The builder rating is overmanned for sailors with up to 10 years of service, making reenlistiment difficult, but not impossible. Here, BU3 Daniel Blount installs roofing at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, in January. (MC1 Steven Myers / Navy)
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Even though Perform to Serve is getting more automated, Navy officials said sailors need to take charge of their careers and get involved in the re-enlistment process.
"It's your career, and though others are charged with helping you along the way, don't assume that everything is in order," said PTS department head Cmdr. Jamie Redman.
Here's what he recommends:
Keep your records up to date by ensuring that all of your evaluations and awards are there.
Before your career counselor submits a PTS application for you, get a printout and verify that all of the info is correct. Counselors have a lot on their plates and no one knows you better than you do, he said.
Stay eligible to re-up by passing fitness tests and maintaining security clearances. In addition, getting good evaluations, studying hard and advancing on time or early significantly boost your chances, too.
Request a career development board, if you haven't had one in a while, or if you just want guidance on how to take your career to the next level.
There are things out of your control
Whether your rating will have a vacancy isn't guaranteed.
Although officials say there are only nine ratings officially classified as overmanned, your year group in your rating will affect you the most. That's how the Navy tracks you and how you compete to stay.
The following ratings are overmanned in certain "zones," or year groups.
Zone A Up to six years of service
AWR, AWS, AWV, BU, CTI, CTN, CTT, EA, EO, ET(SW), FT, IS, MT, ND
Zone B More than six and up to 10 years of service
ABE, ABF, ABH, BU, CE, CM, CTM, EA, EO, GSE, LN, LS(SS), UT, YN(SS)
Zone C More than 10 years and up to 14 years
ABE, ABF, ABH, AD, AE, AF, AG, AM, AME, ET, AWF, AWV, BM, CS(SS), DC, ET(SW), FC(AEGIS), GSE, GSM, HM, IT, LS, LS(SS), MA, MM(SS), NC, OS, PS, QM, RP, SH, STG, UT, YN.
Being on this list, officials said, doesn't mean you can't re-up in rate. It should lead you to further investigation, however.
Visit www.public.navy.mil/bupers-npc/enlisted/community/Pages/default.aspx and find your rating's overview information.
If you're still confused, officials say to ask your chief to go over your situation. But they also recommend you call your community manager or detailer to discuss your situation in greater depth.