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NARR/REF A IS NAVADMIN 149/13, CAREER NAVIGATOR PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT PART I.
REF B IS NAVADMIN 021/13, FLEET RATING IDENTIFICATION ENGINE - PERFORM TO
SERVE CHANGES. REF C IS MILPERSMAN ARTICLE 1160-030, CERTAIN ENLISTMENTS AND
REENLISTMENTS UNDER CONTINUOUS SERVICE CONDITIONS. REF D IS COMNAVRESFOR
021/12 FLEET RATING IDENTIFICATION ENGINE (FLEET RIDE) FOR SELECTED RESERVE
(SELRES) ROLLOUT. REF E IS NAVADMIN 274/12, ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE NAVY ENLISTED
RESERVE COMPONENT TO ACTIVE COMPONENT AUGMENTATION PROGRAM. REF F IS
OPNAVINST 1160.8A, SELECTIVE REENLISTMENT BONUS (SRB) PROGRAM. REF G IS
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE INSTRUCTION 1304.31, ENLISTED BONUS PROGRAM.
REF H IS ESRP POLICY MEMORANDUM. REF I IS NAVADMIN 203/09, POST 9-11 GI BILL,
RESERVE EDUCATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (REAP) AND MGIB-SR TRANSFERABILITY
POLICY. REF J IS MILPERSMAN ARTICLE 1326-021 NAVY ENLISTED RESERVE COMPONENT
(RC) TO ACTIVE COMPONENT (AC) AUGMENTATION PROGRAM (RC2AC). REF K IS
SEPARATION PAY FOR INVOLUNTARY SEPARATION FROM ACTIVE DUTY. REF L IS
MILPERSMAN ARTICLE 1160-120 HIGH YEAR TENURE (HYT). REF M IS MILPERSMAN
ARTICLE 1440-010 CHANGE IN RATING AUTHORIZATION//.
RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN announces Part II of a two part message announcing the
Career Navigator Program. Ref (a) announced the Career Navigator Program as
part of a fundamental shift and an important change to how we do business in
enlisted career management-putting Sailors at the helm to navigate their
This NAVADMIN provides greater detail on the major changes, upgrades,
initiatives and execution of the Career Navigator Program. Both NAVADMINs
should be read in their entirety, considered a one source document and kept
readily available for use by All Hands. The goal of Career Navigator is to
help Sailors make informed decisions about their personal and professional
career opportunities by placing the power of Navy career management systems at
their fingertips. Changes to enlisted career management under the Career
Navigator Program will be incremental.
2. Major changes, upgrades and execution in support of the Career Navigator
Program include the following areas:
a. AC/FTS reenlistment process updates,
b. AC PACT Sailor Rating Designation updates,
c. SELRES Rating Conversion process updates, and
d. SELRES RC2AC/FTS augmentation process updates.
3. AC/FTS reenlistment process updates. Navy has made significant progress
in achieving balance across all enlisted ratings. In 2011, there were 35
overmanned ratings representing over 6,000 Sailors; today Navy has only 9
ratings overmanned with less than 800 Sailors.
Improvements in advancement rates and reenlistment approvals are a result of
this improved balance. Navy continually adjusts the number of Sailors needed
in each rating to meet current and future mission requirements. The Career
Waypoint-Reenlistment process (formerly Fleet RIDE-Perform to Serve (PTS))
helps ensure the Navy has the right number of Sailors in each rating based on
In response to fleet feedback, we dismantled PTS and created a reenlistment
process that is more advantageous for Sailors. This revised process is
effective 3 June 2013.
a. The reenlistment screening process is now simplified to be based on
rank, performance evaluations and critical NECs. In FY-14, we plan to
completely redesign the reenlistment screening process using weighted
performance factors. Future Sailor Portal enhancements will provide expanded
ability for Sailors to obtain and review their competitiveness for
reenlistment under the new screening process when researching career
opportunities. Nuclear-trained personnel will continue to have the ability to
request a reenlistment quota once eligible in a reenlistment zone.
