Transition Benefits: NS Norfolk Hosts "Shipmates to Workmates" Career Forum

Story Number: NNS120117-20Release Date: 1/17/2012 4:10:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Lauren G. Randall, Navy Public Affairs Support Element East

NORFOLK (NNS) -- Naval Station Norfolk hosted a "Shipmates to Workmates" career forum to assist Sailors who are transitioning from military to civilian careers, Jan. 17.

Shipmates to Workmates is an initiative that assists Sailors in finding and competing for civilian jobs at partnering commands. It is managed jointly by Naval Sea Systems Command, Naval Air Systems Command, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Naval Supply Systems Command, Navy Installations Command, Space and Naval Warfare Command, and the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations.

Admiral Mark E. Ferguson, Vice Chief of Naval Operations, attended the forum and spoke to Sailors about career opportunities and transitioning from the military to civilian life.

"I came today to see firsthand the transition assistance that we are providing our Sailors who will be leaving the Navy in the next year," said Ferguson. "We're making a concerted effort as a Navy to provide specialized assistance for those Sailors affected by Enlisted Retention Boards as well as Sailors who are separating at the end of their enlistment or retiring."

The program provides Sailors one place where they can find transition resources, assistance with applications and resumes as well as information on applying for federal jobs.

Sailors attending the forum were able to talk to human resources personnel from the partnering commands for resume review, general assistance with job searches and to discuss job and career opportunities.

For additional resources and assistance, separating Sailors can go to the Shipmates to Workmates website,

The "Shipmates to Workmates" program is just one of many transition benefits available to Sailors including those affected by the enlisted retention board. For more information about ERB and other transition benefits, visit the NPC ERB Web Page at, contact the NPC customer service center at 1-866-U-ASK-NPC (1-866-827-5672) or email

Sailors and Marines man-the-rails aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) while entering Pearl Harbor for a port visit.
110831-N-NB544-106 PEARL HARBOR (Aug. 31, 2011) Sailors and Marines man-the-rails aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) while entering Pearl Harbor for a port visit. Ronald Reagan is in the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kyle Carlstrom)
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