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  4. Hello everyone, I got my MBA in HCA from APUS with a GPA of 3.7, which is an ACBSP accredited university. Although the NAVADMIN states a degree must be obtained if MBA from an AACSB, I am just conjecturing what are my chances of getting selected. I am on active duty for 5 years now, straight EP Sailor with 3 NAMs, SOQ and a lot of community services. As I spoke with other MSC Officers, they states that I may not stand a chance and better off to plan on getting another degree from an AACSB institution. For those of you that got selected, and went to ODS, am really open to some advice. Thank you!!!
  5. Hey everybody, same bad time, same bad channel. Failed to select x2 6160, this will be my second 7161 application. Maybe the fourth time will be the charm. Good luck, everybody.
  6. It was viewed as a saving grace for a developing health crisis in the wake of Hurricane Maria: the USNS Comfort was heading to Puerto Rico to provide much-needed medical care. But in the two weeks since the U.S. Navy's floating hospital arrived in San Juan, it hasn't proved as helpful as many had hoped, and that's because it's too difficult to get sick patients onto the ship, critics say. https://weather.com/en-CA/canada/news/news/2017-10-18-puerto-rico-health-crisis-hurricane-maria-usns-comfort
  7. Two active-duty U.S. sailors from Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay were found dead of apparent drug overdoses in the same home four days apart, U.S. Submarine Forces confirmed to ABC News. Last Thursday, Petty Officer 1st Class Brian Jerrell was found dead in a home in Kingsland, Georgia, 20 minutes west of the Navy base. http://abcnews.go.com/US/navy-sailors-found-dead-apparent-drug-overdoses-home/story?id=50544703
  8. The USS Michigan, a nuclear submarine known for carrying special-ops teams, arrived in the South Korean city of Busan for what the Navy called a routine port visit last Friday, as tensions between the US and North Korea remain high. http://www.businessinsider.com/uss-michigan-us-navy-submarine-just-arrived-off-the-korean-peninsula-2017-10/#the-uss-michigan-was-launched-on-april-26-1980-and-commissioned-on-sept-11-1982-1
  9. NORFOLK, Va. — Following more than 46 years of honorable naval service, the afloat forward staging base (interim) USS Ponce (AFSB(I) 15) was decommissioned during a ceremony, Oct. 14, Naval Surface Force Atlantic said in a release. Commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic, Rear Adm. Jesse A. Wilson Jr., provided keynote remarks. Other notable speakers included Rear Adm. Dee L. Mewbourne, commander, Military Sealift Command; Brig. Gen. Francis L. Donovan, commander, Naval Amphibious Force, Task Force 51/5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade; Kevin M. Tokarski, Maritime Administration associate administrator for Strategic Sealift; and the ship’s commanding officer, Capt. Christopher Wells. http://seapowermagazine.org/stories/20171016-ponce.html
  10. GREAT LAKES (NNS) -- Students from the Navy's first graduating class students under the new Hospital Corps "A" School curriculum began follow-on training Oct. 16 under a new Navy Surgeon General (SG) initiative, the Hospital Corpsman (HM) Clinical Trauma Experience Proof of Concept course. The HM "A" School class began under the new curriculum in July at the Medical Education and Training Campus (METC) at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston (JBSA-FSH), Texas, graduating Oct. 13. The Navy's newest HMs will now study and practice in-patient/out-patient clinic and trauma care, honing skills learned in "A" school, said Chief Hospital Corpsman Yesenia Minaya, who led the Navy Medicine Education, Training and Logistics Command (NMETLC) working group that wrote the curriculum and designed the course. "It's a combination of inpatient/outpatient and trauma training with the ultimate goal being trauma care," said Minaya, one of 10 officer and enlisted instructors representing multiple specialties from commands across Navy Medicine. "The course is 12 weeks and includes classroom, medical simulation and hands-on clinical training." The training is a combined effort that aligns with Navy Surgeon General Vice Adm. Forrest Faison's priority of partnerships. The training partnership is between Navy Medicine, the Department of Veteran's Affairs (VA), and James H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, a level-one trauma center in Chicago, Illinois, referred to as "Cook County." Six weeks of classes and in-patient/out-patient clinical training are being conducted at the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (FHCC) located near Naval Training Center (NTC) Great Lakes, Illinois. Six weeks of trauma training will happen at Cook County. The program is one Navy Medicine is considering in an effort to prepare and sustain corpsmen medically ready during a period of decreased conflict, said Lt. Elisha Gowen, an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) charge nurse at Naval Hospital Guam and a course instructor. "It also provides an opportunity for brand new corpsmen to become more familiar with basic inpatient procedures and trauma situations to better prepare them before arriving at their first duty station," Gowen said. The course is one of several hospital corps training programs developed by NMETLC in response to Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Admiral John Richardson's competence and character priorities that include achieving the best possible performance through learning. The program also responds to Faison's second readiness goal to achieve maximum future life-saving capabilities and survivability along the continuum of care through training and educational programs. Cmdr. Shawn Passons, an ICU, Emergency and Flight Nurse, and an Adult Education and Training Specialist at the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED) in Falls Church, Virginia, said the SG's overarching vision is to provide ready medical personnel. She said that vision will be made stronger with this concept. "The Surgeon General's HM Clinical Trauma Experience Proof of Concept is an excellent opportunity to ensure our corpsmen are provided with experiences they can use to build a strong medical foundation, resilience, and enhanced knowledge and expectations in trauma situations," Passons said. A course instructor, Passons called the instructor training team "unique" with each having "personal knowledge and experience of trauma situations that they can capitalize on to help shape and mold the students to a level that has not previously been seen from 'A' school graduates." The program has significant potential to provide critical skills training in both a controlled simulation environment and in a trauma environment while still in a training status, said Lt. Cmdr. Autumn Riddell, an ER (Emergency Room)/Trauma Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP), Virginia, and a course instructor. "Part of my role as a CNS is to manage the Hospital Corpsman Orientation Program for the Emergency Department at NMCP," Riddell said. "The corpsmen graduating from this Clinical Trauma Experience Proof of Concept course will be afforded some amazing opportunities to get these hands-on experiences that will help ensure they are ready to provide efficient care when they report to their first duty station. They will already have been exposed to patient care and will have had the opportunity to work on their critical skills such as patient assessments, IV starts, blood draws, EKG's, etcetera." While FHCC training will focus on hospital in-patient/out-patient clinical skills, the experience at Cook County will emphasize the importance of teamwork in medicine and give students their first experience treating injuries similar to what they will see in combat, said Lt. Cmdr. Corey Fancher, a Navy nurse with a subspecialty in ER medicine, who is the patient safety manager at Naval Health Clinic Cherry Point, North Carolina. "They will learn early whether they are equipped to handle that level of trauma and learn to over-come fear and hesitation not uncommon to individuals the first time they care for a trauma patient," said Fancher, a course instructor who deployed to Kuwait and Iraq in support of Operation Inherit Resolve. All 10 instructors share a passion for quality patient care, they are enthused and motivated by the opportunity to help prepare the next generation of hospital corpsmen, and each is visibly excited to be a part of the SG's initiative. "We're helping pave the way for the future of the hospital corps," said Minaya. "It is extremely humbling. We have a dynamic group of instructors. Together we will ensure the students capitalize on their training and clinical experience to help set them up for success in clinical and trauma settings."
