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Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on January 24, 2010 at 8:24pm
The carrier move has been suggested but there is a lot of opposition. I posted an article about that in the Carrier Families group very recently.

As far as your electroic attack squadron questin--- I cannot would have to talk to a Navy man for the Members tab for Chief West...he may be better able to answer.
NavyTimes is written for Navy personnel so don't expect is to the point and has a lot of news...and a decent crossword.......
Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on January 23, 2010 at 2:51pm

What this year looks like (prior to Haiti...):

2010 on the horizon

From pay to uniforms to quals: Here’s what the coming year has in store

Times staff

Expect big changes in pay, uniforms, hardware and personnel policy in the coming year. A rundown of the top issues for sailors to watch:


For 11 straight years, service members have received a Jan. 1 increase in basic pay that is slight­ly larger than average private-sec­tor raises. But that could end when Congress takes up the 2011 budget.

Bigger raises have been part of a congressional effort, largely opposed by the Pentagon, to close a perceived gap in pay that grew in the 1980s when military raises were capped. After the 3.4 percent Jan. 1, 2010, increase, the pay gap, which peaked at 13.5 percent in 1999, will be reduced to 2.4 percent. Whether there will be a 12th consecutive year of gap-reducing raises will depend on the state of the economy and whether elec­tion-year politics make lawmakers more interested in cutting federal spending than in continuing to close the pay gap.

Military advocates are urging Congress to keep chipping away at the pay gap by providing raises through 2013 that are half a per­centage point greater than pri­vate-sector raises.

The Military Coalition, a group of more than 30 military-related organizations, does not want to leave military raises to the annual whims of Congress. It would like lawmakers to set into law a fixed formula for raises to be half a per­centage point greater than the annual increase in the Employ­ment Cost Index, a Labor Depart­ment measurement of private-sec­tor wages.

Such a law was used in the early years of this decade, but Congress allowed it to lapse. If it were re­enacted, it would fence off military pay from any debate about cutting federal spending.


The review of all Navy officer and enlisted special pays and bonuses will continue into the coming year. In 2009, personnel officials reworked the selective re-enlistment bonus program, which now offers money to signif­icantly fewer sailors. Also reviewed was special duty assign­ment pay, which offers sailors extra cash to fill crucial billets. That special pay also saw significant reductions.

Officials are now reviewing the assignment incentive pay program and expect to announce those results early in the new year. The review of the remaining special and continuation pays will wrap up sometime in 2010.


This coming year will see the final sets of blue camouflage Navy Working Uniforms and the black­and-khaki service uniforms rolled out to the different Navy regions.

Sailors E-6 and below must own the service uniform by July 31. Starting in August, the summer white and working blue uniforms will no longer be authorized.

As for the NWU, all sailors must own the uniform — which replaces wash khakis for chiefs and officers and utilities for sailors — by Dec. 31.

Other uniform highlights:

■ New desert and woodland cam­mies. Details on testing and field­ing of the Type 2 and 3 versions of the NWU are expected to come early in the year.

■ Improved crackerjacks. The uni­form board will receive results of wear tests for the new uniforms this coming year. A lighter­weight version of the dress blues is being tested, along with a ver­sion of the whites with side zip­pers, more pockets and a faux 13­button flap.

■ Service dress khaki. Officials have wrapped up their wear tests of the throwback khakis for chiefs and officers. They tested both a traditional and a contemporary design. Expect an announcement on the way ahead in the early months of the year.

■ New running suit. After ditching the first two warm-up suit designs in 2008, Navy uniform officials began wear-testing two new designs this fall in Norfolk, Va.; Great Lakes, Ill.; and Washington, D.C. About 100 sailors are wear­ing the two similar designs. Test­ing is expected to be completed in 2010, and officials could make a decision on fielding the suit by the end of the year.


Sailors E-1 through E-4 will soon be required to earn a warfare pin within 30 months of checking onboard their first sea-duty com­mand, officials recently announced.

Sailors E-5 and above who are going to sea for the first time will still be required to complete their quals in 18 months or less.

