Record Retention, Shifting Missions Prompt Focused Navy Retention Board

Story Number: NNS110414-10Release Date: 4/14/2011 12:18:00 PM
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From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy announced April 14 that it will conduct a focused enlisted retention board (ERB) in August for 31 specific ratings.

The ERB will be conducted as a result of record high retention and low attrition among active duty Sailors and to meet current and future planned end strength controls.

Currently, the Navy is overmanned in 31 of its 84 ratings, and as a result, many ratings have limited Perform-to-Serve (PTS) quotas available, resulting in increased competition and reduced opportunity for strong performing Sailors to reenlist. In order to enable the PTS program to work as designed to shape the force, Navy leadership has determined it is necessary to increase the opportunity for top performing Sailors to compete for a quota.

"Programs like Perform-to-Serve and selective reenlistment bonus have been effective tools at optimizing and stabilizing our force strength. Retention behavior, coupled with the shift of 6,800 billets back to sea and development of our capabilities in key areas such as ballistic missile defense (BMD), cyber and information dominance has necessitated the establishment of the enlisted retention board to meet congressionally mandated end strength and to rebalance the force," explained Chief of Naval Personnel, Vice Adm. Mark Ferguson.

The board will review the records of selected third class petty officers (E-4) through senior chief petty officers (E-8) in the 31 overmanned ratings with greater than seven but less than 15 years of cumulative service as of Oct. 1 2011, and will be conducted in two independent phases -- Phase I will review E-4 to E-5 Sailors and will convene Aug. 22, 2011. Phase II will review E-6 to E-8 Sailors and will convene Sept. 26, 2011.

The specific ratings identified include the following:

- Aviation Boatswain's Mate Fuels (ABF)
- Aviation Machinist's Mate (AD)
- Aviation Electrician's Mate (AE)
- Aerographer's Mate (AG)
- Aviation Structural Mechanic (AM)
- Aviation Support Equipment Technician (AS)
- Aviation Electronics Technician (AT)
- Aircrewman Mechanical (AWF)
- Aircrew - Tactical Helicopter (AWR)
- Aircrew - Avionics (AWV)
- Aviation Maintenance Administrationman (AZ)
- Builder (BU)
- Construction Electrician (CE)
- Construction Mechanic (CM)
- Engineering Aide (EA)
- Electrician's Mate Surface (EMSW)
- Equipment Operator (EO)
- Electronics Technician, Surface Warfare (ETSW)
- Fire Controlman (non-Aegis) (FC)
- Gas Turbine Systems Technician, Electrical (GSE)
- Machinist's Mate, Surface Warfare (MMSW)
- Mineman (MN)
- Machinery Repairman (MR)
- Operations Specialist (OS)
- Parachute Rigger (PR)
- Personnel Specialist (PS)
- Religious Program Specialist (RP)
- Ship's Serviceman (SH)
- Sonar Technician Surface (STG)
- Steelworker (SW)
- Utilitiesman (UT)

The board will exclude Sailors whose soft expiration of active obligated service (EAOS) date is in FY12 because they will be considered in PTS. The board will also exclude those who advanced to their current paygrade in cycles 208 (E-4/5/6), 209 (E-8/9), 210 (E-7), or 211 (E-4/5/6), are nuclear qualified, Joint Special Warfare Command enablers and those currently enrolled in the Navy's Safe Harbor program.

This quota-based board is anticipated to review roughly 16,000 records and will identify approximately 3,000 Sailors who will not be retained on active duty. In essence, this board will review roughly 6percent of the force to separate approximately 1 percent. Separation quotas will be developed by individual rating, pay grade and years of service, and will be published once the board convenes.

In an effort to provide maximum opportunities for conversion ahead of the board, eligibility requirements will be adjusted to allow eligible Sailors to convert to an undermanned rating prior to the board convening. Those Sailors approved for rating conversion prior to the board will be exempted. Procedures to apply for rating conversion will be published by May 1 and the applications must be received by June 15, 2011.

Those Sailors not selected for retention will need to separate by June 30, 2012, but qualified Sailors will be afforded the opportunity to compete for a Selected Reserve quota via PTS. The Career Transition Office (CTO) will be available to assist Sailors who desire to make this transition into the Reserve Component.

Sailors separated by this board will also have access to the Navy's transition assistance programs which includes the Transition Assistance Management Program (TAMP), employment assistance, relocation assistance for separating members stationed overseas, and other benefits for members who are involuntarily separated. Members will also be eligible for involuntary separation pay.

"Navy values the service of every Sailor. The decision to establish this board was made after careful consideration, and will allow Navy to keep our very best Sailors in these overmanned ratings, improve advancement opportunity, and enable PTS to maintain this balance into the future. We also strove to afford Sailors the opportunity to shift ratings prior to the board and to affiliate with the reserves should they not be continued on active duty."

To read the ERB announcement, NAVADMIN 129/11, visit

To listen to Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. Gary Roughead's comments on the ERB, visit

For more news from Chief of Naval Personnel, visit

4/22/2011 2:00:00 AM
This is simply a case of the government not having the stones to just come out and say that they need to lay people off, same with PTS. They are giving these saliors false hope when in actuality they are just marching them closer to the chopping block. Command Career Counselors have been completely useless during this mess and I fully expect this to continue. I don't know what else we can really do about what is happening to us.

