ENLISTED EARLY TRANSITION PROGRAM

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SUBJ/ENLISTED EARLY TRANSITION PROGRAM//



RMKS/1.  OUR SUCCESSFUL STAY NAVY MESSAGE HAS YIELDED EXCELLENT 
REENLISTMENT RATES AND LOW ATTRITION.  WE HAVE ALSO HAD STELLAR 
RECRUITING SUCCESSES, INCREASING THE NUMBER AND QUALITY OF SAILORS 
PROVIDED TO THE FLEET.  THESE CONDITIONS PUT US IN A UNIQUE POSITION TO 
EXPAND EARLY SEPARATION OPPORTUNITIES FOR SELECTED SAILORS AND SAILORS 
WHO HAVE RECEIVED A PERFORM TO SERVE SEPARATION LETTER WHO WOULD 
OTHERWISE SEPARATE LATER IN THE FISCAL YEAR.  VOLUNTARY EARLY 
SEPARATION OF SELECTED SAILORS WILL ALLOW THE STABILIZATION AND 
ALIGNING OF THE FORCE AS NECESSARY.

2.  EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, QUALIFIED ENLISTED SAILORS MAY SUBMIT 
REQUESTS FOR EARLY SEPARATION TO COMNAVPERSCOM (PERS-832) VIA THEIR CO 
FOR UP TO 12 MONTHS PRIOR TO THEIR EXPIRATION OF ACTIVE OBLIGATED 
SERVICE (EAOS) OR EXTENDED EAOS.  REQUESTED SEPARATION DATE UNDER THIS 
PROGRAM MUST BE NO LATER THAN 15 SEPTEMBER 2010, AND MAY BE NO GREATER 
THAN 12 MONTHS PRIOR TO EAOS.  FOR EXAMPLE, A QUALIFIED SERVICEMEMBER 
WITH AN EAOS OF 12 AUGUST 2010 MAY REQUEST SEPARATION WITH AN EFFECTIVE 
DATE AS EARLY AS 12 AUGUST 2009.
CO'S MAINTAIN FINAL DISAPPROVAL AUTHORITY UNDER THIS PROGRAM AND NEED 
NOT FORWARD ANY REQUESTS TO COMNAVPERSCOM THAT THEY DEEM UNSUPPORTABLE.  
COMNAVPERSCOM (PERS-832) HAS FINAL APPROVAL AUTHORITY FOR REQUESTS WITH 
POSITIVE CO ENDORSEMENT.  APPROVAL RECOMMENDATIONS, ESPECIALLY FOR 
SAILORS WHO POSSESS A CRITICAL NEC AS LISTED IN THE MOST RECENT CAREER 
REENLISTMENT OBJECTIVES NAVADMIN, WILL BE BASED ON INDIVIDUAL COMMUNITY 
REQUIREMENTS.
REASONS FOR REQUESTING EARLY SEPARATION UNDER THIS PROGRAM ARE NOT 
REQUIRED TO MEET REASONS LISTED IN MILPERSMAN 1910-102.

3.  COMMANDING OFFICERS (CO) MUST CAREFULLY WEIGH RATING AND NEC 
MANNING OF THEIR UNIT, REQUESTOR'S PRD, INBOUND RELIEFS, PROJECTED 
OPERATIONAL AND FLEET RESPONSE PLAN SCHEDULE, ETC, IN DETERMINING 
WHETHER TO FORWARD A MEMBER'S REQUEST TO COMNAVPERSCOM.  COMMANDS 
RECOMMENDING APPROVAL OF EARLY SEPARATION SHOULD NOT EXPECT A RELIEF 
UNTIL THE SEPARATED SAILORS'
CURRENT PRD.  CONTACT APPROPRIATE RATING DETAILER TO DETERMINE RELIEF 
AVAILABILITY.

