Navy's High-Year-Tenure Policy Updated

Story Number: NNS120628-18Release Date: 6/28/2012 4:19:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Andrea Perez, Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- As a reminder of the implementation date of July 1, a summary of policy changes to the Navy's High Year Tenure (HYT) program were reiterated in NAVADMIN 198/12, released June 28.

The new HYT policy is outlined in MILPERSMAN 1160-120 and takes effect July 1, 2012. It applies to all active-duty, Full-Time Support (FTS) and Selected Reserve (SELRES) Sailors.

HYT sets the maximum number of years an enlisted Sailor may serve based on rank before he or she must advance, separate or if eligible, retire.

NAVADMIN 198/12 highlights other important changes under the new policy, including a reduction in HYT limits for active-duty and FTS Sailors in paygrades E-1 to E-3; elimination of passed not advanced (PNA) for E-3 Sailors to stay on active duty for eight years; a clause allowing approved HYT waivers to be cancelled when not fulfilled as approved; and clarification of reduction-in-rate procedures.

The new HYT limit for E-1 and E-2 active-duty and FTS Sailors is four years, and the new HYT limit for E-3 active-duty and FTS Sailors is five years.

E-1, E-2 and E-3 active-duty and FTS Sailors who are already past the modified HYT limit as of July 1 will be separated by March 31, 2013 unless they receive a HYT waiver or are advanced to a paygrade with a higher HYT limit.

Starting with this March's Navy Wide Advancement Exam, E-3 Sailors who passed, but did not advance, may not continue service beyond the revised HYT limit for their paygrade.

Also under NAVADMIN 198/12, previously approved HYT waiver requests can be cancelled when not fulfilled by the Sailor. If an active-duty or FTS Sailor's waiver is cancelled, separation will occur within 120 days of the cancellation, unless they have time to transfer to the Fleet Reserve or retire. Members of the SELRES will be removed from a SELRES status by the end of the month in which the waiver was cancelled and must transfer to a non-pay status or the retired Reserve (with or without pay), if retirement eligible.

Regarding reduction in rate (RIR), active-duty and FTS Sailors who have been RIR and exceeded the HYT limit for the lower paygrade must separate by their End of Active Obligated Service as extended or Dec. 31, 2012, whichever is sooner, unless they are granted a HYT waiver, reinstated or advanced. Members of the SELRES who have been RIR and have exceeded the HYT limit for the lower paygrade will be transferred to a non-pay status by Dec. 31, unless they are granted a HYT waiver, reinstated or advanced. Other separation timelines for RIR are also discussed in the NAVADMIN.

For more information, read NAVADMIN 198/12 and MILPERSMAN 1160-120, visit the HYT Web Page on the NPC website at or call the NPC Customer Service Center at 1-866-U-ASK-NPC or 1-866-827-5672.

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Deck department Sailors stand in formation for a seasonal dress uniform inspection aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3).
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