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Retention Board Quotas Released

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS110518-21

From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Initial enlisted retention board (ERB) quotas were published May 18 to provide Sailors a clearer picture of the competition in individual ratings, paygrades, and years of service-competitive categories.

"These initial quotas have been released to show Sailors how focused the ERB will be and to help them make informed career decisions," explained Rear Adm. Tony Kurta, director of military personnel plans and policy.

As a result of increased competition and reduced opportunity for strong-performing Sailors to reenlist caused by record high retention and low attrition, Navy announced the establishment of the ERB in NAVADMIN 129/11, April 14.

The main objective is to help the Navy achieve mandated end strength by eliminating overmanning in 31 ratings. Rebalancing Navy manpower will have many benefits in the Fleet, including improved Perform-to-Serve reenlistment approval and advancement opportunity in these ratings.

All 15,688 eligible Sailors will first be reviewed for adverse performance; no quotas have been established for this portion of the ERB. Retention quotas will then be applied to years of service (YOS) bands where overmanning is concentrated. These bands are focused by rating and paygrade, and are established to ensure a balance of seniority, skills, and experience necessary to meet current and future Navy requirements.

Since chiefs and senior chiefs in the designated 31 ratings are not currently overmanned in the 7-14 YOS bands, they will not compete for retention quotas, but will still be reviewed for adverse performance.

The quotas posted on the Navy Personnel Command website are first listed by rating and paygrade, with a "rating inventory" showing the total number in each category. This is followed by the total number of Sailors eligible for the ERB within that category. All of these Sailors will receive a performance review.

For example, when a Sailor looks at the quotas, they will see there are 491 ABF3s and 371 ABF2s in the Navy. Of this group, there are only 2 ABF3's with 7-14 years of service and 180 ABF2's with 7-14 years of service who are eligible for the ERB.

The second block of numbers is further refined and focuses on the number of eligible Sailors within each YOS band subject to the quota-based review. Not all YOS will be subject to quotas. The final block shows the total number of Sailors who will be retained.

Returning to the previous example, the quota-based portion of the board will review the ABF3s with 7-14 YOS, and ABF2s with 7-13 YOS (YOS 14 will not be reviewed for ABF2s). These populations are 2 and 176 respectively, equaling a total of 178 Sailors who will compete for the 101 retention quotas.

These initial quotas are only a snapshot of the current rating manning. Revised quotas will be developed based upon Sailor retention behavior and approved rating conversion requests in the intervening period. These final quotas will be released after the board convenes, following the same process as Enlisted Selection Boards.

To view learn more about the ERB, conversion opportunities and to view the complete quota list, visit

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