By Navy Personnel Command Communications Office
MILLINGTON, Tenn. – Representatives from Navy Personnel Command’s fleet engagement team will meet with Sailors, families and leadership at Norfolk area bases March 5 – 8 to discuss Post Enlisted Retention Board (ERB) matters and transition assistance efforts available for ERB affected Sailors.
“We're providing face-to-face interaction with the Sailors and spouses affected by ERB and the commands that support them so these Sailors have a better understanding of the policies, procedures and transition benefits related to ERB," said Fleet Engagement Team Leader Capt. Steve Holmes, director, community management branch, Bureau of Naval Personnel. Topics covered include Involuntary Separation Pay eligibility and application procedures, Selected Reserve and Ready Reserve Affiliation, Temporary Early Retirement Authority and other transition benefits.
The fleet engagement team is composed of representatives from the enlisted distribution division, enlisted community management division, career development program and the Navy’s ERB transition assistance coordinator. They will conduct all-hands briefs at the following Norfolk area locations:
- Naval Station Norfolk, March 5-6
- Naval Air Station Oceana, March 7
- Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, March 8
The team will be accompanied by representatives from Challenger, Gray and Christmas (CGC), an employment outplacement firm contracted by the Navy to provide personalized career coaching and job search assistance to ERB affected Sailors. CGC representatives will meet one-on-one with ERB affected Sailors and their spouses to develop an individually tailored job search based on individual qualifications, experience and abilities. CGC will craft resumes for and provide personalized job search coaching to aid in transition.
“Challenger, Gray and Christmas consider it our mission to support these Sailors through their job search process and to help them land a job,” said CGC representative, Mike McCalip, executive director, Herdt-CGC.
The all-hands briefs are geared for Sailors not retained by the ERB. Spouses are encouraged to attend the all-hands sessions.
The fleet engagement team will also conduct a leadership roundtable for commanding officers and their command teams at each site for commands that have ERB affected Sailors.
“It is imperative that every leader in the chain of command take an active role in the transition process to ensure each Sailor is optimally prepared,” said Holmes.
Sailors should contact their command career counselor for local briefing times and locations.
ERB affected Sailors who have not yet signed up for CGC free service may contact CGC representative via e-mail at CGCUSNavy@challengergray.com .
For more information about transition benefits visit the Transition Assistance Web Page available under the Hot Links section of the Navy Personnel Command at www.npc.navy.mil.