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Q3 FY-2015 Navy Program and Rating Opportunities

Navy Jobs for the Third Quarter FY 2015

Updated: April 20, 2015

Released today and dated April 15, 2015, COMNAVCRUITCOMNOTE 1650, “ADMIRAL’S ACCELERATOR AWARD 3RD QUARTER, FY15” is a quarterly award that provides, in part, an incentive for recruiters and job classifiers to fill ratings and programs that could use a boost in qualified personnel. The current guidance runs from April 1 through June 30, 2015 (the third quarter of the fiscal year). Of course, any rating could be available on any day, but due to the emphasis, the following ratings and programs listed should have a higher visibility.

The programs and ratings on the list remain the same as in the previous release except for the addition of Machinist’s Mate (Submarine) for active duty and the AECF/NAT program for the Reserve.

Expect the ship date to be with in FY-2015 (ship to boot-camp by September 30, 2015), and notice that many of the ratings may be eligible for an Enlistment Bonus!

For Navy Active Duty

  • Advanced Electronics/Computer Field (AECF Program) offers extensive training in all aspects of electronics including computer systems, radar, communications systems, and weapons fire control systems such as the Navy’s advanced Aegis radar and missile system.
  • Submarine Electronics/Computer Field (SECF Program) offers extensive training in the operation and maintenance of “Today’s High Technology” advanced electronics equipment, digital systems and computers used in submarine combat control, sonar, navigation and communications systems.
  • Navy Avionics Technician (AV-SG) Aviation Electronic, Electrical, and Computer Systems Technicians work with some of the most advanced electronics equipment in the world and repair a wide range of aircraft electrical and electronic systems.
  • Sonar Technician, Surface (STG-SG) operate surface sonar and other oceanographic systems; manipulate, control, evaluate, and interpret sonar and oceanographic data.
  • Hospital Corpsman (HM-SG) perform duties as assistants to medical and dental professionals in the prevention and treatment of disease and injury, and assist health care professionals in providing dental and medical care to Naval personnel and their families.
  • Information Systems Technician (ATF-IT and SG-IT). They perform core and specialty functions of communications operations, message processing, network administration and security.
  • Cryptologic Technician (Interpretive (CTI-ATF). 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.
  • Cryptologic Technician (Maintenance (CTM-SG). 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.
  • Machinist’s Mate (Submarines) Machinist’s Mates (non-nuclear) operate, maintain, and repair (organizational and intermediate level) ship propulsion machinery, auxiliary equipment, and outside machinery, such as: steering engine, hoisting machinery, food preparation equipment, refrigeration and air conditioning equipment, windlasses, elevators, and laundry equipment.
  • Aircrew Rescue Swimmer (AIRR) (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 (ND) (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.
  • The Navy Nuclear Power Program. Navy “Nukes” become propulsion plant operators for both the nuclear submarine and nuclear surface ship operational and support programs.

For the Navy Reserve

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). 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.
  • Intelligence Specialist (IS-NAT). Intelligence Specialists analyze intelligence data. They break down information to determine its usefulness in military planning. From this intelligence data, they prepare materials that describe in detail the features of strategic and tactical areas all over the world.
  • NAT-Information Systems Technician. ITs perform core and specialty functions of communications operations, message processing, network administration and security.
  • Advanced Electronics/Computer Field (AECF/NAT Program) offers extensive training in all aspects of electronics including computer systems, radar, communications systems, and weapons fire control systems such as the Navy’s advanced Aegis radar and missile system.

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.

For Officer Programs

Recruiters are looking for Nuke submarine (male), Chaplain candidates, and Navy Reserve Medical.

146 Responses to “Navy Jobs for the Third Quarter FY 2015”

  1. Shawn says:


    Thank you for your insight. I greatly appreciate it, as well as your help to others. Much respect.


  2. Andy says:

    I am scheduled to join as mm submarine and ship out in December. Is there any way to change my rate before boot camp or during? Or maybe later in my service to Master at Arms as this was the rate I truly wanted. But I don’t mind serving submarine as I know the navy/country needs this. Just wanted to know if it were possible currently joing as E-3 btw

  3. NCCM(Ret) says:


    If the MA rating was not available, then it is highly unlikely that it will be available before you leave; likewise, it is highly unlikely that you will be able to change in boot-camp for two reasons, one, availability, and two, MMS is usually undermanned.

  4. Andy says:

    Thanks for the response. So basicaly there is no possibility of me being able to strike into a different rate later in my service?

