Skillbridge Program for Separating Service Members

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The DoD SkillBridge program provides an opportunity for Service members to gain valuable civilian work experience through specific industry training, apprenticeships, or internships during the last 180 days of service. SkillBridge connects Service members with industry partners in real-world job experiences.

For Service members SkillBridge provides an invaluable chance to work and learn in civilian career areas. For industry partners SkillBridge is an opportunity to access and leverage the world’s most highly trained and motivated workforce at no cost. Service members participating in SkillBridge receive their military compensation and benefits, and industry partners provide the training and work experience.

SkillBridge is an excellent benefit for installation and Unit Commanders who have members nearing military separation. SkillBridge can help Service members bridge the gap between the end of service and the beginning of their civilian careers. Commanders can greatly ease this transition to civilian life by supporting their reports’ interest in SkillBridge. When mission permits, Commanders who support SkillBridge participation are helping their personnel transition more seamlessly from service to a civilian career with a trusted employer.

Separating Service members can be granted up to 180 days of permissive duty to focus solely on training full-time with approved industry partners after unit commander (first O-4/Field Grade commander in chain of command) provides written authorization and approval. These industry partners offer real-world training and work experience in in-demand fields of work while having the opportunity to evaluate the Service member’s suitability for the work.

The link below will take you directly to the DOD SkillBridge webpage, which will provide you with additional information:

**NEW** Amazon is now officially a DoD SkillBridge provider, meaning they can take in active duty military members into Amazon for internship opportunities and upon successful completion they can extend them full time offers to become Amazonians! Military Affairs is launching internship opportunities this year in select operation sites. Service members can apply now for these opportunities by typing in “Amazon Military SkillBridge” on and they are hosting a webinar today with more information about this cohort (flyer attached). Please spread the word to your active duty friends and family members. If they have any more questions about Amazon Military SkillBridge (AMSB), feel free to direct them to

A short video about this cohort:

Voluntary Extensions for Those Separating or Retiring

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Provided below is a new NAVADMIN announcing the Navy is accepting applications from officers and enlisted personnel who desire to delay their separation or retirement. Service Members with an approved separation or retirement date before 1 April 2021 are eligible to submit a request to their Detailer to have their separation or retirement date delayed between 6 and 12 months (duration specified by Service Member).  All Service Members interested in extending, are invited to apply, but priority for approval will be given to those Service Members filling sea duty and critical billets.  Requests must be received by 1 July 2020.  Please see below for more specifics and contact your Detailer with questions.

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RMKS/1.  This NAVADMIN announces the deliberate path of the Navy to mitigate 
the effects of COVID-19 and maintain operational, Sailor and family 
readiness.  Due to the uncertainty regarding the duration of the COVID-19 
Pandemic, the mandated all stop on PCS travel and the resulting effect on the 
U.S. economy, the incentives and extensions in this NAVADMIN will help 
provide some stability to both the Navy and our families.

2.  The Navy is accepting applications from officers and enlisted personnel 
who desire to delay their separation or retirement.
Service Members with an approved separation or retirement date before 1 April 
2021 are eligible to submit a request to their detailer to have their 
separation or retirement date delayed between 6 and 12 months (duration 
specified by Service Member).  All Service Members interested in extending, 
are invited to apply, but priority for approval will be given to those 
Service Members filling sea duty and critical billets.  Requests must be 
received by 1 July 2020.
Command endorsed requests to delay a separation or retirement date should be 
initiated through the appropriate detailer.

    a.  Service Members who are separating or retiring due to High Year 
Tenure (HYT) may apply for a waiver of their current HYT gate.
HYT waivers will be considered for up to an additional 12 months for enlisted 
Sailors filling critical operational billets both at sea and shore.  Requests 
will be approved on a case-by-case basis.
Sailors will submit a command endorsed Form 1306/7 Enlisted Personnel Action 
Request (ePAR) to My Navy Career Center (MNCC) via MyNavy Portal or by 
emailing the ePAR request directly to askmncc(at)

    b.  Service Members who are separating at their EAOS prior to 31 December 
2020 due to Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA) failures may request an 
extension to their EAOS until 31 December 2020 to enable participation in the 
fall PFA cycle and potentially regain reenlistment eligibility.  Extension 
requests under this guidance should be forwarded on a command endorsed Form 
1306/7 to MNCC via MyNavy Portal or by emailing the ePAR request directly to 
askmncc(at)  Officers should contact their detailers.
    c.  Enlisted Sailors with an approved separation or retirement date who 
are in billets that are eligible for Sea Duty Incentive Pay (SDIP) and who 
are approved for a voluntary extension as described above will receive SDIP 
for those extensions.  Exceptions to the timeline to request SDIP and to the 
length of extension for SDIP have been approved to accommodate these 
requests.  The latest SDIP eligibility chart can be found at  This chart is updated 
periodically so check for recent additions.  For Sailors who are in an SDIP 
eligible billet, a Form 1306/7 ePAR should be submitted to MNCC at 
askmncc(at) and your detailer.

    d.  While all Service Members are encouraged to apply, the following will 
not be approved:
        (1) Service Members pending mandatory separation or retirement for 
        (2) Service Members approved for disability separation or retirement.
        (3) Officers who twice fail to select for promotion and whose 
separation or retirement is required by law.
        (4) Service Members being separated for misconduct.

