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THIRD EXCEPTION TO POLICY FOR SMALL ARMS TRAINING AND QUALIFICATION CRITERIA AND NAVY SECURITY FORCES ANNUAL SUSTAINMENT TRAINING REQUIREMENTS

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R 091704Z DEC 20 MID600050062672U
FM CNO WASHINGTON DC
TO NAVADMIN
INFO CNO WASHINGTON DC
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NAVADMIN 316/20

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SUBJ/THIRD EXCEPTION TO POLICY FOR SMALL ARMS TRAINING AND QUALIFICATION 
CRITERIA AND NAVY SECURITY FORCES ANNUAL SUSTAINMENT TRAINING REQUIREMENTS//

REF/A/MSG/CNO WASHINGTON DC/071853ZAPR20//
REF/B/MSG/CNO WASHINGTON DC/311443ZAUG20//
REF/C/DOC/OPNAV/12AUG2009//
REF/D/DOC/SECNAV/31JAN2013//
REF/E/DOC/OPNAV/28JAN2009//
REF/F/DOC/SECNAV/20MAY2019//
REF/G/DOC/OPNAV/14JUN2019 (NOTAL)//
REF/H/DOC/DOD/18NOV2016//

NARR/REF A IS NAVADMIN 101/20 (EXCEPTION TO POLICY FOR SMALL ARMS TRAINING 
AND QUALIFICATION CRITERIA AND NAVY SECURITY FORCES ANNUAL SUSTAINMENT 
TRAINING REQUIREMENTS).  
REF B IS NAVADMIN 239/20 (SECOND EXCEPTION TO POLICY FOR SMALL ARMS TRAINING 
AND QUALIFICATION CRITERIA AND NAVY SECURITY FORCES ANNUAL SUSTAINMENT 
TRAINING REQUIREMENTS).  
REF C IS OPNAVINST 3591.1F (SMALL ARMS TRAINING AND QUALIFICATION).  
REF D IS SECNAVINST S8126.1 (NAVY NUCLEAR WEAPONS SECURITY POLICY).  
REF E IS OPNAVINST 5530.14E (NAVY PHYSICAL SECURITY AND LAW ENFORCEMENT 
PROGRAM).  
REF F IS SECNAVINST 5500.37 (ARMING AND THE USE OF FORCE).  
REF G IS OPNAV N4 LETTER 5530 SER N46/19U133246 (NAVY SECURITY FORCE ANNUAL 
SUSTAINMENT TRAINING REQUIREMENTS).  REF H IS DODD 5210.56 (ARMING AND THE 
USE OF FORCE).// POC/OPNAV N462/CWO5 LUIS MARTINEZ/TEL: 703-695-5526 EMAIL: 
LUIS.A.MARTINEZ6(AT)NAVY.MIL.//

RMKS/1.  References (a) and (b) provide guidance regarding an exception to 
policy on small arms training, qualification, and sustainment criteria and 
Navy Security Force annual sustainment training requirements, as described in 
references (c) through (h). Due to the continued impacts from COVID-19, this 
NAVADMIN provides an extension to references (a) and (b) through 28 February 
2021.  The expiration time period for the required small arms annual 
qualification and semi-annual sustainment criteria in reference (c) and the 
Navy Security Forces annual sustainment training in references (e) and (g) 
are extended through 28 February 2021. Commanders shall continue small arms 
live-fire qualification and sustainment criteria, and Navy Security Force 
sustainment training, as applicable, to the extent possible within COVID-19 
restrictions and guidance.  Personnel returning to live-fire training shall 
be prioritized based on their expiration of qualifications, to minimize or 
eliminate the need for further extensions.

2.  Applicability. In accordance with reference (a), paragraph 2.

3.  Exception to Policy.
    a. Small Arms Training and Qualification.  Per reference (c), all 
personnel must requalify with live-fire annually.  The expiration time period 
for small arms live-fire requalification/semi-annual sustainment may be 
extended through 28 February 2021; however, qualifications will not exceed a 
period of 24-months since the last live-fire qualification.  Commands are 
directed to continue providing firearms safety and weapons familiarization, 
to include use of simulators for sustainment if available, within COVID-19 
restrictions and guidance.
    b. In accordance with reference (c), for deployed afloat commands, 
qualification/sustainment may be extended until two months after return to 
homeport.
    c.  Per reference (h), extensions for live-fire small arms qualifications 
will not exceed a period of 24-months since the last live-fire qualification.  
Personnel who do not complete live-fire small arms qualifications within a 
period of 24-months will not be authorized to be armed.
    d.  Navy Physical Security and Law Enforcement Program.  Per reference 
(e), table 6-1, Navy Security Force personnel are required to complete annual 
sustainment training requirements.  Reference (g) provides annual sustainment 
training requirements for Navy Civilian Guard Force and Auxiliary Security 
Forces.  The expiration time period for all Navy Security Force and armed 
sentry watch-stander annual sustainment training requirements may be extended 
through 28 February 2021, with the exception of training in paragraph 4 of 
this message.

4.  Required Continued Training:  Commanders will ensure all personnel who 
are armed will continue to complete Use of Force training, awareness, and 
acknowledgement, in accordance with references (e), (f) and (h).

5.  Exception to this NAVADMIN will be submitted to OPNAV N4 via the 
appropriate chain of command.  Exceptions for reference (h), regarding the 
period of 24-months since the last live-fire qualification will not be 
accepted.  Updates to this NAVADMIN will be provided as applicable.

6.  Released by VADM R. L. Williamson, N4//

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