  5. NCCM(Ret) says:


    The MILPERSMAN 1440-010 provides guidance for rating conversion. You won’t be able to request it until you have been in your current rating for a minimum of two years and are within 12 months of your rotation date from your first permanent command; however, if MMS is undermanned at that time, it isn’t likely that the rating’s enlisted community manager will let you leave the rating to go to another. If it isn’t undermanned and the MA rating is undermanned, then a change is very possible at that time.

  6. Jeff says:

    I have a total score of 154 for Hospital Corpsman rating… Will I still be able to get that rating even though im missing two points?

  7. NCCM(Ret) says:


    ASVAB point waivers are rare — most ratings will not allow even a single point waiver; I doubt HM is one that will consider it because they have no problem finding otherwise qualified applicants.

  8. Michael says:

    Hey, I am prior service. I am trying to get back into active duty as soon as possible. I got out in 2010 as an E-5. AZ designation but i dont mind changing to a different rate. What are my chances of getting back in and how do I improve my chances? I have already spoken with a recruiter (who is not to enthusiastic) and sent up a packet already to remove my designation so I can be eligible for other jobs. Help! I just want to get back to work.

  9. NCCM(Ret) says:


    Active duty billets for prior service personnel are limited, and the longer you have been out of the Navy, the more difficult is becomes. Go to the main page of my blog; I wrote a basic article for NAVETS — it will give you a pretty good idea what you need. Feel free to ask specific questions on that page if something on the page doesn’t make sense.

  10. Ced M says:


    To add whether it be active duty or reserves don’t let the 8 yr no service get you. You will be dropped to a lower rank and depending on your time in service you may become in eneligible for enlistment. It happened to me. Good Luck in your quest.

  11. Katrina says:


    I am wondering if the Navy is taking prior service at the moment?

  12. NCCM(Ret) says:


    The recruiters I have talked to about this are frustrated by the limited openings that are available.

  13. Kevin says:

    If I have already completed a college degree program and I have worked as a professional for 4 years, is there a better chance of getting enlisted even though the A school I would want to attend isn’t related to my first degree? I am in pretty good physical shape, no prior felony offense, no offenses involving moral turpitude

  14. NCCM(Ret) says:


    If you qualify for a rating that is available, you can get it. The degree, where it will allow you to enlist as an E-3, it will not have a bearing on what jobs you qualify for.

  15. Jay says:


    Prior service Army Infantry looking to go SWCC is it possible?

  16. Jay says:

    *31 years young

  17. NCCM(Ret) says:


    You have to be a SB prior to your 31st birthday.

  18. Jay says:

    I was told there was an age waiver for 31-34 is that not the case?

  19. NCCM(Ret) says:


    Age waivers are difficult to get because the Community Managers fix the age in such a way to get the most out of a person — they take into consideration the number of “good” years a person can give before age really becomes a factor — age waivers are usually, when granted, only for a couple of months — not years. But, ya just never know until you try. Good luck!

  20. Jay says:

    Thank you for the info!

  21. B says:


    I recently took the asvab & made a 40. My recruiter says i can go in as a lower at the beginning or the end of the month. is there truth to this? & would i be able to get one of these jobs?

  22. NCCM(Ret) says:


    As to when a local recruiter may or may not be able to process an applicant with less than a 50QT, only your recruiter would know that. As far as being line-score eligible for one of the ratings or programs listed in this post, although possible, it isn’t likely that you have scores high enough.

  23. Gabe says:


    I’m not sure if you’re still available to answer questions, but I’ll ask anyways.
    What do you believe the chances are of getting an active duty CTN rating as of right now? I have a qualifying ASVAB score from a little over a year ago.

  24. NCCM(Ret) says:


    It is a highly sought after rating — when they become available, they are snatched up first come first serve. You just have to hope one is open when you go to MEPS. I do recommend having other options in mind when you do go if the NAT option doesn’t appeal to you (if that is even open when you go).

  25. Jake says:


    I just took the ASVAB and scored AFQT 79 and line scores of AR 57, AS 63, EI 68, GS 63, MK 53, VE 60. I am interested in a Reserve Engineering Rate such as MM, MR, GSE/M, EN, or DC.

    I joined in 2011 and was discharged RE-3G for chest pain. No issues since and it seems like no issues with a waiver. I entered as a MR. “Original ASVAB was a 59 in 2009.

    My question is even though I didn’t complete RTC, does MR have bearing on what rate I can pick and if not, what is the best reserve rate to get into.