4.  CO'S CURRENTLY HAVE AUTHORITY TO GRANT EARLY SEPARATION OF UP TO 90 
DAYS FOR REASONS LISTED IN MILPERSMAN 1910-102.  THAT AUTHORITY IS NOT 
IMPACTED BY THIS POLICY MEMORANDUM.

5.  ELIGIBILITY.  EARLY SEPARATION REQUESTS WILL NOT BE APPROVED FOR 
SAILORS:
    A.  WITH EXISTING PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION ORDERS.
    B.  IDENTIFIED TO FILL A GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM SUPPORT ASSIGNMENT.
    C.  UNDER A SELECTIVE REENLISTEMENT BONUS (SRB) ENTITLEMENT OR IN A 
RATING OR HOLDING A NAVY ENLISTED CLASSIFICATION (NEC) THAT IS ELIGIBLE 
FOR AN SRB, BASED ON THE SAILOR'S CURRENT ELIGIBILITY ZONE.
    D.  IN THE NATIONAL CALL TO SERVICE PROGRAM.
    E.  IN NUCLEAR RATINGS.
    F.  IN THE SEAL/SWCC/EOD/DIVER PROGRAMS.
    G.  ASSIGNED TO A DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE (DOD) AREA TOUR AND WHO 
HAVE NOT COMPLETED THE DOD TOUR REQUIREMENT, INCLUDING OVERSEAS TOUR 
EXTENSION INCENTIVE PROGRAM EXTENSIONS FOR WHICH A BENEFIT HAS BEEN 
RECIEVED.

6.  CO'S MAY GRANT SEPARATION LEAVE SINCE THIS IS AN EARLY RELEASE 
POLICY.  HOWEVER, PERMISSIVE TEMPORARY DUTY IS NOT AUTHORIZED SINCE 
THIS IS A VOLUNTARY SEPARATION PROGRAM.

7.  SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:
    A.  REQUESTS FOR EARLY SEPARATION OF UP TO 90 DAYS, FROM 
SERVICEMEMBERS OF ALL RATINGS, FOR REASONS LISTED IN MILPERSMAN
1910-102 SHALL BE SUBMITTED TO THE SVCMBR'S CO FOR FINAL APPROVAL.
CO'S ARE UNDER NO OBLIGATION TO APPROVE REQUESTS, PARTICULARLY IF EARLY 
SEPARATION WILL NEGATIVELY IMPACT COMMAND READINESS.
    B.  REQUESTS FOR EARLY SEPARATION FROM QUALIFIED SERVICEMEMBERS OF 
91 DAYS TO 12 MONTHS FOR ANY REASON SHALL BE SUBMITTED VIA NAVPERS 
1306/7 TO COMNAVPERSCOM (PERS-832) VIA THE SERVICEMEMBERS CO.
REQUEST MUST INDICATE DESIRED SEPARATION DATE.
    C.  COMMANDS ARE ENCOURAGED TO USE BUPERS ACCESS FOR 1306/7 
SUBMISSION.

8.  EXTENSIONS.  SERVICEMEMBERS WITH EXTENSION AGREEMENTS THAT BECOME 
OPERATIVE BETWEEN 1 OCTOBER 2009 AND 30 SEPTEMBER 2010 (INCLUSIVE) MAY 
REQUEST EARLY SEPARATION UNDER THIS PROGRAM IN CONJUNCTION WITH A 
REQUEST TO CANCEL THE EXTENSION.  COMMANDS RECOMMENDING CANCELLATION OF 
AN EXTENSION MUST INCLUDE JUSTIFICATION ON THE SERVICEMEMBERS 1306/7.

9.  DOD AREA TOURS.  QUALIFIED SERVICEMEMBERS MAY BE SEPARATED EARLY 
PROVIDED THEY MEET DOD AREA TOUR LENGTH REQUIREMENTS.  WAIVERS TO DOD 
AREA TOUR LENGTHS WILL NOT BE GRANTED UNDER THIS PROGRAM.

