12 01 01 14 01 01 EP 13 01 218
12 01 01 to 12 06 30 12 01 01 15 01 01 14 01 222
13 01 01 to 13 06 30 13 01 01 15 01 01 EP 14 01 222
If Your Effective Date for E7 Your TIR You Must Have 3 Years Need to Validate ESVR
is Between: Date is: SIPG by the TED of: For E8 in:
(YY MM DD) (YY MM DD) (YY MM DD) (YY MM DD) (YY MM) (Cycle)
06 09 01 to 07 08 31 06 09 01 09 10 01 08 11 201
07 09 01 to 08 08 31 07 09 01 10 10 01 09 11 205
08 09 01 to 09 08 31 08 09 01 11 10 01 10 11 209
09 09 01 to 10 08 31 09 09 01 12 10 01 11 11 213
10 09 01 to 11 08 31 10 09 01 13 10 01 12 11 217
11 09 01 to 12 08 31 11 09 01 14 10 01 12 11 221
12 09 01 to 13 08 31 12 09 01 15 10 01 14 11 225
13 09 01 to 14 08 31 13 09 01 16 10 01 15 11 229
14 09 01 to 15 08 31 14 09 01 17 10 01 16 11 233
15 09 01 to 16 08 31 15 09 01 18 10 01 17 11 237
March Navy wide Exam will be on 4, 11 & 18 for E6, E5 & E4