  26. NCCM(Ret) says:


    Once you get the waiver, it will be like starting from scratch. Your previous MR rating has no bearing whatsoever. To the “best Reserve rate” question, you need to apply your likes against what may be available to you — what I think may be the best may be totally contrary to your thoughts.

  27. Jake says:


    While engineering is my preferred area, I’m open minded from my previous experience in that the in demand rates give not just better promotion abilities, but also a longer career which even as a reservist I would like to have the longest possible reserve career. Also I understand needs of the Navy.

    So what are the best rates that I qualify for would be good for me to pursue?

  28. NCCM(Ret) says:


    I have no idea what ratings would be available, but you should qualify for just about all the Fireman ratings with those line scores. You can do the math for each one if you wish — follow the “ASVAB Line Scores” link in the navigation bar — those scores are up to the minute accurate.

  29. Michelle says:

    Will there be a update post for fourth quarter 2015 or a first quarter 2016?

  30. NCCM(Ret) says:


    CNRC is currently experiencing a technical and manpower issue within the PAO, once that is completely resolved, I will be once again getting the specific notice that is used to generate this post. I have been able to establish workarounds for the other instructions and documents, but this one has yet to be resolved. Hopefully, it won’t take much longer.

  31. Marcus says:

    I got out as ET2 (SW) and want desperately to get back in. DD-214 reentry code is RE-R1. I had 8.5 years of service. Will I ever be able to go active duty again? I feel like when I call to talk to a recruiter they are just trying to fill reserve numbers. No real help or answers. Is the Navy accepting prior service enlistments to active duty and if so do I qualify? Thanks in advance.

  32. NCCM(Ret) says:


    From what I have been told, prior service billets are very limited — heck, they may have already been exhausted for the current FY. I wish I can be of more help, but I am not privy to the billet availability specifics.

  33. TC says:

    Hello, I’ve been interested in Joining the Navy for awhile now and I have some questions. At first I was looking to go into the HM rating but go to “C” school to be a HMDA. Ive done research and I see that anything to do with HM really doesn’t have high advancement rates. I’ve also been looking at the AC rate and would like to know how hard of a job it is to get. I’m just looking for something that can transfer really well into the civilian life. I am only 18y/o and just want some guidance.

  34. NCCM(Ret) says:


    The difference between what an a HM does and what an AC does is huge — the fact that you have an interest in both is really good news for you because it means that your mind is not fixated on a singular path. You would be amazed at the number of ratings and programs that easily transfer to civilian life; you could go to the Navy Enlisted Jobs page and get ideas — the Navy calls ratings by what would be unfamilair names like one of the oldest ratings in the Navy, “Gunner’s Mate”; most would not think that they learn electrical and mechanical skills that transfer to civilian jobs. My point is, there is no way in my response that I could answer your question specifically beyond, yes, HM will show up more times than AC will because HM is the largest rating in the Navy and AC is one of the smallest. I strongly advise you to take that open mind to MEPS with you and make the Job Classifier do his/her job — have him or her show you all that is available to you and have them explain each rating/program and how those skills will translate to civilian life.

  35. Salvador says:

    Hello, I was wondering what are my chances in getting the MA rate if I enlist in January 2016.Thanks In Advance

  36. LT says:

    I have a question regaurding jobs that are undermanned and that would give me an early ship date. Would you have any idea what jobs those might be? I scored 61 on my asvab and have pretty decent line scores mainly with MC MK AR VE GS

  37. NCCM(Ret) says:


    There is no way of knowing what will be available on any given day; however, on most days, the hard to fill ratings and programs will be available; programs such as Nuclear Power and ratings such as CTI.

  38. NCCM(Ret) says:


    Due to a computer breakdown at CNRC in the PAO office, I did not receive the latest Notice, but I can tell you that many listed in this article are still in need. I advise you to go to this ASVAB page and review the line scores for the various ratings (The scores on that page include the latest updates/changes that were released in June — I am not going to do all the math for you :))

  39. LT says:

    Thank you, as soon as i get to meps to pick a rate i just want get up and go, i cant afford to wait. Thank you for the Info!

  40. Colton says:

    Hi, I just went to MEPS and scored a composite of 83, but I was wondering about Seabee opportunities? If they are open I definitely want to shoot for it, but my recruiter told me Seabee’s aren’t needed right now. So, I was wondering if that would be a good rating to go for?

  41. NCCM(Ret) says:


    I have no way of knowing what will be open when you go to the MEPS (Seabee openings are indeed rare), and I have no way of knowing what you would qualify for just knowing the ASVAB QT score (your 83).