3.  In addition to extensions for Service Members with approved separations 
and retirements, the Navy is opening up opportunity for separated Service 
Members to come back to Active-Duty.
Specifically, Service Members who have recently separated and are interested 
in reentry are encouraged to contact their local prior enlisted or officer 

4.  Questions regarding delaying a Service Members separation or retirement 
date should be referred to the appropriate detailer, community manager or by 
contacting MNCC.  The point of contact for questions regarding SDIP is Mr. 
Keith Tucker, PERS-40DD, 1-901-874-3545 or Keith.Tucker(at)

5.  Released by Vice Admiral John B. Nowell, Jr, N1.//


TAP Available Online for Transitioning Sailors

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By By MC1 Mark D. Faram, Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) — The Navy has suspended all in-person Transition Assistance Program classes due to social distancing rules now in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

But the Navy is not eliminating the training requirement and instead is authorizing all separating and retiring sailors to complete this requirement online, allowing them to separate on time.

Here’s what you need to know:

“Commanders must continue to ensure transitioning Service Members are prepared to reintegrate into the civilian community, especially in the challenging times we face. Vice Adm. John B. Nowell, the Navy’ top uniformed personnel official said in NAVADMIN 082/20.

Active-Duty Sailors retiring or separating are exempt from the stop movement, which means that separations and retirements will go on as scheduled, unless Sailors request and are approved to reenlist or extend

The course completion requirement is also still in place for Reserve Sailors on active-duty orders for more than 179 days as well as mobilized reservists within 60 days of redeployment and demobilization.

For those with enough time left on the books, the message recommends they simply reschedule for a later date.

Those inside their 365-days prior to separation start time or 90-days prior to separation Capstone requirement must complete their training through the Joint Knowledge Online Website. Details on the TAP virtual curriculum to include links to the training available on the Department of Defense Transition Assistance Program Website.

What’s not changed is the requirement for initial Self-Assessment Counseling, Pre-Separation counseling and Capstone sessions. These can still be done in-person using proper social-distancing protocol or telephonically by command career counselors or TAP managers.

TAP related questions can be directed to Mr. Tom Albert, OPNAV N170C, at (901)-874-4254, DSN 882 or via e-mail at

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Navy Implements Changes to Transition Assistance Program

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From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs
WASHINGTON (NNS) — Navy announced improvements to the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) in NAVADMIN 223/19, released Sept. 30.

The message outlines five key elements of the changes effective Oct. 1:

  • Mandatory initial counseling/self-assessment to be completed 365 days or more prior to release from active duty.
  • Assign Sailors to at least one of three pathways (Tier I, Tier II, & Tier III)
  • Mandatory pre-separation counseling to be commenced 365 days or more prior to release from active duty as part of Day 1 of TAP class.
  • Adjustment of Department of Labor Employment Workshop to one day vice three.
  • Completion of one of four two-day tracks as part of day 4 and 5 of transition course.
  • Documentation of TAP completion via DD Form 2648 in DMDC.

“Implementing these changes aligns the Navy with direction provided by the National Defense Authorization Act,” said Tom Albert, Navy TAP Manager, OPNAV N17 Competency and Compliance branch. “But more importantly, these changes offer a better individualized transition process to civilian life for our Sailors and their spouses.”

Under the three-tier system, Sailors preparing to leave the service will meet with a counselor to discuss their plans after separation or retirement. From there, they will be classified into one of three tiers.

“For Tier I Sailors, they don’t need as much as far as services. They’re pretty much engaged in their transition,” said Anthony Stevens, the military readiness section lead at Commander Naval Installations Command. “Many of them already have a job lined up, or they’re retiring.”

Service members in Tier II are ready to transition, but not yet fully prepared. In other words, they may be saving their money and looking into careers, but may even still be on the fence about staying in the service, he said.

Tier III service members, “Don’t have any plans whatsoever,” Stevens said. This could include service members who are being discharged under other-than-honorable circumstances or are leaving the service on short notice because of an injury or disability.

Once service members are funneled into one of the three tiers, the counselor recommends a specific track — either higher education, employment, entrepreneurship or vocational skills training — based on the person’s goals for life after the military.

TAP is mandatory for active and reserve personnel who serve 180 or more days of consecutive active duty and must be completed prior to release and issuance of DD214.

Sailor 2025 is the Navy’s program to improve and modernize personnel management and training systems to more effectively recruit, develop, manage, reward, and retain the force of tomorrow.

