Continue to Serve Through Conversion

Story Number: NNS130821-10Release Date: 8/21/2013 1:13:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Andrea Perez, Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- Conversion programs allow Sailors from all walks of life to make a major job change and continue their Navy careers, officials said Aug. 21.

Several Continuum of Service (CoS) conversion programs that apply to eligible officer and enlisted Sailors who are currently serving on active duty or in the Reserves are outlined in NAVADMIN 198/13.

To date, thousands of Sailors have converted to different ratings, allowing the Navy to keep Sailors who are committed to a career in the Navy.

According to a new conversion status report on the Active Duty Conversions Web Page on, more than half of active duty conversion requests in 2013 have already been approved.

Applications for conversion can be submitted by detailers, command career counselors (CCCs) or anyone with prior access to Fleet-RIDE through the new Career Waypoint (C-WAY) information technology system. A NAVPERS 5239/8 (SAAR Addendum) is required to access C-WAY.

Active-duty enlisted Sailors, in conjunction with reenlistment applications submitted via the C-WAY-Reenlistment process, can voluntarily request to change ratings.

Reserve Sailors, working with their CCC, can view and apply for a rating conversion through C-WAY-Conversion.

Active-duty and Reserve officers interested in conversion can request a voluntary designator change. Requests for Reserve designator changes are considered continuously, while requests for AC designator changes are decided by a lateral transfer board twice a year.

Per MILPERSMAN 1440-010, requests for conversion into ratings that are properly manned, will only be considered on a case-by-case basis and requests for conversion to overmanned ratings will not be considered.

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Quartermaster Seaman Tyler Todd plots a course for the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) on the ship's bridge.
130821-N-KE519-007 CORAL SEA (Aug. 21, 2013) Quartermaster Seaman Tyler Todd plots a course for the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) on the ship's bridge. Bonhomme Richard is the flagship of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU), is conducting routine joint-force operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Edward Guttierrez III/Released)
August 21, 2013
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