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Navy SRB Guidance as of May 1, 2015

Published: May 1st, 2015
Updated: May 1, 2015
By: Thomas Goering

Released May 1, 2015 via NAVADMIN 106/15, the latest Selective Re-enlistment Bonus (SRB) guidance update.

How to do the math; SRB is calculated by multiplying your (Read the rest of the article…)


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Navy Jobs for the Third Quarter FY 2015

Published: April 20th, 2015
Updated: April 20, 2015
By: Thomas Goering

Released today and dated April 15, 2015, COMNAVCRUITCOMNOTE 1650, “ADMIRAL’S ACCELERATOR AWARD 3RD QUARTER, FY15″ is a quarterly award that provides, in part, an incentive for recruiters and job classifiers to fill ratings and programs that could use a boost in qualified personnel. The current guidance runs from April 1 through June 30, 2015 (the third quarter of the fiscal year). Of course, any rating could be available on any day, but due to the emphasis, the following ratings and programs listed should have a higher visibility.

The programs and ratings on the list remain the same as in the previous release except for the addition of Machinist’s Mate (Submarine) for active duty and the AECF/NAT program for the Reserve.

Expect the ship date to be with in FY-2015 (ship to boot-camp by September 30, 2015), and notice that many of the ratings may be (Read the rest of the article…)


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Female RTC Hair Policy is Permanent

Published: April 13th, 2015
Updated: April 13, 2015
By: Thomas Goering

A couple of items of interest have just been brought to my attention.

First, as most of you know, the Navy started a female haircut pilot program at boot-camp — instead of females being required to get their haircut, females would keep their hair, but learn how to maintain their hair within the Navy’s female grooming standards. I learned today that that change has been made permanent. Females no longer have to get their haircut when they arrive at Recruit Training Command.

Also, as some may know, NavyDoc and I have been receiving numerous inquiries over the years from those with hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism is a condition that is easily controlled with medication, and if you have two normal thyroid stimulating hormone tests within the preceding 6 months, you do not require a waiver for the condition because it is NOT disqualifying. The issue was that a number of recruiters didn’t realize that the medication to control hypothyroidism is allowed to be brought and used while in boot-camp. I forwarded my concerns about this lack of knowledge to CNRC, and they published the following Operations Notice to inform and clarify (bold emphasis is my own): (Read the rest of the article…)


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My SLAP Tear

Published: March 9th, 2015
Updated: April 3, 2015
By: Thomas Goering

On a sunny, windy day about three years ago, I was in the front yard tossing a football with my oldest son. Due to the wind’s speed which was directly in my face, it took considerable effort for me to throw the ball to where my son was standing just 20 yards away.

I have always had a pretty good arm. I could throw a football on an otherwise calm day a consistent 60 yards; I could throw a baseball in the mid 70 mile per hour range when clocked at the minor league concession stands at the various Double A and Triple A ballparks I have visited across the nation. Throwing the football to my son just 20 yards away should have been a piece of cake, wind or no wind.

We had been throwing back and forth maybe a dozen times, and on my next to last throw, I heaved that football to my son as hard as I could.

I didn’t hear a pop, or any noise for that matter, coming from my arm. The only sound made came from my mouth — it kinda went like this, “GHHAAAHHH, SH$%, son of a Easter bunny!” Okay, I admit I cleaned it up a bit, but my right shoulder hurt like the devil.

My son asked if I was okay.

I did a quick check, moved my arm around and didn’t feel any pain, so and I responded, “sure, throw it back!” He did.

A little voice in my head told me to call it a day. I should have listened.

I reared back (Read the rest of the article…)


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Navy Jobs for the Second Quarter FY 2015

Published: February 4th, 2015
Updated: April 25, 2015
By: Thomas Goering

Released and dated today, COMNAVCRUITCOMNOTE 1650, “ADMIRAL’S ACCELERATOR AWARD 2ND QUARTER, FY15″ is a quarterly award that provides, in part, an incentive for recruiters and job classifiers to fill ratings and programs that could use a boost in qualified personnel. The current guidance runs from January 1 through March 31, 2015 (the second quarter of the fiscal year). Of course, any rating could be available on any day, but due to the emphasis, the following ratings and programs listed should have a higher visibility.

Some of the programs and ratings on the list remain the same as in previous releases, but there are some new arrivals!

Expect the ship date to be with in FY-2015 (ship to boot-camp by September 30, 2015), and notice that many of the ratings may be (Read the rest of the article…)


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FEB 2015 SLRP and EB Update

Published: February 4th, 2015
Updated: February 4, 2015
By: Thomas Goering

Effective 01 FEB 2015, the Navy Student Loan Repayment Program (LRP) will include one additional rating for those enlisting on to active duty over the previous release; Explosive Ordnance Disposal-ATF, but removed the ratings of Cryptologic Technician (Technical) and (Maintenance) from eligibility.

The ratings now eligible for the Navy Student Loan Repayment Program (began the first day of this month) are, Musician (MU), Cryptologic Technician – Interpretive (CTI-Advanced Technical Field (ATF)), Cryptologic Technician (Networks — ATF), Information System Technician (ATF and SG), Special Warfare Operator (SO-ATF — SEAL), Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD-ATF), and the Hospital Corpsman (HM-SG) ratings.

The Navy also continues to provide a an enlistment bonus incentive for those who qualify. For those who enlist into the Delayed Entry Program on or after February 1, 2015, in the ratings defined in the chart (Read the rest of the article…)


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2016 Projected Active Duty End-Strength

Published: February 2nd, 2015
Updated: May 11, 2015
By: Thomas Goering

For FY-2016, 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 sees a modest increase over the one made for 2015.
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A 1.3% Proposal for 2016

Published: February 2nd, 2015
Updated: April 22, 2015
By: Thomas Goering

Today, President Obama released his budget proposal for fiscal 2016. The defense portion of the national budget would amount to $534 billion; roughly eight percent above that enacted for fiscal year 2015. But only a small portion of that increase will end up in the pockets of our Servicemembers.

Unless Congress can find the monies required, the (Read the rest of the article…)


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Less Pay, More Work

Published: January 8th, 2015
Updated: April 3, 2015
By: Thomas Goering

In 2009, only a month after his Inauguration, President Obama released his first national budget proposal. The FY-2010 proposal included priorities he promised during his campaign; healthcare, education, clean energy, and for those in uniform, a few items that may have been unexpected.

While reviewing President Obama’s first budget proposal, it becomes apparent that his concern for the wellbeing of the nation’s military and its Veterans was also a priority.

For the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, the President’s budget proposal, “…provides the resources for effective implementation of the post-9/11 GI Bill”, and, more importantly, it (Read the rest of the article…)


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A New Beefed Up Engine

Published: December 18th, 2014
Updated: April 3, 2015
By: Thomas Goering

The Navy is in the process of ditching its 1968-design Nimitz-class carrier, a class near and dear to my heart, for the new and improved Ford-class supercarrier. While the new class is not equipped with lasers and a waterslide per my request, there are some pretty neat upgrades. One of these upgrades is a beefed up engine.

The U.S.S. Gerald R. Ford is expected to be commissioned in 2016 and will replace the Enterprise, which was retired in 2012. Don’t worry though, the third planned Ford-class carrier will take up the name Enterprise, at least until the Starship Enterprise (NC-1701) is commissioned in 2245. Interesting fact, the first space shuttle, Enterprise, was originally slated to be called Constitution until Gerald Ford stepped in and asked that the shuttle be named Enterprise. I digress . . .

The coolest feature, (Read the rest of the article…)


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