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Navy Distinguished Visitor Program

Over the years, Navy Recruiting Command has sponsored Educator Orientation Visits (EOV) to give educators around the country an opportunity to visit our Navy. The visits can include various training commands and even ship visits. Below is a description of one such trip written by a High School Principal in San Francisco — it is worth the read!
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Navy SRB Guidance as of 10APR2014

Below is the latest Selective Re-enlistment Bonus (SRB) guidance update. Released April 10, 2014 via NAVADMIN 081/14. This is the first such update in more than a year.
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Navy Jobs for the Third Quarter FY 2014

As a reminder, any rating and program for which you qualify may be available when you go to MEPS to enlist, but those ratings and programs I will be listing below are reflected in the incentive program for recruiting personnel message that was released today, specifically, the Admiral’s Accelerator Award. The ratings and programs listed should be available from the first processing day in April (even though the notice was signed yesterday and released today) through the last processing day of June 2014.

Many of the programs and ratings on the list remain the same, and they are:
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Funeral Honors

The funeral honors for those who served in our military is guaranteed by Section 1491 of Title 10, United States Code. For those eligible, the Department of Defense shall provide the following:

“(c) CEREMONY.—A funeral honors detail shall, at a minimum, perform at the funeral a ceremony that includes the folding of a United States flag and presentation of the flag to the veteran’s family and the playing of Taps. Unless a bugler is a member of the detail, the funeral honors detail shall play a recorded version of Taps using audio equipment which the detail shall provide if adequate audio equipment is not otherwise available for use at the funeral.”

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2015 Projected Active Duty End-Strength

For FY-2015, the projected United States Navy active duty end-strength according to the Department of the Navy budget estimates. With minor adjustments at the various paygrades, the total active duty strength projection remains consistent with the one made for 2014.
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2015 DoD Budget Released

Today, March 4, 2014, President Obama released his budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2015. This current budget proposal once again looks to reduce the amount of pay Servicemembers should be getting per U.S.C. Title 37. This will be two years in a row if the proposed 1% flies past Congress as it did last year.

From the President’s official release:

Since 2001, military pay and benefits have grown 40 percent more than in the private sector. The Budget proposes reforms to slow this cost growth, including changes to TRICARE, lower commissary subsidies phased in over time, and modestly slower growth in the Basic Allowance for Housing, while still providing a robust compensation and benefits system that honors the service of our men and women in uniform and their families. For calendar year 2015, the Budget provides a 1.0 percent increase to basic pay, a 1.5 percent increase in the Basic Allowance for Housing, and a 3.4 percent increase in the Basic Allowance for Subsistence. All of these changes have been recommended by the uniformed military leadership and are necessary to slow the growth in compensation and benefit costs in a responsible way and preserve funding needed for investments in platforms and readiness.

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Today, Navy Cyberspace is Ten

Ten years ago today, February 16, 2004, navycs.com was registered and this journey began.

What started as a prototype to demonstrate ways for Navy Recruiting Command to interact with potential applicants through online games, Navy Cyberspace has evolved into a hobby for me. One that has became an unshakable passion. It has influenced my decision as to how to use my GI-Bill benefit. It has been a platform to allow me to interact with, and help when I can, potential applicants and Sailors from all over the world, and moreover, it has allowed me to personally meet some great people with a similar passion.

A special shout-out to NavyDoc, Sir, thank you. The time that you spend answering the questions posed by prospective applicants and the Future Sailors, Soldiers, Marines and Airmen saves recruiters from all services countless hours. You are amazing.

I look forward to the future.

Thank you!

A little video to help commemorate the occasion:
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The Army’s Kickback Scandal

According to Tom Vanden Brook of USA TODAY in a story entitled, “Recruiting fraud, kickback scandal rocks Army”,

Fraudulent payments total in the “tens of millions,” with one soldier allegedly pocketing $275,000 in illegal kickbacks, according to documents obtained by USA TODAY. At least four others made more than $100,000 each.

And this;

An Army audit found that 1,200 recruiters had received payments that were potentially fraudulent, and another 2,000 recruiting assistants had received questionable payments. More than 200 officers remain under investigation, McCaskill said. As of January, there were 555 active investigations involving 840 people, she said.

In all, as many as 100,000 soldiers will have to be screened to determine whether they scammed the system, she said.

“Frankly, a halfway sophisticated high school student could have seen ability to commit fraud here,” McCaskill said.

Sad.

I think it was sometime late in 2004, we, the senior enlisted leadership made up of members of the Career Recruiting Force at Navy Recruiting Command, on many occasions, sat in a room with our Naval Reserve counterparts. We were discussing the the best way forward for the merger of the active and Naval Reserve recruiting commands. I remember that during one such meeting a question, the question of, should we, recruiting command, be hiring civilian recruiters who would be paid a bounty, and also be paying referral bonuses for recruits — the uniformed recruiter was not supposed to see any additional funds beyond their Special Duty Allowance Pay (SDAP).

The question was very quickly dismissed, with most us almost laughing out loud, and for the very reasons that are plaguing the news today — because the potential for fraud was just too great.

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FEB 2014 SLRP and EB Update

Effective 01 FEB 2014, the Navy Student Loan Repayment Program (LRP) will include one additional rating for those enlisting on to active duty over the previous release; Cryptologic Technician (Technical). It has been a while since we have seen a change.

Starting Monday, the first processing day in February, the Musician, Hospital Corpsman (HM-SG) and Cryptologic Technician – Interpretive (CTI-Advanced Technical Field (ATF)), Cryptologic Technician (Maintenance), Cryptologic Technician (Networks), Cryptologic Technician (Technical), Information System Technician, and the Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) ratings are eligible for the Student Loan Repayment Program.
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My Last Semester

On January 16, 2014, I will be starting what will be my last semester of college using the Post 9/11 GI-Bill. Today, I received my what should be my last letter explaining my eligibility, and it states, “As of February 21, 2014 you have 0 months and 0 days remaining.” It is kind of like the end of an era for me.

Now, of course, my next semester does not end on the 21st of February — it will extend until sometime Mid-May — but my benefit (tuition, books, BAH, etc.) will extend until the semester’s completion because I will not bump up against the (Read the rest of the article…)


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