MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- The Navy announced suspension of the Early Career Transition Program (ECTP) in a Navy message released March 14.
According to NAVADMIN 063/13 Navy Personnel Command (NPC) will no longer accept requests to transition to the Selected Reserve under this program. Requests submitted and received at NPC prior to March 14 will be accepted and processed. Requests received after March 14 will be returned without action. Previously approved requests are unaffected.
Established in 2011, ECTP allowed active duty and Full Time Support (FTS) Sailors with at least two, but less than 16 years of service to leave active duty and affiliate with the Selected Reserve to finish out the remainder of their Navy contract.
It provided Sailors an early transition opportunity to continue their Naval service and pursue educational or personal goals at a time when the Navy was experiencing record high retention and low attrition. When the program was activated, active duty Navy had 35 overmanned ratings while the Selected Reserve had 22 undermanned ratings, so the ECTP helped reduce overmanning in the active component while filling the Selected Reserve ranks with highly trained and qualified Sailors.
Since 2011, the Navy has made significant progress in balancing the force, eliminating the current need for the ECTP voluntary early separation program. ECTP may be reinstated in the future as required.
For more information, read the NAVADMIN 063/13 at the NPC website www.npc.navy.mil.
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