Sailors Prepare for Retention Board

Story Number: NNS110527-13Release Date: 5/27/2011 11:36:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (AW) LaTunya Howard, Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- The Enlisted Retention Board (ERB) quotas were made available May 18, to help Sailors stay Navy by identifying competition within individual ratings, pay grades, and years-of-service categories.

Navy Personnel Command (NPC) Force Master Chief (AW/SW/NAC) Jon Port advised Sailors to be prepared.

"Just because you are on the ERB list does not mean that you will not continue in the Navy," said Port. "I hope every command assigns a sponsor to their ERB Sailor, hopefully a chief or senior chief to mentor them and provide them guidance on how to put a package together.

"We already have a continuation board on the far end to evaluate the performance of chief petty officers," said Port. "We've never had a board of this nature. The ERB is an opportunity for Sailors to step-up their pace in the middle ranks; it's also an opportunity to ease the strain on the Perform-to-Serve (PTS) program."

As part of Navy efforts to increase options for ERB eligible Sailors, conversion waivers were introduced in NAVADMIN 160/11. The chief of naval personnel message clarifies the process for ERB eligible Sailors to apply for conversion prior to the board.

The purpose of the ERB is to balance 31 overmanned ratings and improve Navy-wide advancement opportunity.

"PTS was not designed to be a force shaping tool," said Port. "It was meant for very competitive Sailors in overmanned ratings to convert to ratings that are undermanned. This benefits the Sailors advancement percentage, while meeting the manning needs of our Navy."

Sailors interested in conversion can submit an application for a maximum of three ratings. The following ratings will accept applications for conversions:


Service members must satisfy eligibility requirements. Conversion waivers will be granted based on the needs of the Navy. Applications must be submitted by June 15. Sailors will be notified of results no later than July 15. Sailors approved for conversion will be exempt from the ERB board.

ERB eligible Sailors' official military personnel files are tagged in BUPERS Online if he or she is expected to go before the board. Commands can use command view to see the bureau's initial selection.

For more information on the ERB, read NAVADMIN 160/11, visit the NPC webpage or contact the NPC customer service center at or 1-866-U-ASK-NPC, 1-866-827-5672.

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