  11. UNCLASSIFIED ROUTINE R 181719Z OCT 17 FM CNO WASHINGTON DC TO NAVADMIN INFO CNO WASHINGTON DC BT UNCLAS PASS TO OFFICE CODES: FM CNO WASHINGTON DC//N1// INFO CNO WASHINGTON DC//N1// NAVADMIN 252/17 MSGID/GENADMIN/CNO WASHINGTON DC/N1/OCT// SUBJ/MARCH 2018 (CYCLE 239) NAVY-WIDE PETTY OFFICER (E4-E6) ADVANCEMENT EXAMINATIONS FOR USN, FULL TIME SUPPORT, AND CANVASSER RECRUITER SAILORS// REF/A/DOC/BUPERS/2NOV07// REF/B/MSG/SECNAV WASHINGTON DC/052044ZMAR13// REF/C/MSG/CNO WASHINGTON DC/N1/252221ZJUN10// REF/D/MSG/CNO WASHINGTON DC/N1/131544ZDEC07// REF/E/MSG/CNO WASHINGTON DC/011557ZFEB17// NARR/REF A IS BUPERSINST 1430.16F, ADVANCEMENT MANUAL FOR ENLISTED PERSONNEL OF THE U.S. NAVY AND U.S. NAVY RESERVE. REF B IS ALNAV 015/13, PERSONNEL SECURITY INVESTIGATION SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS. REF C IS NAVADMIN 215/10, PERFORMANCE EVALUATION AND ADVANCEMENT GUIDANCE FOR INDIVIDUAL AUGMENTEE SAILORS. REF D IS NAVADMIN 336/07, ADMINISTRATION OF THE NAVY-WIDE ADVANCEMENT EXAM FOR SAILORS IN IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN, AND THE HORN OF AFRICA. REF E IS NAVADMIN 021/17, ESTABLISHMENT OF YEOMAN (SUBMARINE), LOGISTICS SPECIALIST (SUBMARINE), CULINARY SPECIALIST (SUBMARINE) AND FIRE CONTROLMAN (AEGIS) SERVICE RATINGS.// RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN announces the March 2018 (Cycle 239) Navy-wide advancement examination (NWAE) for advancement in rate of U.S. Navy, Full Time Support and Canvasser Recruiter Sailors. a. Exam dates are: E6 - 1 March 2018 E5 - 8 March 2018 E4 - 15 March 2018 b. In addition to the requirements chapter 6 of reference (a) and this message, educational services officers (ESO) must follow the pre-exam preparation requirements in the exam verbatim located at https://prod.neas.netc.navy.mil. 2. Eligibility Requirements. Advancement candidate eligibility requirements are found in reference (a), chapter 2, with the following information specific only to Cycle 239: a. The terminal eligibility date used to compute time-in-rate (TIR) is 1 July 2018. b. The minimum TIR date must be on or before: E6 - 1 July 2015 E5 - 1 July 2017 E4 - 1 January 2018 c. TIR requirements for early promote E5 Sailors can be waived by 1 year with commanding officer (CO)/officer in charge approval. d. High year tenure (HYT) date or approved HYT waiver must be effective 1 July 2018 or later and approved prior to 1 March 2018. e. Candidates in a rating requiring a security clearance must have a favorable investigation adjudication issued by the Department of Defense Central Adjudication Facility and it must be reflected properly in Joint Personnel Adjudication System (JPAS) prior to 1 March 2018. If the CO of grants an interim clearance, JPAS must be updated prior to 1 March 2018. Refer to reference (b) for additional guidance. Once Sailors have a clearance they must maintain that clearance eligibility. If for any reason a clearance is denied or revoked, an exam is not authorized until a new clearance is granted. Rates requiring a security clearance are AC, AE, AG, AO, ATI, ATO, AWF, AWO, AWR, AWS, AWV, AZ, CTI, CTM, CTN, CTR, CTT, EOD, ET, FC, FCA, FT, GM, HT, IC, IS, IT, LN, MA, MC, MN, MT, ND, OS, QM, SB, SO, STG, YN, and nuclear and submarine ratings. f. Change of rate must be approved and retention approvals must be completed before the scheduled exam date of the candidate. This includes approvals from Navy Personnel Command and Career Waypoints (CWAY), etc. Sailors under instruction in A-school for rating conversion on the scheduled date of the NWAE are prohibited from taking any examination. g. Compute performance mark average (PMA) using all evaluations in the current rank of the candidate with an ending date that falls within the following time periods: E4 exam - 1 June 2017 to 28 February 2018 E5 exam - 1 December 2016 to 28 February 2018 E6 exam - 1 March 2015 to 28 February 2018 h. For additional guidance on computing PMA, refer to reference (a), chapter 3. For PMA guidance for individual augmentee (IA) Sailors refer to reference (c). i. Sailors who have received a "Denied Final - Active" from CWAY and have a soft end of active obligated service prior to 1 July 2018 are ineligible and shall not be administered the Cycle 239 NWAE. j. Cryptologic Technician Interpretive (CTI) Sailors must achieve a minimum of L2/R2 on the Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT) in their primary language, as assigned by their CO, within 12 months of NWAE. Any CTI whose primary language DLPT is over 12 months old must receive an advancement cycle participation waiver from the Navy Foreign Language Office (N13F12). k. Sailors assigned to a submarine source rating must be fully qualified, in line with Submarine Qualification Designation for Enlisted Members, MILPERSMAN 1220-040. 3. Exam Ordering a. Deploying commands can order exams up to 6 months prior to the scheduled exam date. Exams required prior to the TIR list opening are ordered via message or in the preferred message format via e-mail to sfly_N321_exam_order(at)navy.mil following the guidelines in chapter 4 and figure 4-1 of reference (a). Specify in the subject line the order request is for early exams. Ensure a point of contact (POC) is included in the message. Refer to reference (d) for IA Sailors who are pending deployment to, or are deployed to and operating in a congressionally designated combat zones and approved contingency operations areas. b. CTI/CTN/CTR sensitive compartmented information (SCI) exam cycle opening and closing ordering dates can be found on the Navy Enlisted Advancement System (NEAS) Web at https://prod.neas.netc.navy.mil. (1) ESO must verify initial Active TIR eligibility lists on NEAS Web for exam ordering. (2) Additional exams are ordered in message format via e-mail to sfly_cryptologic.products(at)navy.mil or via message following the guidelines of reference (a), chapter 4. Commands should replace SHIP TO UIC on the message format with their Department of Defense Activity Address Code account number. In addition, include POC, the number of exams required with full name, rate, and Department of Defense Identification number. The deadline for additional orders is 3 January 2018. The deadline for SCI substitute exam orders is 4 April 2018. c. Exam ordering for non-SCI exams begins 26 November 2017. ESOs must verify TIR eligibility lists on NEAS Web during the following time periods: (1) Initial TIR lists will be available: E6 - 26 November 2017 to 13 December 2017 E5 - 26 November 2017 to 1 January 2018 E4 - 26 November 2017 to 15 January 2018 (2) Additional TIR lists will be available: E6 - 14 December 2017 to 24 January 2018 E5 - 2 January 2018 to 28 January 2018 E4 - 16 January 2018 to 4 February 2018 (3) Additional regular exams required after the TIR list has closed will be considered, otherwise, substitute exams will be sent. Exams ordered after the TIR lists have closed shall be ordered via message or in message format via e-mail to sfly_N321_exam_order(at)navy.mil following the guidelines in chapter 4 of reference (a). Ensure a POC is included in the message. d. Commands must select the appropriate exams (i.e., NCC/NCR, ATI/ATO, etc.). e. Substitute exams must be kept to a minimum and require justification as stipulated in chapter 4 of reference (a). (1) Naval Education and Training Professional Development Center (NETPDC) is the approval authority for all substitute exams. The deadline for ordering non-SCI substitute examinations is 6 April 2018. (2) Recent graduates of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program