This is where you will find the latest news about this forum including tips, help, forum status and updates or changes to the guidelines. You can also use this to help fix issues or letting me know if you are have problems with the forum such as changing your profile settings or whatnot.
This forum contains news of interest to enlisted Sailors and their family about the United States Navy in general, scuttlebutt, events and news that may not fit in other categories. News sources may come from the Navy or from the commercial media. Topics on the international scale as well as human interest stories may be included. Additionally included is a sub-forum related to official Navy policy.
This forum brings you information and NPC/ Bupers messages related to career management, special programs and your rate. If it affects your rate or career, it should be here. Items in this area are for reserve and active alike. Items may also include Sailor of the year, and enlisted warfare specialist messages. Navy-wide association meetings will be included too.
In this forum you will find topics such as Montgomery G.I. Bill for active and reserve continuing college education in addition to Navy training such as rating schools, tuition assistance and college credits. This forum also includes Navy training such as rating schools, rating and degree roadmap, GMT, and other enlisted training. Included are Bupers and NPC related messages.
The Navy advancement forum covers results, exam, studying material and NAVADMINS related to advancement in addition to other related information. This forum is for those going up for Petty Officer Third, Second and First Class (E3 - E6). E1 and E2 are most definitely encouraged to join and learn too. This is a good place to ask questions about bibliography for advancement in rate (Bibs), professional military knowledge (PMK) and occupational standards. Related NAVADMINS will be posted here. There is also a forum for Chiefs selection board.
This forum is for Petty Officer First Class (E6) Sailors (active & reserves) preparing for the E7 advancement exam, for the selection board process and for the board results. Information for Senior and Master Chief are posted here as well. This forum is a good area to get advice on fixing your records and deciphering the myriad of instructions in regard to the selection board process. Seasoned Chiefs frequent this forum to give solid advise.
A private area for Chief and Selectees to lounge, ponder, and help others. You can always come to the comfort of this forum to ask questions, get help, or simply chat with other selectees or Chiefs and meet new people. This is a great area for networking!
To join, you must contact one of the members (validated Chief) below, they will contact me and I will give you access. You can PM any one of them via the forum. Just let them know you need them to contact Tony validating that you are a Chief. Please note that they may not be available when you contact them.
The Enlisted to Officer Forum cover all topics related to applying to the various officer programs including STA-21, LDO/ CWO, Medical Service Corps in Service Procurement Program (MSC-IPP), Nuclear LDO, Medical Enlisted Commissioning Program (MECP), Seaman to Admiral, enlisted commissioning programs and Naval Academy admissions for enlisted active & reserve. You will find helpful hints and advice on correcting and updating your records and applying to the various officer programs.
You should not wait until you are going up for Chief or applying for the various enlisted to officer programs to fix your electronic service records. You should start looking at and correcting any discrepancies in you Navy service records as early as possible. There are several ways you can get help and this forum and website is intended as a tool to help you understand and correct errors. Information covered here may include the Navy Standard Integrated Personnel System (NSIPS), Career Management System (CMS), interactive Detailing (ID), Electronic Training Jacket and any other information related to this forum.
This forum is for enlisted Sailors, veterans and spouses who are looking for information on pay, benefits, allowance, bonuses and other topics related to this forum’s topic. Other items covered in this forum include sea pay, Selective Reenlistment Bonus (SRB), Involuntary Separation Pay (ISP), current pay rate, special & incentive pay, per diem, Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH), Basic Allowance for Subsistence (BAS), travel pay and more. Related NPC and Bupers news and NAVADMINS will be included here. Feel free to join and ask any questions you may have regarding enlisted pay and its related topics.
This forum covers topics on the physical readiness test (PRT), grooming, uniform, awards and evaluations. Bupers and NPC messages will be added here. Items such as regulation changes or updates, NAVADMINS, tips and advice are covered here as well. These are topics that can make or break a Sailor who is keen to staying on top so attention to detail is in order here. If your uniforms does not shine, neither will your evals. If you have advice, especially with evaluations, feel free to post it here!
Bupers and NPC forum with topics such as detailing, assignments, travel, lodging, shipment of house-hold goods, negotiating & getting your orders, Sponsorship and Indoctrination Program and related items. Changing commands and moving can be a daunting task so planning ahead is the only way to go. Also seeking help, getting advice and researching your options will make it even smoother. Feel free to post related comments or questions about these topics.
A forum for military veterans and retirees who have served in the United States Navy. This area can include veteran's home loans, medical benefits, Montgomery G.I. Bill, and state and Government VA benefits. This area will also cover stories of interested related to vets. Veterans have proudly served in many wars and conflicts supporting and defending our inalienable rights to freedom of speech as United States citizens. Sailors have given their life defending our rights as a free nation. In the process, the United States has grown to become one of the strongest nations on earth, not only based on our military but also our ability to freely conduct business and innovate unhindered by those who do not value freedom.
*The Transition Assistance Program (TAP) has had a name change and is now called Transition GPS. Transitioning out of the Navy can appear daunting but there is help from many sources. In fact, the Department of Defense (DoD), the United States Navy, the Department of Labor and the Department of Veterans Affairs have your back! Getting things in order, the first you want to do is attend a TAP class. From there you will learn about benefits if any from the military and from your state of residence. You will also want to connect with family and friends if applicable to have a support line available to you.
Perhaps the most important item on the plate is to get a job when you separate. The process starts while you are still in the Navy, ensuring your qualifications are in order and that you take any course related to what you expect to be doing. You will also want to make sure your DD Form 214, (DD 214) Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty has zero mistakes. Another item is to make sure your medical records are properly turned in for proper care. This is important because this ensures the VA has access to your medical records in case you file a claim.
Health insurance can be an expensive proposition but military medical benefits in the form of Tricare, Veterans benefits and disability benefits can help cushion the cost even after you get out of the Navy if you are eligible. For veterans, you want to ensure you keep you medical records straight and in order in case you have to seek medical benefits in the future even if you are not under Tricare.
Spouses, active duty, reserves, veterans and retired may make use of the information in this forum. Important topics such as the laws governing medical care and Tricare plus the Affordable Care Act as it applies to the Military can be covered here. Also, health issues such as weight management, mental health, childhood health and other medical topics are covered here.
Navy spouse forum brings news, information and discussion about spouse and family related topics. Topics about family travel, vacation and good places to visit are encouraged. School, summertime and children topics can be included as well as employment, and job related issues pertinent to Navy spouses. Some topics are applicable to single Sailors too.
Area for enlisted Sailors, veterans, reserve, spouses and family to discuss pistol, rifle & shotgun training, marksmanship, techniques, equipment and safety. Also to ask questions about getting qualified or join the Navy Marksmanship Team