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Nov. 18, 2012 - 10:49AM   |   Last Updated: Nov. 18, 2012 - 10:49AM  |  
Culinary specialist is one of 17 new ratings accepting to reservists who want to rejoin the active-duty ranks.
Culinary specialist is one of 17 new ratings accepting to reservists who want to rejoin the active-duty ranks. (MC2 Bryan Ilyankoff / Navy)
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Reserve sailors in the following ratings and year groups are eligible to apply to join the active component. Openings with an asterisk (•) are unchanged from the original Phase 1 rollout.
Rating       Year group(s)
ABE       2010, 2011
ABH       2000, 2001, 2010, 2011
AME       2004, 2010, 2011
•AWO       2005, 2006
AO       1996, 1997, 2006, 2011, 2012
•BM       2006
CS       2006, 2010, 2011
•CSS       2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
DC       2002, 2004, 2005
Rating       Year group(s)
• ETR       2003, 2006, 2007, 2008
GSM       2002, 2003, 2004
HT       2005
IT       2002, 2003, 2005, 2006
MMW       2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2011
QM       2009
STS       2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010
•YN       2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
Source: Navy Reserve Forces Command

The second phase of a three-part plan to ease reservists' transition to active duty is in place, with nine new ratings accepting applications.

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The second phase of a three-part plan to ease reservists' transition to active duty is in place, with nine new ratings accepting applications.

The Enlisted Reserve to Active Component Augmentation Program, announced Sept. 9 in a fleetwide message, targets reservists willing to go active to fill gaps in undermanned ratings.

Under previous programs, reservists were recalled to active duty temporarily. After their tour, they would return to their Reserve unit. They would also compete for advancement with fellow reservists.

Through this new program, sailors sign a new active-duty contract and return to the fleet full-time.

The program's Phase I openings involved eight ratings, all of which still have positions available. The culinary specialist rating expanded its offerings, adding the 2006 year group to previously listed 2010 and 2011 year groups. Two other ratings reduced their year-group offerings.

Phase II offers nine new ratings. Phase III was initially slated to include eight more ratings, but changes to those ratings and their year groups are possible before the job announcements are released, according to information from Navy Personnel Command. Those listings are expected by the end of December, NPC officials said.

Vacancy updates will be posted to the program's website as new jobs come open and old ones are filled, officials said. Reservists interested in the program can call NPC's customer service center at 866-827-5672 or contact a Navy Reserve Activity command career counselor for more information.

Specific needs

The program includes hundreds of vacancies, but reservists will have to fit the active- duty fleet's specific needs to be accepted.

For example, there are 40 openings for aviation boatswain's mate (launch and recovery equipment) airmen in the 2011 year group, but the active-duty Navy is seeking exactly one culinary specialist (submarine) second class in the 2008 year group, according to application advertisements.

Reservists must be ready to start within 30 days of their application being accepted, according to the advertisements.

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