b. Reenlistment for E6 Sailors. While there is still a need to inform
the Navy of Sailor's intentions to reenlist or separate via the Career
Counselor, E6 Sailors who desire to reenlist and have command approval to do
so will be given reenlistment approval on their first application. In the
near future, as our IT system is updated, E6 Sailors and their commands will
receive confirmation immediately upon application submission, resulting in a
no wait period. Under the updated system, Nuclear-trained personnel will
receive confirmation within 15 days of their request.
c. E5 and below reenlistment request processing. Categories of skill
sets have been created to expedite reenlistment request processing for Sailors
E5 and below. All eligible and command approved reenlistment E5 and below
Sailors will receive answers about reenlistment requests earlier using these
(1) Open Reenlistment: Sailors in undermanned skill sets. All
eligible and command approved non-Nuclear E-5 and below Sailors in open skill
sets will receive approval to reenlist on their first application (within
approximately 30 days). In a near-term Career Waypoints system update
expected by the end of FY13, these Sailors will receive confirmation
immediately upon submittal, resulting in a no wait period.
(2) Balanced Reenlistment: Sailors in skill sets that are fully-
manned. Reenlistment request processing for all eligible and command-approved
reenlistment Sailors who are in skill sets that are fully-manned will be based
on the manning in their year group.
Sailors in undermanned year groups will receive approval on their first
application and all Sailors will know at least 10 months from the end of their
contract if they will be able to reenlist in their current rate.
(3) Competitive Reenlistment: Sailors in skill sets that are
overmanned or have special requirements. Reenlistment request processing for
all eligible and command-approved reenlistment Sailors who are in skill sets
that are overmanned or that have special requirements such as the Nuclear
community will follow the timeline described in Para 5.d. below for final
reenlistment approval prior to Soft Expiration of Active Obligated Service
(SEAOS). All Sailors in this category will know at least 10 months from the
end of their contract whether they will be able to reenlist in their current
d. Reenlistment requests. Projected rotation date (PRD)-based
reenlistment requests changes announced in ref (b) remain in effect.
For SEAOS-based reenlistment requests, all Sailors will continue to indicate
their intentions to reenlist or separate with their Career Counselor using
Career Waypoints. This career "check-in" will happen
13 months in advance of the Sailor's end of enlistment contract, one month
earlier than previously authorized. Sailors can still change their minds, and
if they do, are encouraged to let their Career Counselors know as soon as
possible. Understanding Sailors intentions to reenlist or separate is
critical for Navy to accurately predict how many Sailors are in each skill
set, rating and paygrade and ensures Sailors have the maximum opportunity to
reenlist in rate, offers opportunities for Sailors to convert to a new rating,
or transition between the Active and Reserve Components, and improves
advancement opportunity. Although Sailor reenlistment approval will still be
based on manning levels and Sailor performance, the application timeline has
been significantly changed to make two critical improvements:
(1) in-rate reenlistment approval in time to review Career Management
System Interactive Detailing (CMS-ID) opportunities, and
(2) increased opportunity to apply for conversion to another Rating so
that more Sailors are retained in the Navy.
e. Reenlistment request timeline change. Reenlistment requests for
SEAOS-based applications will begin at 13 months prior to SEAOS vice 12
months. Sailors will now receive up to 8 looks to remain on active duty (13
to 6 months from their SEAOS).
(1) Months 13/12/11/10: During this period, Sailors submit
reenlistment applications for active duty In-Rate, active duty conversion, or
transition to selected reserves (SELRES), or indicate their intention to
separate. Limiting in-rate applications to the first four looks ensures
Sailors receiving in-rate approvals are able to utilize the full CMS-ID order
negotiating window during months 9 to 6. Nuclear-trained personnel are only
authorized to submit applications to reenlist in-rate 13 to 10 months from
SEAOS per ref (m).
