Updated: August 17, 2014
Every couple of months or so, Navy Recruiting Command puts out incentives for recruiters and classifiers to try and fill specific needs. One of those incentives is the Admiral’s Accelerator Award (AAA). The AAA’s award provides for a Four-Day Special liberty, a Cruitcom’s Flag Officer Coin, and a flag letter.
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 as a result of the current, short term incentive AAA, the chances are much better than average they will be available; well, until they fill up that is; so, get’em while they are hot.
For the third quarter, April – June 2012, the AAA defines certain rates and programs; those programs (along with Nuke and the Challenge Programs) for those who qualify, should be available when you go to MEPS, and they are;
Aircrew Rescue Swimmer (females). AIRRs may be required to risk their lives during a rescue over-land or at-sea. They will be required to enter the open ocean from a hovering helicopter and swim to the survivor.
Musician. MUs perform on one or more designated instruments to provide ceremonial and entertainment services afloat and ashore to enhance Navy presence and coalition building initiatives.
Ratings that have a real good chance of leaving for boot-camp prior to October 1, 2012;
Information Systems Technician (both surface and submarine). ITs perform core and specialty functions of communications operations, message processing, network administration and security.
Submarine Electronics/Computer Field (ET, FT, STS). An individual selecting SECF will receive training in electricity, electronics, computers, digital systems, fiber optics and electronics repair.
Culinary Specialist (Submarines). CSs operate and manage dining facilities and living quarters established to subsist and accommodate Navy personnel.
Steelworker (Reserve, New Accession Training Program (NAT)). SWs perform tasks directly related to fabrication and erection of pre-engineered structures, including steel reinforcement, and they perform various welding and cutting operations.
Construction Mechanic (Reserve, (NAT)). Construction Mechanics repair and maintain heavy construction and automotive equipment including, buses, dump trucks, bulldozers, rollers, cranes, backhoes, pile drivers, and tactical vehicles.
Note: The NAT program allows for the accession of Non-Prior Service personnel to complete basic training, rating-specific Class “A” School (and “C” School if applicable), and affiliation as a SELRES with the Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) closest to your permanent residence. NAT is a Navy Reserve program, and understand that you may not apply for active duty while in the NAT program until you have completed a minimum of 24 months of your mandatory drilling obligation.