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Assignment Incentive Pay Approved for Extensions

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By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Mark D.Faram, Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) — The Navy has authorized Assignment Incentive Pay (AIP) for Sailors extended at certain commands due to COVID-19 transfer delays.

On June 12, the Navy announced the conditions-based, phased plan for Permanent Change of Station (PCS) moves. A vital part of the plan is prioritizing sea duty and critical shore billets, such as Recruit Division Commanders duty at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes. As a result, Sailors at these types of duty may be involuntarily extended.

“Shipmates, I honor your continued dedication to the mission in these tough times,” said Vice Adm. John B. Nowell Jr., the Navy’s top uniformed personnel official. “We will only keep you in your current billet if it is absolutely necessary for mission readiness, however, if you are affected by these moves beyond our normal limits, we now have taken steps to compensate you for your time.”

Involuntary extensions beyond six months will only occur under the most unusual circumstances. The Navy’s standard rotation window allows for Sailors to be transferred up to six-months before their scheduled rotation date as well as to be held in place for an additional six months, if necessary.

According to two separate Department of the Navy memos, Recruit Division Commanders and Sailors on sea duty are eligible to be paid AIP at the rate of $500 per month for each month they are held at their current command beyond the six-month threshold. Sailors should work with their chain of command as well as their detailer to determine if this program will apply to them.

Assignment Incentive Pay is just one tool available to the Navy to keep key billets filled. Still in effect is NAVADMIN 132/20 released on May 5, which offers both high-year tenure waivers as well as Sea Duty Incentive pay to Sailors in specific skills willing to extend at sea or return to sea early. The deadline to apply for these programs is Sept. 30.

Volunteering to extend could net Sailors a lump-sum payment in return for their extension or curtailment, the amount can vary based on rating and paygrade.  Those Sailors interested in volunteering for SDIP should contact their detailer. This includes those in SDIP-eligible skills currently scheduled to separate or retire who are willing to delay their departure by 6-12 months are eligible for SDIP as well.

Ordinarily, such requests require applying 14-16 months before their projected rotation date; however, this timeline may be waived on a case-by-case basis. The latest list of eligible ratings and paygrades, updated May 5, can be found at https://www.mnp.navy.mil/group/pay-and-benefits.

More information on the AIP program is available at https://www.mnp.navy.mil/group/assignment-leave-travel/resources-and-links. Those interested in the high-year tenure wavers and Sea Duty Incentive Pay can get details from NAVADMIN 132/20.

The latest DoD policies are at https://www.defense.gov/explore/spotlight/coronavirus.

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Throwback Thursday Classic Post – NOB Fitrep vs New Guy/Gal Promotable (P) Fitrep – Which is Better?

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Reader Question

I’m a LCDR MC officer. I’m new at my command and was passed over during my in-zone promotion board for CDR. My command is considering a NOB fitrep vs. a Promotable (P) fitrep. Do you have a recommendation on which fitrep will be more helpful for my promotion board?

Reader Poll

Here’s an image of the poll results:

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My Answer

In my experience, most physicians seem to prefer the NOB, but that’s not what the poll above says.

Personally, I don’t think it really matters very much. At the promotion board, both are easily explained and a getting a P as the new officer is expected, so it wouldn’t be a negative.

I would say that if you get a P you have already started the march to an MP and then (hopefully) an EP. If you take the NOB, then your next fitrep could be seen as your “new guy/gal P.”

This last point is why I’d prefer the P if it was me, but I don’t feel that strongly about it.

Navy Expands Government Travel Card Use for PCS Moves

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From Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) — Sailors are now authorized to use the Government Travel Charge Card (GTCC) for permanent change of station (PCS) moves.  This announcement comes in advance of the conditions based restart to the PCS move process, and provides a proven and reliable option to Sailors to support their financial travel needs during a PCS move.

“Over the past year, the Navy has piloted the use of the GTCC for PCS travel expenses and the feedback we have received and our assessment give us confidence that this provides a great option for Sailors during the PCS move process,” said Capt. Chris Harris, Navy Personnel Command (NPC) Assignment, Leave and Travel business design owner.

“The ease of use combined with our new GTCC PCS Support Cell for immediate support during a PCS move really gives our Sailors a great resource to make the moving experience better.”

NAVADMIN 176/20 announced the final rollout of GTCC use for PCS travel and expands the program so that active-duty Sailors moving within or outside the continental U.S. can use the GTCC for PCS-related travel expenses in lieu of a traditional travel advance for PCS moves.

To provide enhanced customer support, NPC has established a GTCC PCS Support Cell within the MyNavy Career Center (MNCC) Contact Center to assist Sailors who have questions or are experiencing difficulties using their GTCC during PCS.  This cell builds on the previous MNCC success with the Command Pay and Personal Administrator (CPPA) Pro-to-Pro cell stood up last year to provide direct support to CPPAs.