training pipeline on transfer leave in route to their first at-sea assignment during the E4/E5 examination date will have substitute examinations ordered for them by their ultimate duty station if dates permit exam ordering before the published deadline. f. ESOs must verify the examination order at the "View Previous Exam Orders" link via NEAS Web within 14 days of placing the order. If discrepancies are noted, contact the Exam Ordering and Discrepancies Branch NETPDC (N321). g. Separate exams are given for Yeoman (Submarine) (YNS), Logistics Specialist (Submarine) (LSS), Culinary Specialist (Submarine) (CSS) and Fire Controlman (Aegis) (FCA) service ratings. Refer to reference (e) for the establishment of these new service ratings. h. USN candidates in the following ratings are separated into the following competitive groups: (1) CTI Group 1 - Middle East/North Africa Group 2 - East/Far East Group 3 - Latin/South America Group 4 - Eastern Europe (2) EMN, ETN, and MMN Group 1 - Submarine Group 2 - Surface Group 3 Training 4. Exam Administration and Answer Sheet Returns a. For exam administration and answer sheet return instructions, refer to the exam verbatim at https://prod.neas.netc.navy.mil. b. ESO must check the exam tote board on NEAS Web at https://prod.neas.netc.navy.mil/Public/Toteboard.aspx often to ensure answer sheets have been received and processed. Answer sheets that are in error will not be counted until they are processed successfully. c. Substitute examinations must be administered within seven days of receipt. d. A detailed discrepancy list will be maintained on NEAS Web. For guidance on correcting discrepancies, refer to reference (a), chapter 7. In addition to processing discrepancy corrections via letter or message, NETPDC will also accept discrepancy corrections by encrypted e-mail. 5. Exam Results a. E4-E6 results will be provided via Bureau of Naval Personnel On-Line to authorized command representatives prior to release of profile sheets. b. Commands are directed to verify the examination status verification report for accuracy before frocking and/or advancement of E4-E6 candidates. c. Individual Sailors may view/download their profile sheet at https://prod.neas.netc.navy.mil/NEASRpts/Individual.aspx. 6. Any additional information regarding this cycle will be posted on NEAS Web. 7. Points of contact: a. Navy Personnel Command Customer Service Center: 866-U-ASK-NPC or via e-mail at uasknpc(at)navy.mil. b. SCI exam questions and orders: (850) 473-5867/DSN 753 or via e-mail at sfly_cryptologic.products(at)navy.mil. c. Exam orders, records, and discrepancies: (850) 473-6148/DSN 753 or via e-mail at sfly_N321_exam_order(at)navy.mil, or sfly_N321_discrepanc(at)navy.mil. 8. For further information such as reference (a), exam verbatim, and other related documents, visit NEAS Web at https://prod.neas.netc.navy.mil. 9. This NAVADMIN will remain in effect until superseded or canceled, whichever occurs first. 10. Released by Vice Admiral R. P. Burke, N1.// BT #0001 NNNN UNCLASSIFIED//
  12. NEWPORT, R.I. (NNS) -- Center for Service Support (CSS) released overhauled versions of the Musician (MU) Basic and Advanced rating non-resident training course (NRTC), October 2017. The new courses were developed over the last two years and gathered fleet input through workshops conducted at the Naval School of Music, Virginia Beach, Virginia, by a group of subject matter experts from both ratings. The last revision of the Musician NRTC was over 25 years ago and the re-write of four manuals condensed material to two manuals. The musician workshop, conducted by Master Chief Musician Jonathan Ward, Naval School of Music and Senior Chief Musician Nathan Bissell, Center for Service Support MU training manager. The Non-Resident Training Course Manager, Richard Rangel for Center for Service Support (CSS) Newport, Rhode Island, oversaw the process to ensure that during the two year contract all edits from the fleet were made and were aligned with the occupational standards for both ratings. The working groups were comprised of musicians from both the Navy and Marines, and they provided their expertise in their appropriate fields. The NRTCs are tools designed for use as a reference guide by active-duty and Naval Reserve Sailors, individual learning courses, advancement exam preparation, and Ready, Relevant Learning as part of Sailor 2025. The new NRTCs will be available to Sailors beginning October 2018, via Naval Education and Training Command's NRTC library website at: https://www.courses.netc.navy.mil/. Center for Service Support is comprised of active-duty, civilian, and contract personnel, who direct the training efforts of seven learning sites and providing training for the Navy's administration, logistics and media ratings. The CSS team ensures curriculum and professional development tools are current.
  13. UNCLASSIFIED ROUTINE R 281400Z SEP 17 FM SECNAV WASHINGTON DC TO ALNAV INFO SECNAV WASHINGTON DC CNO WASHINGTON DC CMC WASHINGTON DC BT UNCLAS ALNAV 065/17 MSGID/GENADMIN/SECNAV WASHINGTON DC/-/SEP// SUBJ/ENLISTED APPLICATIONS TO THE U.S. NAVAL ACADEMY// REF/A/DOC/NAVMEDCOM/4APR14// REF/B/DOC/OPNAV/14DEC09// REF/C/DOC/MCO/29OCT15// NARR/REF A IS NAVMED P-117, MANUAL OF THE MEDICAL DEPARTMENT. REF B IS OPNAVINST 1420.1B, ENLISTED TO OFFICER COMMISSIONING PROGRAMS APPLICATION ADMINISTRATIVE MANUAL. REF C IS MARINE CORPS ORDER 1040.43B, APPLICATION FOR NOMINATION TO THE U.S. NAVAL ACADEMY AND NAVAL ACADEMY PREPARATORY SCHOOL.// RMKS/1. The U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) is seeking top performing, energetic male and female Sailors and Marines, active and reserve, who have demonstrated strong leadership for admission to the Naval Academy Class of 2022. Among each USNA class is a corps of prior -enlisted Sailors and Marines who infuse peer-level Fleet experience into the Brigade of Midshipmen. 20 years from now, these young men and women from all walks of American life will lead our Fleet. Commanding Officers (CO) are encouraged to identify motivated enlisted personnel who meet the criteria and may be good candidates for selection to USNA. 2. Successful candidates will be top-quality Sailors and Marines who fit the following profile: a. Academics (1) Possess a strong high school grade point average indicating the potential to succeed at USNA. Fleet applicants ranked in the top 40 percent of their high school class are typically considered competitive. (2) Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores taken within the last two years. The SAT is a three-part test consisting of Reading, Math, and Writing. Applicants should aim to score above 500 in Reading (verbal) and above 550 in Math, with a combined minimum of 1050. There is no recommended score for the Writing component, but it may be used for evaluation purposes. For applicants who have taken the American College Test (ACT) within the last two years, scores of 22 in English and 24 in Math are recommended. Potential candidates with SAT or ACT scores that are older than two years or below these guidelines are strongly encouraged to retake the test. (3) Typically completed four years of Mathematics, including a strong foundation in Geometry, Algebra, and Trigonometry, four years of English, and one year of Chemistry. Additionally, Physics, Calculus, History, and two years of a foreign language are strongly recommended. Continued education since high school is vital; candidates are encouraged to strengthen their admission application with college courses in higher Math and Sciences. b. Top performers who have demonstrated or possess strong leadership (e.g., past and present Command Junior Sailors/Bluejackets of the Quarter/Year, top 20 percent performers in "A" and "C" schools, class leaders, Honor Guard members, and community volunteers). c. Good moral character and unquestionable loyalty to the U.S., as determined by a command interview and military recommendations. d. No record of disciplinary action under Article 15, Uniform Code of Military Justice, or conviction by civil court (except minor traffic violations) during the three years preceding application for admission. e. Outstanding physical fitness, as determined by the candidate fitness assessment and recent command physical fitness assessments. f. Must not have passed their 23rd birthday on 1 July of the year of admission to USNA. g. Must not be married, pregnant, or have incurred obligations of parenthood. 