Navy Reestablishes Sailor Early Return-to-Sea Policy

Story Number: NNS180628-01Release Date: 6/28/2018 7:58:00 AM
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From Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- In an effort to fill critical billets at sea, the Navy announced June 27 that it has increased detailers' authority to transfer Sailors from their shore duty assignment earlier than their projected rotation date (PRD).

Announced in NAVADMIN 156/18, the Sailor Early Return to Sea (SERTS) policy enables enlisted rating detailers to begin filling high-priority E4 - E9 sea duty billets by using an increased distribution authority.

"Navy Personnel Command already has a number of programs and policies that provide Sailors an opportunity to volunteer to return to sea duty early," said Capt. Alonza Ross, director, NPC Enlisted Distribution Division, Career Management Department. "A number of these programs provide incentives such as money or C-WAY deferment."

"When the available number of Sailors for a key rate or with critical skills-Navy Enlisted Classification Codes - NECs- isn't available due to any number of reasons, the detailers will use the plus or minus six-month transfer window," said Ross. "In those cases, where the transferring population just isn't there, NPC will use the SERTS program to identify Sailors who can be moved back to sea duty early to help address readiness issues in the Fleet."

Factors that will be considered as to whether a Sailor is eligible for SERTS are:

* Length of time on shore
* Current or frocked paygrade
* Fleet experience
* NECs held
* Types of previous sea duty
* Remaining obligated service

Sailors must have completed at least 18-23 months of shore duty, and will not transfer until they have at least completed 24 months on shore. Further, the impact on a Sailor's shore duty command will be balanced against at-sea priorities. Sailors in special program billets such as recruit division commanders, recruiters, brig duty, instructors and special warfare operators will not be considered for SERTS. Nuclear-trained Sailors will continue to be detailed according to the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program.

In addition to filling billets at their current pay grade, SERTS candidates may be selected to fill vacant requirements within their pay band: supervisor (E7-E9), journeyman (E5-E6), and apprentice (E1-E4). For example, E8s and E9s may be chosen to fill vacant E7 and E8 requirements.

Upon selection, the Navy Personnel Command will notify the Sailor and the Sailor's current command of the possible transfer. Sailors and their command may submit an adverse impact statement within 15 days of notification.

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The aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), right, conducts a replenishment-at-sea with the fleet replenishment oiler USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO 187).
180510-N-UD522-0269 PACIFIC OCEAN (May 10, 2018) The aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), right, conducts a replenishment-at-sea with the fleet replenishment oiler USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO 187). John C. Stennis is underway with the ships and squadrons of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 3 conducting a group sail training in preparation for its next scheduled deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class David A. Brandenburg/Released)
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