How to Request Resignation/Separation Via NSIPS

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A bunch of people have asked me for a go-by for this, and I didn’t have one, but one of the Detailers sent me this screenshot below to show where you go to start the request. Hard copies of your request are required to be uploaded ONLY if you are requesting a waiver to get out early:

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If you don’t have the link, you need to contact the NSIPS Help Desk:

Navy Announces Targeted Reentry Program

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From Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) — In support of Sailor 2025’s goal to retain and reward the Navy’s best and brightest, the Navy announced Feb. 27 the Targeted Reentry Program (TRP) and associated program guidelines to expedite reentry into the Navy in NAVADMIN 047/18.

The TRP is designed to benefit both the Sailor and the Navy by allowing a return to service for those who are well trained leaders with valuable and needed skills and will be offered to selected Sailors prior to their departure from the Navy.

The TRP empowers Commanding Officer’s (COs) to identify Active Component and Full Time Support officer and enlisted personnel who have elected to leave active duty (AD) service and do not desire to affiliate with the Ready Reserve and recommend them to be awarded a “Golden Ticket” or “Silver Ticket,” giving them the option for expedited reentry to AD if they decide to return to the Navy.

“Talent is tough to draw in and even tougher to keep,” said Vice Adm. Robert Burke, Chief of Naval Personnel. “Just like corporate businesses are adapting, the Navy must adapt to modern personnel policies as well. These changes are designed to maximize opportunities for command triads to advance their best Sailors while managing community and individual rates’ health.”

O-3 and O-4 officers and E-4 to E-6 enlisted, who have completed their Minimum Service Requirement (MSR), but not yet reached 14 years of active service are eligible for consideration for TRP. Also, an officer’s or enlisted’ s community qualifications must be obtained, superior performance annotated in Fitness Reports or Evaluations, and have passed their most recent Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA). Officers who have failed to select for promotion are not eligible. Prospective participants must meet character standards, i.e. no record of civil arrest/NJP, court-martials, failed drug screenings, etc.

The Golden Ticket recipients are guaranteed a quota and an expedited return to AD within one year of release as long as they remain fully qualified. Silver Ticket recipients are afforded an expedited return to AD within two years of release, subject to the needs of the Navy and that they remain fully qualified. Golden Tickets, if not used within one year, will convert to Silver Tickets for an additional year. Silver Tickets not used within two years of release from AD expire.

Sailors who accept a Golden or Silver Ticket prior to release from active duty will go into a minimum reserve status, known as Standby Reserve- Inactive (USNR-S2) status. In this reserve status, Sailors will have no participation requirement and will not be eligible for promotion or advancement or be eligible for health care, retirement points, Servicemembers Group Life Insurance and other benefits. The Date of Rank of officers and Time in Rate of enlisted TRP participants will be adjusted upon returning to AD. Sailors who return to active duty using TRP will maintain the last rating and paygrade held at the time of separation.

BUPERS-3 is the approving authority for all TRP ticket request and will make determinations based on overall performance, community health, and needs of the Navy. Once approved for a Golden or Silver Ticket, officer and enlisted personnel will have the option to accept or reject participation in the TRP prior to their release from AD.

Sailor 2025 is comprised of nearly 45 initiatives to improve and modernize personnel management and training systems to more effectively recruit, develop, manage, reward, and retain the force of tomorrow. It is focused on empowering Sailors, updating policies, procedures, and operating systems, and providing the right training at the right time in the right way to ensure Sailors are ready for the Fleet. Sailor 2025 is organized into three main lines of effort, specifically Personnel System Modernization, Ready Relevant Learning and Career Readiness.

For more information on the TRP, see NAVADMIN 047/18 at

Retirement and Separation/Resignation Requests Now Requested in NSIPS

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I announced this change back in November, but it has officially gone live. Anyone with access to NSIPS is required to use it for retirement and resignation requests effective 1 January, 2018.

The new system allows members to initiate retirement and separation requests electronically via NSIPS self ­service, route them through their chain of command for review and recommendation, and then electronically route the request to Navy Personnel Command (NPC) for a decision. This improvement provides transparency for service members as to the status of their request, provides an integrated waiver process when needed, and provides an electronic notification of the final disposition of the request for both the member and the command.

Also of note, statutory retirement notifications are now being generated through NSIPS to eliminate printing and distributing business letters via the postal service. A statutory retirement occurs when a LCDR hits 20 years of commissioned service (not counting enlisted time), a CDR 28 years, and a CAPT 30 years.


Early Separation Policy NAVADMIN Cancellations

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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.

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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 

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.//


Retirement and Resignation Requests Will Be Submitted on NSIPS as of 1 JAN 2018

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Here is a NAVADMIN that was just released about retirement and resignation requests being submitted on NSIPS. Since many Medical Officers are allergic to NAVADMINs, here are the highlights:

  • This functionality allows members to initiate requests electronically via NSIPS self-service, route them through their chain of command for review and recommendation, and then electronically route the request to Navy Personnel Command for a decision.
  • This improvement provides transparency for our service members on the status of their requests, an integrated waiver process when needed, and electronic notification of the final disposition of requests for both the member and the command.
  • All officers submitting their voluntary resignation or retirement must utilize NSIPS for requests initiated on or after 1 January 2018.
  • Service members must ensure their email addresses in NSIPS are correct to ensure timely delivery.