3. Candidates with superior academic performance and a strong military background may receive direct appointments to USNA. Top performers who need to strengthen their academic background may be selected to attend the Naval Academy Preparatory School (NAPS) in Newport, RI for one year and receive an appointment to USNA the following year. 4. Personnel selected to attend USNA or NAPS must be medically qualified by the Department of Defense Medical Examination Review Board (DoDMERB) in order to be commissioned as an officer in the Navy or Marine Corps. Once candidates complete 50 percent of the application, their names will be sent to DoDMERB for the physical and eye exams. Candidates will be contacted by Concorde, the DoDMERB contractor, with information on where to receive their physical and eye exams. 5. Up to 170 regular and reserve personnel may be appointed to USNA each year. The deadline to apply to the Class of 2022 is December 31, 2017. The deadline for all completed application documents is January 31, 2018. Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete their application as soon as possible. Packages completed before January 31, 2018, will be reviewed by the Admissions Board as soon as received. Packages will not be reviewed without the CO's endorsement. References (b) and (c) provide guidance. 6. An applicant becomes an official candidate by submitting a preliminary application on-line at www.usna.edu/admissions. After designation as a candidate, a candidate number, username, and password will be assigned and the candidate will be directed to complete the online applications at www.usna.edu/candidateinformation. USNA operates on a rolling admissions basis and Fleet applicants are encouraged to complete their applications early to improve competitiveness. 7. Direct application questions to the USNA Fleet Liaison at (410) 293-1839/DSN 281 or bland@usna.edu, or write to: U.S. Naval Academy, Candidate Guidance Office, Halsey Field House, 52 King George St, Annapolis, MD 21402-1318, Attn: Fleet Liaison. 8. Additional information about USNA may be obtained at http://www.usna.edu/Admissions/Steps-for-Admission/Active-Duty-Service -Applicants.php. 9. Released by the Honorable Richard V. Spencer, Secretary of the Navy. BT #0001 NNNN UNCLASSIFIED//
  14. UNCLASSIFIED ROUTINE R 161859Z OCT 17 FM CNO WASHINGTON DC TO NAVADMIN INFO CNO WASHINGTON DC BT UNCLAS PASS TO OFFICE CODES: FM CNO WASHINGTON DC//N1// INFO CNO WASHINGTON DC//N1// NAVADMIN 249/17 MSGID/GENADMIN/CNO WASHINGTON DC/N1/OCT// SUBJ/SELECTION OF APPLICANTS FOR THE FY-18 SEAMAN TO ADMIRAL-21 COMMISSIONING PROGRAM// REF/A/DOC/OPNAV/14DEC09// REF/B/DOC/BUMED/11JUN15// NARR/REF A IS OPNAVINST 1420.1B, ENLISTED TO OFFICER COMMISSIONING PROGRAMS APPLICATION ADMINISTRATIVE MANUAL. REF B IS THE MANUAL OF THE MEDICAL DEPARTMENT (MANMED), NAVMED P-117, CHAPTER 15, MEDICAL EXAMINATIONS.// RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN announces selections for the FY-18 Seaman to Admiral- 21 (STA-21) Program. STA-21 is the premier commissioning source providing the highest levels of education and leadership training for our Sailors. These highly motivated men and women will be among the future leaders of our Navy. Highly competitive packages were received from 349 well-qualified Sailors making selection a difficult task this year. All who applied should be very proud of their accomplishments and continue their outstanding performance to ensure professional growth and to increase their chance of selection in a future board. Congratulations to all who were selected. 2. Selectees are (read name, rate, and option assigned): ADAMS, JEFFREY J EMN1 NUCLEAR BAEZ, ANDREW ETN1 NUCLEAR BISCHOFF, COLE A MMN3 NUCLEAR BLEUENSTEIN, MELIA G EMN3 NUCLEAR BOWLING, CHRISTOPHER E ETN3 NUCLEAR BROOKS, BEAU D EMN1 NUCLEAR BYNUM, JAMEE L ETN3 NUCLEAR CARPENTER, STEVEN A MMN2 NUCLEAR CARUSO, PAUL J EMN2 NUCLEAR CLARK, SARAH R AM2 PILOT CLARKSTON, BRENDON F YN2 CORE COOKE, ROBERT S SO1 SPECWAR DASHIELL, JALEA A EMN3 NUCLEAR DAUGHTREY, MICHELLE L AMW2 CORE DUFFY, BRIAN R SO1 SPECWAR FLOYD, JASON T EMN2 NUCLEAR HUEY, KIRSTINE E AT1 NURSE HYDRUSKO, MATTHEW T MMN2 NUCLEAR IRVIN, DALTON L MMN2 NUCLEAR JOHNSON, TYRONE A EMN3 NUCLEAR KELLY, CHRISTOPHER S BU1 CEC KINNEY, BRYCE E MMN2 NUCLEAR KLINE, JEFFREY S AN IP KLITZKE, DAKOTA J EMN2 NUCLEAR KOOMSON, PRINCE K PS2 PILOT KURKOWSKI, HALEY F GM1 SWO LATCHAW, GARRETT R EMN3 NUCLEAR LATOUFTRUJILLO, SARA K EMN2 NUCLEAR LATTIMORE, KATHRYN E EMN3 NUCLEAR LAYTON, TIMOTHY R HM1 CORE MADRID, SEBASTIAN J MMN3 NUCLEAR MCNEIL, JAMES D ETN3 NUCLEAR MOSER, MATTHEW D MMN2 NUCLEAR NIX, ANTHONY T EMN3 NUCLEAR NUTAKOR, ELIKEM Y MMN3 NUCLEAR PELLETIER, ROBERT M MMN2 NUCLEAR RACHOCKI, ALEXANDRE S ETN2 NUCLEAR RAY, ERIN A MMN3 NUCLEAR RODRIGUEZ, BRANDON L MMN3 NUCLEAR SANCHEZ, TRISTIN T MMN2 NUCLEAR SCHMIDT, JOHN J EMN1 NUCLEAR STEWART, SAMUEL A MM2 SWO STILLEY, MEGAN K ET1 SWO STREIFF, THOMAS A MMN2 NUCLEAR TURNER, RAYMOND S AT1 NFO VAZQUEZ, CAROLINA EMN3 NUCLEAR WALLACE, CARA D EMN2 NUCLEAR WELLONS, PHILLIP W MMN1 NUCLEAR WENDLING, NIKOLAUS A EOD2 EOD WINTERS, MATTHEW A EMN1 NUCLEAR 3. The following personnel were designated as alternates (read name, rate, and option assigned): AFANASYEV, DMITRY D LS1 SWO ANNABLE, ERNEST W MMN1 NUCLEAR BOND, JORDAN K ETN3 NUCLEAR BREWSTER, MATTHEW S MMN2 NUCLEAR BRYAN, SAMUEL E MMN1 NUCLEAR CASTLE, JOSEPH D EMN2 NUCLEAR CAVANAH, KIRSTEN M YN3 PILOT CLARK, STEVIE D STG2 IP COLLINS, DOMINIC R EMN2 NUCLEAR CONWAY, JOSEPH W MMN2 NUCLEAR CRAMER, JAMES M ET1 NURSE ESPIRITU, DAVIDJOHN A MMN3 NUCLEAR GRAUBERGER, ELISE O ET2 CORE GUETERSLOH, DANIEL L ETN3 NUCLEAR JONES, ZACHARY H EOD1 EOD MILLER, JACOB W MMN2 NUCLEAR MONTANO, EMILIO C ETN2 NUCLEAR PROMISE, KHIARO M BU1 CEC RAHMANI, ASAIAH J ET2 CORE SCHAFER, DARRELL C MMN2 NUCLEAR SPRATT, RYAN A FC1 CORE STEVENS, CALEB C MMN3 NUCLEAR SWEAT, STEVEN R MMN2 NUCLEAR TRUAX, HEATHER L EMN2 NUCLEAR VYTLAS, ABIGAIL M AT2 NFO 4. Selections are conditional upon the selectee remaining fully eligible in all respects, meeting physical qualifications for commissioning as determined by the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED) and assignment by Naval Service Training Command (NSTC) to an approved Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) affiliated university based upon an official degree plan and acceptance letter from the university. Upon completion of an NSTC approved baccalaureate degree program, selectees will receive appointments as ensigns. 