In November, nearly 3,000 Sailors, who were still under contract with the United States Navy, were informed that their services were no longer required by their country - more precisely by the organization/corporation acting on behalf of their country. These sailors are still in shock over the news from the Enlistment Retention Board and the stigma attached with the perception that something was wrong with their performance. Despite recent re-enlistments, many sailors with 7 to 15 years of service will be denied the chance to fulfill their dreams of a career in the Navy. Many will be denied the option to serve out their current contracts. They are simply being "let go" or downsized.
Many sailors have stated they do not fit the stated criteria outlined by the ERB. Sailors Against ERB and Navy ERB Sailors are two Facebook pages are dedicated helping sailors and their families not only cope with this decision, but to fight for the right to retire as planned or have their records restored.
Sailors Against ERB urges:
Many news outlets are eager to speak with ERB sailors or their families. Check with your local newspaper or television news anchor to see if there is any interest in covering your story.
- Why does the Navy no longer need the service of the skilled men and women who have faithfully served their country for at least 7 years?
- Why was this method chosen to downsize the Navy, rather than seeking volunteers at any level in the over-manned rates?
- Why not allow these sailors the option to retire early?
- Where is the money that was being set aside to cover the pensions of these sailors?
- Why does the Navy not make it clear that those who must leave involuntarily are not trouble-makers or miscreants?