POLICY UPDATE AND EXPANSION OF ENLISTED EARLY TRANSITION PROGRAM

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SUBJ/POLICY UPDATE AND EXPANSION OF ENLISTED EARLY TRANSITION PROGRAM//



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AMPN/REF A IS NAVADMIN 369/08 - ENLISTED EARLY TRANSITION PROGRAM.

RMKS/1.  EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, REF A IS CANCELLED.  THIS NAVADMIN 
ANNOUNCES EXTENSION OF THE ENLISTED EARLY TRANSITION PROGRAM TO 30 
SEPTEMBER 2011 AND PROVIDES UPDATED POLICY FOR THE PROGRAM.
SEPARATION UNDER THIS PROGRAM MAY BE NO GREATER THAN 12 MONTHS PRIOR TO 
END OF ACTIVE OBLIGATED SERVICE (EAOS) AND ALL SEPARATIONS MUST BE 
EFFECTED NO LATER THAN 15 SEPTEMBER 2011.

2.  OUR SUCCESSFUL STAY NAVY MESSAGE CONTINUES TO YIELD EXCELLENT 
REENLISTMENT RATES AND LOW ATTRITION.  AT THE SAME TIME NAVY HAS 
MAINTAINED OUTSTANDING RECRUITING SUCCESS.  THESE CONDITIONS PUT US IN 
A UNIQUE POSITION TO FURTHER EXPAND EARLY SEPARATION POLICIES 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 FURTHER 
STABILIZATION AND ALIGNING OF THE FORCE AS NECESSARY.

3.  QUALIFIED ENLISTED SAILORS MAY SUBMIT REQUESTS FOR EARLY SEPARATION 
TO COMNAVPERSCOM (PERS-832) VIA THEIR COMMANDING OFFICER
(CO) FOR UP TO 12 MONTHS PRIOR TO THEIR EAOS OR EXTENDED EAOS.  FOR 
EXAMPLE, A QUALIFIED SERVICEMEMBER WITH AN EAOS OF 12 AUGUST 2011 MAY 
REQUEST SEPARATION WITH AN EFFECTIVE DATE AS EARLY AS 12 AUGUST 2010.

4.  COMMANDING OFFICERS STILL MAINTAIN FINAL DISAPPROVAL AUTHORITY 
UNDER THIS PROGRAM AND NEED NOT FORWARD ANY REQUESTS TO COMNAVPERSCOM 
THAT THEY CANNOT SUPPORT.  COMNAVPERSCOM (PERS-832) HAS FINAL APPROVAL 
AUTHORITY FOR REQUESTS WITH POSITIVE CO ENDORSEMENT.
APPROVAL RECOMMENDATIONS, ESPECIALLY FOR SAILORS WHO POSSESS A CRITICAL 
NAVY ENLISTED CLASSIFICATION (NEC) CODE AS LISTED IN THE MOST RECENT 
CAREER OPPORTUNITY MATRIX, 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.

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

6.  COMMANDING OFFICERS WITH SPECIAL COURTS MARTIAL CONVENING AUTHORITY 
(SPCMCA) MAY SEPARATE SAILORS UP TO 90 DAYS WITHOUT PERS-832 APPROVAL.

7.  EARLY SEPARATION REQUESTS WILL NOT BE APPROVED FOR SAILORS:
    A.  IN NUCLEAR RATINGS;
    B.  WITH EXISTING PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION ORDERS;
    C.  IDENTIFIED TO FILL A GWOT/OCO SUPPORT ASSIGNMENT;
    D.  IN THE NATIONAL CALL TO SERVICE PROGRAM;
    E.  IN THE SEAL/SWCC/EOD/DIVER PROGRAMS;
    F.  SERVING IN A RATING AND/OR HOLDING AN NEC LISTED IN ANY EB, SRB, 
OR SIMILAR SPECIAL AND INCENTIVE PAY PROGRAM IN EFFECT AT ANY TIME 
WITHIN THE FISCAL YEAR OF THE REQUEST;
    G.  ASSIGNED TO A DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AREA TOUR AND HAVE NOT 
COMPLETED THE DOD TOUR REQUIREMENT, INCLUDING OVERSEAS TOUR EXTENSION 
INCENTIVE PROGRAM EXTENSIONS FOR WHICH A BENEFIT HAS BEEN RECEIVED; OR
    H.  WHO ARE RETIREMENT ELIGIBLE (TRANSFER TO THE FLEET RESERVE).