Type commanders are expected to submit drafts of their instructions in January for review by the master chief petty officer of the Navy. Final approval is expected in the first few months of the year.


With 15 firings by Dec. 20, more commanding officers were relieved in 2009 than in any of the past five years. You may see that crackdown continue, as senior officials appear to be stepping up enforcement of the fraternization rules that bring down skippers more often than many other reasons. In addition, senior enlisted leaders will be get­ting more scrutiny by Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (SS/SW) Rick West, who said he wants to be briefed whenever a chief has a major disciplinary problem.


In September, a continuation board met to decide whether near­ly 8,000 retirement-eligible chiefs and above should stay in the Navy. The board sent home 158, who must retire by the end of June.

Another board will be held in 2010, but senior enlisted leaders are lean­ ing toward recommending that chiefs with 19 years in also go before the board, and that no one be exempt.


■ The Dwight D. Eisenhower is scheduled to deploy in January.

■ The Harry S. Truman will fol­low a couple of months later, marking its second eight-month deployment in as many years.

■ Enterprise, late coming out of the yard, will be back in action to prepare for its final deployment next year.

■ Carl Vinson will move to San Diego in the early part of the year.

■ Nimitz is scheduled to return to San Diego in March after an eight-month deployment.

■ Abraham Lincoln is a likely candidate to replace Nimitz, but Navy officials will not comment on future deployments. While Lincoln and John C. Stennis are in Bre­merton, Wash., for maintenance and workups, Stennis has been out twice since 2007, including a 2009 deployment. Lincoln hasn’t gone since 2008. And don’t add the Ronald Reagan into that equation

— the carrier is at Naval Air Sta­tion North Island, Calif., for main­tenance following four deploy­ments in as many years.

■ The George Washington is for­ward-deployed at Yokosuka, Japan.

■ The George H.W. Bush is beginning its operational life, and will spend the year completing quals and evals.

■ The Theodore Roosevelt entered the yard in mid-2009 for its major refueling and overhaul, which should take roughly three years.

In addition, the decision as to which carrier will move to May­port, Fla., is expected to be part of the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review.


For months, decision-makers in the Pentagon and Congress have put off answering questions on programs because of the Defense Department’s Quadrennial Defense Review, the planning doc­ument that is supposed to set down DoD’s latest strategic and budgetary priorities.

Beltway scuttlebutt has it that this year’s report could deliver a body blow to the Navy, recom­mending that it strike one or even two aircraft carriers, cancel the Marine Corps’ Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle, and delay field­ing the F-35 Lightning II. Or not. Whatever its findings, the release of the QDR with the fiscal 2011 budget in February will at least create a new normal for Pentagon programs, one that Congress and DoD could use to make their next decisions .


Carrier strike groups saw eight­month tours in 2009. Attack subs were out eight to 13 months.

And with sailors being a key part of the Afghanistan push, overall op tempo doesn’t look to let up in 2010.

The Dwight D. Eisenhower and Harry S. Truman carrier strike groups will pull eight-month tours in 2010. The extensions were caused by problems with the 48­year-old Enterprise, which was four months late in getting out of its 16-month overhaul.

But whether longer deployments are the exception, or the new nor­mal, remains to be seen.

As for the ground force in Afghanistan, there are already 3,700 sailors on the ground, mostly explosive ordnance dispos­al, Seabees and medical person­nel. Another 208 are building schools and roads. In January, another force of 1,100 Seabees will begin rotating into the war zone.


Navy Secretary Ray Mabus will likely name seven ships in 2010, said his spokeswoman, Capt. Beci Brenton: ■ The Zumwalt-class destroyer DDG 1002.

■ Three littoral combat ships: LCS 5, LCS 6, LCS 7

■ One Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo and ammunition ship: T­AKE 14

■ One Virginia-class attack sub­marine: SSN 786

■ One joint high-speed vessel: JHSV 4


■ Jan. 16: Littoral combat ship Independence, Mobile, Ala.

■ March 6: Destroyer Dewey,

Seal Beach, Calif.

■ June: Missile range instru­mentation ship Howard O. Loren­zen, Pascagoula, Miss.