    Follow the “ASVAB line scores” link in my blog’s navigation — it will explain everything and also provide links to all the job and program descriptions.

  42. Colton says:

    Okay! Thank you so much for your help!

  43. Jake says:


    In reviewing some information about the reserves, I see a program called DPEP. The small amount of information I see discusses civilian training and experience assisting with one’s reserve career. I completed a vocational school in Automotive Service Technology and have close to five years of experience in the automotive repair industry as well as being an ASE Certified Master Technician with Undercar Specialist designation.

    I see the Navy pushes civilian certification and schooling, do my ASE’s and Technical Certificate help at all and potentially what rates would they help in?

  44. NCCM(Ret) says:


    The only rating those skills would directly translate to is the Construction Mechanic rating, but for DPEP, the rating must be undermanned to apply — all the Seabee ratings are historically overmanned. Otherwise, if your schools were a minimum of 1080 hours you may get promoted to E-2 or if you have 2160 hours, E-3 in any other rating you are eligible for.

  45. Leah [Last name redacted for privacy] says:

    Sir or Ma’am
    I’m currently in the process of applying for Navy Reserves FTS program. Ive completed my background check, asvab & waiting to get a physical scheduled. I have no military background but I’ve been told by my recruiter I am eligible for FTS. My question is where can I find an updated list of reserves FTS rates? My recruiter tells me he can’t pull up a list of available jobs.

  46. NCCM(Ret) says:


    You cannot find out what ratings are available until you actually go to the MEPS. The number of FTS is relatively small and the chances of a FTS rating being available isn’t that great — it is the luck of the draw as it were. Good luck!

  47. ty says:

    I have had the desire to try to reenlist this time the navy. I was prior service, Air Force reserve, I got an ELS/ yet my recode is 4C and I would like to serve. Is there a way.

  48. NCCM(Ret) says:


    An Air Force RE-4C can receive waiver consideration, and if you did less than 12 weeks before discharge, you would not fall under the OSVET rules which would restrict the number of openings possible. What was the 4C for?

  49. Pamela says:

    I am wondering is YN or PS overmanned because I did qualify for those jobs but Meps says it’s not available? Is there a chance in the next 5 months to open up ??

  50. NCCM(Ret) says:


    Both of those ratings are rarely undermanned, but like every rating, they do occasionally become available. Whether or not they come open in the next five months, I have no way of knowing.

  51. Pamela says:

    Thank you soo much I am praying something opens up because I don’t want to be stuck as a CS😳 What do you mean by they are rarely undermanned, please explain??

  52. NCCM(Ret) says:


    It means that there are always people who want the job — the openings that come available fill up pretty quickly.

  53. Alex says:

    I’m wondering what are the chances of getting offered hm fora reserve I got a afqt of 97 and my hm line score is 198 I did need a 2 misconduct 2 nontraffic waiver but they already waived it none of then were drug or alchol related I only needed a vision consultant for one eye. I’m headed to meps on Tue for the consult. thank you

  54. NCCM(Ret) says:


    I have no way of knowing HM opportunities for the Reserve — whereas it does come up fairly frequently for active duty because of the HM rating’s size, that is not an indication it does the same for Reserve.

    Good luck at your consult!

  55. Nikki says:

    Good evening,

    I’m a Marine entering my last year of active duty of a five year contract. Currently, I am in Public Affairs as a Corporal and have had my eye on entering the Navy to be a Seabee after this enlistment. I’ve read that Seabee is rather difficult to get into as it is typically full. I will be calling a Navy Reserve Recruiter before too long but I am curious how the process would work and what I should understand before going in.

    From online archives I’ve read I may or may not go to bootcamp again, will have to re-test for the ASVAB (scored 71 the first time), and may lose rank as I am aiming to be a Sergeant before I EAS.

    Any information would be useful.

    Thank you for your time.

    – Nikki

  56. NCCM(Ret) says:


    You will have to ASVAB because your current job does not convert to anything you are looking into. SEABEEs are tough because it is true that they are normally fully manned for active duty — OSVETS and NAVET alike cannot reenlist into manned or overmanned ratings. If it is the Reserve you seek, you would need to call the Reserve recruiter, and I HIGHLY recommend that you do so before the end of your contract in the Marine Corps; once you get out, you may not get back in — know absolutely you have a solid path, and don’t end up kicking yourself for getting out like soooo many people do.

  57. Bradley says:

    I ship in eight weeks as a CTN (reserve, no-prior service). My understanding is that CTN rarely travel. But my question is, will there be opportunities for ADSW in this rating? Also, are there FTS options for CTN?

