February 9th, 2012
Although our services continue to seek out applicants, many of you are finding it difficult, if not impossible, to join. With the economy what it is, and the services experiencing record breaking retention rates, it isn’t going to get any easier to find a way to serve your country as a Uniformed Member of our armed forces. The services standards for enlistment remain the same, but waivers for past indiscretions are much more unlikely, especially for past alcohol and/or drug offenses.
One indicator of how long the recruiting restrictions may last is to look at the scope of bonuses being delved out to those enlisting. When the manpower needs become more difficult to fill, the scope of ratings eligible for bonuses increases; likewise, when needs are “easy” to fill, the ratings eligible reduce. For instance the Loan Repayment Program, which in some previous years encompassed every rating, now, as of 1 Feb, just those enlisting into the Musician rating are potential benefactors.
I always recommend that you talk to a recruiter and get the right guidance based on your specifics, but don’t be surprised that if you require a moral waiver for past drug or alcohol offenses to enlist, you may be advised to start seriously pursuing a different career path because it is gonna be a while.
UPDATED, New Information for LRP —-> FY-2013 LRP and EB Update
The latest Enlistment Bonus and Student Loan Repayment Program information message;
SUBJ/ACTIVE DUTY ENLISTMENT BONUS (EB) AND ENLISTMENT LOAN REPAYMENT
REF/A/MSGID/MSG/CNRC/021918Z AUG 11//
NARR/REF A IS COMMANDER, NAVY RECRUITING COMMAND (CNRC) 15 AUG 2011
EB-LRP MESSAGE. REF B IS THE EB PROGRAM INSTRUCTION (OPNAVINST
1160.9). REF C IS COMNAVCRUITCOMINST 1130.8 (NAVY RECRUITING
RMKS/1. ENLISTMENT INCENTIVES (EI) MUST ATTRACT THE HIGHEST QUALITY
OF RECRUITS TO FIT SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS TO ENSURE FLEET READINESS.
2. EI POLICY: REF B PROVIDES GUIDANCE FOR DETERMINING EB ELIGIBILITY.
LRP GUIDANCE IS CONTAINED IN PARA 4 BELOW.
3. EB PROGRAM: THIS MESSAGE REPLACES REF A FOR INDIVIDUALS ENTERING
THE DEP ON OR AFTER 01 FEB 2012. REF C PROVIDES GUIDANCE ON
A. ACTIVE DUTY ENLISTMENT BONUS FOR SOURCE RATE (EBSR) ELIGIBILITY:
RATINGS EBSR NOTES
- Nuclear Field $11,000 (1)
- AIRR-ATF $8,000 (2,3,6)
- EOD-ATF $8,000 (2,5,6)
- ND-ATF $8,000 (2,5,6)
- SB-ATF $8,000 (2,4,6)
- SO-ATF $12,000 (2,4,6)
(1) SEE REF B FOR PAYMENT GUIDANCE.
(2) ENLISTMENT BONUS FOR PERSONNEL SCREENING TEST (EBPST) IS FOR
SPECOPS/SPECWAR/AIRR: THE $2,000 EBPST IS DEDUCTED FROM THE
EBSR. EBPST PAYMENT WILL BE PROCESSED BY PERSONNEL SUPPORT
DETACHMENT (PSD) GREAT LAKES PRIOR TO SAILOR DETACHING RTC.
SAILORS WITH EBSR IN HIS/HER CONTRACT WILL RECEIVE THE
REMAINING VALUE OF THE EBSR. ALL SUBSEQUENT PAYMENT REQUESTS
WILL BE MADE THROUGH NPC PERS-811. SPECIFIC STANDARDS FOR
PASSING AT AN ELEVATED SCORE WILL BE PROMULGATED BY SEPARATE
CORRESPONDENCE. SAILORS WHO ATTRITE DURING
SPECWAR/SPECOPS/AIRR TRAINING AND REMAIN IN THE NAVY WILL
RETAIN THEIR EBPST. IF THE SAILOR RECLASSIFIES INTO ANY
RATING LISTED IN PARA 3, THE SAILOR WILL HAVE HIS/HER NEW EBSR
REDUCED BY ANY EBPST PAYMENT ALREADY RECEIVED.
(3) FOR SAILORS IN THE AIRCREW PROGRAM – RESCUE SWIMMER (AIRR),
PAYMENT OCCURS AFTER GRADUATION FROM “A” SCHOOL AND ARRIVAL AT
THE SAILOR’S FIRST PERMANENT DUTY STATION FILLING A 7815 BILLET.
(4) FOR SO-ATF THE FINAL PAYMENT OCCURS FOLLOWING GRADUATION FROM
SEAL QUALIFICATION TRAINING (SQT). FOR SB-ATF THE FINAL PAYMENT
OCCURS FOLLOWING GRADUATION FROM THE CREWMAN QUALIFICAITON
(5) FOR EOD-ATF THE FINAL PAYMENT OCCURS FOLLOWING EOD “A” SCHOOL;
FOR ND-ATF THE FINAL PAYMENT OCCURS FOLLOWING DIVE “A” SCHOOL.
(6) MUST HAVE EARNED THE RATING NEC AND HAVE A SECURITY CLEARANCE.
4. LRP POLICY: THIS MESSAGE REPLACES REF A FOR INDIVIDUALS ENTERING
THE DEP ON OR AFTER 01 FEB 2012.
A. ACTIVE DUTY ENLISTED LOAN REPAYMENT ELIGIBILITY: MU-SG
B. POST ACCESSION POLICY: IN ORDER TO KEEP THE LRP BENEFIT AFTER
LEAVING THE DEP FOR ACTIVE DUTY, SAILOR’S MUST CONTINUE THEIR
ELIGIBILITY IN ONE OF THE RATINGS LISTED IN PARA. 4A. WHEN
RATING CHANGES OCCUR, THE NEW ANNEX TO DD FORM 4 SHALL
DOCUMENT THE SAILORS CHOICE AND UPDATE THE SAILOR’S ELECTRONIC
C. REF C PROVIDES GUIDANCE ON SUBMISSION DOCUMENTATION.
MONTGOMERY GI BILL (MGIB) AND POST 9/11 GI BILL ENTITLEMENTS
WILL BE AFFECTED BY SELECTING ACTIVE DUTY LRP. GO TO
5. FOR EB POLICY QUESTIONS CALL OPNAV N130D2 AT COMM
(703) 695-3130/DSN 225. REF B IS LOCATED AT
HTTP://DONI.DAPS.DLA.MIL (LOWER CASE). FOR EB PROCEDURAL
QUESTIONS, CONTACT MR. GARY TON, NRC, AT COMM
(901) 874-9322/DSN 882. FOR EB PHASED PAYMENT QUESTIONS, CONTACT
PERS-811 AT COMM (901) 874-3215/DSN 882. FOR LRP POLICY AND
PROCEDURE QUESTIONS CALL THE NAVY RECRUITING COMMAND LRP MANAGER AT
(877) 747-7657. FOR PAST EB AND LRP-NCF MESSAGES, FAQ’S, AND
FORMS, GO TO WWW.CNRC.NAVY.MIL AND SELECT ENLISTED INCENTIVES.
REQUEST WIDEST DISSEMINATION TO ALL RECRUITING ACTIVITIES AND
PERSONNEL SUPPORT DETACHMENTS.
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