■ July 24: Submarine Missouri, Groton, Conn.

■ July: Destroyer Jason Dun­ham, Bath, Maine.

■ September: Destroyer Grave­ly, Pascagoula, Miss.

■ To be determined: Submarine New Mexico, Newport News, Va.


The Navy is expected to decide in the first half of the year which of its two littoral combat ship designs will go into full produc­tion. It doesn’t get much bigger: Billions of dollars and 51 ships —

a major portion of tomorrow’s planned surface fleet — are at stake. The Navy will choose either a conventional steel and alu­minum ship built by a contractor group led by Lockheed Martin, or an all-aluminum trimaran built by a General Dynamics contractor group.


Congress added nine F/A-18 E/F Super Hornets into the annu­al budget last year for a total of 18, but that won’t resolve con­cerns about the looming shortage of tactical aircraft. The F-35 Lightning II is on its way, but Hornets are wearing out faster than planners predicted. The Navy expects the shortfall to be 200 to 300 aircraft, peaking about 2015. And now that Washington has resolved other key aviation issues — ending the Air Force’s F­22 program and the overpriced presidential helicopter program

— the Navy’s fighter gap may draw more attention from law­makers and lobbyists.


Key advancements coming for naval avi­ation: ■ The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator will have its first test flight during the first quarter of 2010.

■ The F-35C, which is the carrier variant of the Lightning II, will continue testing at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., with a target ready date of 2015.

■ The first EA-18G Growler squadron, Electronic Attack Squadron 132, known as the Scorpions, will deploy for the first time in 2010.


The Navy has one year left to come up with the ships, sailors and plans to guard Europe from Middle Eastern ballistic mis­siles, a mission the service was given with apparently little internal notice.

The Navy and the Missile Defense Agency will spend 2010 figuring out how to coordinate ships, deployments, numbers of missile interceptors and the other essential elements of providing a BMD cover for Europe by 2011, when the U.S. has com­mitted itself to defending the continent from the sea.

With an operational tempo that fleet offi­cials say is already high, the Navy will have to apportion additional ships for the Euro-BMD mission.


The Navy will try to get more sailors into shore-based housing, but the crunch will likely continue as major bases will be at least 3,000 beds short of the Homeport Ashore program’s stated goal of giving every sailor a place to live (other than the ship) by 2016. Meanwhile, budget cuts may begin to make it “difficult for regions to manage and operate bachelor housing,” according to a 2009 report from the Naval Inspector General.


It will be roughly two years before women will be underway as part of a sub’s crew, but their training and selection begins in 2010.

Plans call for four integrated crews: the blue and gold crews of a ballistic-missile sub on one coast and the blue and gold crews of a Tomahawk shooter on the other. The female element of each will come from the Naval Academy’s Class of 2010, where half of the 32 ensigns planning to head to nuclear propulsion school were women.

Integration will occur only in Ohio-class submarines. Attack boats are tightly packed, and modifications to accommodate women would be exceedingly expensive.

Because female cadres need to have one senior member to act as mentor, female supply officers or surface warfare officers who have served on a mixed-gender crew may also be selected for sub duty to assist in the transition.


President Barack Obama’s promise to repeal the law barring service by openly gay people was moved to the back burner in 2009, overwhelmed by concern about the sagging economy and the war effort in Afghanistan.

That will change in 2010. And although the outcome is far from clear, Congress in the coming months will face the long­delayed review of the law and policy that bans open service by gays.

Extensive hearings are planned in the House and Senate, with testimony from current and former troops, as well as from military leaders.

In June, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said he and Obama had discussed the issue, with a focus on whether “there’s at least a more humane way to apply the law until the law gets changed,” as Gates put it.

Most Americans — more than two-thirds

— favor allowing gays to serve openly in the military, while about one-third are opposed, according to a May Gallup poll.

According to the latest figures available

— through 2008 — 10,507 troops had been discharged under “don’t ask, don’t tell” since the Pentagon began tracking such discharges in 1997, according to spokes­woman Cynthia Smith.