This cell is easily reached through the MNCC Contact Center and is staffed with subject matter experts including CPPAs and GTCC Agency Program Coordinators (APC) to quickly solve problems Sailors might experience while using their GTCC for PCS purposes after detaching from their previous command.

Additionally, Sailors in extremis can contact Citibank directly (number on the back of the card) for help requesting a temporary credit limit increase for up to five days under their “No Strand” policy.

Adding to the MNCC vast arsenal of tools to help Sailors, these GTCC PCS Support Cell agents are able to provide services such as placing a Sailor into a mission critical status during a PCS move in the event there is an issue.  Upon normal check-out, APCs at the losing command should place cards in a mission critical status before the Sailor departs.

GTCC holders who elect not to use the card prior to travel may still activate it during the PCS process.  The GTCC PCS Support Cell can be contacted by calling the 24/7 MNCC call center regarding issues related to the GTCC at 1-833-330-MNCC (1-833-330-6622) or by email at askmncc@navy.mil.  Sailors will then be directed to a GTCC PCS Support Cell agent.

The option to use the GTCC for PCS travel is for active duty Sailors.  Expenses covered include Temporary Lodging Expenses or Temporary Lodging Allowance at the old or new permanent duty station, fuel for a privately owned vehicle when authorized as the mode of transportation, rental cars and fuel (if authorized), lodging and meals in route, dislocation allowance expenses normally used to establish a household, and ATM withdrawals.

The use of the GTCC cannot be combined with a travel advance, used for personally procured moves (formerly known as do-it-yourself or DITY moves), used for commercial airfare for PCS travel (all commercial airfare for PCS travel will continue to be booked through the Navy Passenger Transportation Office), used for personal travel arrangements during leave in conjunction with orders, or used for medical expenses.

The GTCC option for PCS is another service provided by the MyNavy HR team to modernize the pay and personnel process and improve the customer experience for Sailors and their families.  It adds to the number of recently released products to support Sailors during a PCS move that include numerous offerings available via the MyPCS Mobile web enabled site.

On MyPCS Mobile you can view a streamlined, plain language set of orders, complete an interactive PCS checklist tailored to your move plan, use a PCS Entitlements Calculator, and complete an easy to use electronic travel claim.  MyPCS Mobile can be downloaded from the Navy App Locker at https://www.applocker.navy.mil.

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Travel Restrictions: Green Locations, June 19, 2020

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Here’s a link to see the updated list that is driving all of our travel and PCS moves:

Travel Restrictions: Green Locations, June 19, 2020

COVID-Related Updates on PCSing/Travel, Promotion Boards, and Changes to Military Health System

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Here are two good documents that explain the recent PCS/travel updates:

Conditions-Based Movement Fact Sheet

PCS Restart Fact Sheet-QA

 

Here is a newsletter with an article on the restarting of promotion boards:

MyNavy Sailor to Sailor – JUNE 2020

In brief, it says:

  • Although the boards were postponed, those who are selected for promotion can expect to be assigned the original date of rank and receive any back pay and allowances they’re warranted.
  • Sailors’ Official Military Personnel Files will be reviewed as of the original board convening date and their eligibility will remain the same.
  • Deadlines for letters to the board remain the same as originally set, except for the Reserve E-7 Board, which had a deadline of May 18, 2020, to compensate for delays in their eligibility determination. The remaining deadlines remain the same to maintain a fair and impartial balance across the fleet, but Sailors are encouraged to submit a letter if they feel their eligibility is unclear.
  • Officer promotion boards require additional reviews and results are expected to be approved and announced 100 days after a board adjourns.

 

Here’s a link to Military.com and Federal News Network articles about MHS changes:

Big Changes to Military Health System Will Be Delayed, Top Health Official Says

DoD pressing ahead with plans to close, realign medical facilities despite GAO warnings

COVID-Related Update – Travel and More

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There have been a number of COVID-related updates in the last few days, and as a result this is a long post. Sorry.

Here are the summaries and links to more information:

Force Health Protection Guidance – Supplement 10

On Thursday, the department released the Force Health Protection Guidance – Supplement 10, which provides guidance on clinical and diagnostic COVID-19 testing for eligible persons with a DOD connection suspected of having contracted COVID-19, and applies Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) testing guidance to the DOD context. DOD Components will continue to employ clinical diagnostic testing in accordance with this guidance. This guidance does not prohibit or impede surveillance, screening, and asymptomatic testing conducted to decrease operational risk within DoD, consistent with applicable law.

