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SUBJ/EARLY SEPARATION POLICY NAVADMIN CANCELLATIONS//
REF/A/MSG/CNO WASHINGTON DC/N1/081628ZMAY14//
REF/B/MSG/CNO WASHINGTON DC/N1/171732ZAUG16//
NARR/REF A IS NAVADMIN 103/14, ENLISTED EARLY TRANSITION PROGRAM.
REF B IS NAVADMIN 182/16, TIME-IN-GRADE AND NEXT-LOWER-GRADE WAIVERS.
REF C IS MILPERSMAN 1300-500, REASSIGNMENT FOR HUMANITARIAN REASONS (HUMS).//
RMKS/1. References (a) and (b) are cancelled.
2. We are in a growing Navy. This requires more people, at a time when we
are still working our way back to desired sea duty manning levels, and when
the competition for talent is especially keen. We will certainly recruit and
train many more Sailors to help meet these demands, but that will not be
3. Retention of every capable Sailor will be critical to the operational
readiness of the Navy. Therefore all early out programs and minimum service
requirement waiver programs are cancelled. Service commitments such as
enlistment contracts, service obligations for accepting promotions, bonuses,
education, etc., are expected to be fulfilled.
4. Service members experiencing difficulty in fulfilling obligated service
requirements are encouraged to work with their chains of command and
detailers to examine available alternatives to complete their obligation, to
include reassignments to other duties for humanitarian reasons, in line with
5. It has been decades since the last period of major personnel growth in
our Navy. You will see many additional policy changes in the coming weeks
and months to set us on the right course. However, the most important tool
we have is deckplate leadership and its ability to influence retention. The
Navy is counting on each of you.
6. Released by VADM R. P. Burke, N1.//