5. Commanding officers should take the following actions: a. Notify selectees and alternates of their selection and ensure they receive a copy of this message. b. Notify NSTC (Officer Development (Selection and Placement) (OD2)/STA- 21) via e-mail no later than 4 November 2017 of any selectee or alternate who does not desire to participate in the program. c. Immediately report to NSTC (OD2/STA-21) all conditions/circumstances that may disqualify a selectee or alternate from participating in the STA-21 Program via e-mail at pnsc_sta21@navy.mil. 6. Selectees and alternates should take the following actions: a. Complete a physical examination for a training program leading to a commission in the unrestricted line, nurse corps, or civil engineering corps, as applicable, in line with references (a) and (b) at a military treatment facility. Note that many commissioning standards exceed the enlisted standards required to remain on active duty. b. Ensure copies of completed physicals, Report of Medical History (DD Form 2807-1), and Report of Medical Examination (DD Form 2808), including Human Immunodeficiency Virus results from a test taken after 1 January 2017, are submitted no later than 1 December 2017 to: Naval Service Training Command Attn: OD2/STA-21 250 Dallas Street, Suite A Pensacola, Florida 32508-5268 Aviation option selectees/alternates must have flight physicals uploaded directly into Aeromedical Electronic Resource Office by a flight surgeon, and submitted to Naval Aerospace Medical Institute. The selectees/alternates must be certified as qualified or have a waiver recommended by Naval Medicine Operation Training Center. All required physical forms can be downloaded from the STA-21 homepage at https://www.sta-21.navy.mil. Commands should not forward physical forms directly to BUMED. c. Send acceptance letters from no more than three NROTC host or NROTC cross-town affiliated universities to the NSTC address listed above. Application to more than one university is advisable. Selectees will begin the STA-21 Program with attendance at the Naval Science Institute (NSI) no later than 13 February 2018. d. Send an official degree plan from an NROTC host or NROTC cross-town affiliated university where they have been accepted. Degree plans must cover the time actually attending college. Selectees degree plans should begin with the summer term 2018. All STA-21 selectees will be required to attend the NSI in route to their assigned university. 7. Alternates: Each alternate must complete the same actions outlined in paragraph 6 of this message. If a primary selectee declines participation in the program, is determined to be physically disqualified, or otherwise becomes ineligible for continuation in the program prior to executing orders, a qualified alternate will be selected. This notification often comes at the last minute. Therefore, alternates need to be prepared if and when notified. 8. The deadline for required degree plans and college admission documentation is 30 December 2017. It is in the best interest of each selectee and alternate to submit verification of eligibility criteria as soon as possible to expedite university assignment and release of permanent change of station orders. Selectees will not be ordered to NSI in route to their assigned NROTC university until all conditions outlined in paragraph 6 have been met. 9. Points of contact: Anna Duvall, NSTC, who can be reached at (850) 452- 9433/DSN 922 or via e-mail at anna.duvall@navy.mil or Eric Hodge, NSTC, who can be reached at (850) 473-6141/DSN 922 or via e-mail at eric.hodge@navy.mil. 10. Released by Vice Admiral R. P. Burke, N1.// BT #0001 NNNN UNCLASSIFIED//
  15. UNCLASSIFIED ROUTINE R 171336Z OCT 17 FM CNO WASHINGTON DC TO NAVADMIN INFO CNO WASHINGTON DC BT UNCLAS PASS TO OFFICE CODES: FM CNO WASHINGTON DC//N1// INFO CNO WASHINGTON DC//N1// SUBJ/NAVADMIN 250/17 MSGID/GENADMIN/CNO WASHINGTON DC/N1/OCT// SUBJ/FY-19 NAVY ACTIVE-DUTY AND RESERVE E9, E8, AND E7 SELECTION BOARD MEMBERSHIP NOMINATIONS// REF/A/DOC/BUPERS/XXXXXXX// AMPN/REF A IS BUPERSINST 1401.5B, SUPPLEMENTAL GUIDANCE FOR U.S. NAVY SELECTION BOARDS.// RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN announces the solicitation of enlisted selection board participants for the FY-19 Navy Active-Duty and Reserve Master Chief, Senior Chief, and Chief Petty Officer Selection Boards. The experience gained from exposure to the selection board process is critical to a master chiefs success as a leader. Every master chief petty officer, not otherwise restricted from participating in an enlisted selection board is strongly encouraged to volunteer to serve as a member on an FY-19 enlisted selection board. When required to meet board membership requirements, master chiefs may be directed by their ISIC or TYCOM to serve. 2. FY-19 enlisted board schedule: Reserve/FTS E9/E8 (combined) - 5 through 16 March 2018 Active-Duty E9 - 2 through 13 April 2018 Active-Duty E8 - 23 April through 11 May 2018 Reserve/FTS E7 - 21 May through 8 June 2018 Active-Duty E7 - 25 June through 20 July 2018 3. Due dates for member and recorder applications to be received by Selection Board Membership Division PERS-805: Reserve/FTS E9/E8 (combined) - 8 December 2017 Active-Duty E9 - 15 December 2017 Active-Duty E8 - 12 January 2018 Reserve/FTS E7 - 15 February 2018 Active-Duty E7 - 16 March 2018 4. Prior to submitting an application, review reference (a) found on the following link: http://www.public.navy.mil/bupers- npc/reference/instructions/bupersinstructions/documents/1401.5B.pdf In addition to membership criteria contained in reference (a) and on the application form (NAVPERS 1400/2), the following also applies to selection board nominees: a. Shall not have a relative defined in reference (a) serving on the same board in any capacity. b. All Navy relatives (active duty or reserve) must be listed on the application form along with their rank/rate, even if not board eligible. c. Shall not have been a member of the same board in the previous year. 5. Additional information pertaining to selection board membership: a. Frocked master chiefs may participate as selection board members and are encouraged to do so. b. In select circumstances, Navy Personnel Command (NPC) may provide permanent change of station (PCS) order modifications if an applicant with PCS orders is selected to serve on an enlisted selection board. Selected board members should contact LCDR Joseph A. Gueary at (901) 874-4162 or via e-mail at joseph.a.gueary(at)navy.mil if this applies. Do not contact your detailer directly as they may be eligible before the board. c. Active and reserve component master chiefs are encouraged to apply for any of the above boards. There are no restrictions preventing one component from serving on a board of the other. d. Senior chief petty officers and chief petty officers (to include frocked) may serve as recorders on any of the above boards for which they are not eligible. In addition, senior chief petty officers may apply to be a member on either the reserve or active- duty E7 boards. Petty officers (E6 and below) may not serve on the boards in any capacity. Recorders must be stationed CONUS or in Hawaii. 6. The application form (NAVPERS 1400/2) can be downloaded from the NPC web site at: http://www.public.navy.mil/bupers- npc/reference/forms/NAVPERS/Pages/default.aspx 7. The signed application must be endorsed by the members commanding officer (CO) and forwarded directly to their cognizant force/fleet master chief (FORCM/FLTCM). The FORCM/FLTCM will forward endorsed applications to Mr. Donald Marshall via e-mail at donald.p.marshall(at)navy.mil or will return the endorsed application to the member for submission to Mr. Marshall. In circumstances where the applicant does not have, or is assigned to a joint command without a FORCM/FLTCM, the application should be sent to Mr. Marshall by the commands senior enlisted leader (SEL), provided the SEL is not eligible for advancement on the board for which the applicant is submitting. If you are unsure of your circumstance please contact Mr. Marshall. 