Navy Moves to Increase Active-Duty Retention

Suspends “up or out” policy for two years.

The U.S. Navy recently announced that the branch will be suspending the enlisted high-year tenure policy for the next two years. The policy automatically and involuntarily transfers sailors into the Fleet Reserve who have been active for 30 years or who have not advanced in certain timeframes, removing them from active duty. The hiatus of this policy will allow these sailors to reapply for jobs, extend their current Navy tour, or reapply for another full-length tour.

“This suspension means more of our talented and experienced Sailors can stay in the Navy,” said Rear Admiral James Waters, Director of the Military Personnel Plans and Policy Division. “By removing this barrier to retaining career-minded Sailors, the Navy is broadening career progression opportunities for Sailors and allowing them the opportunity to advance to the next higher paygrade.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Secretary Carlos Del Toro to seek God’s wisdom as he oversees the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.
  • For Rear Admiral Waters as he directs the Military Personnel Plans and Policy Division.
  • For the protection and health of active-duty sailors and soldiers stationed around the world.

Sources: NavyTimes,


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