BOATSWAIN'S MATE RATING (BM)
Greetings from Deck Department
First off, congratulations to all Boatswains’ Mate’s that advanced on this past cycle’s Navy Wide Rating Examination! With that said, if you advanced and are currently under orders, you will still execute your issued orders as written. If you are currently in your negotiation window, you can now apply for your prospective pay grade.
The Navy is a GLOBAL force and we are expected to fulfill our duties in any location.
Shore/Sea Special Programs
- Reference: MILPERSMAN 1306-900
- To request assignment, contact your Detailer 15-13 months out from your PRD or submit NAVPERS 1306/7 Enlisted Personnel Action Request.
- Interested to go recruiting duty? Open to any E6, E5 or exceptional E4's. Contact your Detailer to verify if you meet the minimum requirements and to see which districts are available for you. Review MILPERSMAN 1306-964 and the Shore Special Program community pages for more information.
- RDC tour offers great opportunities for top performing BM's. Benefits include
- $450/month Special Duty Assignment pay
- Additional annual clothing allowance of $220
- Free dry cleaning services while actively training a Recruit Division
- Opportunity to earn a Master Training Specialist qualification (similar to Warfare qualification on shore duty)
- Advancement rate to Chief and Senior Chief close to double to Navy-wide average for advancement
- Perhaps the best leadership job in the Navy
- Per the ACE evaluation RDC's will earn up to 24 college credits both upper and lower towards a bachelor's degree
- Detailers are authorized to offer up to 24 month sea duty credit for those Sailors who complete a 36 month RDC tour.
- Sailors with a 36 month follow-on sea tour after completing a 36 month RDC tour, detailers may waive 12 months of sea duty for a total of a 24 month sea tour.
- Sailors with a 42 month follow-on sea tour after completing a 36 month RDC tour, detailers may waive 18 months of sea duty for a total of a 24 month sea tour.
- Sailors with a 48 month follow-on sea tour after completing a 36 month RDC tour, detailers may waive 24 months of sea duty for a total of a 24 month sea tour.
- Sailors with a 54 month follow-on sea tour after completing a 36 month RDC tour, detailers may waive 24 months of sea duty for a total of a 30 month sea tour.
- Sailors with a 60 month follow-on sea tour after completing a 36 month RDC tour, detailers may waive 24 months of sea duty for a total of a 36 month sea tour.
- Per MILPERSMAN 1306-954, upon completion of a full 36-month RDC tour, personnel will be guaranteed choice of coast assignment. To apply, a candidate must submit NAVPERS 1306/7 Enlisted Personnel Action Request 12-15 months prior to PRD.
- PRECOM billets are available for you to choose, please contact us for a possible tour on a pre-commissioned ship. Available platforms are LCS, DDG, CVN and DDG 1000.
- Want a guarantee to San Diego or Mayport? LCS ships are available with guaranteed locations! Screening requirements are listed In MILPERSMAN 1306-978. A few of the specifics are color recognition, secret clearance eligibility, no domestic violence convictions, successful completion of the last 18 months of PFA cycles, previous sea duty, and ability to OBLISERV for 36 months once gained aboard the crew/mission package.
- Reference: MILPERSMAN 1300-1000
- Sea/Shore rotations will be maintained whenever possible.
- Military couples with dependents are required to maintain a current and workable family care plan.
- Every effort will be made to achieve collocation within 1 year of the request; however, requirements regarding time on station, PST tours, obligated service, retain ability, recently acquired skills, and training will all be considerations of the request.
- The Sailor headed to sea duty will negotiate for orders using MNA per NAVADMIN 231/17. Once the sea duty Sailor has been posted to a billet, the shore duty bound Sailor will be posted to a shore billet in the same geographic area as the spouse.
- Per MILPERSMAN 1306-141, Sailors assigned together as part of spouse co-location tours are eligible for VSDP; however, a request for VSDP will be considered a cancellation of their spouse co-location requests.
Voluntary Sea Duty Program (VSDP)
- Reference: MILPERSMAN 1306-141
- BM's are currently not eligible for Sea Duty Incentive Pay (SDIP) 's are currently not eligible for Sea Duty Incentive Pay (SDIP)
- VSDP is a voluntary program that encourages Sailors from all ratings and all pay grades to serve on Type 2/3/4 activities (subject to eligibility requirements and restrictions) to extend their enlistment in their current sea duty billet beyond their prescribed sea tour (PST), to terminate shore duty and accept new orders to a sea duty billet, or to accept back-to-back sea duty orders beyond their prescribed sea/shore flow (SSF). The sea duty assignment may be on board ships, squadrons, or other qualified sea duty assignments.
- Sailors currently on sea duty should submit requests, NAVPERS 1306/7, for a back-to-back sea tour before entering negotiation window.
- Upon receipt of NAVPERS 1306/7, the rating Detailer will review the Sailor's eligibility for VSDP and forward the request to NAVPERSCOM, Enlisted Placement Management Branch (PERS-4013) for adjudication.
- If request is approved, the rating Detailer will contact the Sailor and directly negotiate with them using the current month's requisitions.
- if no agreement can be made within 2 requisition cycles, the request will be returned disapproved.
My Navy Assignment - Interactive Detailing
- There are significant changes to MNA and the process to how Sailors are selected for billets as advertised on MNA. It is critical that you understand the new selection process. These changes are delineated in NAVADMIN 231/17
- Reference: MILPERSMAN 1306-124
- Submit NAVPERS 1306/7 before entering your negotiation window.
- One of the eligibility is not in receipt of permanent change of station (PCS) orders.
- Request for extension in current command (type 1 and 6) is normally not solicited nor approved, except in times of PCS constraints.
- A secret security clearance is required for all special program assignments (sea and shore).
- Overseas screening Letter of Intent (LOI) is no longer issued to Sailors. Refer to NAVADMIN 088-18.
- Spouse Collocation does not guarantee a specific geographic area. Refer to MILPERSMAN 1300-1000 in verifying your eligibility.
- Update your contact information on MNA. Updating your contact information will enable your Detailer to communicate more effectively with you while negotiating for orders.
- Increased Distribution Authority guidance is discussed in NAVADMIN 058/14.
- When leaving a phone message for your Detailer, speak clearly and slowly, and don’t forget to leave a contact number.
- Use your Career Counselors for assistance. If there are questions they cannot answer, call your Detailer.
- We are a GLOBAL force! The Navy needs flexible Sailors to tackle unique challenges throughout the world. Plan on moving and changing geographical locations during your career.
- Please note that NAVADMIN 231/17 requires Detailers to fill requisitions with qualified Sailors, even if it is during a Sailor’s first window of negotiations.
Current Sea Shore Flow
**Sea duty tours are completed when a Sailor rotates to shore. Back to back ships still counts as 1 tour until you go to shore**