Posted on Aug 28, 2017
SPC Leif Powell
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My research indicates that the Navy Reserve was aiming to consolidate/reduce its Naval Mobile Construction Battalions (NMCB) a few years back, but I am unable to locate any updated information for 2017. Would it be possible to enlist in the Navy Reserve in one of the Seabee rates in 2017? Would promotions be near impossible due to the limited number of positions?

Any updated information would be greatly appreciated.
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CSM Command Sergeant Major IN
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Go to Port Hueneme Sea Bee base, drop in at the John Wayne Club, buy a beer, talk a bit and listen!
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SPC Leif Powell
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Thank you for the reply CSM Hayden. That certainly sounds like more fun than internet research, but unfortunately I am currently on the East coast. While I happen to work on a Naval installation, it is almost all aviation-based personnel. I have contacted a recruiter but have yet to hear back on any Seabee specific questions. Thanks again!
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PO1 James Crowell
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Not a lot of Bees on this site, I'm a Retired BU but OF-13 Rates do fill up the best info would be from a Reserve Seabee Unit like Columbus GA is Seabee heavy.
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@PO1 James Crowell The Sea Bees I met at the John Wanye Club were a composite group. They were from everywhere in the US and had all volunteered for that deployment. When theyy offered me a seat, I demurred and said, “Thanks, this is your war!”
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I have been retired since 2013, but from my friends who are still in the Seabee's they are telling me that the rates have opened up and they are bringing more people into the Seabee's
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SPC Leif Powell
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Thanks for the reply CPO Graham. It is good to hear this since most of the information online is dated. I plan to reach out to a reserve recruiter again after I relocate for my civilian job.
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As far as ease it's a lot easier if you're geographically near one of the 50 Dets. Other than that you're cross assigned, which makes it harder to make Chief. Currently there are 5 battalions, 2 CBMU's, and 2 Amphibs. There are other billets but those are the main ones. There about 5000 reserve Bees left, a fairly small community with lots of pride. Advancement has improved after the drawdown but it's still not wide open. There are 7 Bee rates and traditionally the largest rates have the best advancement opportunities. BU and EO, followed by CM, UT, CE, and then SW, and EA. The numbers vary by cycle but that's a general idea and my thoughts on it.
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