By DoD News
In response to retention requirements for critical skills, the Navy has made adjustments to the fiscal year 2011 Selective Reenlistment Program (SRB) in NAVADMIN 048/11.
SRBs are a dynamic market-based incentive designed to retain Sailors in the Navy’s most critical ratings and Navy Enlisted Classifications (NEC). Changes to the 135 skill and zone combinations reflected in the FY11 plan include 19 reductions and 12 eliminations; 105 remain unchanged.
“Competition for opportunities to stay in the Navy has increased,” said Rear Adm. Tony Kurta, director of Navy’s Personnel, Plans and Policy Division. “We have a portfolio of force shaping tools, including SRB, to retain the Sailors necessary to execute mission requirements. SRB is a program that is used exclusively to retain Sailors with critical skills. As reenlistment requirements are met, SRB award levels are adjusted to ensure we remain within end strength and fiscal controls.”
The message also adds a provision to allow Sailors to submit SRB precertification requests prior to PTS approval; however SRB requests will not be approved until PTS confirmation is received. SRB requests must be submitted no later than 35 days prior to the requested reenlistment date.
“The SRB program has become more targeted, dynamic, and efficient,” said Kurta. “Enlisted community managers continuously monitor the health of their communities and make recommendations to adjust the SRB award levels.”
Sailors are encouraged to work with their command career counselors, command master chiefs, and chain of command to discuss timing of reenlistment and procedures well in advance of their End of Active Obligated Service (EAOS).