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2019 Navy Enlistment Bonus February Update

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Published: February 1, 2019
Updated: May 15, 2019

Information contained in this article has been superseded by a May 2019 EB Update.

Effective, February 1, 2019, the following enlistment bonus (EB) opportunities have been announced by the Commander, Navy Recruiting Command.

The Enlistment Bonus for Shipping (EBSHP) has returned for those who are initially classified or reclassified into an eligible program or rating after February 1, 2019 for a shipping date that falls in February, March, April, or May 2019.

The Enlistment Bonus for College Credit (EBCC) remains unchanged from the last Enlistment Bonus message.

The Enlistment Bonus for Physical Screening Test (EBPST), Physical Fitness Assessment (EBPFA) continues for eligible active duty recruits if they pass the Baseline PFA (normally conducted on P-5 day of training) with a score of Satisfactory-Medium or better.

The Enlistment Bonus for Source Rate increased the Nuclear Power (Read the rest of the article…)



The FY-2019 Navy Enlistment Bonus

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Published: September 28, 2018
Updated: February 1, 2019

Effective, October 1, 2018, the following enlistment bonus (EB) opportunities have been announced by the Commander, Navy Recruiting Command.

The Enlistment bonus information in this article has been superseded by the February 1, 2019 EB update.

Enlistment Bonus for High School (EBHS) is no longer available for those enlisting.

The Enlistment Bonus for College Credit (EBCC) remains unchanged from the last Enlistment Bonus message.

The Enlistment Bonus for Physical Screening Test (EBPST), Physical Fitness Assessment (EBPFA) continues for eligible active duty recruits if they pass the Baseline PFA (normally conducted on P-5 day of training) with a score of Satisfactory-Medium or better.

The Enlistment Bonus for Source Rate provides a $36,000 bonus for those enlisting in one of the (Read the rest of the article…)



Six Ratings Now Require More Time

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Published: May 24, 2017
Updated: May 24, 2017

Because a Sailor’s Projected Rotation Date (PRD), Prescribed Sea Tours (PST), and the end of their active obligated service (EAOS) dates were all over the map; it made planning for a Sailor’s loss to a command a little precarious – at least until the Sailor would make a decision about re-enlistment, and often times that decision would come late. To try and remedy this problem, the Navy officially began the T+X Accession Program in 2011.

To calculate a Sailor’s enlistment obligation, instead of the hard and fast 4 year (48 month) enlistment, the formula “T+X” would be used. The “T” in the equation is the average length in months of initial training (boot-camp, A School, etc.), the “X” is equal to the calculated length of the first operational tour for the rating enlisted. For those ratings that would benefit from a longer period of enlistment, the obligation is extended from the traditional 48 months to 60 months.

Beginning with those leaving for boot-camp in FY-2018 (October 1, 2017), (Read the rest of the article…)



Ten Ratings Now Require More Time

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Published: April 27, 2012
Updated: February 12, 2019

On November 16, 2009, Navy Recruiting Command officially kicked off a pilot program in an attempt to align a new Sailor’s initial service obligation with completion of his/her first operational tour. Because Sailor’s Projected Rotation Date (PRD), Prescribed Sea Tours (PST), and the end of their active obligated service (EAOS) dates were all over the map; it made planning for a Sailor’s loss to a command a little precarious – at least until the Sailor would make a decision about re-enlistment, and often times that decision would come late.

The T+X Accession Program, as it is called, started with just four ratings that were scheduled to ship to boot-camp during Fiscal Year 2011. For Sailor’s enlistment obligation, instead of the hard and fast 4 year (48 month) enlistment, the formula “T+X” would be used. The “T” in the equation is the average length in months of initial training (boot-camp, A School, etc.), the “X” is equal to the calculated length of the first operational tour for the rating enlisted. The initial ratings in the pilot program were Aviation Ordnanceman (AO), Electrician’s Mate (EM), Gas Turbine System Technician – Electrical (GSE), and Quartermaster (QM) – Ultimately, this (Read the rest of the article…)



Joining the Navy? A Few Ratings to Consider

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Published: March 29, 2012
Updated: February 12, 2019

Every couple of months or so, Navy Recruiting Command puts out incentives for recruiters and classifiers to try and fill specific needs. One of those incentives is the Admiral’s Accelerator Award (AAA). The AAA’s award provides for a Four-Day Special liberty, a Cruitcom’s Flag Officer Coin, and a flag letter.

