Brief Update on FY19 Special Pays

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Here’s a brief update on FY19 special pays from BUMED:

Ladies and Gentleman, appreciate if you could please get the word out to your Corps. The Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs [ASD(HA)] pay plan was signed on 26 Sep 2018, but the Navy Pay Guidance has not been signed. Any special pays requests effective 1 Oct 2018 or later cannot be submitted until the Navy’s Special Pays NAVADMIN has been released, which is not expected until possibly sometime in December 2018.

Thank you!


William L. “Bill” Marin
Program Manager, Navy Medical Special Pays Program

New BUMED Instruction for Reservist Subspecialty Codes and AQDs

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Those transitioning to the Reserves or already in the Reserves may want to read this new instruction on subspecialty codes and additional qualification designators (AQDs):


Finance Friday Articles

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I’ve been sharing personal finance articles on Friday, most of which came from the other blog I wrote on called Military Millions. Last week we decided to shut it down. As a result, I’ll start sharing some of my own writing as well as other articles I find that are particularly relevant to the readers of Enjoy!

Financial CME #4: Test Your Knowledge

How Often Can You Buy the Dip in Housing?

Income is the Wrong Goal for Your Clients

Jack of Hearts

President Trump Signs Defense Spending Bill That Includes 2.6 Percent Military Pay Raise

When to Roth

Will The Cost Of Financial Advising Drop Like Other Fees In The Financial Services Industry?

USUHS Commandant Position -­ O5/O6 -Summer 2019

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USUHS is seeking a Commandant for their School of Medicine. O­5/O­6 Medical Corps officers eligible to PCS no later than June 2019 will be considered. Further info is here:

USU School of Medicine Commandant Nomination

Interested candidates should submit packages per the attached call for nominations to CDR Melissa Austin at BUMED (e-mail address in the global) no later than 1 NOV 2018 to allow for routing through BUMED channels.

MyNavy Career Center Open for Business 24/7

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A 24/7 option for anyone with pay or personnel questions is now available. The details are in these two articles:

MyNavy Career Center Open for Business 24/7

Navy upgrades virtual personnel support to 24/7 help — what you need to know now

Potential Delays Associated With Personally Procured Moves OCT-DEC 2018

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From NAVSUP Public Affairs

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (NNS) — NAVSUP is asking Sailors performing a Personally Procured Move (PPM) during October through December 2018 to be aware of potential impacts to the PPM overall process – from advance payment request to claims settlement.

The software used to validate, reconcile, and authorize payment for Sailors’ PPMs will be upgraded in December 2018.  Settlement of PPM claims submitted for reimbursement during November and December may be delayed due to the system being taken offline. All PPM packages submitted will be prioritized based upon the date received and processed accordingly once the system comes back online.

Claim submission scenarios and more details are available online at

For questions specific to your individual claim, call 888-742-4467.

Learn more from Navy Household Goods online at:

Headquartered in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, and employing a diverse, worldwide workforce of more than 22,500 military and civilian personnel, NAVSUP’s mission is to provide supplies, services, and quality-of-life support to the Navy and joint warfighter. Learn more at, and

2019 Version of Promo Prep Available

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Every year after the promotion boards I do a major update of my Promo Prep document. I update images and statistics, check links, and update the appendices. I also add new things, like the reappearance of photos at promotion boards.

I am happy to tell you that the 2019 version is done, and the most recent version of the Officer Record Management Document is posted as well. Both can be found on the Joel Schofer’s Promo Prep page. If you haven’t started updating your record for next year’s promotion boards, you need to start now. It takes a few months.

As always, if you find any issues with the document, contact me.