The U.S. Navy has announced that it is implementing a new distribution policy for active component (AC) and full time support (FTS) senior enlisted supervisors (E7-E9). Currently, there are 25 ratings that are overmanned ashore, and the Navy anticipates that more than 1,100 supervisors will be able to be transferred to operational units in the next several months. Assignments for all enlisted supervisors, including those selected for advancement to chief petty officer, will be reviewed to maximize Fleet manning readiness. Chiefs are encouraged to consider the Voluntary Sea Duty Program and the Sea Duty Incentive Pay Program (SDIP). These programs allow chiefs to proactively manage their career and provide benefits including geographic stability, the opportunity to negotiate for choice orders, and SDIP for eligible ratings.
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