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Public Law and Military Pay History

Updated: August 27, 2015

Originating as purely a recruiting Web site designed to assist those with understanding the sometimes cumbersome and frustrating process of gaining a commission or enlistment into the United States Navy, having the site’s title as Navy Cyberspace leaves the potential growth in other areas. It is time to branch out a bit.

Recently, I have acquired the Statutes at Large. The Statutes at Large is a book that contains every law ever written by Congress and approved by the President. I have been extracting the laws that directly affected the Navy. Obviously, I have a long way to go, and I am still trying to figure out the best way to present the information — how to deal with amendments and repeals. That sort of thing.

Whilst developing each page, I have come across some interesting stuff, (Read the rest of the article…)

OSVET Enlisting Rules

Updated: January 27, 2016

With the Army recently announcing a reduction in force, and due to the fact many have inquired over the years how an other service Veteran (OSVET) of another service can join the Navy, it is time to put the very basics out there on how to accomplish that. The information is taken from Commander, Navy Recruiting Command Instruction 1130.8J (Change 8), and as new policy updates occur, the information in this post will be updated to match it.

For the purposes of Navy enlistment, what exactly is an OSVET? According to OPNAVINST 1100.4, an OSVET is an applicant whose last tour of active duty or active duty for training was in a branch of service other than the United States Navy. The applicant has been discharged or released for more than 24 hours and completed a minimum of 12 consecutive weeks of active duty and active duty for training (including boot-camp). If the applicant has less than the minimum 12 weeks, they are considered to be non-prior service for this purpose.

An OSVET must meet the (Read the rest of the article…)

NAVET Reenlisting Rules

Updated: July 15, 2015

First, what is a NAVET? According to OPNAVINST 1100.4C, “NAVETs are applicants whose last tour of active duty or active duty for training was in the United States Navy or Navy Reserve, have been discharged or released more than 24 hours, and who completed a minimum of 12 consecutive weeks of active duty or active duty for training (to include boot-camp graduation).” Additionally, applicants applying for enlistment in the Active Component who are in the New Accession Training (NAT) Program are also considered NAVETS even though they may have completed less than 12 consecutive weeks active duty or active duty for training.

If you are on the Temporary Disability Retirement List (TDRL) attempting to return, (Read the rest of the article…)

July 2015 SLRP and EB Update

Updated: December 7, 2015

UPDATE: New update for December 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…)

An Open Letter to Congress

Updated: July 3, 2015

The following letter was written and submitted for publication by CTI2 (IDW) Courtney Swanson who is currently serving as a member of the active duty Navy.


I am writing to you today in response to Secretary Mabus’s announcement to triple maternity leave for Sailors and Marines. While I applaud Mr. Mabus’s decision and consider it a magnificent victory for military families, there are still measures that need to be taken in order to support all our service members. I am referring to the extension of paternity and adoptive leave – both of which would require Congressional action. As a Sailor and one of your constituents, I implore you to support legislative action in order to foster a stronger and more inclusive military.

Out of all the occupations in the United States, I can think of none more worthy for extended paternity leave than a service member. With constant deployments, temporary assigned duties, and overall separation from their family, men in the military have a greater need than most for uninterrupted time with their newborn child.

Under current regulations, men (Read the rest of the article…)

Baby Felony

Updated: July 1, 2015

A question asked of me this week;

My charge was Burglary of a Dwelling and I was a forced accomplice as an older 18 year had a shotgun at the time he stole from the house and forced me to assist him. I suppose despite that there’s honestly no chance at my waiver being approved despite this being so old and I have held a spotless record since, held a stable job, and been going to college now.

With little else to go on, and with today’s recruiting climate, the only answer is, “right, there is no chance for your waiver to be approved because, currently, Major Misconduct Offenses are not being considered at this time.” But, should that be the right answer for every case?

What if the person (Read the rest of the article…)

Public Service Loan Forgiveness

Updated: June 14, 2015

One of the popular enlistment incentives I receive the most inquires for is the Navy’s Student Loan Repayment Program (SLRP). SLRP will pay off up to $65,000 of qualifying student loans over the first three years of your enlistment. The biggest downfall for the program is that it can be cumbersome and very few ratings and programs actually qualify for the incentive. So, is there an alternative? Maybe so.

The Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF) might be for you, but it requires you (Read the rest of the article…)

Navy SRB Guidance as of May 1, 2015

Updated: February 20, 2016

NAVADMIN 106/15 has been superseded by NAVADMIN 036/16.

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

How to do the math; SRB is calculated by multiplying your current basic military pay (times) number of SRB eligible months reenlisting for (divided by 12) then multiplied by the SRB award level for your zone. Zone A is 2 to 6 years, Zone B is 6 to 10 years and Zone C is 10 to 14 years of active service.

The following table reflects updates to NAVADMIN 106/15 (Read the rest of the article…)

Navy Jobs for the Third Quarter FY 2015

Updated: April 20, 2015

Released today and dated April 15, 2015, COMNAVCRUITCOMNOTE 1650, “ADMIRAL’S ACCELERATOR AWARD 3RD QUARTER, FY15” 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 April 1 through June 30, 2015 (the third 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.

The programs and ratings on the list remain the same as in the previous release except for the addition of Machinist’s Mate (Submarine) for active duty and the AECF/NAT program for the Reserve.

Expect the ship date to be with in FY-2015 (ship to boot-camp by September 30, 2015), and notice that many of the ratings may be (Read the rest of the article…)

Female RTC Hair Policy is Permanent

Updated: July 1, 2015

A couple of items of interest have just been brought to my attention.

First, as most of you know, the Navy started a female haircut pilot program at boot-camp — instead of females being required to get their haircut, females would keep their hair, but learn how to maintain their hair within the Navy’s female grooming standards. I learned today that that change has been made permanent (per CNRC Operations Notice #25). Females no longer have to get their haircut when they arrive at Recruit Training Command.

Also, as some may know, NavyDoc and I have been receiving numerous inquiries over the years from those with hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism is a condition that is easily controlled with medication, and if you have two normal thyroid stimulating hormone tests within the preceding 6 months, you do not require a waiver for the condition because it is NOT disqualifying. The issue was that a number of recruiters didn’t realize that the medication to control hypothyroidism is allowed to be brought and used while in boot-camp. I forwarded my concerns about this lack of knowledge to CNRC, and they published the following Operations Notice to inform and clarify (bold emphasis is my own): (Read the rest of the article…)

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