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TOKYO — Active-duty sailors who want to leave the Navy prior to their end-of-enlistment dates can now do so through Sept. 30, 2013 – after the service extended the Enlisted Early Transition Program, the Navy announced Friday.

The decision to extend the program was made due to a combination of over-manning in some Navy ratings, “unprecedented retention” and recruitment numbers, and feedback from sailors who said they would apply for an early-out, according to a Navy news release.

“Sailors who are no longer interested in staying in the Navy are highly encouraged to apply,” Mike Dawson, head enlisted community manager at the Navy Personnel Command, was quoted in the release.

Under EETP, sailors can request early separation up to two years prior to their EAOS. Another program, the Early Career Transition Program, allows sailors to go from active duty to the reserves 15 months before their EAOS.

Sailors can submit their early separation requests to Commander, Navy Personnel Command via their commanding officer. Because EETP is voluntary, sailors are not required to state a reason when requesting to separate, the release said.

For more information, call the Navy Personnel Command at 1-866-827-5672 or send an email to cscmailbox@navy.mil.

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