MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Mullen has approved the merger between the cryptologic technician administrative (CTA) rating and the yeoman (YN) rating.
The conversion from CTA to YN will officially begin Oct. 1 according to NAVADMIN 118.
"It's [the merger is] going to take a smaller rating and combine it with a larger rating and it will give those Sailors a better opportunity for advancement," said Master Chief Yeoman (SW/AW) Michael Harris, the enlisted community manager for administrative ratings.
Harris added that Sailors who were not previously able to go to sea to get their warfare designators will now have the opportunity to do so.
The merger will also open up detailing possibilities.
"Before the merger, YNs couldn't fill some of the CTA billets and a CTA could not fill some of the YN billets. Both are administrative jobs. Now both can fill the other's billets," he said.
Though Sailors will not need to take any personal action, they can start planning now.
"Sailors in the CTA, YN community can start negotiating with their detailers to take those assignments to advance their careers," he said.
CTAs who do not wish to become YNs can submit a conversion package to cross-rate into other communities.
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