COVID-19 PCS Update from PERS

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Here are some updates from PERS to include the updated waiver request form:

  • Waivers to PCS before 1 JUL 2020
    • Requests must be submitted from the losing command and endorsed by the first Flag Officer/SES, with concurrence/non-concurrence from the gaining command. Coordination between the losing and gaining commands is required, with a specific question of concurrence required to be answered on Page 2 of the waiver. If there is non-concurrence, PERS-4 will adjudicate it.
    • The losing command will notify their Echelon 2 Commander if the waiver is approved.
    • In addition to submitting the attachment, copy and paste the waiver text into the body of the e-mail to help expedite the waiver approval and message release process.
  • Command/Milestone Positions
    • Any extension request that would adversely impact an officer currently slated to backfill will not be supported. However, commands can still determine turnover dates and PERS can entertain order modifications as appropriate to support. These will be addressed on case by case basis.
  • Accessions and Training
    • New accessions (like new interns) and “advanced individual training” are exempt from the stop movement. The Detailers are currently viewing all interns, GME, and DUINS as “advanced individual training” but they are still awaiting a final answer from PERS leadership.

If you have questions after reading this, here is one recovering Detailer’s take:

  • If you are involved in an XO/CO move, you should coordinate your waiver requests with the POCs who were setting your change of charge/command dates at the regions. PERS wants all the waivers for Exec Med to be coordinated and submitted together, and NMFL/NMFP is doing this.
  • If you are involved in a milestone or slated move (OIC, CMO, Senior Operational, etc.) you should try to coordinate the move and either get a waiver submitted, as detailed above, or get your orders modified by working with your Detailer.
  • Anyone with specific questions about their orders should contact their Detailer including the GME Detailer for GME-related questions.
  • If after all of this there is still uncertainty, I’ll dust off my Detailer hat and you can contact me with questions. I’ll do my best to answer them, but get ready for an answer of “contact your Detailer.”

4 thoughts on “COVID-19 PCS Update from PERS

    LT David Frey said:
    April 23, 2020 at 20:43

    I am DUINS bound and had an informative chat with our USUHS Commandant today. Definitely pushing the ETP waiver up the chain this week but hoping PERS will create a blanket policy for DUINS so there can be a few less blue folders floating around the command stratosphere. I’ve been preparing to be an Advanced Practice Nurse for almost 8 years so..yeah, just a little bit eager to get to Bethesda! Thanks for the timely updates.


    Passport Overused said:
    April 23, 2020 at 21:01

    Great post 😁


    Curious Spectator said:
    April 25, 2020 at 11:09

    It will be interesting to see how PERS views the GME exception that is being requested. The language in the DOD instructions is very clear that the blanket exception is for initial training related to accessions. Advanced individual training is the equivalent of Navy A School, not just any training of an individual that is advanced. The blanket waiver in the DOD instruction also includes PCS to first duty station only. It would make sense in the spirit of the DOD/DON instruction to allow PCS from ODS to Internship because that is the most basic training that allows a doctor to do his or her job. GMO’s returning to GME are not new accessions, and the same is even more true for anyone going to fellowship. The Navy views Residency as the equivalent of a C School, and my HM’s have had their C Schools delayed and orders to additional training canceled.


      Joel Schofer, MD, MBA, CPE responded:
      April 25, 2020 at 11:12

      For what it is worth, I believe every other service is applying this to GME and not requiring waivers. Fingers crossed…


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