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Navy Drastically Alters Reenlistment Process

The stories are out there. Talented Sailors sent home because they had been denied approval to reenlist. While attempting to balance the force, foundations for Sailors across the Navy were being rocked to their core.

Navy Feature Photo

Navy Feature Photo

Now that some of the smoke has cleared, the glasses are being readjusted to focus on the way ahead.

Step one - dismantling Perform to Serve.

Through the Navy's newest career management program, Career Navigator launching June 3, a new reenlistment process more advantageous for Sailors has been created.

Under this new program, all eligible and command-approved E-6 Sailors will be approved for reenlistment on their first application. While there is still a need to tell the career counselor of Sailors' intentions, if they desire to reenlist and have command approval to do so, they will be given reenlistment approval on their first application.

For eligible Sailors E5 and below in skillsets or ratings that are open (formerly known as under-manned), 100 percent will receive approval to reenlist on their first application.

E5 and below Sailors in skillsets or ratings that are balanced or competitive (traditionally over-manned), or that have special requirements such as the nuclear community, will receive information sooner about their ability to reenlist in rate, or opportunity to convert to a different rate or transition to the Reserve Component. Many of these Sailors will also receive approval to reenlist on their first application depending on the manning in their year group.

Chief of Naval Personnel officials say they will update the manning status of every rating every two weeks to give Sailors an accurate view of where the stand in the Career Navigator system.

(Click here to see the status of all Navy ratings as of May 29.)

This is good news for most. With superstar Sailors being shown the door after consistent superior performance, many will be happy to see the reenlistment process evolve into something that is actually based on performance and left up to the command for approval for approximately 75 percent of the force.