(2) Months 9/8/7/6: During this period Sailors submit applications
for rating conversion or transition to SELRES. At this stage, active duty in-
rate applications are not authorized.
Nuclear-trained personnel are only authorized to submit applications for
SELRES quotas 9 to 6 months from SEAOS.
(3) Months 5/4/3: During this period Sailors may submit applications
for transition to Selected Reserves (SELRES). At this point, active duty in-
rate or conversion applications are not authorized.
f. New timeline implementation. Career Waypoint-Reenlistment
applications for both In-Rate and Conversion are based on the Sailor's SEAOS
month. Note: In June 2013, applications are due for Sailors with both June
and July 2014 SEAOS dates. New application timelines are as follows:
(1) SEAOS of November 2013 or earlier: No impact-member has
already received final reenlistment determination.
(2) SEAOS of December 2013 through June 2014: No change-member is
already in the application window and will continue the legacy process.
(3) July 2014 SEAOS: Submit initial application no later than 30 June
2013 due to application window starting 13 months prior to SEAOS.
(4) August 2014 or later: Submit initial application no later than
the last day of the month 13 months prior to SEAOS.
g. Reenlistment quota expiration update. When previously executed
extensions become operative, approved reenlistment quotas will not be
rescinded and will continue to be valid until the 13 month expiration date.
Working with their Command Career Counselor, Sailors in this situation are
encouraged to contact their enlisted community manager to reset their quota
manually until 1 August 2013 when this IT system update will go into effect.
h. Early reenlistment. For AC/FT and SELRES, PERS-811 approval is no
longer required for reenlistment greater than one year from SEAOS. This
change applies to all Sailors regardless of whether or not the member is
subject to Career Waypoint-Reenlistment approval.
Sailors are encouraged to reenlist as soon as possible provided they meet all
other conditions for reenlistment eligibility contained in ref (c). The term
of the new enlistment contract must equal or exceed the period of service for
which the Sailor is already obligated. Sailors reenlisting under Selective
(SRB) or Enlisted Supervisor Retention Pay (ESRP) contracts or for Transfer of
Education Benefits (TEB) under the Post 9/11 GI Bill must adhere to additional
obligated service requirements per refs
(f) through (i). In addition, for TEB, Sailors are reminded early
reenlistment could interfere with transfer of those benefits.
Review ref (i) and consult with your Career Counselor to discuss eligibility
i. Involuntary separation pay (ISP) eligibility. A Sailor must have
applied and been subsequently disapproved for all available Active Duty
application cycles in order to be eligible for ISP consideration. Denial of
reenlistment alone does not guarantee ISP eligibility; therefore commands must
utilize ref (k) to determine ISP eligibility.
j. Armed Forces Classification Test (AFCT). Sailors desiring to expand
their conversion choices are encouraged to take the in-service AFCT. The most
recent AFCT or Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) scores
determine conversion eligibility.
Retesting does not impact in-rate applications.
4. AC PACT Sailor Rating Designation updates. Effective 3 June
2013 Career Waypoint-PACT Designation (formerly Fleet RIDE-REGA) will auto-
generate partially populated applications for PACT Sailors who are Time In-
Rate (TIR) eligible for the Navy-Wide Advancement Examination (NWAE) and/or
have at least 12 months on board their first permanent duty station.
a. PACT Sailors who meet TIR requirements for the NWAE will be able to
apply for rating entry designation (RED) or NWAE quotas.
RED quotas are preferred because Sailors are designated in the same month as
the quota is approved. Additionally, direct designation is advantageous for
Sailors because it provides a career path and eligibility to participate in
the NWAE as a rated E-3. Sailors on this path may perform better on the NWAE,
increasing their chances for advancement since they will have more opportunity
to gain experience and study in their new rating prior to the exam.
b. Sailors who have at least 12 months on board their first permanent
duty station following completion of their initial skills training will be
able to apply for RED or A-school quotas.
c. PACT Sailors are encouraged to research and review gapped billets on
board their command and apply for ratings with gaps, which benefits both the
command and the Sailor. Most Sailors will find the opportunity to gain
experience and study in their new rating may lead to faster promotion, which
in turn increases competitiveness for reenlistment if desired and for
converting to a different rating in the future.
