SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan — Many of the 3,000 sailors who will be cut from the Navy’s ranks to meet congressionally mandated force strength numbers will soon know their fate.

Results from the first phase of the enlisted retention board – regarding E-4 and E-5 sailors – are now available for commanders and officers in charge, who have until Monday to inform the soon-to-be-separated sailors, according to a Navy news release.

Individuals considered by the board during this phase but not chosen for separation will be able to view their status on the Navy Personnel Command’s web page after the seven-day notification period has passed, the release said. There are three categories sailors could find themselves in: selected for retention, not selected for retention, and selected for rating conversion.

Commanding officers will personally notify and counsel sailors not chosen for retention, previous releases have said. Sailors not selected for retention will have access to the Navy’s transition assistance management program.

Due to high retention and low attrition rates, the Navy convened an enlisted retention board for active-duty sailors in 31 ratings that were more than 103 percent manned. The board was charged with inspecting the official military records of 16,000 sailors, E-4 through E-8, and keeping the most qualified.

The board’s second and final phase, which looked at E-6 through E-8 sailors, adjourned Oct. 27.

More information on the board and benefits is available at the Navy Personnel Command site.

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