Armed Forces News

Thanks to high retention in the Navy’s officer corps, retirement-eligible commanders and captains may again this year request time-in-grade waivers from three years to not less than two years. The original authority to grant such waivers expired Dec. 31, but the Navy now has permanent authority to continue it. This authority applies to all retirement eligible officers, including active duty, Full Time Support and SELRES (selected Reservists). It does not affect the pay computation of the retiring officer. “We are pleased to be able to continue this entirely voluntary early transition option,” said Vice Adm. Gerry Hoewing, Chief of Naval Personnel. “It contributes to our ongoing efforts to properly shape the force for the future, and it provides an opportunity for retirement-eligible officers to get a head start on a civilian career.” For more information see NAVADMIN 044/04, available online at www.bupers.navy.mil/navadmin/nav04/nav04044.txt.