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Detailing Marketplace Assignment Policy Goes Live

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WASHINGTON - Navy upped the ante in the fight to fill critical billets at sea March 1 as the New Detailing Marketplace Assignment Policy (DMAP) went live, offering a wide range of incentives to Sailors in sea-intensive ratings in exchange for staying at sea in critical operational billets.

The Navy announced DMAP Phase 1, which will replace the existing Sea Shore Flow policy, in NAVADMIN 280/21 on Dec. 9. These changes are the result of a multi-year effort consisting of focus groups and surveys with Sailors from around the fleet.

Those in the most sea intensive ratings, will have options such as new incentive pay, advancements, and future shore duty priority in exchange for spending more time on sea duty. Those in ratings that are not in the first phase of DMAP will still see non-monetary incentives, such credits for staying at sea that can be cashed in for priority in shore tours selection later.

"We know you want options and flexibility, so if you're eligible to promote, we'll offer you advancement. If it’s money, we’ll have the have detailing marketplace incentive pay that ranges from $300 to $800 monthly,” said Vice Adm. John B. Nowell, Jr., the chief of naval personnel

"The whole idea here is what incentivizes you, so you feel good about staying at sea."

Phase 1 starts with four ratings: Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Fuels), Aviation Boatswain’s Mate Aircraft (Handling), Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Mechanical) and Culinary Specialist. The remaining 12 sea-intensive ratings will be gradually phased in to DMAP along with the rest of the enlisted ratings in future phases.

Based on Sailor feedback, career options and incentives for those in sea-intensive ratings will expand both during and after completing their first, four-year sea tour as an Apprentice (E4 and below). At this point, incentives will be offered to serve a follow-on, three-year sea tour at the Journeyman (E5) level. This is called the DMAP 4+3 Sea Tour Option.

Here’s a look at the incentives on the table.

Advance-to-Position (A2P) gives E4 Sailors eligible for E5 the chance to apply for an E5 sea duty assignment in the detailing marketplace, and if selected, be permanently advanced to that paygrade once in the job. Sailors must have passed their most recent Navy Wide Advancement Exam but have not yet been selected for advancement. They must also extend or reenlist to meet the three-year tour length.

Command Advance-to-Position (CA2P) allows Commanding Officers to retain top-performing, advancement-eligible E4 Sailors who have not yet entered the detailing marketplace by permanently advancing them to E5 to fill a vacant, or projected to become vacant, E5 billet at their current command.

These Sailors advance to E5 upon filling the E5 position at their current command. Similar to A2P, Sailors must have enough obligate service to complete a total of seven years at their command, including any training pipelines. If necessary, they must extend or reenlist to fill the billet. This is a great option for Sailors looking for geolocation stability.

CA2P replaces MAP for the four Phase I ratings at the E4 to E5 level but will only be available at afloat commands.

Detailing Marketplace Incentive Pay (DMIP) is an extra monthly payment for Sailors who take the 4+3 sea duty option, which they will receive for the entire three-year Journeyman sea tour. Initial DMIP rates will be between $200 and $800 per month, depending on location and type of sea duty.

All sailors on sea duty will now earn what’s called Continuous Sea Duty Credits (CSDC). A Sailor starts accruing credits when reporting to sea duty and the counter is reset each time a Sailor reports to shore duty. These credits come into play when negotiating shore duty orders. Those with the most credits will get priority consideration in the assignment process giving them an edge when competing for highly sought-after positions. When two equally qualified sailors are competing for a position, these sea duty credits will serve as the tiebreaker.

“DMAP Phase I represents the first step towards a truly dynamic, Sailor-focused Detailing Marketplace that will improve Fleet readiness and enrich Sailors’ careers,” Nowell wrote.

“Lessons learned from DMAP Phase I will inform subsequent phases and the expansion of Detailing Marketplace incentive options to Sailors in additional ratings.”

More details, including points of contact, are available in the NAVADMIN.

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