Blue to Green Is Option for Sailors Facing Separation

Story Number: NNS110112-02Release Date: 1/12/2011 1:43:00 PM
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From Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- In a climate where Sailors may face separation due to high year tenure or Perform-to-Serve/Fleet Rating Identification Engine, Navy leadership is reminding Sailors in 2011 that Operation Blue to Green could keep them serving.

"Sailors should be aware of all avenues to stay in the military," said Capt. Hank Roux, head enlisted community management.

According to the Army's Operation Blue to Green website, the program allows highly qualified Sailors the opportunity to continue in military service, maintain benefits and gain new training.

Benefits of transitioning to the Army via Blue to Green include:

* E-1 through E-5 retain their grade and date of rank.
* Rates that convert into an Army military occupational specialty (MOS) will only need to attend Basic Combat Training.
* Retraining into another MOS may be possible.

"Of course we want all of our Sailors to stay Navy, whether that is active, full time support or Reserve component, but if a Sailor's facing separation Blue to Green is a great option for them," Roux said.

In fiscal year 2010, only 43 Sailors took advantage of the program.

To qualify, Sailors must be physically fit, meet the Army's height and weight standards, have a minimum of three years time in service and have an approved Request for Conditional Release (DD Form 368).

For more information, speak with your career counselor, review SECNAVINST 1000.7F, MILPERSMAN 1300-081 and the Army's Operation Blue to Green website at

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2/3/2011 9:45:00 AM
at USN Sailor. I had a nephew who could not get into the Navy and he wanted my advice about joining the Marine Corps or Army. I told him, "both are outstanding services, but if you find yourself with boots on the ground and in a trench on hostile soil, you'd better be there for the right reasons and motivations, not because you think you have no choice." Sailor, if you want to be an Army Soldier, they're hiring; talk to your command career counselor. Good luck.

1/26/2011 2:04:00 PM
I have heard of this program and am looking into it and I'm still unsure of what its really about. Seems alright to me but, I need help!

1/20/2011 3:32:00 PM
The Army isn't accepting anyone who hasn't completed Army boot camp. Don't believe me? Call an Army recruiter and find out for yourself. Hey Petty Officer 1st Class, want to complete another few months of boot camp?

1/19/2011 5:09:00 PM
You forgot our Marines.

1/19/2011 8:08:00 AM
Blue to green is not a program Sailors want to get in, at very least. Sailors looking into separating from the Navy should look into college, the GI Bill and Ch. 33 are very good programs and the life out here is not that bad - don't make a mistake. Go to college and get a degree. God bless America!

1/18/2011 12:14:00 PM
I find it fascinating that the Navy has been able to control the press regarding the true sentiments on Blue-to-Green in conjuction with manpower initiatives and management. Imagine investing all that you have into something, waking up to all sorts of changes several days and week and then one day being told "well you can lose everything and go home tomorrow, or you can keep feeding your family by signing here." My point being that it isn't much of an option at all. It's pretty underhanded.

1/14/2011 8:31:00 AM
Blue to Green Program is the worst program for Sailors. They make it sound good by beefing up the benefits and promotions. The truth is that with being in the Army you're really just a number, and they don't give a damn about you. NCOs, Staff NCOs and even officers degrade you and treat you like you are still in boot camp. The Army puts a short leash on you and gives you very little responsibility. Morale is super low, and there are break downs in the chain of commands.

1/12/2011 10:07:00 PM
Outstanding, leadership, support, technology, for all of our service men in the Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard. Thank you President Obama and all military officers involved. We have never had such outstanding military support of this type for our Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen. Thank you all for protecting us, we appreciate you all from the bottom of our hearts. God bless all of you. Jack M. Hope,Lv.NV....

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