Updated: May 24, 2017
On November 16, 2009, Navy Recruiting Command officially kicked off a pilot program in an attempt to align a new Sailor’s initial service obligation with completion of his/her first operational tour. Because Sailor’s Projected Rotation Date (PRD), Prescribed Sea Tours (PST), and the end of their active obligated service (EAOS) dates were all over the map; it made planning for a Sailor’s loss to a command a little precarious – at least until the Sailor would make a decision about re-enlistment, and often times that decision would come late.
The T+X Accession Program, as it is called, started with just four ratings that were scheduled to ship to boot-camp during Fiscal Year 2011. For Sailor’s enlistment obligation, instead of the hard and fast 4 year (48 month) enlistment, the formula “T+X” would be used. The “T” in the equation is the average length in months of initial training (boot-camp, A School, etc.), the “X” is equal to the calculated length of the first operational tour for the rating enlisted. The initial ratings in the pilot program were Aviation Ordnanceman (AO), Electrician’s Mate (EM), Gas Turbine System Technician – Electrical (GSE), and Quartermaster (QM) – Ultimately, this is the reason why those ratings were officially adjusted to be 5 year obligation (5YO) ratings back in October 2011, as their T+X equaled close to 60 months.
Based on a change to the Navy recruiting manual published today, the program has expanded.
Effective May 1, 2012 for those who DEP-in to leave during Fiscal Year 2013, the following ten additional ratings will now join the list of 5YO ratings.
- Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (ABE, F, and H),
- Aviation Structural Mechanic Safety Equipment (AME),
- Boatswain’s Mate (BM),
- Culinary Specialist – Submarine (CSS),
- Gas Turbine Systems Technician – Mechanical (GSM),
- Operations Specialist (OS), and
- Ship’s Serviceman (SH).
For those who join and leave for boot-camp in Fiscal Year 2012, you would not be affected by the change. The change only affects those who leave for boot-camp in the mentioned ratings who leave during Fiscal Year 2013 and beyond.
Additionally, the recruiting manual’s update included the facts that the SO rating (SEALs) ASVAB score requirement has changed, and that the MC rating no longer requires a typing test to qualify.
Missing from the manual update is any change to the educational requirements that many believed imminent because of the 180 day requirement as part of the “Equal Treatment for Secondary School Graduates” in the FY-2012 National Defense Authorization Act. Because the Act was signed on New Year’s Eve, we should hear by June 29, 2012, unless an extension is granted.