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Navy allowing early separations in competitive ratings

Personnel Specialist Seaman Fanes Jean, assigned to the Administration Department aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), processes separation packages in the personnel office Dec. 30, 2011.

The Navy is allowing some sailors in competitive ratings to volunteer for early separation from the service.

Early separations are being granted to reduce the possibility of involuntary separations, a Navy statement said Thursday. They will be approved on a first-come, first-served basis until quotas are exhausted.

The quotas will be determined by rating, pay grade, year group and subspecialty and will be updated “on a regular basis.”

Sailors can apply for voluntary early separation up to two years before their contracts, plus any extensions, are supposed to expire.

Sailors not eligible to apply for voluntary separation include those with:

Existing permanent change of station orders,

• A nuclear rating,

• An individual augmentee assignment,

• An assignment to a Defense Department area tour and have not completed the tour requirement, including overseas tour extension incentive programs for which a benefit has been received.

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