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SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan – The Navy Personnel Command announced plans to meet with sailors and their spouses in Japan and Hawaii later this month to discuss policy and benefits for those selected for separation by the enlisted retention board, Navy officials have announced.

Members of the NPC’s fleet engagement team will visit Yokosuka Naval Base on Jan. 17 and Naval Air Facility Atsugi on Jan. 18. The team will visit Hawaii’s Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam and Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay on Jan. 18, according to Navy news release.

The team will include representatives from the enlisted distribution division, enlisted community managers, and the Navy’s ERB transition assistance coordinator, the release said. Team members plan on providing information and guidance for the transition stateside and to civilian life, and will also hold a leadership roundtable for commanding officers and their support personnel.

“We’ll be discussing post-Enlisted Retention Board matters, with an emphasis on transition benefits,” Capt. Steven Holmes, director of the community management branch, Bureau of Naval Personnel, said in the release. “These visits are also an excellent opportunity to get feedback directly from the fleet and share personnel policy information directly from the source.”

Nearly 3,000 E-4 to E-8 sailors in 31 overmanned ratings were chosen for separation by the board last fall to meet congressionally mandated force strength quotas. The move was received with condemnation by the selected sailors and their families, and a petition was started calling for a White House review.

The Navy plans to hold meetings in the coming months in San Diego, Pacific Northwest, Norfolk, and Mayport/Jacksonville, the release said. Dates have not yet been released.

For more information about the enlisted retention board, see , or contact the NPC customer service center at 1-866-U-ASK-NPC (1-866-827-5672).

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