8. Do not use request chits and do not forward applications through your commands administrative support personnel, including those of the command master chief (CMC), CO or those of your FORCM/FLTCM. This will compromise board membership and invalidate your application. Applications go directly to the CMC. Forms received from, or routed through individuals other than the applicant or the FORCM/FLTCM, except as specified in paragraph 7 above, will not be considered. 9. Board membership will be held in the strictest confidence. Once an application is submitted Commander, Navy Personnel Command (CNPC) has ordered a policy of non-disclosure. Do not discuss applications or selection, if chosen, to serve on a board with anyone other than the CO, reporting senior, CMC, chief of the boat, cognizant FORCM/FLTCM, or board support personnel at NPC. It is appropriate for a CMC to be told by a member in the command of that members board service. However, the CMC may not disclose their own service on a board to anyone other than the CO. Failure to adhere to this policy is a direct violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. It will result in removal from the board and possible administrative or disciplinary action by CNPC. 10. Careful consideration should be given to a nominees availability to serve as a selection board member. CO concurrence for the nominee to participate on a board is required. COs, CMCs, and the applicant should understand that once selected, the member is under official orders to the board and requests for removal from board duties will not be granted except in extreme cases as specified in reference (a). 11. Points of contact: Mr. Donald Marshall at (901) 874-3223/DSN 882 or via e-mail at donald.p.marshall(at)navy.mil or LCDR Joseph Gueary at (901) 874-4162/DSN 882 or via e-mail at joseph.a.gueary(at)navy.mil 12. Released by Vice Admiral R. P. Burke, N1.// BT #0001 NNNN UNCLASSIFIED//
  16. The Navy is surging a guided-missile destroyer and altering the deployment of a guided-missile destroyer to cover gaps left by two ballistic missile defense-capable destroyers that were damaged in collisions with merchant ships, USNI News has learned. The Norfolk-based cruiser USS Monterey (CG-61) and Pearl Harbor-based destroyer USS O’Kane (DDG-77) will be deployed to assist in BMD missions, two Navy officials confirmed to USNI News. https://news.usni.org/2017/10/12/navy-surge-uss-monterey-uss-okane-bmd-operations-cover-ships-sidelined-collision
  17. NAVAL STATION NORFOLK, Va. – Aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) completed its maintenance availability two days early, and USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) will head into maintenance 10 days early later this month – a major feat, given that only one deployment cycle ago the two carriers had been mixed up in double-pump deployments, truncated maintenance availabilities and an unexpected 24-month repair ordeal. Despite previous struggles on the East Coast to get the aircraft carriers settled back into a healthy routine, Commander of Naval Air Force Atlantic Rear Adm. Bruce Lindsey said his fleet is now successfully executing the 36-month Optimized Fleet Response Plan schedule, thanks to a couple key lessons learned. https://news.usni.org/2017/08/02/norfolk-aircraft-carriers-seeing-success-ofrp-schedule-truman-maintenance-early
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  19. The Navy Advancement Center is on schedule to provide the Chief of Naval Personnel with E4-E6 advancement planning data for the Reserve Cycle 101 and Active Duty Cycle 236 quota builds. At this time, results are scheduled to be released during the week of Thanksgiving. Total Force E4-E6 advancement cycle results will first be released to Triads, then published to individual Profile Sheets and All Hands the following day.
  20. E4-E6 Active Duty exam bibliographies for Cycle 239 (March 2018) are now available for download on My Navy Portal and Navy COOL. Exam bibliographies list the reference material rating subject matter experts used to verify questions on a specific exam. There are no better study resources than the exam bibliographies. http://www.navyadvancement.com/navy-advancement/bibliography-advancement-rate.php
  21. I put in for 683X/Intelligence only. This is my third year applying. Hopefully, the third time's the charm!
  22. YOKOSUKA, Japan - The commanding officer, Cmdr. Alfredo J. Sanchez, and executive officer, Cmdr. Jessie L. Sanchez, of the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) were relieved of their duties by Vice Adm. Phil Sawyer, Commander, Seventh Fleet, on Oct. 11. Both were relieved due to a loss of confidence. John S. McCain was involved in a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC Aug. 21 that claimed the lives of 10 Sailors, injured five more, and damaged both ships. While the investigation is ongoing, it is evident the collision was preventable, the commanding officer exercised poor judgement, and the executive officer exercised poor leadership of the ship’s training program. Cmdr. A. Sanchez was reassigned to Commander, Naval Forces Japan (CNFJ) and Cmdr. J. Sanchez was reassigned to Ship Repair Facility (SRF) Yokosuka. Cmdr. Ed Angelinas, former commanding officer of USS McCampbell (DDG 85), assumed duties as acting commanding officer. Lt. Cmdr. Ray Ball, chief engineer of USS Antietam (CG 54), will assume duties as acting executive officer.
  23. This is just a repost from FY18 DA HCA thread.. but I just wanted to share my experience once I got selected in Feb 2017 now that I have gone through ODS and finally stationed. In terms of the other HCAs who I met at ODS who were selected.. some were very clever and they were prior enlisted who applied for both IPP and DA which took up slots for both programs which I believe contributes to some alternates getting picked up later down the road and the alternate list moving up fast once the Navy figures these things out. The other interesting thing was how experienced a lot of the selectees were. I think out of all the HCAs I met only 1 had a bachelors and that person was a prior the rest all had Masters. Some were former Senior chiefs or Chiefs with lots of service ribbons which were very impressive. Another was a former Airforce guy that transferred into the Navy and another was a Navy Seal. When you talk to people you realize that the interviews, personal letters of recommendation from people who are well connected in the Navy aka CAPTs and CDRs seemed to hold a lot of weight in differentiating all the good applicants. So I would really focus on doing really well on those things or coming across very accomplished with lots of quality healthcare admin leadership experience on paper. You cant be like I was a Assistant secretary to the director who helped the director file paperwork. It needs to be like I was the Assistant secretary who researched and drafted the 65 page policy directive which was signed by Councilman XYZ for low-income people and I Co-chaired the townhall meetings on XYZ . Another thing I would say is that it is better to come in as a lower rank (ENS or LTJG) because you get time to make your self look good for the LTCDR Board Promotion which is the promotion everyone has trouble getting because it isnt guaranteed.
