|Navy College Assistance/Student Headstart Program|
The Navy-CASH Program is designed to allow enlistment to active duty of applicants who qualify for the Nuclear Field (NF), Submarine Electronics Computer Field (5YO-SECF), Advanced Electronics Field-Missile Technician (AEF-MT) rating, Advanced Technical Field-Cryptologic Technician Interpretive (ATF-CTI) rating, Advanced Electronics Field-Advanced Electronics Computer Field (AEF-AECF), Advanced Electronics Field-Electronics Warfare Technician (AEF-EW) rating, or Advanced Electronics Field-Sonar Technician Surface (AEF-STG) rating.
This program is designed to penetrate the high quality college, and college-bound, market and support placement in the Delayed Entry Program, especially hard to fill shipping months.
Selectees will enlist to active duty and receive pay and allowances (less uniform allowance) while attending an accredited college or university for up to 12 months. Enlistment will be in paygrade E-1 unless qualified for advanced paygrade.
Basic Eligibility Requirements
After meeting Basic Eligibility Requirements, approval for the Navy-CASH program will be determined in a competitive process based upon whole-person qualification, quota availability, and shipping requirements to Recruit Training Command (RTC) (i.e., Navy Boot Camp). The length of time an applicant may attend school prior to RTC will depend on the applicant's qualifications. In no case will the time in Navy-CASH exceed 12 months.
Members will enlist on active duty and receive E-1 pay and allowances (except uniform allowance) and benefits including an Active Duty Identification Card and medical/dental treatment for themselves and eligible family members. Tuition, books and other school-related expenses are the members responsibility. Navy-CASH members are not entitled to Tuition Assistance. Navy-Cash members may be entitled to enter on active duty in an advanced paygrade and receive advancements in accordance with their specific enlistment program.
Members are eligible for enlistment incentives (Enlistment Bonus, Navy College Fund, Loan Repayment Program) in accordance with current directives. EB entitlement will be based on the date the member reports to Recruit Training Command (RTC) and the EB NAVADMIN message in effect at the time of DEP enlistment. College credits earned while in the Navy-CASH program do not count when determining the award level for EB Kicker.
The primary point of contact for Navy-CASH selectees is the Navy Recruiting Division (NRD) Advanced Programs Coordinator. NRD Commanding Officers are responsible for the oversight of these students as well as their training and career development until they report to RTC (Boot Camp). Specific Advanced Programs Coordinator responsibilities include:
Member's Responsibilities and Information.
Commander, Navy Recruiting will issue initial orders to selectees to report to the Navy Recruiting District (NRD) nearest their college for administrative purposes. Navy-CASH members are responsible for abiding by the terms of their contracts, maintaining eligibility for their enlistment program, meeting and maintaining Navy physical readiness standards, and notifying the NRD Commanding Officer of any change of status (including physical qualifications and civil or criminal involvement). Members are accountable for complying with all provisions of the UCMJ, but are not required to wear a uniform or maintain Navy grooming standards while serving in the Navy-CASH Program.
Upon completion of each school term, members must have official transcripts provided directly from their school to the responsible Navy Recruiting District for submission to Commander, Navy Recruiting. Members are not allowed to hand carry or provide their own transcripts. Failure to provide transcripts or evidence that transcripts have been tampered with, will result in disenrollment from Navy-CASH and transfer to RTC (boot camp).
Navy-CASH students are assigned to an NRD and may be employed (at the COs discretion) between semesters and while awaiting transfer to RTC. Navy-CASH members departing the area of residence/NRD are required to have approved leave on a Leave Request/Authorization Form (NAVCOMPT 3065).
Applicans must provide a Course of Study Plan, signed by an academic counselor, reflecting a course plan working toward an Associate's/Bachelor's Degree. There are no requirements regarding academic major, however, technical majors (mathematics, science or engineering) are preferred.
Members may not extend their projected Degree Completion Date or RTC reporting date, cease attending classes, enter exchange programs, or transfer schools without written approval of Commander, Navy Recruiting.
Member must maintain at least a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale each term to remain eligible. Based upon Commander, Navy Recruiting determination, members who are disenrolled from Navy-CASH or become ineligible for their rating may be ordered to recruit training or processed for discharge. Members who are no longer eligible for their rating prior to transferring to RTC will have their extension of enlistment (NAVPERS 1070/621) cancelled. However, if reclassified, they may be required to extend their enlistment at that time to meet the required service obligation for the new A School or program. Members who fail to maintain Navy retention standards prior to receipt of orders to RTC will be processed for discharge.
Members may apply for consideration and selection to any Navy commissioning program. Selection will be considered on a case basis.
Above Information Derived From COMNAVCRUITCOMINST 1130.8F