The fight over changing policy will come to a head when lawmakers try to pass the 2011 defense authorization bill, which like­ly will happen in early spring in the House of Representatives. Those who want to repeal the ban will try, and probably suc­ceed, in getting an amendment attached to the bill that would allow gays to openly serve. It appears they will have enough votes to get the measure approved by the full House, especially if Obama gets direct­ly involved in selling reluctant members on the idea.

But House passage may be as far as the effort goes because advocates for repeal have not come up with a strategy to over­come the 60-vote majority that would be needed for approval in the Senate if oppo­nents in that chamber try to filibuster over the issue.

With midterm elections coming in the fall, and with Obama sagging in public opinion polls, it will be difficult for conserv­ative Democrats concerned about re-elec­tion to vote in favor of allowing gays to openly serve in uniform. □
Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on January 21, 2010 at 12:20pm
here are the zone explanations for the charts:


These statistics are a snapshot of manning as of Jan. 8 by re-enlistment zone; Zone A is sailors with up to six years in uniform, Zone B is those with six to 10 years, and Zone C is sailors with 10 to 14 years. Community managers say these statistics can change daily as sailors re-enlist or leave the Navy. Sailors considering converting into or out of a rating should seek the advice of a command career counselor, who can determine ratings best suited to sailors’ interests, abilities and test scores, as well as the current needs of the Navy.
Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on January 21, 2010 at 12:19pm
Thought I might start a group so we could talk about career choices that our sialors have to make. After boot camp and transition to the fleet, out sailors have to make some career I stay until my enlistments is up or do I consider trying to re-enlist and possibly making a career in the Navy.

The follwoing is from NavyTimes and details a little about the re-enlistment ptential in 2010 by rate...times are a-changing and we need to be informed about opportunities there are in the Navy:

Your ticket to staying Navy

Critical NECs soon will give sailors re-up edge

By Mark D. Faram

It’s getting tougher to stay in the Navy, but personnel officials are reworking the service’s re-up approval system to give some sailors an edge.

While sailors with up to 14 years of service must still seek re-enlist­ment approval through the Per­form to Serve system, officials have reworked the approval process. Now it not only includes a sailor’s rating and evaluations, but also Navy enlisted classifications.

More and more, leaders say, get­ting these critical job codes will become the ticket to staying in.

“The reality of today’s Navy is that in Perform to Serve, you have to compete to stay,” said Rear Adm. Dan Holloway, who directs manpower plans and policy for the chief of naval personnel. “We want to retain our best and brightest sailors, and now we have the per­sonnel and tools in place to man­age that process correctly.” But officials are always looking to improve the system, he said.

“We are now including critical NECs in the PTS algorithm,” Hol­ loway said. “This is most impor­tant in Zones C and B and will ensure we can retain these crucial skills in our Navy. We have agreed with Fleet Forces Command on what our most critical NECs are, and will include those in the sys­tem from now on.” For those in Zone A — up to six years of service — having the higher paygrade often determines whether a sailor stays in his rating and, sometimes, in the Navy. Holloway said having criti­cal NECs will probably have the greatest effect on re-enlistment Zones B and C — those with six to 14 years of service.

“An example is, a hospital corps­man with the Force Recon Inde­ pendent Duty NEC will rank high­er than a corpsman without it,” Holloway said.

“Getting critical NECs some­times can mean strict require­ments and take long and intense schooling to achieve,” he said. “We want to reward sailors who take on difficult and critical training and assignments.” The community managers at Navy Personnel Command provid­ed Navy Times an exclusive look at their projected retention for the rest of this fiscal year, through Sept. 30. The list is by rating for re-enlistment Zones A, B and C, but officials warn sailors these numbers aren’t guaranteed. As the year goes on, spots fill up and the needs of the Navy change, and community managers track these issues on a near-daily basis. They are also tracking sailors by “year group,” much in the way officers have traditionally been managed.