5. SELRES Rating Conversion process updates. Ref (d) announced the use of
Fleet RIDE (FR) for SELRES and the requirement to submit a qualified jobs
listing with conversion packages. Building on that capability, effective 3
June 2013 applications for RC Sailors requesting a change in rating will be
entered though Career Waypoint-Conversion (formerly RC2RC). The rating
conversion process for RC Sailors will be in accordance with ref (m) with the
a. Applications will be processed monthly by BUPERS-32 (SELRES
ECM) in Career Waypoints in lieu of submission through PERS-8.
b. Conversion opportunities will be updated monthly and identified as
open or closed. In order to apply, a Sailor's current rating must be open to
convert out and their requested rating must be open to convert in.
c. Application results and official letters will be available in Career
Waypoints. If approved for direct conversion, the letter will direct the
Sailor's command to initiate a change of rate in NSIPS. If conversion has
been approved and requires an A-school, contact information and instructions
on how to request and schedule the training will be provided.
d. All Sailors are encouraged to take the in-service AFCT to update their
line scores and improve their conversion opportunities.
6. SELRES RC2AC/FTS augmentation process updates. RC2AC augmentation
announced in refs (e) and (j) have been incorporated into Career Waypoints-
Transition. Additionally, SELRES and voluntary training unit (VTU) Sailors
can now apply for both in-rate and conversion into ratings with available AC
and FTS quotas provided they meet program requirements.
a. Selective reenlistment bonus (SRB) eligibility. SRB restrictions
outlined in ref (j) are lifted for augmented members.
Reserve Sailors who augment to active duty may be eligible to receive SRB
based on current active duty SRB authorizations and their amount of continuous
active duty service. IAW ref (f), to be eligible for SRB Sailors must have
completed at least 17 continuous months of active Navy service (other than
active duty for training) but not more than 20 years of active military
To ensure all requirements and timelines are met, visit the SRB page of the
NPC website: http://www.public.navy.mil/bupers-npc/
b. SELRES Bonus recoupment. Reserve Sailors who received a SELRES
Enlistment Bonus (EB) or SRB, and who augment into the AC prior to the
completion of their SELRES bonus contract, will incur a debt for the unearned
portion of the bonus. Sailors in this situation are highly encouraged to
request a remission of indebtedness from the Director, Military Personnel
Plans and Policy (OPNAV N13) via CNRFC N1 in conjunction with submitting their
RC2AC application. Reserve Sailors can obtain guidance on the remission
request process and download formatted templates from the Commander Navy
Reserve Forces Command Reserve Enlisted incentives (N112) website at:
cnrfc_n112/sitepages/home.aspx. In a near-term Career Waypoint system update
expected by the end of FY-13, if applicable, bonus recoupment waiver requests
will be automatically generated when a RC2AC/FTS application is submitted. If
recoupment is not waived, Sailors will not be obligated to augment. Navy
(NRA) commanding officers (CO) must ensure members currently serving under a
bonus agreement are aware of bonus recoupment or have an approved waiver prior
to reenlisting on active duty.
c. NRA CO for members applying to RC2AC/FTS opportunities must ensure the
following requirements are verified prior to submitting an RC2AC/FTS
(1) Member meets all requirements to augment to AC/FTS
including: physical, medical and dental readiness, basic enlistment
eligibility and specific rating requirements, and HYT limits.
(2) Member meets requirements listed under the additional job
requirements section of the application; required documentation must be
scanned and sent via NMCI encrypted email to rc_to_ac(at)navy.mil.
