October 14th, 2011
For 2012 Holiday Season Stand-down: Commander, Navy Recruiting Command has authorized a holiday leave period for recruiting activities beginning on close of business 18 December 2012 through 7 January 2013. In conjunction with this period, Recruit Training Command will not receive any recruits during the period from 14 December through 31 December 2012.
The Voelker Rule (not to be confused with the similarly pronounced Volcker Rule that would place restrictions on some of the ways banks do business) is a holiday stand-down period first initiated in December 2000 by the, Commander, Navy Recruiting Command (CNRC), RADM Voelker.
Prior to the Voelker Rule, Navy Recruiting Command’s December “mission day” fell on the last workday of the calender month; many times, recruiters would be making phone calls, prospecting for applicants on Christmas Eve, and even work late mission nights on New Years Eve – Future Sailors would ship to boot-camp during those same weeks. Recruiting, for a shore tour, is difficult duty – maintaining the pressures of a never ending goal 365 days a year, every year of a tour can take a toll.
The Voelker Rule helps mitigate some of those pressures.
CNRC has authorized a holiday leave period for recruiting activities beginning on close of business December 16 (mission day for December 2011) through January 3, 2012. During this period, no Future Sailors will be sent to Recruit Training Command. All official recruiting production will cease outside of training and qualification boards. The Navy Recruiting Command Waivers Branch will process all waivers submitted prior to this period. The PRIDE system, the system that maintains all the active duty Future Sailor contracts and jobs/programs available, will cease operations from close of business December 16 through January 3, 2012.
It is encouraged that Sailors who are serving on recruiting duty take full advantage of leave and liberty during this period, so for you college students out there who may be thinking about the Navy – don’t wait until this semester is over to seek information, do it today!
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