  24. SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (NNS) -- The Mercy-class Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) in San Juan, Puerto Rico, received five critical patients around 8 p.m. Oct. 4, from Ryder Memorial Hospital in Humacao, Puerto Rico, after its generator failed. The possibility of hospitals in Puerto Rico failing due to running on emergency generators for extended lengths of time had been planned for by Comfort, the Federal Emergency Management System (FEMA) and other Federal and local agencies. Patients were medevaced by the Sea Knights of Navy Helicopter Sea Squadron (HSC) 22 and Army Blackhawks. "Working with the Army and the Hospital, we were able to reduce transport times for critically ill patients," said Lt. Cmdr. Christopher "Harm" Perry, a dual-designated emergency physician and naval aviator aboard Comfort who landed the MH-60S with patients. "This is the mission we have all been training for." The Army Blackhawks, who are scheduled to conduct day landing qualifications on Comfort, transferred patients to the Sea Knights at a nearby landing zone in San Juan. Comfort is part of the whole-of-government response effort and is assisting FEMA, the lead federal agency, in helping those affected by Hurricane Maria. Comfort is a seagoing medical treatment facility that currently has more than 800 personnel embarked for the Puerto Rico mission including Navy medical and support staff assembled from 22 commands, as well as over 70 civil service mariners. The hospital ship has one of the largest trauma facilities in the United States and is equipped with four X-ray machines, one CT scan unit, a dental suite, an optometry lens laboratory, physical therapy center, pharmacy, angiography suite and two oxygen-producing plants. Comfort's primary mission is to provide an afloat, mobile, acute surgical medical facility to the U.S. military that is flexible, capable and uniquely adaptable to support expeditionary warfare. Comfort's secondary mission is to provide full hospital services to support U.S. disaster relief and humanitarian operations worldwide.
  25. WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Navy announced Oct. 4 the rollout of the "OPNAV Uniform" app for iOS and Android mobile devices to provide information on how and when to wear the Navy Working Uniform (NWU) Type III. The app covers the wear rules for NWU Type IIIs released Aug. 31 in NAVADMIN 214/17. It also provides photos illustrating the different uniform items and how to wear them.The U.S. Navy's Sea Warrior Mobility Program (PMW 240) developed the app along with Tracen Technologies, Inc.Sailors can provide their inputs for improvements through the feedback section of the app. The Uniform Matters Office and PMW 240 Mobility Program will continue to work on improving the app to address more uniform components in future updates. The app is available for download through the Navy App Locker at https://www.applocker.navy.mil/#!/apps, and iTunes and Google Play online stores. To find the free app, search "OPNAV Uniform" in the app stores or in your web browser.For more information, visit www.navy.mil, www.facebook.com/usnavy, or http://www.twitter.com/usnavy.For more news from Chief of Naval Personnel, visit http://www.navy.mil/local/cnp/.
  26. UNCLASSIFIED ROUTINE R 211900Z SEP 17 FM SECNAV WASHINGTON DC TO ALNAV INFO SECNAV WASHINGTON DC CNO WASHINGTON DC CMC WASHINGTON DC BT UNCLAS ALNAV 064/17 MSGID/GENADMIN/SECNAV WASHINGTON DC/-/SEP// SUBJ/CHANGE TO INHERENT RESOLVE CAMPAIGN MEDAL CRITERIA// REF/A/POTUS/30MAR2016// REF/B/SECDEF/30MAR2016/NOTAL// REF/C/MSG/SECNAV WASHINGTON DC/031500ZMAY16// REF/D/DOC/USD P&R/11MAY2017/NOTAL// REF/E/DOC/SECNAV/22AUG2006// REF/F/MSG/SECNAV WASHINGTON DC/151534ZNOV12// NARR/REF A is the Executive Order establishing the Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal (IRCM). REF B is the Secretary of Defense memorandum providing Department of Defense level guidance for IRCM implementation. REF C is ALNAV 029/16, which provided Department of the Navy (DON) implementation instructions for IRCM. REF D is the Under Secretary of Defense (Personnel and Readiness) memorandum announcing modification of IRCM eligibility. REF E is SECNAVINST 1650.1H, Navy and Marine Corps Awards Manual. REF F is ALNAV 068/12, Changes to Combat Action Ribbon (CAR) Eligibility Criteria.// RMKS/1. Reference (c) is hereby cancelled and superseded by this All Navy (ALNAV) message. Reference (d) changed the criteria for the IRCM from 30 consecutive or 60 non-consecutive days within the Area of Eligibility (AOE) to 30 days, either consecutive or non-consecutive. The new criteria are retroactive to 15 June 2014. This ALNAV recapitulates the IRCM criteria incorporating the changes. 2. The following policy is effective immediately and shall be added to reference (e) upon its revision: Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal (IRCM) a. Authorization. E.O. of 30 March 2016. b. Eligibility Requirements (1) Service by military personnel in direct support of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE, in the designated AOE, which encompasses all land area of the countries of Iraq and Syria, the contiguous waters out to 12 nautical miles, and all air space above these waters and land area. (2) The period of eligibility is from 15 June 2014 to a date to be determined. Service Members who previously qualified for the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal (GWOTEM) between 15 June 2014 and 30 March 2016 for service within the IRCM AOE remain qualified for the GWOTEM. However, such Service Members may now elect the IRCM in lieu of the GWOTEM, provided they meet all IRCM eligibility criteria. For service in the IRCM AOE on or after 31 March 2016, the IRCM is the only campaign or expeditionary medal authorized. (3) The Service Member must have been permanently assigned, attached, or detailed to a unit operating in the AOE for 30 days, (consecutive or non- consecutive), or must have met one of the following criteria, regardless of time spent in the AOE: (a) Was engaged in combat during an armed engagement. To qualify under this exception, participation in a ground or surface engagement must satisfy the criteria for the Combat Action Ribbon contained in reference (f). Participation in an aerial engagement must satisfy the definition of a Strike given in reference (e). (b) While participating in an operation or performing official duties within the AOE, either was killed or sustained wounds that required medical evacuation from the AOE. Medical evacuation for non-combat related injuries does not qualify. (c) Participated as a regularly assigned aircrew member flying sorties into, out of, within, or over the AOE in direct support of military operations. Each day that one or more sorties are flown into, out of, within, or over the AOE shall count as one day toward the 30-day requirement. (4) Although a Service Member might perform duties within the AOEs of different campaign and expeditionary medals during the same deployment, each day of qualifying service may only be credited toward one of these medals. For example, if during the same day a Service Member participated in missions within the AOEs for both the IRCM and the Afghanistan Campaign Medal (ACM), that day may be credited toward either the IRCM or the ACM, but not toward both. (5) Officers of the U.S. Public Health Service are eligible for the IRCM on the same basis as are members of the Armed Forces. (6) Civilian and foreign personnel are not eligible for the IRCM. c. Order of Precedence. The IRCM is worn after the Iraq Campaign Medal and before the GWOTEM. d. Subsequent Awards (1) A Service Member is presented the IRCM medal set only upon the initial award. (2) Bronze 3/16 inch campaign stars are worn to denote participation in IRCM campaign phases. One bronze campaign star is authorized with the