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Navy SRB Guidance as of July 5, 2016

Updated: September 21, 2016

Released July 5, 2016 via NAVADMIN 155/16, a Navy’s Selective Reenlistment Bonus (SRB) guidance update.
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Senate Passes 2017 NDAA

Updated: June 14, 2016

June 14, 2016, the full Senate passed their version of the National Defense Authorization bill for 2017 by a vote of 85 to 13. The bill supports a 1.6 percent military basic pay raise which is one half percent less than the full House of Representatives bill that includes a 2.1 percent raise which is in-line with the Employment Cost Index.

Both houses of Congress must now meet and reconcile the (Read the rest of the article…)

2017 Projected Active Duty End-Strength

Updated: July 5, 2017

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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FY 2017 Green Book and Military Pay

Updated: March 25, 2016

Today, March 24, 2016, the Department of Defense (DoD) publically released the National Defense Budget Estimates for FY 2017, otherwise known as the “Green Book”. The Green Book provides cost projections for future years, normally the five out-years. It is the first official look into what the DoD believes its budget will be and how they plan to spend it.

The FY-2017 Green Book projects military and DoD civilian personnel’s pay raises to be in lockstep for the next five years. For 2017, the projection of 1.6 percent over 2016 approved raise matches President Obama’s proposal he put forth back in February.
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Navy SRB Guidance as of February 18, 2016

Updated: February 20, 2016

Released February 18, 2016 via NAVADMIN 036/16, the latest Navy’s Selective Reenlistment Bonus (SRB) guidance update.
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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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A 1.6% Pay Raise Proposal for 2017

Updated: February 12, 2016

Tomorrow, February 9, 2016, President Obama will release his eighth and final fiscal year (FY) budget proposal for his two terms in office. The President’s FY-2017 proposal will cover all departments within the government including the Department of Defense.

Where there are many line items of interest, the one that is covered the most here is compensation; most specifically, pay. This year’s budget request will see just a 1.6 percent increase in Basic Pay over 2016.

As what is normal for these budget proposals, the amount of any increase indicated for Basic Allowance for Housing for 2017 will be just a swaged placeholder amount – don’t get excited over it.

The thing that is most noteworthy about the President’s Basic Pay proposal is the fact that it is once again below the standard that has been used to calculate such pay raises. The base being, according to Title 37 United States Code §1009 — Adjustments of monthly basic pay, the Employment Cost Index (ECI). Per Title 37, the increase in Basic Pay for 2017 should be 2.1 percent. The President’s proposal of 1.6 percent is one half percent less.

Not a big deal, it is just a half percent, right? Well, for a single year that may be the case, but if allowed to pass – if Congress cannot find the money to fund 2.1 percent – 2017 will be the fourth year in a row that Basic Pay raises have been below the automated ECI adjustment (2014 ECI at 1.8%; 2015 ECI at 1.8%; 2016 ECI at 2.3% — 2014 pay raise at 1%(-0.8); 2015 (Read the rest of the article…)

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…)

First 2017 Military Pay Raise Indicator Released

Updated: December 5, 2015

Today, October 30, 2015, 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 is that one of the main indicators is used to determine any pay raise amount for 2017’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 2014, 2015, and for 2016 ECI indicated a higher raise than what was ultimately passed. 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 percent, his one percent carried the day. The 2014 story repeated itself exactly for 2015. The ECI for 2016’s raise indicated a 2.3 percent raise, but it will be a full one percent lower because neither Houses of Congress ultimately found the money. A 1.3 percent raise for 2016 will (Read the rest of the article…)


Updated: May 5, 2017

I have received a couple of questions recently regarding an Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) version I didn’t even know existed – well, actually, it isn’t officially a version of the ASVAB yet, but it looks like it may be in the relatively near future.

The Prescreen Internet Based Computer Adaptive Test (PiCAT) is essentially an at-home version of the ASVAB. The PiCAT has the same nine sections as the ASVAB, but it is not proctored and can be taken from anywhere that has a high-speed Internet connection and a desktop computer – smartphone and tablet use is not recommended. The use of the PiCAT scores for enlistment purposes is currently in pilot program mode to ensure its viability.

Although not yet fully implemented nationwide, The PiCAT is now fully implemented nationwide and is available for, and in use by, all branches of the military. The pilot program will continue until enough data has been accumulated and studied. The pilot program has reached its conclusion.

To be allowed to take the PiCAT, the applicant must have not previously taken the ASVAB. The applicant must be registered to take the test by his or her recruiter, and once registered; the applicant has 72 hours to start the exam. Once the exam is started, it must be completed within 24 hours.

For the PiCAT scores to be allowed for enlistment purposes, (Read the rest of the article…)

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