How to Change Jobs in the Navy

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If you are wish to "cross-rate" or change your job in the U. S. Navy, refer to the Navy Personnel Manual chapter 1440-010, the directive that describes the requirements and qualifications needed. The rules to cross-rate in the Navy vary depending on many factors, but your Command Career Counselor/Navy Career Counselor will be able to supply the exact answers for each individual situation.

Verify that you meet the minimum requirements to apply for a change in your Navy job according to Navy Personnel Manual chapter 1440-010. Some of these requirements and qualifications include the following: -Having served at least 24 months in your current rate (job) -Having served less than 12 years in the U.S. Navy or Navy Reserve -You must be a Petty Officer 1st Class (PO1) or below -You must have zero non-judicial punishments (NJP) within the last 18 months -You must be recommended by your Commanding Officer (CO)

Meet with your chain of command (COC) to inform them of your intention to request to cross-rate. Your chain of command will schedule a meeting for you and your Command Career Counselor/Navy Career Counselor to verify you meet the requirements to cross-rate and ensure you understand everything that is necessary to take this step.

Complete an Enlisted Personnel Action Request Form 1306/7 to formally request to cross-rate to the job you seek. The completed 1306/7 will be sent through your chain of command; if you are endorsed by your commanding officer, the request will be sent to Navy Personnel Command for a final decision based on the needs of the Navy at that time.

Complete all necessary training (such as an "A" school) that might be required to fully complete your job change once your 1306/7 is returned to your command with your cross-rate authorization.


Your Command Career Counselor/Navy Career Counselor is the point of contact for requesting to change jobs (cross-rate). This counselor will be the best person to request information on the process and answer any questions you might have along the way.