10.  BENEFITS
    A.  MONTGOMERY GI BILL (MGIB) (CHAPTER 30).  SERVICEMEMBERS 
ENROLLED IN THE MGIB PROGRAM, WHO ARE HONORABLY DISCHARGED/RELEASED 
FROM ACTIVE DUTY UNDER THIS PROGRAM, MAY BE ENTITLED TO 1 MONTH OF MGIB 
BENEFITS FOR EACH FULL MONTH SERVED ON ACTIVE DUTY, UP TO A MAXIMUM OF 
36 MONTHS.
THOSE DISCHARGED UNDER THIS PROGRAM WHO HAVE SERVED 20 MONTHS OF A 2-
YEAR TERM OF SERVICE, OR 30 MONTHS OF A 3-YEAR OR GREATER TERM OF 
SERVICE, MAY RECEIVE A FULL 36 MONTHS OF MGIB BENEFITS.  THIS PROGRAM 
DOES NOT AUTHORIZE SERVICEMEMBERS TO ENROLL IN MGIB IF THEY PREVIOUSLY 
DECLINED MGIB OR WERE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR ENROLLMENT.
    B.  POST-9/11 VETERANS EDUCATION ASSISTANCE ACT OF 2008 (CHAPTER 
33).
SERVICE MEMBERS WITH A MINIMUM OF 90 AGGREGATE DAYS OR MORE ACTIVE DUTY, 
BEGINNING ON OR AFTER 11 SEPTEMBER 2001, MAY BE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE 
BENEFITS FOR APPROVED EDUCATION PURSUED ON OR AFTER 1 AUGUST 2009.  
FULL BENEFITS MAY BE AVAILABLE AFTER 36 AGGREGATE MONTHS OF QUALIFYING 
ACTIVE DUTY SERVICE AND ARE PRO-RATED FOR THOSE HONORABLY DISCHARGED 
PRIOR TO COMPLETING 36 MONTHS OF AGGREGATE ACTIVE DUTY.  VISIT 
WWW.GIBILL.VA.GOV FOR MORE INFORMATION.
    C.  VETERANS BENEFITS.  THOSE SERVING ON ACTIVE DUTY FOR MORE THAN 
180 DAYS AND ARE SEPARATED UNDER HONORABLE CONDITIONS ARE NORMALLY 
ELIGIBLE FOR ALL VETERANS AFFAIRS (VA) BENEFITS, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF 
VA HOME LOAN PROGRAM BENEFITS IN WHICH TWO YEARS OF ACTIVE DUTY SERVICE 
IS REQUIRED FOR ELIGIBILITY.  VOLUNTARY EARLY SEPARATION FOR 
SERVICEMEMBERS WITH LESS THAN TWO YEARS ACTIVE DUTY IS A DISQUALIFYING 
FACTOR FOR THIS BENEFIT.  CONTACT THE LOCAL VA REGIONAL OFFICE FOR 
FURTHER INFORMATION ON BENEFITS.  COMMANDS SHALL ENSURE A NAVPERS 
1070/613 (ADMIN REMARKS) IS SIGNED STATING THE SERVICEMEMBER WAS 
BRIEFED ON THE POTENTIAL LOSS OF VA BENEFITS.

11.  RECOUPMENT OF ENLISTMENT BONUS.  RECOUPMENT FOR THE UNSERVED 
PORTION OF ACTIVE DUTY WILL BE REQUIRED FOR THOSE WHO RECEIVED SUCH 
BONUSES AND WHO ARE SEPARATED EARLY UNDER AUTHORITY OF THIS NAVADMIN.

