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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 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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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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USS Maryland Logalbum 1925

When I first entered recruiting duty, I proudly displayed the cruise book from my 1982 deployment aboard the USS Forrestal. Over the years, hundreds of applicants perused the book; eventually, it was destroyed. It did in fact help a lot of folks make the decision to join the Navy, so its death was not in vane.

It was due to the untimely death of my cruise book that I decided to make an effort to save one such book from the same fate. Not long ago, the distant family member of a Sailor walked into a local recruiting station and left his relative’s cruise book for applicants to see and enjoy. The applicants will get that chance, but not before I make a copy of all the original images and documents — I will then use the copies to make a new book. The other will either be displayed in a case or turned over to the Naval History and Heritage Command (as discussed with the LPO — if they will take it). The History and Heritage Command has a number of cruise books listed in (Read the rest of the article…)


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Eligibility Updates

Yesterday, November 5, 2013, Navy Recruiting Command released a change to the manual used to provide instructional guidance for enlistment and program eligibility. The following is a quick rundown of some of the highlights.

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Difficulty Joining the Service? Here is Why.

In 1968, back when the Vietnam War was escalating and the number of those having to be drafted into service was on the rise, the political powers at the time saw a benefit to relaxing the standard of enlistment in order to increase the number of volunteers. Increasing the number of those enlisting reduces the number of personnel needed for conscription — a politically prudent thing to do at the time.

Enter, Public Law 90-235, signed into law on January 2, 1968, it states,

“The Secretary concerned shall conduct intensive recruiting campaigns to obtain enlistments in the Regular Army, Regular Navy, Regular Air Force, Regular Marine Corps, and Regular Coast Guard.”

The law instituted some guidelines to assist with that endeavor when it goes on to say,

“No person who is insane, intoxicated, or a deserter from an armed force, or who has been convicted of a felony, may be enlisted in any armed force. However, the Secretary concerned may authorize exceptions, in meritorious cases, for the enlistment of deserters and persons convicted of felonies.

That bit of legislation opened a door for enlistment waivers for moral offenses that would not have been considered previously. To this day, the door remains open, but whereas in some years you could drive a semi-truck through it, in others, you can barely see the light escape from the crack underneath.

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To Dispel a Few Myths

Every day over these past many years, I received questions via comments posted to the blog or via email that ask NavyDoc or myself to render an opinion to one’s eligibility to enlist. I leave all the medical related questions to NavyDoc — he is an expert, after all, he is a Chief Medical Officer of a MEPS. The questions I field have more to do with things like what to bring to boot-camp, using the GI-Bill, and mostly, moral and drug waiver requirements.

When I answer the questions, I use the current instructional guidance coupled with my years of experience. When it comes to moral waivers, I tend to have to frequently deal first with one of three misconceptions; one, the final charge adjudicated by the court is the charge that must receive waiver consideration; two, that when a charged is dismissed, expunged or sealed, then it no longer requires a waiver; and three, that you would have to have been arrested, charged, or cited for a crime for it to matter.

I’ll discuss all three issues.

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Navy Jobs for the Third Quarter CY 2013

As I state each time I publish this list, 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 July (even though the notice was signed and released today) through the last processing day of the current fiscal year (last workday of September).

It has come to my attention that some applicants are waiting on the release of this notice before they go to MEPS — that is not wise. Keep in mind that the ratings that are listed here are those that have been a challenge to fill, so they would be the same ones that would be there even if you go to MEPS before the notice is released.

Except for NAT-Aircrewman, the programs and ratings on the list remain the same, and they are:
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FY-2013 LRP and EB May Update

Effective 01 May 2013, the Navy Student Loan Repayment Program (LRP) will include four additional ratings for those enlisting on to active duty. It has been a while since we have seen a change. It has been seven months, since October 1, 2012, that only three ratings (MU, HM and CTI) have been eligible for LRP.
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Navy Jobs for the Second Quarter CY 2013

Of course, 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 (no, it is not a monetary award; it’s certificates, stuff like that), specifically, the Admiral’s Accelerator Award. The ratings and programs listed should be available from the first processing day in April (Notice was signed and released today) through the last processing day of June 2013.

And those programs and ratings are…
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