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U.S. Navy 2017 Active Duty Personnel Projections

2017 Projected Active Duty End-Strength

Updated: July 5, 2017

According to the “Department of the Navy Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Budget Estimates” released in February 2016, the projected United States Navy active duty end-strength according to the Department of the Navy budget estimate will go down by approximately 4000 from the programmed active duty end-strength for FY-2016.

Commissioned Officers
0-10 Admiral 10
0-9 Vice Admiral 34
0-8 Rear Admiral (UH) 70
0-7 Rear Admiral (LH) 116
0-6 Captain 3,105
0-5 Commander 6,637
0-4 Lieutenant Commander 10,799
0-3 Lieutenant 18,232
0-2 Lieutenant (JG) 6,817
0-1 Ensign 6,598
TOTAL 52,418
Warrant Officers
W-5 Warrant Officer 70
W-4 Warrant Officer 410
W-3 Warrant Officer 691
W-2 Warrant Officer 523
TOTAL 1,008
Total Officer Personnel 54,112
Enlisted Personnel
E-9 Master Chief Petty Officer 2,649
E-8 Senior Chief Petty Officer 7,650
E-7 Chief Petty Officer 20,619
E-6 1st Class Petty Officer 44,671
E-5 2nd Class Petty Officer 70,696
E-4 3rd Class Petty Officer 47,402
E-3 Seaman 48,940
E-2 Seaman Apprentice 13,444
E-1 Seaman Recruit 8,349
Total Enlisted 264,420
Total Officer and Enlisted 318,532
Midshipmen 4,368

The projected basic pay raise for 2017 is at 1.6 percent based on President Obama’s budget input submitted to Congress in February of this year.

16 Responses to “2017 Projected Active Duty End-Strength”

  1. Josh says:

    What does that mean? Is it going to be harder for prior enlisted to get in?

  2. Josh says:

    Does that mean it will be harder for prior enlisted to get in?

  3. NCCM(Ret) says:


    The roughly 4000 is spread over just about every pay-grade and in the whole scheme of things is a drop in the bucket. I don’t think that small of a number would change the prospects at all. Recruiting Command, I would think, will still get goaled a similar amount of prior service as they have for the last four to five years, and will continue to be used to fill billet gaps in undermanned ratings.

  4. Josh says:

    Thank you. I’m an working on pursuing a career in NSW more specifically UDT/SEAL’s. Does that have any effect on prior service? Based on your experience.

  5. NCCM(Ret) says:


    If you otherwise qualify for NSW and have high PT scores and a high C-Sort, and you get selected, then you would be able to get one of the billets. What I mean by selected is that every person who wants it gets it — for instance, if they need 20 slots filled and there are 50 qualified applicants, they pick the top 20 scoring people of the 50. It is very competitive.

  6. John says:

    Do you have access to the active duty CREO listings for the rest of this fiscal year? Thank you.

  7. NCCM(Ret) says:


    CREO has essentially been replaced by C-Way; I do not have access to C-Way.

  8. Keith says:

    Is there any insight on the needs for Nurse Practitioners within the Navy Nurse Corps for 2017/2018 reserve and active duty? I am prior enlisted looking to return to the Navy in the capacity of a Nurse Practitioner.

    Thank you?

  9. NCCM(Ret) says:


    I have no information on Nurse quotas.

  10. Keith says:

    Thanks for checking!


  11. John says:

    Are all C schools decided on the needs of the Navy? Thank you.

  12. NCCM(Ret) says:


    Navy C schools are filled based on command requirements; for instance, if the command you are going to needs someone with X, then you might be sent to a C school to learn X.

  13. John says:

    Okay, thank you. Just out of curiosity, would one have any say or choice at all in that matter?

  14. NCCM(Ret) says:


    When in route to the command, you get what they order. While at a command, you can lobby to get a C school seat they need filling, but it would be up to the command. They cannot, and will not, send you to a C school that they would have no use for.

  15. Anthony says:

    My 19 year old son was just encouraged to DOR from EOD Dive school because he does not have the required life experience yet. He is upset but determined to pick a new rating this Monday that will give him the best shot to return to EOD as quickly as may be possible. Can you suggest a few properly manned rating that might allow him the best opportunity to return when allowed? Is he eligible for other Spec War… Diver or Rescue swimmer? His ASVAB and PSTs are very high. I understand he will be given a list of available ratings and he wants to make sure he is selecting a rating that is properly manned so he will be allowed to return to EOD.

  16. NCCM(Ret) says:


    I have no way of knowing what the current status of a rating would be because it is no longer published like it used to be via CREO. The active Navy uses C-Way which is a system not available to the public.

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