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July 2015 SLRP and EB Update

September 25, 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

June 2, 2015

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

How to do the math; SRB is calculated by multiplying your (Read the rest of the article…)

FEB 2015 SLRP and EB Update

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

May 11, 2015

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

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

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

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…)

Initial 2016 Pay Raise Indicator Released

April 3, 2015

This morning at 0830EST, the United States Employment Cost Index (ECI) was released. The releasing of the ECI by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics is an eagerly awaited quarterly economic indicator for those in the stock market and politics; but what makes this morning’s release important to our military it that one of its indicators is used to determine any pay raise amount for 2016’s raise.

According to U.S. Code Title 37, that is how it is supposed to work unless the President determines that the state of the economy is such that he must intervene. For both 2014 and 2015, ECI dictated a 1.8% raise. For 2014, President Obama stepped in and followed the recommendation of the Department of Defense (DOD) to mandate just a one percent raise, and because Congress did not find the money in the budget to pay for the additional 0.8%, his one percent carried the day. The 2014 story looks to be repeating itself exactly for 2015. Without Congress finding the money in the budget to pay for the (Read the rest of the article…)

Coming Soon, A New Navy dot Com

October 25, 2014

To reduce the cost associated with hosting and updating two Websites, Navy Recruiting Command will be shutting down according to its Fiscal Year 2015 Business Plan published Thursday. The content from will be incorporated into When released, the new 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 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?

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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