MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- Phase I of the quota-based Enlisted Retention Board convened Aug. 22 at Navy Personnel Command (NPC).
Due to record-high retention and low attrition the board will review the records of enlisted retention board (ERB)-eligible E-4 and E-5 Sailors from 31 overmanned rates to determine who will be recommended for retention.
A second phase of the ERB will convene in September to review the records of eligible Sailors in pay grades E-6 to E-8.
"Each record reviewed by the ERB represents years of service by the individual candidates facing the board," said Quinn. "The board affords each eligible candidate fair and equitable consideration for the opportunity to stay Navy."
The board is composed of a flag officer as president with officers and master chiefs serving as board members and each phase will have separate memberships according to Navy administrative message (NAVADMIN) 129/11. Board membership is comprised of members from different ratings, geographic locations and warfare specialties.
The number one factor considered by the board is sustained superior performance according to NAVADMIN 129/11. The board will examine the official military personnel file of all candidates for declining performance, such as recent documented misconduct and substandard performance indicators.
In addition to these performance indicators and any correspondence the member submitted, board members will be given retention quotas to apply based on rating, pay grade and years of service and must determine the most fully qualified Sailors. These will be key factors in determining whether retention is in the best interest of the Navy, according to the message.
Each phase is expected to last four weeks.
The ERB was announced earlier this year to help Navy meet its congressionally mandated end-strength and to rebalance the force.
For more information on ERB, including Phase I Precepts, visit the Navy Personnel Command ERB Web page at www.npc.navy.mil/boards/ERB/.
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