NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- A Post-Enlisted Retention Board (ERB) Fleet Engagement team is holding transition briefs for ERB-affected Sailors, their families and command leadership at Hampton Roads installations March 5-9.
The briefs are intended to illustrate how the ERB process was conducted with fairness, equity and integrity and how affected Sailors are afforded opportunities to assist in their transition to civilian life.
During the brief, Capt. Steve Holmes, director of Military Community Management, discussed the ERB process. There were a total of 31 ratings at a manning level of 103 percent or more in FY-12, said Holmes. A quota was then calculated within those ratings to determine how many Sailors could be retained based on pay grade and years of service. To be ERB eligible Sailors had to have completed no less than seven, but no more than 15 years of service.
Holmes explained that with record high retention and low attrition force management tools such as the Enlisted Early Transition and the Perform to Serve (PTS) programs were not producing needed resultsNavy needed to rebalance the force .
Holmes said ERB is not a punishment. Sailors not selected for retention did not necessarily have negative bullets on their evaluations.
"This was a game of numbers and their numbers were simply not as high as others in their competitive group," said Holmes.
The second half of the brief highlighted benefits and transition assistance programs available to those affected by the ERB. Sailors who continue to serve in the Navy Reserve for at least three years beyond their initial military service obligation are eligible to receive full involuntary separation pay (ISP). Once a Sailor is deemed ineligible for retention, they are ineligible for advancement. Joining the Navy Reserve would give them the opportunity to continue to serve and still retire at the age of 60 with 20 years of combined active duty and Reserve service.
Sailors separating as a result of ERB are eligible for enhanced transition assistance benefits including the services of Challenger, Gray and Christmas, an employment outplacement firm contracted to assist Sailors transitioning into the civilian workforce.
Holmes said many Sailors do not realize the value of the education and training they have obtained during their time in the Navy.
"You [ERB-affected personnel] possess a lot of skills folks on the outside are looking for," said Holmes.
Before Sailors transition to the civilian world, there are steps they must complete to properly separate from the Navy. Jean Kelley, Naval Station Norfolk director of Personal Support Detachment was present at the brief held on board Naval Station Norfolk to provide information to affected Sailors and their families. Kelley insisted Sailors be persistent when filing paperwork and never assume something is being taken care of.
"This is your career, this is your future, this is your money so you need to make sure you follow up every step of the way," said Kelley.
Holmes said currently, the Navy does not expect an ERB for FY-13 or FY-14.
For additional information about benefits or updates to ERB transition assistance, visit http://www.public.navy.mil/bupers-npc/boards/ERB/Pages/TransitionInfo.aspx.
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