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OSVET Enlisting Rules

Published: July 30th, 2015
Updated: July 30, 2015

With the Army recently announcing a reduction in force, and due to the fact many have inquired over the years how an other service Veteran (OSVET) of another service can join the Navy, it is time to put the very basics out there on how to accomplish that. The information is taken from Commander, Navy Recruiting Command Instruction 1130.8J (Change 8), and as new policy updates occur, the information in this post will be updated to match it.

For the purposes of Navy enlistment, what exactly is an OSVET? According to OPNAVINST 1100.4, an OSVET is an applicant whose last tour of active duty or active duty for training was in a branch of service other than the United States Navy. The applicant has been discharged or released for more than 24 hours and completed a minimum of 12 consecutive weeks of active duty and active duty for training (including boot-camp). If the applicant has less than the minimum 12 weeks, they are considered to be non-prior service for this purpose.

An OSVET must meet the (Read the rest of the article…)



NAVET Reenlisting Rules

Published: July 15th, 2015
Updated: July 15, 2015

First, what is a NAVET? According to OPNAVINST 1100.4C, “NAVETs are applicants whose last tour of active duty or active duty for training was in the United States Navy or Navy Reserve, have been discharged or released more than 24 hours, and who completed a minimum of 12 consecutive weeks of active duty or active duty for training (to include boot-camp graduation).” Additionally, applicants applying for enlistment in the Active Component who are in the New Accession Training (NAT) Program are also considered NAVETS even though they may have completed less than 12 consecutive weeks active duty or active duty for training.

If you are on the Temporary Disability Retirement List (TDRL) attempting to return, (Read the rest of the article…)



July 2015 SLRP and EB Update

Published: July 13th, 2015
Updated: July 13, 2015

Effective 01 July 2015, the Navy Student Loan Repayment Program (LRP) is suspended as no ratings or programs are currently eligible.

The Navy also reduced the number of ratings and programs currently eligible for an enlistment bonus from 13 to seven. For those who enlist into the Delayed Entry Program on or after July 1, 2015, in the ratings defined in the chart and ship to boot-camp in the corresponding months, are eligible for the listed amounts (payouts occur when established criteria is met (e.g., graduate “A” school, earn NEC, etc., discuss individual rating payout requirements with your recruiter and the rating classifier at the MEPS!)). (Read the rest of the article…)



Baby Felony

Published: July 1st, 2015
Updated: July 1, 2015

A question asked of me this week;

My charge was Burglary of a Dwelling and I was a forced accomplice as an older 18 year had a shotgun at the time he stole from the house and forced me to assist him. I suppose despite that there’s honestly no chance at my waiver being approved despite this being so old and I have held a spotless record since, held a stable job, and been going to college now.

With little else to go on, and with today’s recruiting climate, the only answer is, “right, there is no chance for your waiver to be approved because, currently, Major Misconduct Offenses are not being considered at this time.” But, should that be the right answer for every case?

What if the person (Read the rest of the article…)



Navy Jobs for the Third Quarter FY 2015

Published: April 20th, 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 (Read the rest of the article…)



Female RTC Hair Policy is Permanent

Published: April 13th, 2015
Updated: July 1, 2015

A couple of items of interest have just been brought to my attention.

First, as most of you know, the Navy started a female haircut pilot program at boot-camp — instead of females being required to get their haircut, females would keep their hair, but learn how to maintain their hair within the Navy’s female grooming standards. I learned today that that change has been made permanent (per CNRC Operations Notice #25). Females no longer have to get their haircut when they arrive at Recruit Training Command.

Also, as some may know, NavyDoc and I have been receiving numerous inquiries over the years from those with hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism is a condition that is easily controlled with medication, and if you have two normal thyroid stimulating hormone tests within the preceding 6 months, you do not require a waiver for the condition because it is NOT disqualifying. The issue was that a number of recruiters didn’t realize that the medication to control hypothyroidism is allowed to be brought and used while in boot-camp. I forwarded my concerns about this lack of knowledge to CNRC, and they published the following Operations Notice to inform and clarify (bold emphasis is my own): (Read the rest of the article…)



Navy Jobs for the Second Quarter FY 2015

Published: February 4th, 2015
Updated: April 25, 2015

Released and dated today, COMNAVCRUITCOMNOTE 1650, “ADMIRAL’S ACCELERATOR AWARD 2ND 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 January 1 through March 31, 2015 (the second 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.

Some of the programs and ratings on the list remain the same as in previous releases, but there are some new arrivals!

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 (Read the rest of the article…)



FEB 2015 SLRP and EB Update

Published: February 4th, 2015
Updated: July 13, 2015

Newly updated EB and LRP Information as of July 2015.

Effective 01 FEB 2015, the Navy Student Loan Repayment Program (LRP) will include one additional rating for those enlisting on to active duty over the previous release; Explosive Ordnance Disposal-ATF, but removed the ratings of Cryptologic Technician (Technical) and (Maintenance) from eligibility.

The ratings now eligible for the Navy Student Loan Repayment Program (began the first day of this month) are, Musician (MU), Cryptologic Technician – Interpretive (CTI-Advanced Technical Field (ATF)), Cryptologic Technician (Networks — ATF), Information System Technician (ATF and SG), Special Warfare Operator (SO-ATF — SEAL), Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD-ATF), and the Hospital Corpsman (HM-SG) ratings.

The Navy also continues to provide a an enlistment bonus incentive for those who qualify. For those who enlist into the Delayed Entry Program on or after February 1, 2015, in the ratings defined in the chart (Read the rest of the article…)



Coming Soon, A New Navy dot Com

Published: October 25th, 2014
Updated: October 25, 2014

To reduce the cost associated with hosting and updating two Websites, Navy Recruiting Command will be shutting down navyreserve.com according to its Fiscal Year 2015 Business Plan published Thursday. The content from navyreserve.com will be incorporated into navy.com. When released, the new navy.com site is expected to allow for a better overall user experience by providing a single resource for learning about the Active Duty and Reserve Components of the United States Navy. The newly upgraded navy.com Website is expected to be live between November 14, 2014 and February 15, 2015. According to the plan, the delay in deployment hinges on the Navy’s general upgrade to Internet (Read the rest of the article…)



One More Nail in the Coffin?

Published: October 17th, 2014
Updated: May 21, 2015

When determining what issues can be a medical, dependency, drug, or conduct waiver for the military, the data for those who received an untimely discharged is gathered by the service’s and the Department of Defense where a continual analysis is performed. The data collected will include such information as prior service issues, type of waivers conducted, etc. Based on the trends indicated by the data, modifications are made as to whether it is cost effective to allow waivers for certain issues and behaviors to become more restrictive or whether they should be allowed consideration at all.

For example, when it was found that a significant number of people joined the military who had a history of shoulder dislocations later had a high recurrence rate of injury that led to limited duty or even a medical discharge, it became less likely that people who had a history of shoulder dislocations would be allowed to serve. Restricting them from joining helps maintain the general readiness of the fleet, and it saves the taxpayer dollars. This is generally how medical disqualifications are established. The same can be said for other types of waivers.

Having a history of even one time cocaine usage requires a drug use waiver for enlistment and commissioning. The reason a waiver is required is for the same reason as for the shoulder example; Servicemembers who had a prior history of that type of behavior showed a greater risk of repeat behavior, downtime, or discharge than those who did not. As a matter of fact, for drug usage and abuse and the problems it caused in the fleet, that is what initiated the military’s in-service drug policy of zero tolerance in the early 1980s.

As long as we continue to mitigate the costs through analysis, I (Read the rest of the article…)



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