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New Shipping Requirement for Non-Citizens

Navy Green Card Holder Hold Ups

Updated: October 20, 2017

With the announcement one week ago today, October 13, 2017, by the Department of Defense Chief of Accessions, Stephanie Miller, of, “Effective immediately, all green card holders must complete a background investigation and receive a favorable military suitability determination prior to entering any component of the armed forces” came many questions to my blog and email from applicants and Future Sailors alike.

Most of the questions are similar to one I received by one Future Sailor. His question was this: “I am currently in DEP as a green card holder, and I was informed by my recruiter that my original ship date will be delayed due to a new protocol of an additional background investigation. How long will these background checks last?”

First, it isn’t an additional background check. For those enlisting in the Navy, it is the same one that you have already been submitted for in the Navy Accession Security Information System (NASIS). The change is that now, just like for those entering the Navy Nuclear Power Program and Warrior Challenge, Non-citizens (Green Card Holders, and those who may enter via the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI) program in the future – Navy MAVNI is currently closed) must wait until the background investigation has been full adjudicated before they can ship to boot-camp. Previously, the investigation request only had to be properly submitted to NASIS before shipping to boot-camp.

Due to the thoroughness of the background investigation, final adjudication can take anywhere from two months to over a year to receive back.

I estimate non-citizens make up roughly two percent of the total Navy Delayed Entry Program (DEP).

Due to this new requirement and the time it can take to receive the final adjudication, a large chunk of the green card holders currently in the Delayed Entry Program (DEP) will be required to have their boot-camp shipping date moved out into the future. Figuring there are roughly seven to eight hundred currently in DEP, this is an administrative burden on recruiting command, but a potential nightmare for those affected. Beyond having to plan for a new future date, this could also require the Future Sailor to change jobs as the current one may not be available on the new out-month shipping date.

The military wide ship date roll-out scenario many of those currently in DEP will have to endure over the next couple of weeks will not be nearly as wide spread for those currently in the process of enlisting. For non-citizens in the process of joining or just thinking about the military as an option for the future, do not expect to leave for boot-camp anytime soon. Be prepared to spend many months in the DEP.



80 Responses to “Navy Green Card Holder Hold Ups”


  1. Marcus says:

    I was enlisted July 10 received my interview in September 2017 my Recruter just informed me that my background check was completed and he is just waiting for it to be published maybe in one or two weeks

  2. Ben says:

    Marcus,

    I too was enlisted on July 2017 but i haven`t had any interview for the background check yet. I’m just wondering how was the setup with your interview for background check, like did someone call you to meet up? and How long it took after your interview for your recruiter to learn that your background check was completed? Sorry if i’m asking too many questions lol,. I appreciate it man, thanks.

  3. Marcus says:

    The person in charge of my investigation called me and we have a meeting together he checked my passport to see how I entered the USA and to see if I have traveled to other countries before and later asked me some few questions. And two weeks later the people I referred as people that know me about 10 years ago were also interviewed. He said great that I have not traveled to other countries because your investigation my be longer if you have traveled to many countries. After the interview with me and the people I referred it took like 3 month before I was told my background check was completed. But still waiting for a green light for me to be shipped.

  4. Charlie says:

    I am in the same boat guys, enlisted in July and no interview no nothing yet!

  5. Charlie says:

    I am 38 now, in October will turn 39, that means that if my background check is not done by that time navy will discharge me because my age? or I still got time untill I turn 40?

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