“These needs are very dynamic,” Holloway said. “At times, these numbers can change daily in response to sailor decision-mak­ing or in response to the needs of the fleet.” A sneak peek into sailors’ chances at re-enlisting should be “a great introduction for our sailors to begin to see what’s out there and available to them,” he said. “They should use it as an opening conversation for discus­sions with their career counselor and their chain of command, but also their mentors and families.” But as re-enlisting gets tougher and sailors increasingly examine critical skills at re-enlistment time, Holloway stressed that com­mands have a crucial role to play.

“We can’t stress enough the command’s role in helping a sailor prepare for and make critical career decisions,” he said. “It puts an increasing focus on the role of the career counselor and chain of command to ensure these sailors get the career development boards and daily guidance and mentorship to make informed decisions.” Still, he said, it’s up to sailors to manage their careers. Holloway encouraged them to research their own rating, know what the critical skills are and be aware of manning and advancement opportunities. □


Ratings identified by the Navy’s community managers as the hottest in the fleet, with current manning, minimum Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery scores and who the Navy is looking for:

Cryptologic technician, collection (CTR)

Manning: 83 percent.

ASVAB: VE+AR=109 E-5 and below, three to seven years of service.

Explosive ordnance disposal technician (EOD)

Manning: 95 percent.

ASVAB: AR+VE=109 and MC=51 E-5 and below with three to six years of service.

Cryptologic technician, interpretive (CTI)

Manning: 89 percent (Arabic); 70 percent (Persian).

ASVAB: VE+MK+GS=162 E-5 and below with three to five years of service.

Electronics technician, submarine navigation (ETSNV)

Manning: 85 percent.

ASVAB: AR+MK+EI+GS=222 Zone A E-3 through E-5. Surface sailors must be eligible for a security clearance and volunteer for sub duty.

Cryptologic technician, maintenance (CTM)

Manning: 91 percent.

ASVAB: AR+MK+EI+GS=223 E-4 and below with three years of service.

Cryptologic technician, networks (CTN)

Electronics technician, submarine radio (ETSR)

Manning: 80 percent.

ASVAB: AR+MK+EI+GS=222 Zone A E-3 through E-5. Surface sailors must be eligible for a security clearance and volunteer for sub duty.

Manning: 84 percent.

ASVAB: AR+2MK+GS=222 E-5s and below, three to seven years of service.

Cryptologic technician, technical (CTT)

Electronics technician (ETSW)

Manning: 89 percent.

ASVAB: AR+MK+EI+GS=222 All qualified E-5s in Zones A and B.

Manning: 91 percent.

ASVAB: VE+MK+GS=162 E-5 and below with four to six years of service.

Fire controlman (FC)

Manning: 97 percent.

ASVAB: AR+MK+EI+GS=223 All qualified Zone A candidates will be considered.

Those interested in ballistic-missile warfare can move into the FC Aegis rating.

Fire control technician (FT)

Manning: 87 percent.

ASVAB: AR+MK+EI+GS=223 Zone A E-3 through E-5. Surface sailors must be eligible for a security clearance and volunteer for sub duty.

Intelligence specialist (IS)

Manning: 97 percent.

ASVAB: VE+AR=107 Zone A and B, primarily E-4 through E-6 with five to seven years of service.

Information systems technician (IT)

Manning: 97 percent.

ASVAB: AR+2MK+GS=222 Zone A and B E-4 and E-5 only, specifically those in their fourth, fifth, seventh or eighth years of service.

Legalman (LN)

Manning: 89 percent.

ASVAB: VE+MK=102 Zone A and B E-4 and E-5. See Judge Advocate General Instruction 1440.1D for rating details.

Navy diver (ND)

Manning: 99 percent.

ASVAB: AR+VE=103 and MC=51 E-5 and below with five to six years of service.

Special warfare boat operator (SB)

Manning: 96 percent.

ASVAB: AR+VE=103 and MC=51 E-5 and below with three to six years of service.

Special warfare operator (SO)

Manning: 94 percent.

ASVAB: GS+MC+EI=165 E-5 and below with three to six years of service.

Sonar technician, submarine (STS)

Manning: 87 percent.

ASVAB: AR+MK+EI+GS=222 Zone A E-3 through E-5. Surface sailors must be eligible for a security clearance and volunteer for sub duty.


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