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.
Over the years, I have received numerous inquiries about how to enlist into a Navy Challenge Program (incidentally, that is another change, it is now (Read the rest of the article…)
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The USS Forrestal’s final fate has been decided. On October 22, 2013, the Navy announced it has sold the 80,000 ton piece of history for one cent. It will be towed down to Brownsville, Texas and cut up for scrap.
I served aboard the FID, it is how most of us referred to her (FID = First in Defense), from 1982 through 85. It was during the ’82 deployment that we transited the Suez, crossed Libya’s “Line of Death”, and escorted the US forces into Beirut, Lebanon.
It was thirty years ago today that 241 of our brave Servicemen were killed in a terrorist bombing of the barracks in which they lived. I shall never forget them.
When I realized the FID would not become a museum like I had hoped (first Supercarrier ever built from the ground up), I was hoping she would be towed out to sea and sank. I would have loved to go fishing on her, but that is not to be.
Kind of ironic, in the last picture I have of her, she is moored next to the JFK, and they have a barge named, (Read the rest of the article…)
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Although I didn’t see it this way while I was in, one of the beautiful things about being in the Navy is the regular physical exertion required to stay in shape and the periodic weigh-ins you had to pass in order to stay in. Once I retired, I ceased doing any regular exercise, and I certainly stopped trying to maintain in-service weight standards. The result? Not good.
Six years into retirement and I tipped the scale at more than 40 pounds that of which I left with. I really didn’t notice the weight gain; I mean, you look in the mirror everyday — the change is so gradual that you just don’t see it. Sure, the scale keeps telling you, but what does it know, I still look as good today as I did yesterday! (Read the rest of the article…)
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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.
As we get ready to enter Fiscal Year 2014, (Read the rest of the article…)
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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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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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Using my Post 9/11 GI-Bill, I recently graduated with my Information Technology AAS degree from Southwest Tennessee Community College in Web Development. The classes were informative and fun. I would not have pursued the degree if it were not the availability of the earned benefit. Having joined during the old VEAP program, and choosing at the time to opt out of it, I would not have had a GI Bill benefit to use had it not been for the Post 9/11 benefit. If you look into the old VEAP program, I am sure you would have opted out, too — it was horrible.
I have been using much of what I learned from school to help move the design of Navy Cyberspace along. It has been a challenge to ensure it can be viewed by multiple platforms with their various browsers — all while using a single responsive page.
Many sites will deliver different content to desktop visitor then it will to a smartphone one. Usually, the smartphone user will get less stuff. Not here — I am striving to deliver the same page no matter how you get here, but the page will be optimized for the screen resolution, and, just as importantly, consideration for download speeds.
As a side note, if you notice a slight delay in connecting to the site, it is due to my site’s host moving their data center from Dallas, TX to Provo, Utah (the moved me on July 15th) — the latency up the mountains is a bit slower. They promise things will improve with router maintenance — I have seen some improvements, but if I don’t see marked improvement soon, I will move to a new one with better connection speeds. My fingers are crossed.
I am sure I have more tweaks to make, but things should be loading right with my responsive design. Any feedback (Read the rest of the article…)
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Yesterday, the White House’s budget office threatened a veto of the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2014 if it contains, among other things, the full House’s approved version of the bill with a 1.8% pay raise for the Uniformed Servicemembers. The current one percent proposal of the President, as pushed by the Department of Defense, is lower than what the current law dictates (per Title 37), and would once again set the military on a path of creating a gap in pay with those in the civilian sector.
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It has been over a decade when I was on the phone with one of my Chief Petty Officers who worked a couple of hundred miles from our headquarters. Most of the specific conversation during the call has long since left my memory bank, but the overall content of the call, and what occurred afterwards, will be with me forever.
It was a Friday afternoon, and information was passed to me that a relatively new check-in to our command was believed to be either wearing really bad cologne or he may have had alcohol on his breath when the person saw him that morning.
During the call, I do remember the Chief admitting that he had a couple of drinks the night before, but he didn’t feel there was any way he was inebriated by the time he got to work that morning. We continued our conversation and I asked him if he would voluntarily meet with the command’s Drug and Alcohol Program Advisor (DAPA) on Monday. He agreed; I actually remember him sounding like he was looking forward to it. I hung up the phone with him saying the same thing I said to every Sailor, “Drive Safe”.
I don’t recall what time of the day it was, but I received a phone call at home that Sunday. The Chief (Read the rest of the article…)
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A Chief Petty Officer has gone missing, and we need your help in locating him. Aviation Machinist’s Mate Chief Kevin Williams was last seen the afternoon of May 28th at the Kangaroo gas station on Phillips Hwy close to the Wal-Mart in Jacksonville, Florida wearing his Navy blue camouflage uniform.
Chief Williams, on active duty serving as a Navy Recruiter for NRD Jacksonville, has been officially listed as a missing person by the Jacksonville, Florida Sheriff’s Office. Chief Williams’ disappearance is completely out of character. The police are asking for assistance from the public in locating him. (Read the rest of the article…)
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