The U.S. Navy has announced increased High Year Tenure (HYT) waiver authority for Active Component Sailors E7-E9 desiring to continue sea duty. Chief, senior chief, and master chief petty officers willing to continue serving as deckplate leaders at sea are a key element. Community managers routinely grant HYT waivers to minimize gaps in deployable sea duty billets. Navy leadership encourages HYT waiver requests from senior enlisted leaders willing to fill sea duty deployable and equivalent (Type 2-4) billets that would otherwise be gapped. Sailors can expect improved retention incentives and leadership opportunities as the Navy continues to grow.