By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (AW) LaTunya Howard, Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs
MILLINGTON, Tenn. –The deadline to submit conversion applications prior to the first Enlisted Retention Board (ERB) is quickly approaching Navy officials said Aug. 2.
“We have received approximately 1,000 conversion applications so far,” said Master Chief Navy Counselor David Duncan, who is responsible for the review of ERB conversion applications at Navy Personnel Command (NPC).
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 before going before the board. Applications for conversion are due Aug. 15.
The board will look at only the most overmanned ratings and will examine the performance of approximately 16,000 Sailors, according to NAVADMIN 129/11. Approximately 3,000 Sailors will not be retained on active duty but are encouraged to apply for Selected Reserve, if not accepted for conversion.
Conversion applications will be held until the board has completed its deliberations. Only those Sailors not selected for retention in-rate by the ERB will be considered for conversion. Those Sailors subsequently selected for conversion will be retained in their new rating.
“Sailors should understand a conversion package is a second opportunity to stay Navy,” said Duncan.
Sailors interested in conversion can submit an application for a maximum of three ratings. The following ratings will accept applications for conversions:
CS (SUB), CTI, CTM, CTN, CTR, CTT, ET-NAV, ET-RADIO, FT, HM, ITS, LS (SUB),
MM-WEPS, NC (COUNSELOR), YN (SUB)
Service members must satisfy eligibility requirements. Conversion waivers will be granted based on the needs of the Navy.
For more information on the ERB, you can read NAVADMIN 129/11, 160/11, 180/11, visit the NPC webpage or contact the NPC customer service center at CSCmailbox@navy.mil or 1-866-U-ASK-NPC.