Navy Updates High Year Tenure Policy

Story Number: NNS120125-08Release Date: 1/25/2012 2:15:00 PM
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From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy announced changes to the High Year Tenure (HYT) policy and the merging of the active and reserve policy into one Total Force policy in NAVADMIN 030/12, released Jan. 25.

"High Year Tenure is a vital and effective force management tool we use to properly size and shape the Navy," said Rear Adm. Tony Kurta, Director, Military Personnel Plans and Policy. "After a thorough review of the policy, we saw a need for updating the policy to keep pace with and support the other force management tools. This change will improve retention and advancement opportunity for top performers."

The NAVADMIN outlines several significant changes to HYT. Under the new policy, HYT for E-2 Sailors will be four years, down from six. Additionally, E-3 Sailors will reach HYT at five years vice six, and continuation to eight years for passing a Navy Wide Advancement Exam has been eliminated. These Sailors would have had a minimum of six opportunities for advancement before reaching HYT.

Policy changes outlined in the NAVADMIN will take effect July 1, 2012. Effective July 1, active and full time support E2 and E3 Sailors with active service in excess of these HYT length of service gates must separate by Mar. 31, 2013, unless advanced or waived.

HYT waiver procedures can be found in MILPERSMAN 1160-120.

Sailors who have been granted a HYT waiver for a specific assignment and cannot fulfill their commitment will have their HYT waiver canceled and will have to separate, transfer to the Reserves or retire.

These HYT changes will not affect Sailors who have reached sanctuary, which occurs at 18 years of cumulative active duty. Additionally, nuclear rated Sailors will be managed separately by their community manager. HYT policy for E-4 through E-9 has not changed.

For more details on the HYT changes, read NAVADMIN 030/12 by visiting the Navy Personnel Command website at

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Sailors assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) man the rails as the ship pulls out of San Diego.
Official U.S. Navy file photo.
December 12, 2011
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