Updated: August 16, 2014
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 are reflected in the incentive program for recruiting personnel message that was released today (no, it is not a monetary award; it’s certificates, stuff like that), specifically, the Admiral’s Accelerator Award, and should be available from October 1 through the last processing day of December 2012.
And those programs and ratings are…
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.
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.
Aircrew Rescue Swimmer (open for male and female). 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.
Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) (open for male and female). Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technicians locate, identify, render safe and dispose of all forms of ordnance (conventional, nuclear, chemical and biological, military and improvised) both U.S. and foreign made.
Navy Diver (open for male and female). Navy Divers perform underwater salvage, repair and maintenance, submarine rescue and support Special Warfare and Explosive Ordnance Disposal while using a variety of diving equipment.
Navy Special Warfare Operator. SEALs perform a multitude of duties in support of special operations missions and operate on, under and from the sea, in the air and on land.
Navy Special Warfare Boat Operator. Special Warfare Boat Operators support and perform maritime Special Operations in open ocean, littoral, and riverine environments. They provide maritime insertion and extraction of Special Operations Forces (SOF) and others.
If you have Prior Service and want to continue service, the Navy Reserve is the place for you – contact a local recruiter at the soonest, for those who qualify, there are tons of seats!
Speaking of the Navy Reserve, there are many programs available for those who wish to affiliate via the New Accession Training Program (NAT), and they are:
NAT-Construction Mechanic (female). Construction Mechanics repair and maintain heavy construction and automotive equipment including, buses, dump trucks, bulldozers, rollers, cranes, backhoes, pile drivers, and tactical vehicles.
NAT-Cryptologic Technician (Networks and Collection). CT(Network)s monitor, identify, collect and analyze information; provide data for digital network products, and they conduct computer network operations worldwide to support Navy and Department of Defense national and theater level missions. The CT(Collection)s operate state-of-the-art computer systems to conduct Information Operations, and they collect, analyze and exploit signals of interest to identify, locate and report worldwide threats.
NAT-Information Systems Technician. ITs perform core and specialty functions of communications operations, message processing, network administration and security.
NAT-Mineman. The duties performed by Minemen include operating sonar systems for detection and classification of contacts, and function in the minesweeping tactical nerve center (CIC) of their ships as part of the command and control team.
NAT-Aircrewman. AWs will get a flying assignment as a flight crewmember in fixed wing or helicopter aircraft.
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.