By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andrea Perez, Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs
MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- Commanders overseas are required to give Sailors separating due to the Enlisted Retention Board (ERB) the opportunity to be in the continental United States for at least 60 days prior to separation, according to NAVADMIN 332/11.
"For Sailors to have an effective plan and smooth transition, they need to learn about transition services and develop their personal way ahead," said Capt. Kate Janac, ERB coordinator, chief of naval operations. "Sailors serving overseas do not have access to certain opportunities available to Sailors in the states. This early return from overseas affords Sailors the time they need to better utilize separation benefits and services."
Janac says commanders stateside may authorize up to 60-days for transition for Sailors facing separation prior to their end of active-duty obligated service date.
The 60-day transition period may include Permissive Temporary Duty for job hunting or run concurrently with separation leave. Under existing Navy policies and command approval, the transition period may also include any combination of normal working hours, liberty, Temporary Duty and regular leave.
"In general, Sailors will not take the 60 days afforded to them all at once, except for those stationed overseas who need to come back to the United States to a separation activity on separation orders," said Janac. "The mission must still be done, so both the chain-of-command and Sailor will have to plan ahead to optimize the time authorized for transition between now and Sept. 1, 2012."
In accordance with MILPERSMAN 1910-812, members eligible for separation while serving in the 48 contiguous United States will normally be separated on board their current command. If justification is presented and there is no additional cost to the government, Sailors may be authorized to transfer to a separation activity other than their current command, provided the gaining activity has separation capability and no objections to receiving personnel for transition separation, said Janac.
"The real goal is not to focus on reaching 60 days, but rather to construct a plan to engage the wealth of transition resources available for all Sailors, not just ERB-separating Sailors," said Janac. "Preparing for a new career requires a great deal of commitment and effort from Sailors in the same way they have already committed to the Navy."
For more information visit the Navy Personnel Command (NPC) ERB Web Page at www.npc.navy.mil/boards/ERB, contact the NPC customer service center at 1-866-U-ASK-NPC (1-866-827-5672) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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