The NAVADMIN is below and here if you want to read it, but what is the short story? The Navy is growing, and they’re not going to let you out early anymore. In other words, if you want to RETIRE (not resign) as a CDR or CAPT, you are going to have to serve your full 3 years in that rank before they’ll let you out. You can read more details in this post.
UNCLASSIFIED ROUTINE R 131504Z DEC 17 FM CNO WASHINGTON DC TO NAVADMIN INFO CNO WASHINGTON DC BT UNCLAS PASS TO OFFICE CODES: FM CNO WASHINGTON DC//N1// INFO CNO WASHINGTON DC//N1// NAVADMIN 288/17 MSGID/GENADMIN/CNO WASHINGTON DC/N1/DEC// SUBJ/EARLY SEPARATION POLICY NAVADMIN CANCELLATIONS// REF/A/MSG/CNO WASHINGTON DC/N1/081628ZMAY14// REF/B/MSG/CNO WASHINGTON DC/N1/171732ZAUG16// REF/C/DOC/COMNAVPERSCOM/23AUG06// NARR/REF A IS NAVADMIN 103/14, ENLISTED EARLY TRANSITION PROGRAM. REF B IS NAVADMIN 182/16, TIME-IN-GRADE AND NEXT-LOWER-GRADE WAIVERS. REF C IS MILPERSMAN 1300-500, REASSIGNMENT FOR HUMANITARIAN REASONS (HUMS).// RMKS/1. References (a) and (b) are cancelled. 2. We are in a growing Navy. This requires more people, at a time when we are still working our way back to desired sea duty manning levels, and when the competition for talent is especially keen. We will certainly recruit and train many more Sailors to help meet these demands, but that will not be enough. 3. Retention of every capable Sailor will be critical to the operational readiness of the Navy. Therefore all early out programs and minimum service requirement waiver programs are cancelled. Service commitments such as enlistment contracts, service obligations for accepting promotions, bonuses, education, etc., are expected to be fulfilled. 4. Service members experiencing difficulty in fulfilling obligated service requirements are encouraged to work with their chains of command and detailers to examine available alternatives to complete their obligation, to include reassignments to other duties for humanitarian reasons, in line with reference (c). 5. It has been decades since the last period of major personnel growth in our Navy. You will see many additional policy changes in the coming weeks and months to set us on the right course. However, the most important tool we have is deckplate leadership and its ability to influence retention. The Navy is counting on each of you. 6. Released by VADM R. P. Burke, N1.// BT #0001 NNNN UNCLASSIFIED//