Testing Considerations

  • Healthcare providers will use their clinical judgment to guide diagnostic testing for COVID-19. See Attachment 1 for case management and disposition guidance. Providers are encouraged to test for other causes of respiratory illness as clinically indicated. The CDC testing priorities may be found at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/hcp/clinical-criteria.html
  • In the clinical setting, asymptomatic individuals may be tested based on a clinician’s judgment and as deemed appropriate by public health professionals.
  • DOD Components must ensure appropriate infection prevention and control procedures are followed throughout the entire testing process. This includes employing the appropriate biosafety precautions when collecting and handling specimens, consistent with CDC guidance.

Approved Diagnostic Laboratories and Tests

  • DOD Components will conduct diagnostic testing at clinically approved laboratories.
  • DOD Components must comply with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations for diagnostic testing, including by complying with COVID-19 emergency use authorizations (EUAs). The FDA COVID-19 EUA list is at: https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/emergency-situations-medical-devices/emergency-use-authorizations#covid19ivd
  • COVID-19 testing capabilities are synchronized by the DoD COVID-19 Task Force Diagnostics and Testing Line of Effort, with input from the Defense Health Agency’s Center for Laboratory Medicine Services (CLMS). CLMS may be contacted at: dha.ncr.clinic-support.mbx.clms@mail.mil

Eligibility of DoD Personnel, Other Beneficiaries, and Other Populations for Testing

  • DOD Components may test Service members (including the Reserve Component, which includes National Guard personnel when in a title 10 or title 32 duty status) in accordance with this guidance.
  • DOD civilian employees (who are not otherwise DoD health care beneficiaries) may be offered testing in accordance with this guidance and reference (b) if their supervisor has determined that their presence is urgently required in the DoD workplace.
  • DOD family members who are eligible Military Health System beneficiaries may be offered testing in accordance with this guidance.
  • Employees of DOD contractors will use the processes for medical care to access testing as set forth in the terms of the contract under which they are performing. As necessary, existing contracts should be modified to set forth processes to provide access to testing.
  • For testing of local national employees in locations outside the United States, DOD Components should refer to country-specific labor agreements or contracts and consult with supporting legal counsel for guidance and any limitations concerning such tests.

The guidance can be found here.

 

Force Health Protection Guidance – Supplement 11

On Thursday, the department released the Force Health Protection Guidance – Supplement 11, which provides guidance on the Department of Defense surveillance strategy for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic response, including health surveillance activities, screening, asymptomatic testing, and sentinel surveillance testing. The DOD surveillance and screening strategy is designed to break the chain of disease transmission to reduce risk to the force and to DOD missions.

The guidance details information on the following:

  • Health Surveillance Activities
  • Screening, Restriction of Movement, and Asymptomatic Testing for Operational Risk Reduction
  • COVID-19 Sentinel Surveillance
  • COVID-19 Contact Tracing and Testing
  • Guidance for Specific DOD Populations

The guidance can be found here.

 

Navy Mitigation Measures in Response to Coronavirus Outbreak Update 5

This NAVADMIN is long and can be seen here. Reading it, the topic it addresses is:

This NAVADMIN...transitions the stop movement approach to domestic and overseas 
personnel travel to a conditions-based, phased approach to lifting of travel 
restrictions.

Anyone PCSing will want to give it a read. Any questions should be directed to your Detailer. My Detailing hat is too old to give you an official answer.

 

Navy Prioritizes PCS Moves

Here’s a link to this Navy article summarizing the PCS changes.

 

Permanent Change of Station Post Stop Movement Priority Plan

Here’s what this NAVADMIN, which is also long, deals with:

This NAVADMIN details how Navy Personnel Command (NPC) will work to 
eliminate the temporary backlog of five months of Sailors due to transfer as 
locations and installations achieve the conditions outlined in reference (b).   
There are 42,000 Sailors with Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders 
delayed due to COVID- 19.  As conditions allow for the easing of stop 
movement orders, household goods (HHG) and transportation logistics will 
initially limit the number of Sailors that can be moved at one time.

Again, anyone PCSing will want to give it a read. Any questions should be directed to your Detailer. My Detailing hat is too old to give you an official answer.

 

Travel Restrictions: Green Locations, June 12, 2020

The Secretary of Defense recently signed a memo, moving to a conditions-based, phased approach to personnel movement and travel. As of today, the following locations meet the conditions to lift travel restrictions, subject to the assessment of conditions at individual military installations within these areas. These criteria are: 1) removal of shelter-in-place orders or other travel restrictions 2) 14-day downward trajectory of flu-like and COVID-19-like symptoms; and 3) 14-day downward trajectory of new COVID-19 cases or positive tests. The secretaries of the military departments, commanders of the combatant commands, and the chief management officer will assess specific DOD installations, facilities, or locations under their purview.

U. S. (39)

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wyoming

Host Nations (7)

  • Bahrain
  • Belgium
  • Germany
  • Guam
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • United Kingdom

More information on the update to the travel restrictions can be found here.