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Five Year Obligation for EM, AO, GSE and QM

Four More Ratings Now Require an Extension

Updated: November 9, 2014

When joining the Navy, you enlist with an eight year obligation; normally, four years are a required active duty stint and the remaining four is in the Individual Ready Reserve, but there are other enlistment terms that reflect a five and even six year active duty obligation.

When the active duty obligation is greater than the normal four years, it is usually due to the school length of the program you are enlisting for.

Now, four additional Navy jobs have been added to the list of ratings and programs, bringing the total to 16, that require a four year active duty enlistment obligation plus a one year active duty extension, making the total active duty obligation, five years. And they are;



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