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Joining the Navy? A Few Ratings to Consider

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.

29 Responses to “Joining the Navy? A Few Ratings to Consider”

  1. Major Jackson says:

    Are there any educational incentives or bonuses for enlisted service members who transfer from the Army to the Navy? What are the enlisted job priorities for the Navy?

  2. NCCM(Ret) says:

    Major Jackson,

    There isn’t any additional educational incentive or bonus for other-service veterans who are able to enlist into to the Navy. The current priorities for enlistment are the ratings and programs listed in this post.

  3. LadyD says:

    Me again :) LadyD here –

    Is this still valid? So, if I get accepted as an MU, my recruiter will get this award? Am I understanding this correctly?

    Also- Can you tell me a round about date I would leave for training, if accepted in MAY and after MEPS same month?

    Thanks again!

  4. NCCM(Ret) says:


    If you join as an MU, he could be in the running for it – sure.

    I have no idea when your leaving date would be; that would depend on when the billet is available – the classifier would know once he puts your information into the system and makes the rating request while you are at MEPS.

  5. chris says:

    i need to know what is the monthly pay for e-1 hospital corpsman i need to know on order to work out my budget for college also i’m reserve does that matter

  6. NCCM(Ret) says:


    Use the pay chart in the navigation bar – at the bottom of the chart is the Reserve pay scales.

  7. Kyeanne says:

    I understand that the demand for people wanting to join any branch of the military now is significantly greater than the need for new recruits, so here is my question: Is there a need for CTIs for this new fiscal year, or has it become like the MC rate where too many people want it but there are not that many slots that open up? Thank you.

  8. NCCM(Ret) says:


    I do not know the CTI rating availability. But, if you do extremely well on the DLAB and you are otherwise a stellar candidate, then if the rating is there, I am sure they will have no problem ensuring you get it.

  9. Darren says:

    I have a question i took both of my asvab test a within a month apart from each other n i waited 8 months to take my test n scored a 35 will i have to take another test

  10. NCCM(Ret) says:


    Whereas a 35QT meets the minimum score requirement to enlist, it may not have the line score requirements to actually qualify for a rating (job) — I recommend that you contact your recruiter and he/she can tell you specifically.

  11. shai says:

    can a navy personnel sign two leases?

  12. NCCM(Ret) says:


    A person in the military is not restricted on the number of contracts they can enter with civilian personnel; however, if the military member becomes overextended, that member may have difficulty gaining clearance (security).

  13. Renan says:

    Hi sir,i enlist as an e3 airman pact. My ship date is 06/2014. What is best option to change my rating. I feel i make mistake to sign up as airman pact.

  14. NCCM(Ret) says:


    If this was 5 years ago, I would agree, but the PACT program is outstanding. I hope this page I made helps with any misconceptions.

  15. Renan says:

    Can i also change my rating while im on DEP. whats the chances for that. Ty

  16. NCCM(Ret) says:


    It is possible to change while in DEP; however, to do so, a rating would have to open up that you qualify for — if one did exist, I am sure they would have offered it to you as an option. That said, occasionally, ratings do open up because someone who did have it may have had to be discharged because they did not maintain their qualifications for it. Your recruiter can submit what is called a DEP action request, and if one comes open, they are usually in very short notice (you may have to leave for boot-camp the very next week — sometimes even sooner) — you would have to decide pretty quick.

    Discuss this with your recruiter — he can provide you with all the nuts and bolts.

  17. Renan says:

    Ty sir for great info.

  18. C.Price says:

    I’m leaving for Basic for the reserves in July next year there was an issue with my education I have a GED and couldn’t get an active contract. I’m going in as an AD it was my second choice for a job. My question is what Is the best way to go from reserve to active duty, I’m going to go get my high school diploma while I’m in DEP and earn more college credits as well. Any advice is much appreciated

  19. NCCM(Ret) says:


    Once you have the proper education credential you would need a component change to an active contract. If you are already assigned to a Reserve center, then you would need to gain a release from it. Your recruiter can supply all the relevant details based on your specific case. Let me know how everything turns out, and Good Luck in school!

  20. C.Price says:

    Thank you for the fast reply, I have already signed my reserve contract at Meps my recruiter has assured me there is no way to change from reserve to active while In dep and has stated that a diploma from an adult school will not be accepted because I’m 23 I really want to be active duty Navy and will do whatever it takes to get that

  21. NCCM(Ret) says:


    If your adult diploma meets the minimum requirement to be Tier I, then it counts no matter what age you get it. And he is right, you can’t do it while in DEP — that is why you would have to be discharged (released) and then re-DEPped into the active component.

  22. C.Price says:

    Ok I understand, also would I have to lose my rate when I transfer from reserve component to active component, and the link on the last reply whet certain paragraphs have lines through them does that mean that it is no longer the case. Thank you again sir

  23. C.Price says:

    With, certin paragraphs that have lines through them. Is what I meant my apologizes

  24. NCCM(Ret) says:


    Yes, you would need to renegotiate your job — if AD isn’t available when you go active, then you can’t get it, and if you try to go back to the Reserve, chances are the rating won’t be there. From that perspective, it is like starting from scratch.

    The line outs mean that information no longer applies — I left it just to show what the rule was prior to the change back in May. One of these days, I will just delete the lined out portions. Sorry for the confusion.

  25. C.Price says:

    Ok great thanks for the further info, I assume there’s no way I can guarntee my job if I do make the switch. And from what I can tell an equlivent adult school diploma should be ok, by starting from scratch would I need to retake the asvab and physical portion or is the transition smoother than that

  26. NCCM(Ret) says:


    No, your physical is good for two years (you have to ship to boot-camp before it expires or you would have to retake it even if in the DEP already); however, you would need to complete an “Inspection” physical, and that is where they reaffirm your original physical (ask you questions) and they will do a height and weight check. An inspection physical is required any time you go to the MEPS for processing after 30 days has passed since your last visit (unless you are just there to take the ASVAB or update paperwork that does not involve the actual MEPS). Likewise, the ASVAB is good for two years, but if it expires while you are in the DEP, you do not retake it, the score remains valid (unless you are released from the DEP, then the test would need to be retaken if two years has passed).

  27. C.Price says:

    Thank you for all of this info sir. I appreciate the rapid responses. If I do make the transition does that mean I am realeased from the Dep, thank you agian.

  28. NCCM(Ret) says:


    To make the change, you would have to be discharged from the DEP.

  29. C.Price says:

    Ok and as long as it hasn’t been two years my tests are all valid if I understood that correctly. Thank you very much Sir, now I’m armed with appropriate knowledge to have the proper discussion with Recruiters

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