Career Counselors Provide Sailors with Enlisted Retention Board Guidance

Story Number: NNS110524-14Release Date: 5/24/2011 10:06:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jared M. King, USS Enterprise Public Affairs

USS ENTERPRISE, At Sea (NNS) -- Enterprise Carrier Strike Group (CSG) career counselors are providing assistance to 234 Sailors selected for the Enlisted Retention Board (ERB) announced May 22.

The ERB serves to rebalance manning in 31 overmanned ratings, improve advancement rates and increase Perform to Serve opportunities.

Enterprise, embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1, CSG 12, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 2, and USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55) Sailors in overmanned ratings facing the board are being provided with one-on-one counseling, Armed Forces Classification Test (ASVAB) study help and quick access through the administrative process.

"The command has compiled a barrage of information, making sure all Sailors fully understand the situation and assuring them they have the support they need," said Chief Navy Counselor (SW/AW) Ramous K. Fleming, USS Enterprise (CVN 65). "We have the affected Sailors' chains of command fully engaged, counseling them and guiding them all the way through this process."

One of the options presented in affected Enterprise CSG Sailors' career development boards is to convert to an undermanned rate. To do so, Sailors have to retake the ASVAB to submit a qualifying score in a conversion package by June 15.

The Enterprise Educational Services Office (ESO) has set up a 24-hour online tool offering the precursor test for the ASVAB to get Sailors acquainted to the test questions as early as possible.

"The commanding officer has offered to the selected Sailors an unrestricted and direct paperwork streamline, avoiding the normal paperwork flow process," said USS Enterprise Command Master Chief (AW/SW) Keith Oxley. "If a Sailor wants to convert to a different rate, it is possible for it to get approved today."

Sailors who choose not to cross-rate are receiving one-on-one guidance and mentorship from squadron career counselors and command master chiefs prior to submitting final ERB packages, said Ensign Oliver Speckner, CVW-1 administrative officer.

The primary criteria for the conduct of this quota-based board are sustained superior performance, with the objective to balance naval personnel in terms of seniority, experience and skills to meet the fleet requirements.

"There are many challenges that face our Sailors today," said Oxley. "It is absolutely imperative that Sailors stay engaged and energized; you have watch station proficiencies, in-rate qualifications and warfare qualifications to earn. It's really about reviewing the 'whole Sailor.' We're doing everything we can to ensure the Sailors affected aboard Big E are presented every opportunity possible."

The board is a targeted action aimed at only the most overmanned ratings and will examine the performance of roughly 16,000 Sailors Navy-wide. Approximately 3,000 Sailors will not be retained on active duty, but will be encouraged to apply for positions in the selected reserve.

Sailors are also encouraged to request conversion into an undermanned rating prior to the board. Those approved for conversion will be exempt from this board.

Enterprise Carrier Strike Group (CSG), is supporting maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. Enterprise CSG consists of Enterprise, the guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55), guided-missile destroyers USS Bulkeley (DDG 84), USS Barry (DDG 52) and USS Mason (DDG 87); fast-combat support ship USNS Arctic (T-AOE 8), CVW-1 and DESRON 2.

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