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SUBJ/MODIFICATION TO EARLY SEPARATION POLICY NAVADMIN CANCELLATIONS//
REF/A/MSG/CNO WASHINGTON DC/131504ZDEC17//
NARR/REF A IS NAVADMIN 288/17, EARLY SEPARATION POLICY NAVADMIN
REF B IS MPM 1440-011 FORCED CONVERSION.
REF C IS MPM 1910-108, SEPARATION BY REASON OF CONVENIENCE OF THE GOVERNMENT-
EARLY RELEASE TO FURTHER EDUCATION.
REF D IS MPM 1910-102, SEPARATION BY REASON OF CHANGES IN SERVICE OBLIGATION
(ACTIVE DUTY AND INACTIVE NAVY RESERVISTS).
REF E IS MPM 1830-040, TRANSFER TO FLEET RESERVE AND RELEASE FROM ACTIVE
DUTY 20 YEARS.//
RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN modifies reference (a) by revising early
separation policy to offer early separation on a case-by-case basis
to enlisted Sailors. Reference (a) remains in effect for officers.
2. As the Navy has grown over recent years, some enlisted ratings
at specific paygrades have become overmanned due to high retention
in these ratings. In an effort to provide well-balanced enlisted
ratings in support of community rating health, the Navy is opening
up opportunities for eligible Sailors to submit requests for early
separation, conversions or transfer to the Fleet Reserve.
3. Voluntary early separations will be considered on a case-by-case
basis in the following policy areas:
a. In lieu of forced conversion. Early separation in lieu of
forced conversion will be offered for Sailors with less than 12
months to their soft expiration of active obligated service (SEAOS).
As outlined in reference (b), members may request immediate
voluntary early separation in lieu of forced conversion or
administrative separation. Requests must contain a statement of
understanding that any unearned bonuses will be recouped and
separation pay will not be authorized.
b. To pursue education opportunity. Sailors may request an
early out in order to further their education. For those who have
greater than 90 days of service to their SEAOS, requests must be
submitted to the Enlisted Separation and Performance Division (PERS-
832), as outlined in reference (c). Commanding officers (COs) with
special courts-martial convening authority or higher serve as the
separating authority for education separation requests that are
within 90 days of the SEAOS of the Service Member.
c. Conditional release for commissioning or enlistment
opportunities. Members interested in applying for a commissioning
program in the Navy or to another branch of service, and members
interested in an inter-service transfer for enlistment into another
branch of service, must request a conditional release from PERS-832
via their CO as outlined in reference (d). COs and Sailors are
reminded that only the Commander, Navy Personnel Command (CNPC) can
approve conditional release requests.
d. Enlisted Early Transition Program (EETP). Use of EETP is
hereby restored. EETP is a quota-controlled voluntary separation
program. Available quota opportunity is identified by rating,
paygrade, year group and navy enlisted classification. Quotas are
updated periodically to reflect opportunity. Early separation will
be granted on a first-come, first-serve basis until all quotas are
exhausted in the respective rating. EETP opportunities and the
application process can be found on the Navy Personnel Command (NPC)
website via MyNavy Portal at https://my.navy.mil, then click *Quick
Links* and then the *NPC* tab. Once on the NPC website, navigate to
the *Enlisted* dropdown, then select *Community Managers* and
navigate down to the *EETP* link. Early separation requests will
not be approved for Sailors in nuclear ratings.
4. Rating Conversion Opportunity. In an effort to provide well-
balanced enlisted ratings and to retain talented and experienced
Sailors, conversion opportunities are available. All Sailors
considering early out options are also highly encouraged to seek
conversion to other ratings for which they are eligible and
qualified. Command Career Counselors and Enlisted Community
Managers are available resources for determining the ratings for
which a Sailor is best suited.
5. Transfer to Fleet Reserve. Fleet Reserve policy found in
reference (e) is hereby reinstated. This policy authorizes the
Active Duty Enlisted Retirements Branch (PERS-836) to approve
agreed-upon recommendations from active component Enlisted Community
Managers (BUPERS-32), Reserve Enlisted Community Managers (BUPERS-
352), Officer and Enlisted Nuclear Programs Branch (OPNAV N133) and
Enlisted Distribution Division (PERS-40) for all Active Duty and
Full-Time Support Sailors with obligated service time remaining on
their enlisted contract to transfer to the Fleet Reserve.
a. BUPERS-32, BUPERS-352 and OPNAV N133 will review each early
separation and transfer to the Fleet Reserve request for
consideration on a case-by-case basis, taking into account the total
manning posture of the Navy, planning factors and rating health.
b. All such requests will be adjudicated by PERS-40 to ensure
sea and critical shore billets are not negatively impacted. Any
request that would negatively affect sea duty manning will be
6. Navy remains committed to ensuring Fleet readiness by providing
well-trained Sailors in the right paygrade with the right skills and
experience at the right time. Ensuring proper rating health, by
balancing rating paygrades, while retaining the necessary knowledge,
skills and experience in the Fleet is instrumental to maintaining
our warfighting advantage.
7. Questions and concerns regarding these policy changes may be
referred to MyNavy Career Center at askmncc(at)navy.mil or 1-833-
8. Released by Vice Admiral John B. Nowell, Jr, N1.//