12.  PREPARATION OF DD 214
    A.  BLK 23 (TYPE OF SEPARATION):  RELEASE FROM ACTIVE DUTY, 
TRANSFERRED TO THE NAVAL RESERVE, OR DISCHARGED, AS APPLICABLE.
    B.  BLK 24 (CHARACTER OF SERVICE):  HONORABLE OR GENERAL (UNDER 
HONORABLE CONDITIONS), AS APPLICABLE.
    C.  BLK 25 (SEPARATION AUTHORITY):  MILPERSMAN 1910-102 AND THIS 
NAVADMIN.
    D.  BLK 26 (SEPARATION CODE):  USE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING SEPARATION 
CODES:
        (1) MCC - FOR SERVICEMEMBERS WHO HAVE NOT COMPLETED THEIR 
INITIAL 8-YEAR MILITARY SERVICE OBLIGATION (MSO) AND ARE BEING RELEASED 
FROM ACTIVE DUTY AND JOINING THE SELECTED RESERVE.
        (2) KCC - FOR SERVICEMEMBERS WHO HAVE COMPLETED THEIR 8- YEAR 
MSO AND WILL BE DISCHARGED FROM ACTIVE DUTY.
    E.  BLK 27 (REENTRY CODE):  AS WARRANTED BY SERVICE RECORD.
    F.  BLK 28 (NARRATIVE REASON FOR SEPARATION):  REDUCTION IN FORCE.

13.  NSIPS/DMRS.  THE FOLLOWING NAVY LOSS CODES SHALL BE USED:
    A.  RELEASED FROM ACTIVE DUTY WITH SEPARATION CODE MCC
        (1) 942 FOR USN PERSONNEL WITH HONORABLE DISCHARGE
        (2) 943 FOR USNR PERSONNEL WITH HONORABLE DISCHARGE
    B.  DISCHARGED WITH SEPARATION CODE KCC
        (1) 803 FOR USN PERSONNEL WITH HONORABLE DISCHARGE
        (2) 813 FOR USNR PERSONNEL WITH HONORABLE DISCHARGE
        (3) 842 FOR USN PERSONNEL WITH GENERAL (UNDER HONORABLE 
CONDITIONS) DISCHARGE
        (4) 853 FOR USNR PERSONNEL WITH GENERAL (UNDER HONORABLE 
CONDITIONS) DISCHARGE

14.  WHILE TRANSITION SERVICES APPLY TO ALL SEPARATING PERSONNEL, THERE 
IS NO SEPARATION INCENTIVE OFFERED IN CONJUNCTION WITH THIS EARLY 
RELEASE, SUCH AS SEPARATION PAY (VOLUNTARY OR INVOLUNTARY).
MONETARY TRANSITION BENEFITS ALSO ARE NOT PAID TO THOSE SEPARATING 
UNDER THIS PROGRAM.

15.  THIS PROGRAM EXPIRES FOR RECORD PURPOSES 30 SEPTEMBER 2010.
ALL SEPARATIONS UNDER THIS PROGRAM MUST BE EFFECTED ON OR PRIOR TO
15 SEPTEMBER 2010.

16.  POINTS OF CONTACT:
- MGIB BENEFITS QUESTIONS:  MS. ANN SCHMITT, BUPERS-262G, AT
(901) 874-4260/DSN 882 OR EMAIL ANN.SCHMITT(AT)NAVY.MIL.
- ENLISTMENT BONUS (EB) RECOUPMENT QUESTIONS:  MS. BRENDA BILLINGSLEY, 
OPNAV N130D2 AT (703) 695-3130/DSN 225 OR EMAIL AT 
BRENDA.BILLINGSLEY(AT)NAVY.MIL.
- PROCESS OR SUBMISSION QUESTIONS:  MS. MARTHA FRY, PERS-832, AT
(901) 874-4431/DSN 882 OR EMAIL AT MARTHA.FRY(AT)NAVY.MIL OR,
- YNC JOHN GRANT, PERS-832, AT (901) 874-3190/DSN 882 OR EMAIL AT 
JOHN.W.GRANT(AT)NAVY.MIL.
- POLICY QUESTIONS:  PSCS RODNEY WILLIAMS, OPNAV N132 SEA, AT
(703) 693-2311/DSN 224 OR EMAIL AT RODNEY.R.WILLIAMS(AT)NAVY.MIL.

17.  RELEASED BY VADM M. E. FERGUSON III, N1.//

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