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My SLAP Tear

Published: March 9th, 2015
Updated: April 3, 2015

On a sunny, windy day about three years ago, I was in the front yard tossing a football with my oldest son. Due to the wind’s speed which was directly in my face, it took considerable effort for me to throw the ball to where my son was standing just 20 yards away.

I have always had a pretty good arm. I could throw a football on an otherwise calm day a consistent 60 yards; I could throw a baseball in the mid 70 mile per hour range when clocked at the minor league concession stands at the various Double A and Triple A ballparks I have visited across the nation. Throwing the football to my son just 20 yards away should have been a piece of cake, wind or no wind.

We had been throwing back and forth maybe a dozen times, and on my next to last throw, I heaved that football to my son as hard as I could.

I didn’t hear a pop, or any noise for that matter, coming from my arm. The only sound made came from my mouth — it kinda went like this, “GHHAAAHHH, SH$%, son of a Easter bunny!” Okay, I admit I cleaned it up a bit, but my right shoulder hurt like the devil.

My son asked if I was okay.

I did a quick check, moved my arm around and didn’t feel any pain, so and I responded, “sure, throw it back!” He did.

A little voice in my head told me to call it a day. I should have listened.

I reared back (Read the rest of the article…)

Navy Jobs for the Second Quarter FY 2015

Published: February 4th, 2015
Updated: April 25, 2015

Released and dated today, COMNAVCRUITCOMNOTE 1650, “ADMIRAL’S ACCELERATOR AWARD 2ND 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 January 1 through March 31, 2015 (the second 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.

Some of the programs and ratings on the list remain the same as in previous releases, but there are some new arrivals!

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…)

FEB 2015 SLRP and EB Update

Published: February 4th, 2015
Updated: July 13, 2015

Newly updated EB and LRP Information as of July 2015.

Effective 01 FEB 2015, the Navy Student Loan Repayment Program (LRP) will include one additional rating for those enlisting on to active duty over the previous release; Explosive Ordnance Disposal-ATF, but removed the ratings of Cryptologic Technician (Technical) and (Maintenance) from eligibility.

The ratings now eligible for the Navy Student Loan Repayment Program (began the first day of this month) are, Musician (MU), Cryptologic Technician – Interpretive (CTI-Advanced Technical Field (ATF)), Cryptologic Technician (Networks — ATF), Information System Technician (ATF and SG), Special Warfare Operator (SO-ATF — SEAL), Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD-ATF), and the Hospital Corpsman (HM-SG) ratings.

The Navy also continues to provide a an enlistment bonus incentive for those who qualify. For those who enlist into the Delayed Entry Program on or after February 1, 2015, in the ratings defined in the chart (Read the rest of the article…)

2016 Projected Active Duty End-Strength

Published: February 2nd, 2015
Updated: May 11, 2015

For FY-2016, the projected United States Navy active duty end-strength according to the Department of the Navy budget estimates. With minor adjustments at the various paygrades, the total active duty strength projection sees a modest increase over the one made for 2015.
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A 1.3% Proposal for 2016

Published: February 2nd, 2015
Updated: April 22, 2015

Today, President Obama released his budget proposal for fiscal 2016. The defense portion of the national budget would amount to $534 billion; roughly eight percent above that enacted for fiscal year 2015. But only a small portion of that increase will end up in the pockets of our Servicemembers.

Unless Congress can find the monies required, the (Read the rest of the article…)

Less Pay, More Work

Published: January 8th, 2015
Updated: April 3, 2015

In 2009, only a month after his Inauguration, President Obama released his first national budget proposal. The FY-2010 proposal included priorities he promised during his campaign; healthcare, education, clean energy, and for those in uniform, a few items that may have been unexpected.

While reviewing President Obama’s first budget proposal, it becomes apparent that his concern for the wellbeing of the nation’s military and its Veterans was also a priority.

For the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, the President’s budget proposal, “…provides the resources for effective implementation of the post-9/11 GI Bill”, and, more importantly, it (Read the rest of the article…)

A New Beefed Up Engine

Published: December 18th, 2014
Updated: April 3, 2015

The Navy is in the process of ditching its 1968-design Nimitz-class carrier, a class near and dear to my heart, for the new and improved Ford-class supercarrier. While the new class is not equipped with lasers and a waterslide per my request, there are some pretty neat upgrades. One of these upgrades is a beefed up engine.

The U.S.S. Gerald R. Ford is expected to be commissioned in 2016 and will replace the Enterprise, which was retired in 2012. Don’t worry though, the third planned Ford-class carrier will take up the name Enterprise, at least until the Starship Enterprise (NC-1701) is commissioned in 2245. Interesting fact, the first space shuttle, Enterprise, was originally slated to be called Constitution until Gerald Ford stepped in and asked that the shuttle be named Enterprise. I digress . . .

The coolest feature, (Read the rest of the article…)

Army-Navy Football 2014

Published: December 11th, 2014
Updated: May 26, 2015

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…)

No More Lopping Off the Locks

Published: December 8th, 2014
Updated: April 13, 2015

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…)

Initial 2016 Pay Raise Indicator Released

Published: October 31st, 2014
Updated: April 3, 2015

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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