  58. NCCM(Ret) says:


    I do not know the specific rating openings for active and Reserve full time support; I do know that you entered into an otherwise difficult rating to get — congrats!

    I recommend asking your future Reserve center about opportunities they have seen — I suspect their input would be better than my limited, although educated, guess.

  59. Ed says:

    Hello Sir. So i am leaving October for BMT as undesignated. How am i gonna know if there is available job for prior BMT?

  60. NCCM(Ret) says:


    Your recruiter would need to submit a DEP Action Request that would need to be approved at a higher level to search for jobs to see if they come open — it is not a normal procedure.

  61. Ed says:

    Thank you Sir. I will meet my recruiter tomorrow and i will tell him that to fill out. I wanna join the navy badly n thats my dream. But to join undesignated kinda disappointed. I spoke to a good friend of mine who scored lower than my score got his job simply because his recruiter did everything for him. He got a job that his asvab score not even met or qualified. A coworker of mine who is an O3 told me don’t go to boot camp with undesignated. So as of now i my decision is to talk to my recruiter and tell him that i don’t want to be undesognated, is that possible to change or have a rate prior bootcamp? Or drop the contract?

  62. KV says:

    Good morning,

    I have a question about rates that might be available currently for active duty. I’m hoping to go in as either HM or nuke. I’ve heard that there are lots of positions for nuke all the time, but I’m told HM is sometimes hard to get. What is the probability that HM will show up? I was told by my recruiter that I will be sent to MEPS next Thursday and I’m hoping to get HM. If I don’t see HM, then I will choose nuke. Thank you very much for your help.

  63. NCCM(Ret) says:


    I have no way of knowing what ratings will be available on any given day.

  64. Dan says:

    NCCM, Ok my son went to MEPS today and did fairly good with a AFOT of 76, line scores of gs-60, ar-58,wk-54,pc-52,mk-61,ei-45,as-48,mc-63,,ao-47 and ve-54. He wanted Nuke but missed by 15 or so points and 6point for bravo qual. He’s interested in electronics and mechanical type stuff. When I was in certain ratings offered advanced enlistments(E4) do you if any fields are currently doing that and also what is the best/better electronic field(Avaition or ship board) or based on his number do you recommend something better/else Thanks in advance

  65. NCCM(Ret) says:


    All ratings/programs that require a six year enlistment offer E-4. Those are Nuke and the Warrior Challenge (SO, SB, EOD, ND, and AIRR), AEF/AECF (ET, FC) and ATF (CTI, CTN, CTT, IC, IS, IT, ITS, MT, AIRC, and STG) ratings. Avionics is not an AEF program — it does not offer a six year enlistment, but it may be something to consider if offered because avionics pays more on the outside (that is my belief based on experience of friends). Likewise, submarine electronics is a five year enlistment and does not offer automatic advancement to E-4. Surface electronics offers more schools and has a broader curriculum as I remember it (I was an ET for my first 10 years).

  66. Dan says:


    Thank you for your time,

  67. Sean says:

    Hello cheif I was wondering how hard would it be to change my rate I’m in deps for sh and I found out not from my recruiter that advancement is the hardest in the Navy I’m currently in deps I scored a 48 on asvab butbtgey couldn’t find me a job, one day I was at work and I had 5 min to decide between QM and sh I didn’t think I had the brain power to do QM but now I’m regreting it is it possible to change my rate before boot cam I joined in June and I’m leaving g in January

  68. NCCM(Ret) says:


    Just because you were offered a specific job the day you went to MEPS does not mean that same job is still available. Although possible, you would need to ask your recruiter as to the likelihood of having a Dep Action Request approved for a reclassification.

  69. Anthony A says:

    Hi Sir,
    Is it possible for classifier at MEPs to guarantee reclassification for you on your contract?
    Your input will be greatly appreciated. My recruiter told me it was possible but rare. How true is it?

  70. NCCM(Ret) says:

    Anthony A.,

    No, a classifier cannot put into your contract that you can reclassify into something else — that would be ridiculous. Think of it this way, when you are going through this process, you are being considered for a job just like at any company — you are being hired to a specific position for a specific period of time. And, just like in the civilian world, if you are not willing to fill and work in the position being offered, then find somewhere else to work.

    Do not join for one thing thinking that you will get something else when you get to boot-camp — any real possibility of changing your job does not come until you have completed the initial contract.

  71. Anthony A says:

    Thank you sir. That was really helpful.

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