Updated: February 19, 2016
On 17 February 2016, Commander, Navy Recruiting Command released an updated Enlistment Bonus (EB) and Student Loan Repayment Program (SLRP) message. The only change from the December release is an increase to the Aircrew Rescue Swimmer (AIRR) EB for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 and FY-2017.
There is no change to the SLRP as the Musician rating remains the only rating eligible for it.
Although the message was released on 17 February, the new amounts are effective for eligible personnel who entered the Delayed Entry Program on or after 15 February 2016.
The Enlistment Bonus rates: (Read the rest of the article…)
Updated: February 19, 2016
UPDATE: A new EB/SLRP Message released February 17, 2016.
I apologize for being a week late, but effective 01 December 2015, the Navy Student Loan Repayment Program (LRP) has been revitalized; however, the only rating available is Musician. Additionally, the Enlistment Bonus for the Nuclear Power Program has been increased by $1,000 over the July update to $12,000. The ratings that are actually eligible for an Enlistment Bonus remains the same as the last update.
Those who enlist into the Delayed Entry Program on or after December 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…)
Updated: August 2, 2016
I have received a couple of questions recently regarding an Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) version I didn’t even know existed – well, actually, it isn’t officially a version of the ASVAB yet, but it looks like it may be in the relatively near future.
The Prescreen Internet Based Computer Adaptive Test (PiCAT) is essentially an at-home version of the ASVAB. The PiCAT has the same nine sections as the ASVAB, but it is not proctored and can be taken from anywhere that has a high-speed Internet connection and a desktop computer – smartphone and tablet use is not recommended.
The use of the PiCAT scores for enlistment purposes is currently in pilot program mode to ensure its viability. Although not yet fully implemented nationwide, The PiCAT is now fully implemented nationwide and is available for, and in use by, all branches of the military. The pilot program will continue until enough data has been accumulated and studied. The pilot program has reached its conclusion.
To be allowed to take the PiCAT, the applicant must have not previously taken the ASVAB. The applicant must be registered to take the test by his or her recruiter, and once registered; the applicant has 72 hours to start the exam. Once the exam is started, it must be completed within 24 hours.
For the PiCAT scores to be allowed for enlistment purposes, (Read the rest of the article…)
Updated: July 19, 2016
It is once again possible for a select group of applicants who are in the United States legally with an unexpired visa to join the Navy! No Green Card!
Yes, the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI) pilot program for the Navy has been revitalized. The Navy’s original interest in the pilot program was short lived – beginning in 2009 and only staying around a year or so before being grounded.
The new program is a five year active duty enlistment as a (Read the rest of the article…)
Updated: January 27, 2016
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…)
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…)
Updated: December 7, 2015
UPDATE: New update for December 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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)