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YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — The Navy kicked off a pilot program this month that allow E-4s to become assistant financial specialists.

The Navy has found that 18- to 23-year-old sailors make financial decisions based on peer recommendations, according to a Navy message.

Volunteers for the program will be screened for approval by financial counselors at local Fleet and Family Support Centers. Approved applicants will receive an abbreviated Command Financial Specialist course, but will not be allowed to serve in that function without supervision.

The program will run through Sept. 30, 2012, at which point it will be evaluated, according to the message. E-4s interested in applying must do so before March 1, 2012.

Contact your local FFSC for more information or read the Navy Message.

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