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Hey Ladies! I hope everyone is doing well today... I have yet, another question =)


If a sailor for whatever reason is not able to complete A-school and gets put as undesignated OR a new recruit goes to MEPS, nothing is available that they want to do but they want to kick start their new future and go in undesignated, how will they be able to jump into a rate once one becomes available? Confusing the way I worded it, but lets use me as an example.... (this is all hypothetical bc I havnt even gotten into DEP yet or seen a recruiter, just talked to one a couple of times on the phone)


Example: I finally get to MEPS and chose the rate I really want which happens to be available as EOD.... I get to BC, make it through and get to A-School..... Lets say I dont meet one of the requirements, like swimming the 500 yard in the min time frame and I flunk all the re-tries I get. Then as a result, I'm put "Undesignated" and I go about my way and I'm doing random jobs for about a year and finally find something I'm good at and a position opens up as, I don't know, lets say Mechanic..... Then.....


A brand new recruit who went into BC as Undesignated because he wants to be a mechanic but it wasnt available at the time, makes it through and does random jobs for 3 months and the mechanic rate opens up. Or it opens as soon as he gets out of BC.


If theres not enough room to bring both in, who do they go for first? The one who's been there longer or the one who's shown better progress? OR the one that originally wanted it first?


I'm just running different scenarios in my head and want to have an understanding on how the Navy system works before going in =)


Thanks Ladies and Happy Memorial Day Weekend!!

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Yes indeed! The way I had it played out in my head made more sense than when I typed it out, but you got the gyst of it and nailed it. Thanks for that answer, very detailed and I appreciate it, as always Hoppi! =)
Perfect... Quick question... If that were to happen, do I have to go to my local CCC depending on where it is I end up at or could I contact you for assistance?
Fabulous! I will keep you updated on how things go. You're a wealth of helpful information and would still love to stay in contact! Thank you for what you do! I bet your Sailors love you =)
Isn't Hoppi great? I have sent other people with questions to her over the past many months.
Good luck! Fair winds.
Very good Hoppi, the USN needs more sailors like you! Keep up the good work.
Wow, are you the street partol also????? Or just everyone's Mother???
Any sailor in uniform can be corrected for improper actions by any senior personnel, in uniform or out. You're naive to think otherwise.
Here is a link to the undesignated group.
You would rather go in with a rating and school guaranteed because you dont want to end up as a deck seaman. Thats tough work and long days.
Thats what I'm aiming for, definetaly EOD, ND or AIRR. I will be happy with either.... But If it ends up i go undes, at least at the end of the day I can say I'm doing my part in serving my country =)


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