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2017 Projected Active Duty End-Strength

Updated: April 10, 2016

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.

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February 2016 SLRP and EB Update

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.

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December 2015 SLRP and EB Update

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…)



July 2015 SLRP and EB Update

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…)



Navy SRB Guidance as of May 1, 2015

Updated: July 12, 2016

NAVADMIN 106/15 has been superseded by NAVADMIN 036/16.

Released May 1, 2015 via NAVADMIN 106/15, the latest Selective Reenlistment Bonus (SRB) guidance update.

How to do the math; SRB is calculated by multiplying your current basic military pay (times) number of SRB eligible months reenlisting for (divided by 12) then multiplied by the SRB award level for your zone. Zone A is 2 to 6 years, Zone B is 6 to 10 years and Zone C is 10 to 14 years of active service.

The following table reflects updates to NAVADMIN 106/15 (Read the rest of the article…)



FEB 2015 SLRP and EB Update

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…)



2016 Projected Active Duty End-Strength

Updated: April 10, 2016

For FY-2016, the projected United States Navy active duty end-strength according to the Department of the Navy budget estimates. With minor adjustments at the various paygrades, the total active duty strength projection sees a modest increase over the one made for 2015.
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Less Pay, More Work

Updated: April 3, 2015

In 2009, only a month after his Inauguration, President Obama released his first national budget proposal. The FY-2010 proposal included priorities he promised during his campaign; healthcare, education, clean energy, and for those in uniform, a few items that may have been unexpected.

While reviewing President Obama’s first budget proposal, it becomes apparent that his concern for the wellbeing of the nation’s military and its Veterans was also a priority.

For the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, the President’s budget proposal, “…provides the resources for effective implementation of the post-9/11 GI Bill”, and, more importantly, it (Read the rest of the article…)



A New Beefed Up Engine

Updated: April 3, 2015

The Navy is in the process of ditching its 1968-design Nimitz-class carrier, a class near and dear to my heart, for the new and improved Ford-class supercarrier. While the new class is not equipped with lasers and a waterslide per my request, there are some pretty neat upgrades. One of these upgrades is a beefed up engine.

The U.S.S. Gerald R. Ford is expected to be commissioned in 2016 and will replace the Enterprise, which was retired in 2012. Don’t worry though, the third planned Ford-class carrier will take up the name Enterprise, at least until the Starship Enterprise (NC-1701) is commissioned in 2245. Interesting fact, the first space shuttle, Enterprise, was originally slated to be called Constitution until Gerald Ford stepped in and asked that the shuttle be named Enterprise. I digress . . .

The coolest feature, (Read the rest of the article…)



No More Lopping Off the Locks

Updated: April 13, 2015

UPDATE: The pilot program has ended and the changes have been made permanent. Mandatory female haircuts at boot-camp are no longer required.

Over the years while serving as a member of Navy Recruiting Command, I have interviewed a large number of women with an interest in joining the Navy. Many times those same women chose a different service because for the Navy, once a woman arrived at Recruit Training Command, they were required to get their haircut to the length where it could touch but not fall below a horizontal line level with the lower edge of the back of the uniform collar. Well, starting next month, that requirement to lop off the locks will be on hiatus.

According to the Navy’s All Hands magazine article, “Updated Hair Policies for Navy Women” published today, beginning in January 2015, Navy boot-camp will initiate a pilot program (length of time program will run has yet to be announced) to cease mandatory female haircuts. From All Hands: (Read the rest of the article…)



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