(3) Member has more than 3 years until reaching HYT limits per ref
(l), based on the member's adjusted Active Duty Service Date (ADSD). No HYT
waivers for AC augmentation will be authorized.
HYT waivers will be considered for FTS augmentation and must be approved prior
to submitting an RC2AC/FTS application.
(4) Member demonstrates adequate financial stability to reenlist on
active duty and relocate.
(5) Members currently serving under a SELRES bonus agreement (EB or
SRB) are aware of recoupment or have an approved remission of indebtedness
(recoupment waiver) per Para 6.b above.
(6) Application and supporting documents are complete and accurate.
d. RC2AC/FTS application procedures:
(1) Determine the applicant's total active service (TAS) and the
desired augmentation start date. TAS includes all active service time,
including AC or FTS service, mobilization, ADSW, ADT, AT, CANREC, and
voluntary recall. Do not include drills (Inactive duty for training (IDT),
inactive duty training for travel (IDTT), or funeral honors) in TAS. Once TAS
and desired start month are entered, the Career Waypoints system will
calculate ADSD, adding the inclusive day, and determine the member's year
group. Commands are highly encouraged to contact PERS-9 for assistance with
Miscalculations may result in an incorrect listing of Sailor AC/FTS
opportunities. TAS will be verified as part of the application review
process; applications with incorrect TAS computations will be returned as
(2) Using Career Waypoints, determine if RC2AC/FTS opportunity exists
for the applicant.
(3) Include information in the application notes section for members
with the following conditions: Under stop-loss; identified for mobilization
or presidential selected reserve call-up (PSRC); serving in a rating listed as
a Navy Reserves enlisted career management objectives (ECMO) category 1;
serving in an advanced paygrade (APG), Navy Reserve accession course personnel
who have not completed their IDT requirements; serving in a temporary rating,
or pending adverse information.
(4) Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit an updated resume
documenting civilian work experience as part of their application.
(5) RC2AC/FTS applications are due NLT 2359 central time, the last
calendar day of each month. Application processing will begin on the first
work day of each month. Incomplete applications will be denied.
(6) Once an application is submitted enter mobilization availability
status (MAS) Code ACR (pending/approved conditional
release) in NSIPS.
(7) Applications given an approved-pending status require additional
documentation (described in the notes section). Requested documentation must
be scanned and emailed to the ECM via NMCI encrypted email. If documents are
not received within 60 days of approved-pending notification, the application
may be changed to denied.
(8) If approved, the member has permission to reenlist and will be
expected to negotiate orders expeditiously by contacting their respective
rating detailer. Members approved for augmentation must reenlist for a
minimum of 48 months, unless otherwise specified by the enlisted community
Managers. The Sailor's NRA CO must ensure reenlistment is documented in the
correct component (e.g., branch
class: 11 for AC; branch class: 32, SPI code: "V" for FTS).
e. In addition to advertisement through the Career Waypoints system,
augmentation opportunities will continue to be advertised through the
government delivery (GOV-delivery) system.
f. Additional RC2AC/FTS program information, including step by step
application instructions, can be found at the NPC RC2AC/FTS web page at:
g. SELRES members currently on mobilization orders are unable to submit
an application in Career Waypoints; contact the BUPERS-32 RC2AC/ FTS
coordinator at rc_to_ac(at)navy.mil within 90 days of
demobilization to determine if an augmentation opportunity exists.
7. Unless specifically changed by this NAVADMIN and ref (a), all other
enlisted career management policies remain in effect.
8. Points of contact: For questions concerning these policy updates and the
new Career Navigator Program implementation procedures contact the Navy
Personnel Command call center at 1(866)U-ASK-NPC,
1(866)827-5672 or via e-mail at cscmailbox(at)navy.mil Career Waypoints help
desk at (901) 874-2102 or via e-mail at
career_waypoints_help_desk(at)navy.mil. Additional information can be found
on the NPC website in the Career Navigator toolbox.
9. Released by Vice Admiral S. R. Van Buskirk, N1.//