NEW SRB AWARD LEVELS HAVE BEEN APPROVED!
SRB award levels for newly added skillsets, and increases to previously offered skillsets, are effective immediately. The actions necessary to reapprove, rescreen, or adjust SRB qualifiers as detailed below will take time. Please read the entirety of the information provided below, and allow for adequate time for SRB Help Desk staff to act. Continue to monitor the SRB status in BOL. If the expected change has not occurred after 4-6 workdays, the CCC should contact the SRB Help Desk. Ensure the SRB status in BOL is validated immediately prior to the CCC contacting the SRB Help Desk for assistance. CCCs calling the SRB Help Desk should have the member’s SSN ready to expedite the process.
The actions required to initiate re-programming of CIMS with the approved changes has occurred. That process also take time. Please allow time for SPAWAR to reprogram CIMS to reflect the changes published on this website. I would expect all actions to be complete within approximately four workdays of the release of the new SRB award plan. The SRB Help Desk will not manually enter SRB requests for commands during this period unless immediate SRB processing is required.
For previously approved SRBs for reenlistments on, or after, 201028, that now have higher SRB award levels, the SRB will be reapproved to apply the newly authorized higher award level, with no action required by the member or requesting command. You should expect a new SRB approval message shortly.
For pending SRBs subject to an increase, the SRB will be rescreened to apply the higher award, with no action required by the member or requesting command. This action is performed as a courtesy and should populate BOL with an updated SRB award total. If BOL does not update with a new, higher, award total, no action is required. When the SRB is approved, approximately two weeks in advance of the requested reenlistment date, the new higher award level will be applied.
SRBs must be requested 35-120 days in advance, and the member must be reenlisting within 365 days of their EAOS, or be in receipt of unexecuted PCS orders that contain an unmet OBLISERV. For newly added skillsets highlighted in blue on the award table, if the member is within about 6 weeks of their EAOS or a transfer date under PCS orders with an unmet OBLISERV, the requirement to request the reenlistment 35-120 days in advance will be waived with no formal waiver package required. As long as the EAOS, or transfer date, is no later than 201215, simply submit the SRB request in CIMS. The CCC should call the SRB Help Desk directly if the EAOS or transfer date is too close to ensure processing prior to reenlistment. We can see all PCS orders, so it is unnecessary to forward any correspondence with supporting documentation to BUPERS 328. For reenlistment dates after 201215, the request should be submitted 35-120 days in advance.
For MT T3XA Sailors, the currently pending SRBs will be updated to MT 0000 as the qualifier. There is no action required by the reenlisting Sailor or the requesting command. The qualifier change is essentially an administrative adjustment, with no net impact to the SRB.
Many Sailors with pending SRBs may now be eligible for a higher SRB based on newly added skillsets. A records review will be conducted, and if the member holds an active NEC in the newly added SRB skill, the SRB request will be updated by the SRB Help Desk. In those cases, no action is required by the member or requesting command. Examples where this change will increase the SRB immediately are:
AWS 0000 Zone B Sailors who hold an AWS G34A NEC
EN 0000 Zone B Sailors who hold a U13A NEC
ETV 0000 Zone A and B Sailors who hold the T21A NEC
IT 0000 Zone C Sailors who hold an H01A NEC
For the following skills, this transition in assigned SRB qualifier will be made for reenlistments pending for dates on, or after 201127. For Sailors in these rates, it may be beneficial to consider moving the reenlistment to a date prior to the effective date of the SRB reductions or cancellations. Recoding of these SRB with the new skillset only minimizes the SRB reduction associated with the change to the original skillset. To avoid any reduction, the reenlistment date must be moved:
AWO 0000 Zone B Sailors who hold an AWO G09A NEC
FCA Zone B and C Sailors who hold one of the 10 supervisory NECs listed
MM(SW) 0000 Zone B Sailors who hold either the U57A, U59A, or U68A NEC
MA P05A Zone A will simply be recoded to MA
For all skillsets subject to reduction or cancelation, the new lower SRB award level will be effective on 201127. All reenlistments executed on, or after, 201127, will be subject to the new lower award, if one still exists. The last day to reenlist prior to the reduction or cancellation becoming effective is 201126. If there is a pending SRB for a date on, or prior to 201126, then no action is required. The SRB will be approved with the previous higher award level. For SRBs pending for a date on, or after 201127, and subject to a reduction, the SRB will be rescreened to apply the new lower SRB award level. For SRBs pending for a date on, or after 201127 subject to a cancellation, the SRB will be rejected, as the SRB for the requested date will no longer exist on the requested reenlistment date.
It may be possible to move a previously submitted SRB request to a date prior to the effective date of an SRB reduction or elimination. If the original request was submitted at least 35-120 days in advance of the new date, and the reenlistment date remains within 365 days of the member’s EAOS, or the member has PCS orders with an unmet OBLISERV allowing for early reenlistment, the reenlistment can be moved. To reenlist a member on 201126, the last day to reenlist prior to the effective date of all reductions and shutdowns, the request would have to have been received at BUPERS 328 no later than 201023. If the SRB reenlistment request was submitted after 201023, it will not be possible to move the reenlistment date. 35 Day Waivers will not typically be entertained in this case. For assistance in evaluating eligibility to move a pending SRB reenlistment to a new date preceding the effective date of a reduction of shutdown, contact the SRB Desk for assistance.
If an SRB eligible member is within 365 days of their EAOS, or in receipt of PCS orders with an unmet OBLISERV, they are highly encouraged to reenlist without undue delay. The SRB Program remains dynamic, and reenlistments early in the window of eligibility are strongly encouraged. The current award levels should not be expected to be permanent. Delays in reenlistments for eligible Sailors should be understood to incur risk that an SRB may not be offered in the future, or may be offered at a lower award level.