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One Week Left

Updated: May 26, 2015

The last week of my final semester in college. April 30th will be my official last day. All told, I will finish with two degrees; one in Information Technology, and the other, Graphic Arts — I would not have done it without the Post 9/11 GI Bill. Thank you, America!

I still have much to learn in both disciplines, but I feel as though I have a pretty good grasp on the concepts. The Information Technology path has helped tremendously with the Navy Cyberspace Web site is a much different place than it was before I started this journey into higher learning — from the color scheme to the responsive layout (recognizes your screens resolution — desktop, cell phone, etc. screens), I think it looks better. Visitors are staying longer and navigating deeper.

For the Graphic Arts, I remember my first day of class — I didn’t feel as I belonged there because after all, I could not draw — I have/had zero skill. I can not even draw a stick figure that doesn’t look as if it should be drawing disability, but I quickly found I didn’t need to.

Where there is a place for those with talents of Vincent Willem van Gogh and Leonardo da Vinci, there is also a place in the graphic art world for geeks like me. This will be a fun ride.

I will close out this post and leave you with this — it is my last Project, my final exam, for my Video Editing II class. I hope you enjoy it!
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Ten Ratings Now Require More Time

Updated: November 9, 2014

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

Updated: August 17, 2014

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;
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Four More Ratings Now Require an Extension

Updated: November 9, 2014

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

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

Updated: August 17, 2014

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

Updated: October 24, 2016
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

Updated: August 21, 2014

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…)

Wanted: Navy Nukes!

Updated: August 17, 2014

Ever heard of Bechtel? I have been hearing great things about the company as I was growing up because my Father has worked in the nuclear industry for almost as long as I’ve been alive. You may not have heard of the company but there is a very good chance that this company somehow affects your life positively everyday. You see Bechtel Corporation has been building everything from roads and railways to power plants and airports both domestically and internationally for decades.

Well, with the resurgence toward nuclear power just beginning in America, companies such as Bechtel are starting to put together the teams of professionals it will take to build new nuclear power plants that will be the electric power producers of tomorrow.

Already “Nuke Navy” friendly, Bechtel has nuclear trained naval officers at very senior levels and throughout it’s organization and if you listen closely you can hear the cry, “Wanted – US Naval Nuclear Propulsion Trained Personnel!”

You’ve followed procedures; you are familiar with shipboard systems (Read the rest of the article…)

Navy Merges SK with PC

Updated: February 4, 2016
photo by Travis Spradling from

photo by Travis Spradling from

The Navy announced yesterday that it will be merging the Storekeeper (SK) and Postal Clerk (PC) ratings. The new rating, Logistics Specialist (LS), will keep the current SK rating badge. The PC “A” school functions will soon be moved and incorporated into the SK pipeline at Meridian, MS.

Only real burden really is on the Storekeepers who have to learn to drive on the other side of the car :) OK, that was bad, in all seriousness this rating merger makes complete sense. BZ to the working group! (Read the rest of the article…)

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