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Army-Navy Football 2014

Published: December 11th, 2014
Updated: May 26, 2015
By: Thomas Goering

Our branches of the military work always work closely together with an earned mutual respect and a strong desire that each succeeds beyond even their wildest dreams; well, except during two events… budget negotiations and sports! Each year, the service academies will meet on the gridiron to see which academy will win the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy, which by the way, I think was just something thrown in to make the Air Force feel like their games were important because the only game that really counts is the Navy-Army Game!

Currently, the Navy Midshipmen have a 12 game winning streak over the Army’s Black Knights.

In recent years, the services have brought the rivalry to the Internet with each service producing “Spirit Spots”. This year, I have produced my first one — yeah, I still need work improving my video skills, but here it is; GO NAVY! BEAT ARMY! (Read the rest of the article…)


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No More Lopping Off the Locks

Published: December 8th, 2014
Updated: April 13, 2015
By: Thomas Goering

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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Initial 2016 Pay Raise Indicator Released

Published: October 31st, 2014
Updated: April 3, 2015
By: Thomas Goering

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…)


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Coming Soon, A New Navy dot Com

Published: October 25th, 2014
Updated: October 25, 2014
By: Thomas Goering

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


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One More Nail in the Coffin?

Published: October 17th, 2014
Updated: May 21, 2015
By: Thomas Goering

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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Navy Jobs for the First Quarter FY 2015

Published: September 30th, 2014
Updated: April 25, 2015
By: Thomas Goering

Navy Recruiting Command’s Admiral’s Accelerator Award (AAA) 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 October 1 through December 31, 2014 (the first 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 from the first processing day October. Yes, tomorrow.

Some of the programs and ratings on the list remain the same as the last AAA, but there are some new arrivals!

Expect the ship date to be with in FY-2015 (ship to boot-camp by September 30, 2015)
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These Feet Don’t Back Up

Published: September 11th, 2014
Updated: April 3, 2015
By: Thomas Goering

EO1 Fred Gill, United States NavyThe sun comes up pretty early down in Southern Louisiana, but not before the hardworking souls that toil away over the lands to produce the nourishment required to live. You get used to the heat, the humidity, and even the insects, but you never get used to pains of hunger, especially when it is pain felt by those of your own family.

Fred Gill Jr. was born on October 19, 1923, just outside of Kentwood, Louisiana. Even before the Great Depression, life in the rural South was tough. Fred recalls, “If you didn’t have a farm and work, you didn’t eat.” As a kid growing up, there wasn’t much time to contemplate the problems outside his own. His entire world was his family and friends of that small country town.

Patriotism in rural America has always been strong. When the radio announced the attack on Pearl Harbor, Fred, just like every other red-blooded American was ready to answer the call, but leaving at that time would have put unbearable strain on the family. His father needed his help to feed his younger siblings. His mother was very ill. Fred’s war was much closer to home.

The urge to serve our country was strong. After his mother’s passing, and life started to stabilize at home, he was ready.

In late 1942, Fred made his way about 90 miles south to New Orleans where he ended up at the door (Read the rest of the article…)


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Condition ZEBRA is Set

Published: August 17th, 2014
Updated: May 26, 2015
By: Thomas Goering

It dawned on me a couple of weeks ago that I may be putting people’s privacy at risk.

Everyday, a good chunk of those seeking information about joining the military post questions to this blog. Their questions normally include personal information such as medical information, financial status, and even moral and conduct indiscretions. I redact any name information — a lot of visitors tend to put their full name, and each time I replace the last name with [Last name redacted for privacy]; it is time consuming, but necessary. They also use their email address (even though it is not displayed, the information is transmitted from their CPU to the server). Up until the last week, I thought that would be enough.

I do not want any of my site’s visitors to share information without having a sense that their identity is protected, so, I took a major step and added a dedicated IP and an SSL certificate with 256 bit encryption that uses a 2048-bit key; it’s better than what Facebook and Twitter currently uses :)

Now, a note to other Webmasters. This transition is not as simple (Read the rest of the article…)


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Navy’s DAT Policy Revisited

Published: July 3rd, 2014
Updated: August 17, 2014
By: Thomas Goering

Ever since Navy Recruiting Command has implemented its policy of zero tolerance for when an applicant fails the Military Entrance Processing Station’s initial drug portion of the Drug and Alcohol Test (DAT), it never sat right with me. It is a policy that was originally implemented in an effort to help reduce boot-camp attrition for drugs by sending a strong message that the Navy meant business. Admirable motives, but there are flaws, and I voiced my concerns while on active duty, and well, I am bringing it up again. It still bothers me.

I am 100% for drug testing. I think the Navy, and the military as a whole, has a much better and safer work environment as compared to the time before testing and zero tolerance. But, I am also for a consistency in policy.

From Commander, Navy Recruiting Command Instruction (COMNAVCRUITCOMINST) 1130.8J – VOLUME II, Chapter 1, Section 1, pg. 3-4;

MANDATORY REJECTIONS/WAIVERS NOT AUTHORIZED:
a. Automatic Rejections. Application for enlistment or affiliation shall be rejected from any individual who:

(17) Has ever tested positive for drugs on a Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) drug and alcohol test (DAT).

It is clear, if an applicant fails the drug portion of the DAT at MEPS — it doesn’t matter how long ago, or from what service the applicant may have been originally processing — that applicant is barred from enlistment, and no waivers are authorized. Period.

Now, here is where it gets confusing. (Read the rest of the article…)


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Navy Jobs for the Fourth Quarter FY 2014

Published: June 30th, 2014
Updated: April 3, 2015
By: Thomas Goering

Navy Recruiting Command’s Admiral’s Accelerator Award (AAA) 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 July 1 through September 30, 2014 (the fourth 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 from the first processing day, tomorrow, in July and through September 30, 2014 (a Tuesday).

Many of the programs and ratings on the list remain the same as the last AAA, and they are:
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