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Navy SRB Guidance as of February 2018

Updated: February 16, 2018

Released February 15, 2018 via NAVADMIN 032/18, the latest Navy’s Selective Reenlistment Bonus (SRB) guidance update.

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President Trump Proposes 2.6 Percent for 2019

Updated: February 14, 2018

Today, February 12, 2018, President Trump released his budget proposal for fiscal year 2019. The proposal contains a 2.6 percent increase to the 2018 basic military pay for 2019.

For the first time in over a decade, the White House’s initial 2019 military pay raise proposal is in-line (Read the rest of the article…)



Eagles in Super Bowl LII

Updated: February 2, 2018

A Navy related, short story about why I’ll be rooting for the Philadelphia Eagles to win Super Bowl LII this weekend…

When I was a Navy recruiter in New Jersey back in the mid-1980s, we thought it was a good idea to reopen a Navy recruiting station (NRS) in Camden. It had been closed a few years before due to the high crime rate, but we spent a lot of time there, and having a local office made sense. The district headquarters agreed, and we opened the new NRS on Broadway smack in the middle of downtown.

In an effort to advertise our new location, I called the Eagles and asked if they could somehow support us in that endeavour. The person I talked to told me to put our desires in a letter and mail it in. (Read the rest of the article…)



Navy Increases Maximum Age for Enlistment

Updated: January 20, 2018

Effective immediately, the maximum age for active duty non-prior service United States Navy applicants has been increased from 34 to 39 years of age. The applicant must be able to ship to boot-camp before their 40th birthday. The minimum age of 17 with consent remains the same.

All separate and specific age requirement for individual (Read the rest of the article…)



2018 Navy Enlistment Bonus Update

Updated: January 17, 2018

For the first time in nearly a decade, the Navy has expanded its list of ratings and programs that are eligible for an Enlistment Bonus. And, for the first time, the Navy is also introducing a new bonus type, Enlistment Bonus for Ship.

With recent increases to the Navy’s shipping requirements, and to also compensate for the immediate shipping vacancies that resulted due to the recent non-citizen shipping restrictions, the Navy must take steps to ensure the accession mission is met. One of those methods is to offer the Enlistment Bonus for Ship, a monetary incentive, to those who are already in the Delayed Entry Program awaiting a future date beyond the Navy’s immediate needs. The bonus goes a long way toward putting “butts on the bus” to ensure level loading of boot-camp and the follow-on schools.

Enlistment Bonus for Ship is for active Component (AC) enlistees already in the Delayed Entry Program who may need additional incentive to move their ship date (a minimum of 30 days) up in order for the Navy to make their monthly accession mission. An enlistee will be awarded a fixed amount, currently set at (Read the rest of the article…)



Navy SRB Guidance as of December 2017

Updated: February 16, 2018

Released December 22, 2017 via NAVADMIN 311/17, the latest Navy’s Selective Reenlistment Bonus (SRB) guidance update.

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First 2019 Military Pay Raise Indicator Released

Updated: November 4, 2017

Today, October 31, 2017, at 0830EST, the United States Employment Cost Index (ECI) was released. The releasing of the ECI by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics is an eagerly awaited quarterly economic indicator for those in the stock market and politics. What makes this morning’s release important to the United States military is this one is the main economic indicator is used to determine any pay raise amount for 2019’s raise.

The indicator from ECI that is utilized for the 2019 raise is the “wages and salaries, for private industry workers for the period ending September 2017”; this morning’s number is 2.6. For 2019, the military should see a raise of 2.6 percent; however, if the last five years are an indication, the Department of Defense will once again request a lesser amount, and it is likely that the President Trump will follow that recommendation.
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Navy Green Card Holder Hold Ups

Updated: October 20, 2017

With the announcement one week ago today, October 13, 2017, by the Department of Defense Chief of Accessions, Stephanie Miller, of, “Effective immediately, all green card holders must complete a background investigation and receive a favorable military suitability determination prior to entering any component of the armed forces” came many questions to my blog and email from applicants and Future Sailors alike.

Most of the questions are similar to one I received by one Future Sailor. His question was this: “I am currently in DEP as a green card holder, and I was informed by my recruiter that my original ship date will be delayed due to a new protocol of an additional background investigation. How long will these background checks last?”

First, it isn’t an additional background check. (Read the rest of the article…)



Tying the President’s Hands

Updated: November 13, 2017

Over the next few weeks, the Senate will be working diligently on their version of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (2018 NDAA). The Senate’s current version, as of today, August 12, 2017, contains language that supports President Trump’s desire for a 2.1 percent military pay raise for fiscal year 2018 (effective January 1, 2018).

By July 14th, the full House of Representatives had already deliberated and passed their version of the 2018 NDAA, H.R. 2810, by a vote of 344-81, which states under section 601, ANNUAL ADJUSTMENT OF BASIC MONTHLY PAY, “The adjustment in the rates of monthly basic pay required by subsection (a) of section 1009 of title 37, United States Code, to be made on January 1, 2018, shall take effect, notwithstanding any determination made by the President under subsection (e) of such section with respect to an alternative pay adjustment to be made on such date.”

To simplify subsection (a) of section 1009 of title 37, United States Code, it essentially says that a military pay raise percentage will be derived using a measurement of the Employment Cost Index (ECI) for the base quarter of the year before (for the three-month period ending on September 30 of such year); specifically (Read the rest of the article…)



Navy SRB Guidance as of June 2017

Updated: December 22, 2017

Released June 21, 2017 via NAVADMIN 144/17, the latest Navy’s Selective Reenlistment Bonus (SRB) guidance update.

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