Updated: August 16, 2014
As I state each time I publish this list, 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, specifically, the Admiral’s Accelerator Award. The ratings and programs listed should be available from the first processing day in July (even though the notice was signed and released today) through the last processing day of the current fiscal year (last workday of September).
It has come to my attention that some applicants are waiting on the release of this notice before they go to MEPS — that is not wise. Keep in mind that the ratings that are listed here are those that have been a challenge to fill, so they would be the same ones that would be there even if you go to MEPS before the notice is released.
Except for NAT-Aircrewman, the programs and ratings on the list remain the same, and they are:
Musician. As a member of a Navy Band, your performances might include presidential inaugurations; parades down Main Street USA, or the Avenue des Champs Elysees in Paris; military ceremonies on the White House lawn or abroad carriers at sea; public shows and concerts as well as live radio and television broadcasts.
Information Systems Technician (ATF-IT). They perform core and specialty functions of communications operations, message processing, network administration and security.
Cryptologic Technician (Networks (CTN-ATF), Interpretive (CTI-ATF) and Maintainence (CTM-SG)). 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(Interpretive) conduct Information Operations (IO) using foreign language skills and advanced computer systems. They collect, analyze, and exploit foreign language communications signals of interest to identify, locate, and monitor worldwide threats. The CT(Maintenance) perform preventive and corrective maintenance on electrical and electronic cryptologic and ancillary systems used for communications, analysis, monitoring, tracking, recognition and identification, electronic attack, and physical security.
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) (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 (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-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.
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.
Some of the ratings listed above offer an enlistment bonus (EB) or the option for student loan repayment (LRP). Check with your recruiter for details.