8.  SAILORS NOT RESTRICTED BY PARA 7.D. ABOVE, BUT CURRENTLY IN RECEIPT 
OF A BONUS OR SPECIAL AND INCENTIVE PAY (E.G., SRB, EB, SDIP), ARE 
AUTHORIZED TO REQUEST AN EARLY SEPARATION IF THEY:
    A.  MEET ALL OTHER ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA UNDER THIS NAVADMIN;
    B.  WILL HAVE LESS THAN 12 MONTHS OF THEIR OBLIGATED SERVICE 
REMAINING, INCLUDING ANY EXTENSION TIME, AS OF THE DATE OF SEPARATION 
(REQUESTS TO WAIVE AN INOPERATIVE EXTENSION MAY BE SUBMITTED FOR 
CONSIDERATION); AND
    C.  ARE NOT CURRENTLY SERVING IN A BILLET REQUIRING THE NEC FOR 
WHICH THEY ARE RECEIVING SRB.  (SEE PARA 13 FOR INFORMATION ON 
RECOUPMENT OF SRB).

9.  COMMANDING OFFICERS MAY GRANT SEPARATION LEAVE SINCE THIS IS AN 
EARLY RELEASE POLICY.  HOWEVER, PERMISSIVE TEMPORARY DUTY IS NOT 
AUTHORIZED AS THIS IS A VOLUNTARY SEPARATION PROGRAM.

10.  SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:
    A.  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 SERVICEMEMBER'S CO.
REQUEST MUST INDICATE DESIRED SEPARATION DATE.
    B.  COMMANDS ARE ENCOURAGED TO USE BUPERS ACCESS FOR 1306/7 
SUBMISSION.

11.  EXTENSIONS.  SERVICEMEMBERS WITH EXTENSION AGREEMENTS THAT BECOME 
OPERATIVE BETWEEN THE DTG OF THIS MESSAGE 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.

12.  BENEFITS
    A.  MONTGOMERY GI BILL (MGIB) (CHAPTER 30).  SERVICEMEMBERS 
ENROLLED IN THE MGIB PROGRAM, WHO ARE HONORABLY DISCHARGED AND 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).  SERVICEMEMBERS 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.  
ADDITIONALLY, MEMBERS WHO HAVE AN OBLIGATION AS A RESULT OF 
TRANSFERRING THEIR POST 9/11 GI BILL ENTITLEMENT TO A FAMILY MEMBER 
MUST FULFILL THAT OBLIGATION.  IF THEY CHOOSE TO SEPARATE EARLY UNDER 
THIS PROGRAM AND HAVE NOT COMPLETED THE REQUIRED OBLIGATION, VA WILL 
NOT PAY BENEFITS TO THE TRANSFEREE AND WILL RECOUP ANY BENEFITS PAID TO 
THE TRANSFEREE.  VISIT WWW.GIBILL.VA.GOV FOR MORE INFORMATION.
    C.  VETERANS BENEFITS.  THOSE SERVING ON ACTIVE DUTY FOR MORE THAN 
180 DAYS AND 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.

13.  RECOUPMENT OF BONUSES AND SPECIAL PAYS.  SAILORS WHO VOLUNTARILY 
SEPARATE UNDER THE ENLISTED EARLY TRANSITION PROGRAM WHO, AT THE TIME 
OF SEPARATION, HAVE NOT FULFILLED THE TERM OF SERVICE FOR WHICH THEY 
WERE PAID A BONUS OR SPECIAL PAY WILL BE SUBJECT TO RECOUPMENT OF THE 
UNEARNED PORTION OF THE BONUS OR SPECIAL PAY IN ACCORDANCE WITH DODFMR 
VOLUME 7A, CHAPTER 2, AS APPROPRIATE.

14.  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.

15.  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; OR
        (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; OR
        (4) 853 FOR USNR PERSONNEL WITH GENERAL (UNDER HONORABLE
CONDITIONS) DISCHARGE.

16.  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.

17.  THIS PROGRAM EXPIRES FOR RECORD PURPOSES 30 SEPTEMBER 2011.
ALL SEPARATIONS UNDER THIS PROGRAM MUST BE EFFECTED ON OR PRIOR TO
15 SEPTEMBER 2011.

18.  POINTS OF CONTACT:
- G.I. BILL BENEFITS AND QUESTIONS ON TRANSFER OF POST 9/11 GI BILL
ENTITLEMENT:  MS. ANN SCHMITT, BUPERS 262G, AT (901) 874-4260/DSN 882 
OR EMAIL ANN.SCHMITT(AT)NAVY.MIL.
- BONUS AND 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:  PSCM RODNEY WILLIAMS SR., OPNAV N132 SENIOR 
ENLISTED ADVISOR, AT (703) 693-2311/DSN 224 OR EMAIL AT 
RODNEY.R.WILLIAMS(AT)NAVY.MIL.

19.  RELEASED BY VADM MARK FERGUSON, N1.//

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