Of course, any rating and program for which you qualify may be available when you go to MEPS to enlist, but those ratings and programs I will be listing below as a result of the current, short term incentive AAA, the chances are much better than average they will be available; well, until they fill up that is; so, get’em while they are hot.

For the third quarter, April – June 2012, the AAA defines certain rates and programs; those programs (along with Nuke and the Challenge Programs) for those who qualify, should be available when you go to MEPS, and they are;
(Read the rest of the article…)



Four More Ratings Now Require an Extension

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Published: October 21, 2011
Updated: February 12, 2019

When joining the Navy, you enlist with an eight year obligation; normally, four years are a required active duty stint and the remaining four is in the Individual Ready Reserve, but there are other enlistment terms that reflect a five and even six year active duty obligation.

When the active duty obligation is greater than the normal four years, it is usually due to the school length of the program you are enlisting for.

Now, four additional Navy jobs have been added to the list of ratings and programs, bringing the total to 16, that require a four year active duty enlistment obligation plus a one year active duty extension, making the total active duty obligation, five years. And they are; (Read the rest of the article…)



One Day in Six Minutes

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Published: April 21, 2011
Updated: May 26, 2015

Mass Communication Specialist Second Class Mark Logico provides a glimpse into a working day of the Navy in Hawaii in this well done time-lapse video, One Day in Six Minutes, Navy Region Hawaii.

Amazingly, the time-lapse video was not shot with a video camera, it was shot with a digital SLR camera, one frame at a time – wow. (Read the rest of the article…)



Enlisted Nuclear Field Academic Eligibility

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Published: January 18, 2011
Updated: February 13, 2019

Today, changes to the academic requirements for enlistment into the Navy Nuclear Power Program have been implemented in an effort to increase the quality of Nuclear Field applicants. The changes are expected to “increase the chances for Nuclear Field pipeline training and Fleet success, and lower academic attrition in the Nuclear Field training pipeline.”

Of the many requirements to enter the Navy’s Nuclear Power Program (NF), first you must have passed one full year of high school or college level algebra (if taken prior to high school, it counts) – if you have not completed this requirement, you are ineligible for the NF program.

Some states or educational institutions have courses that are the equivalent of a full year of algebra, but are called something else. According to the Navy Recruiting Manual Interim Change Notice 1-11;

Fair and expeditious processing requires the [Navy Recruiting District Educational Specialist] to review documentation for the questioned course to determine whether the criteria of one full year of Algebra I or higher-level algebra is met. This also includes foreign math courses. Do not include “Pre-Algebra” type courses. An accredited institution must still issue diplomas and transcripts or an eligibility determination must be obtained for foreign/non-accredited education.

Furthermore, an academic review by a higher authority will be automatically required for any of the following circumstances: (Read the rest of the article…)



Navy Aircrewman Program NOS A500

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Published: August 12, 2009
Updated: December 2, 2019

Navy Aircrew Wings

Navy Aircrew Wings

The Aircrewman Program is a six-year enlistment program guaranteeing an initial flying assignment as a flight crewmember in fixed wing or helicopter aircraft and provides for training via various Class “A” Schools for a specific service rating within the Naval Aircrewman (AW) general rating. You will undergo some of the most demanding physical training offered by the military services in this program. You must volunteer for flying duty, be capable of passing a Class II swim test, and pass an aviation flight physical. You must be made aware (Read the rest of the article…)



Flying CWO Program

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Published: March 3, 2009
Updated: February 14, 2019

Pilot program terminated.

NAVADMIN 067/09 details the procedures for applying to the active duty Flying Chief Warrant Officer Program. Seats are limited at 7 total as it is a test program. Hopefully future increases will be realized when the performance of the 7 prove to be beneficial.

If interested, GET HOT – the board meets in July and you have some work to do! (Read the rest of the article…)




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