ROTA, Spain (NNS) -- An Operation Blue to Green manager spoke to the Sailors of Naval Station Rota in July to raise awareness of the Blue to Green program.
Tom Entrott, Blue to Green manager for Europe and the eastern half of the United States, made a trip to Naval Station Rota to raise awareness of the transition program, which provides the option for Sailors to continue their active-duty service with the Army without a break in service.
According to Entrott, one of the challenges of the program is dealing with the list of rumors, such as what changes will occur during a Sailor's transition to becoming a Soldier. He addressed some of those rumors in his presentation.
"Basically, the best way to put everything in the correct perspective is by understanding that the [primary] thing that's going to happen to you in transitioning from the Navy to the Army is a change in uniform, said Entrott. "That's first."
"Second, if you have a job in the Navy that converts to a job in the Army, then you can opt to go ahead and convert over to do that job in the Army. Typically, you're going to be retrained in that job anyhow, so that you become acclimated to the Army vocabulary and their way of doing things."
On the other hand, converting from Sailor to Soldier provides the opportunity become trained in a new career path for those interested in trying someting new, Entrott said.
"What the Blue to Green program does, is it allows you to make that change [without the risk] and build a stronger resume. As a civilian hiring people, I would much rather hire somebody that is more diverse and dynamic than somebody who has been doing the same thing for their whole career. So the Blue to Green program is an excellent chance for them to go ahead and be retrained in something that they really want to do," said Entrott.
Another rumor that has been going around, according to Entrott, is that Blue to Green converters will not get retrained.
"The day after their EAOS in the Navy, they will go report to the Warrior Transition Course (WTC). It's a four-week course right now out of Fort Knox, Ky. It's to get you acclimated to the Army culture, and to prepare you to be a Soldier," he explained.
So yes, there is physical training involved, and weapons training, etc., according to Entrott. But he has great faith in those who take on the challenge.
"We've got a 100 percent success rate," he said.
On a side note, Entrott mentioned that there are enlistment bonuses as an added incentive. "There's going to be either a $5,000 or $10,000 Blue to Green bonus. If your job converts over to an Army job that offers a selective reenlistment bonus, then you qualify for that as well, just as if you were an Army Soldier," he said.
Contact your career counselor for program details and any questions about the Blue to Green program. The career counselor can connect you to the correct people to convert from Blue to Green.
For more information on Operation Blue to Green, visit www.GoArmy.com.
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