4/21/2011 1:23:00 PM
They say that if you have been masted in the last 3 yrs prior to you putting in your PTS. you will not be selected. Well why waste time boot them at CO's mast. Seen an E-5 go to CO's mast 2 times in 1 1/2 yrs yet still in and has 2 more yrs till PTS. If it is true that being masted 3yrs prior will get you PTS out. Then why wait? Thats 2-3 other great sailiors jobs you have saved.

4/21/2011 1:16:00 PM
A CO at each command should have say on who goes where. They know there people better then some guy or gal behind a desk not involved in who or what that person does day by day and to cut them? Really thats like throwing darts on a board of names. You know they say communication is key in the navy... Well communitcate with your CO's of each command get there say, inputs. Otherwise its 10yrs of my life lost with great intentions of Ret. Well not anymroe.

4/21/2011 1:09:00 PM
Well it is my time coming fast. I have given the navy 10 yrs and have done what is expected and what the senior leader ship expects of an E-5 ie. SCPOA, Dapa, Special Programs, IA etc.. I have done it all. I get a P with all the collateral duties i have done in 1 yr. I have spoken to the CO they believe that it should be up to the CO to do inputs of who is worth there weight. I work so hard yet others can skate by and be selected to re-enlist. Con't..

4/20/2011 9:00:00 AM
This will help balance the budget, so it's all good. If people loose their job "so be it" said the Speaker of the House

4/20/2011 3:39:00 AM
PTS...aka Prepare To Seperate! How has the Worlds greatest Navy become so broke in respect to it's fighting sailors. I say fighting, because "Our" sailors are now having to fight for their jobs, their survival and thier families survival! We have some of the countrys finest people serving among our ranks, but they are getting pink sliped left and right becasuse of this PTS system. CNO, MCPON fix this please, this is a slap in the face for our Blue Jackets!

4/19/2011 10:58:00 AM
So if you have the chance to PTS you get six looks and have the option of cross rating if a quota isn't available. If you get caught up in the ERB and choose not to proactively cross rate then get singled out you're done. Sounds like a gamble. How about we change it up to give the ERB selectees a chance to crossrate AFTER selection instead of being booted? Otherwise you can't really call it a force shaping tool.

4/19/2011 9:17:00 AM
I have 14 years in the Navy. If I am forced out, I lose my retirement. I receive a Involuntary Separation Pay or join the reserves. How is either option equitable for me, or anyone else in my shoes? This isn't about making room for Junior personnel to advance, this is all about saving money. By forcing me and many others out, they will save millions (probably billions) of dollars.

4/18/2011 7:45:00 PM
Way back in 2008 the Navy offered 75,000 bonuses for FC's. Now its overmanned. As a matter of fact we are at 455% for E-1 to E-3. Are you kidding me?

4/18/2011 2:29:00 PM
I definitely think an early retirement option should be offered to those who have 15+ years already in. That would thin things out a bit.

4/18/2011 12:58:00 PM
I know that a lot of people are worried about their jobs, and I sympathize with them. I've been in two years and don't want to do it anymore. I have a degree and I could be doing soemthing I love in the civilian world. Why won't the Navy let me go?

4/18/2011 3:20:00 AM
Please tell me why an AO2 who was an AO1 a month ago and has failed 2 of the last three PFA's doesn't have to sweat losing his job but I do? I have great evals, haven't been in trouble,no PFA failure's etc.... but I'm the one on the chopping block. Really? Call it what it is. A cold cost saving measure. Don't spin it hoping we're too ignorant to see what it really is.

4/17/2011 9:48:00 PM
We will lose good sailors, most worth their salt will leave before cuts and get jobs. This happens every time money gets tight. After Korea, Viet Nam, 1st Gulf war, and now. America needs to remember the Military Member provides a service like no other in this country.... why cut manpower cut some of the big dollar items F22, 26,000 dollars per fight hour cost of an E5 for a year, about 2 1/2 hours flight time. Cut Crongress pay and benifits and only give em 2 1/2% retirment per year.

4/17/2011 10:07:00 AM
How about offering early retirement across the board to all rates, those E-6 and above and who have 15yrs or more of service in? That might thin out the crowd a bit?

4/16/2011 5:15:00 AM
What they mean is we need to make budget cuts and the people are the first to go. I remember the SERB boards in the 90's. What a crock. Some, if not most, of these people have given their all for the Navy and the country and will not be deserving of this no matter what some arbitrary selection board decides. Oh we are sorry, you have been good enough for us for 14 years, but we have over recruited and now you have to get out.

4/15/2011 8:01:00 PM
After serving for 12 years I got my gold chevrons, 8 Navy Achievement Medals, did recruiting duty (Recruiter of the Year) just returned from a middle east deployment, and now instead of thinking about making chief I am searching for a job or a rating change just in case I get swept out for some reason since I never understand how the navy makes these decisions.

4/15/2011 3:13:00 PM
Six Percent and dismissing one percent? OK, what is the percentage of aviation rated Sailors? Way higher, nice spin.

4/15/2011 10:10:00 AM
I have never been on or even heard of a ship in 6 years that was fully manned in EM, TS, GSE, or STG, among others from that list. If these ratings are overmanned, but there are still gapped, operational SEA DUTY billets...then where are all these "extra" Sailors?? I can't help but think this is another instance of the shore establishment being too far removed from the Fleet to really understand our problems. Can't wait to be a DH in two years and see how else Big Navy has shot us in the foot.

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Cmdr. Chuck Good, commanding officer of the guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd (DDG 100), reenlists five Sailors during a wreath laying ceremony.
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