initial award. Additional campaign stars are authorized for each subsequent distinct campaign phase in which the Service Member participates. However, multiple deployments during the same campaign phase do not qualify for additional campaign stars. (3) Currently approved IRCM campaign phases: (a) Abeyance: 15 Jun 2014 - 24 Nov 2015 (b) Intensification: 25 Nov 2015 - TBD e. Authorized Devices (1) Campaign Star. A bronze 3/16 inch five-pointed star. Worn in accordance with subparagraph 2d(2) above. (2) Fleet Marine Force Combat Operations Insignia. A miniature bronze Marine Corps emblem is authorized by the Secretary of the Navy for U.S. Navy Service Members assigned to Marine Corps units that participate in combat during the assignment. Worn in accordance with article 123 of reference (e). f. Awarding Authority (1) Navy Personnel. Commanding Officers exercising Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal awarding authority are authorized to award the IRCM and bronze campaign stars. Commands shall make the appropriate service record entries and issue the medals and bronze campaign stars. The service record entry made at the time of the initial award of the IRCM will also serve to authorize the first campaign star. Additional campaign stars require a subsequent service record entry documenting the first day of qualifying service in that designated phase for the IRCM. Commanding Officers whose entire unit meets the criteria for the IRCM must submit the unit name and unit identification code with start and end dates in the AOE to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) (DNS-35). Navy personnel assigned or attached to Joint activities or other commands outside the DON, and who believe they meet the IRCM eligibility criteria, should have their command confirm eligibility and submit the appropriate service record documentation. Questions regarding eligibility should be addressed to CNO (DNS-35), 2000 Navy Pentagon, Washington, D.C. 20350-2000. (2) Marine Corps Personnel. Commanding Officers exercising Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal awarding authority are authorized to award the IRCM and bronze campaign stars. Commands shall make appropriate entries in the Marine Corps Total Force System (MCTFS) and service record, and issue the medals and bronze campaign stars. The service record entry made at the time of the initial award will also serve to authorize the first campaign star. Additional campaign stars require a subsequent service record entry documenting the first day of qualifying service in that designated phase for the IRCM. Marines attached to Joint activities or other non-Marine Corps commands, and who believe they meet the eligibility criteria, should have their command confirm eligibility and submit the appropriate MCTFS and service record documentation. Questions regarding eligibility should be addressed to Commandant of the Marine Corps (MMMA), 2008 Elliot Rd, Quantico, VA 22134-5030. 3. Released by the Honorable Richard V. Spencer, Secretary of the Navy.// BT #0001 NNNN UNCLASSIFIED//
  27. UNCLASSIFIED ROUTINE R 051357Z OCT 17 FM CNO WASHINGTON DC TO NAVADMIN INFO CNO WASHINGTON DC BT UNCLAS PASS TO OFFICE CODES: FM CNO WASHINGTON DC//N1// INFO CNO WASHINGTON DC//N1// NAVADMIN 247/17 MSGID/GENADMIN/CNO WASHINGTON DC/N1/OCT// SUBJ/UPDATES TO PERIODIC HEALTH ASSESSMENTS IN SUPPORT OF PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR INDIVIDUAL READINESS// REF/A/DOD/9JUN14// REF/B/SECNAV/1DEC09// REF/C/NDAA/2015// REF/D/BUMED/27JUL16// REF/E/OPNAV/9APR07// REF/F/SECNAV/14DEC05// NARR/REF A IS DODINST 6025.19, INDIVIDUAL MEDICAL READINESS (IMR). REF B IS SECNAVINST 6120.3, PERIODIC HEALTH ASSESSMENT FOR INDIVIDUAL MEDICAL READINESS. REF C IS NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT OF FISCAL YEAR 2015. REF D IS BUMEDINST 1300.2B, SUITABILITY SCREENING, MEDICAL ASSIGNMENT SCREENING, AND EXCEPTIONAL FAMILY MEMBER PROGRAM IDENTIFICATION AND ENROLLMENT. REF E IS OPNAVINST 1300.14D, SUITABILITY SCREENING FOR OVERSEAS AND REMOTE DUTY ASSIGNMENT. REF F IS SECNAVINST 1754.5B, EXCEPTIONAL FAMILY MEMBER PROGRAM.// RMKS/1. Our Navy is a forward-deployed fighting force, and individual readiness is the fundamental building block for mission success. Each one of us must be committed to all aspects of our individual readiness including medical, dental, mental, physical, financial and family care. Our ability to accurately distribute personnel or to surge forces in time of crisis depends on the accuracy of this information. This NAVADMIN announces improvements to the Periodic Health Assessment (PHA) and other programs that will enhance our overseas screening, sea duty screening and assignment processes. 2. Effective immediately, deployability and eligibility for sea duty will be considered in every healthcare encounter, including PHAs, positive Performance Assessment Risk Factor Questionnaire (PARFQ) responses requiring medical evaluations, and all routine medical visits. In line with references (a) and (b), commands will ensure annual PHA completion. However, individual service members bear ultimate responsibility for completing their PHAs on time. 3. The new electronic PHA (ePHA) was rolled out this summer and is designed to be more convenient and efficient, and incorporates an annually required Mental Health Assessment (MHA) in line with reference (c). This important step makes our force more resilient by increasing access and decreasing the stigma of seeking care for mental health. The first part of the ePHA is a self-assessment, completed securely online when convenient for the service member. The next step is a conversation with a provider to review physical and mental health. Some healthy service members with otherwise current individual medical readiness can complete the PHA with a telephone call, further reducing time away from work. The ePHA is being used in all Navy hospitals and clinics. The ePHA is also available to all operational units, though use may be limited by internet access, computer access, or bandwidth. Where the ePHA is not available, the MHA must be completed in conjunction with the legacy PHA. 4. All too often we start the process to send a Sailor on an overseas tour and find out too late there is an issue, resulting in a gap in these critical billets. The new ePHA, will identify deployment-limiting medical conditions, providing Detailers with critical deployment status information to make informed detailing decisions for sea duty and overseas duty. The new ePHA will also greatly facilitate the overseas screening process because service members will only have to provide an update of their current medical status since their most recent PHA. In addition, we will still need to validate that needed medical care is available at the proposed duty station in line with references (d) and (e). Appropriate Exceptional Family Member (EFM) enrollment for dependents, when indicated by reference (f), also ensures accurate tracking of deployability and eligibility for overseas assignment. 5. We are working on an update to our FITREP/EVAL system that will incorporate changes to require individual readiness accountability as a part of these performance reviews. Individual service member responsibility for medical readiness and deployability will be tracked and will be an important factor in managing our force in the future. You can expect additional policy announcements in the coming months. 6. Points of Contact: a. Overseas Screening: Distribution Management and Procedures Branch, PERS-451, CDR Scott Moss at (901) 874-2117/DSN 882, or via e-mail at overseas_screening(at)navy.mil. b. BUMED (M34 Medical Readiness), CAPT M. Alaric Franzos at (703) 681- 9085, or via e-mail at marc.a.franzos.mil(at)mail.mil. 7. Released by Vice Admiral R. P. Burke, N1.// BT #0001 NNNN UNCLASSIFIED//
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