FY18 CO/XO Slate

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The FY18 CO/XO slate can be found at this website (make sure you pick your e-mail certificate):


Naval Postgraduate School Executive MBA Distance Learning NAVADMIN for March 2018

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This is how I got my MBA...

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RMKS/1.  This NAVADMIN announces application procedures for the March 2018 
distance learning Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) program.

2.  The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) defense-focused EMBA is a 24 month, 
fully-funded, part-time graduate program focused on resource management.  The 
program targets middle to senior grade active duty officers, lieutenant 
commander (select) and above (LT by waiver). Classes are delivered via online 
technology with synchronous interaction between faculty and students.

3.  The EMBA program begins with a required 1-week Temporary Additional Duty 
(TAD) in-residence session at NPS in Monterey, California.  The week of 19 
March to 23 March 2018 includes an orientation and a graduate level course on 
management of teams.  A second week of required TAD in-residence instruction 
will be scheduled during the second year of the EMBA program.  Other than 
these two visits to NPS Monterey, students complete all instruction from 
their home locations.  A block of rooms will be reserved in Monterey for 
attendees during orientation.  All efforts will be made to minimize TAD 

4.  The parent command of the student will provide official travel orders and 
funding for TAD travel.  If command funding is not available, students may 
fund their own travel and utilize no-cost TAD orders from their commands.

5.  Active duty Navy officers accepted into the EMBA program are integrated 
into cohorts with civilian students.  Typically, a cohort is comprised of 
about 25 students from which student teams are formed.  Cohorts take all 
classes together during the 24 months of instruction.  Students participate 
in online classes 1 day per week, approximately 6 to 7 hours per day, during 
regular continental United States duty hours.  Students will receive 
instruction via online synchronous educational software, with faculty 
teaching every session in real time.  Admission to the EMBA program is 
available to applicants in any geographic location, regardless of the number 
of applicants in a location.  Since courses are delivered via online learning 
technologies, students must have access to a computer with high-speed 
internet and audio-video capabilities suitable for web-enabled interactions 
with instructors and students.  A computer camera or webcam is required.

6.  Eligibility requirements include an undergraduate degree from a 
regionally accredited 4 year college or university, 2.6 grade point average 
or higher on a four point scale and at least one college-level mathematics 
course.  A commanding officer endorsement letter is required to participate 
in the program.  Department head or similar mid-level management experience 
and strong potential for promotion are preferred.  Participants must have a 
projected rotation date no earlier than March 2020.  The Graduate Management 
Admission Test is not required.

7.  Graduates will be awarded an EMBA degree from NPS and the Navy 
subspecialty code 3100P, Financial Management-Defense Focus. Graduates will 
also earn Defense Acquisition University Level II equivalencies for all 
program management functional equivalencies. As directed by reference (a), 
officers participating in this program must agree to remain on active duty 
following completion of graduate studies for a period of 3 years.  This 
obligation is discharged concurrently with any other service obligation 
already incurred. This agreement does not obligate the Navy to retain the 
officer on active duty.

8.  Officers interested in the EMBA program can visit the NPS EMBA home page 
at www.nps.edu/emba for detailed eligibility and application process 
information.  Deadline for the application process is no later than 4 January 
2018.  Online instruction begins 3 April 2018.

9.  Point of contact is the NPS EMBA program office at (831) 656-2562/DSN 
756, fax at (831) 656-3630/DSN 756, or via e-mail at emba(at)nps.edu.

10.  This NAVADMIN will remain in effect until superseded or 30 June 2018, 
whichever occurs first.

11.  Released by Vice Admiral R. P. Burke, N1.//


Naval War College Phasing Out Legacy CD­ROM Course

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From U.S. Naval War College Public Affairs

NEWPORT, R.I. (NNS) ­­- U.S. Naval War College (NWC) will no longer enroll new students in the CD­ROM program offered through the school’s College of Distance Education (CDE) after Sept. 30.

The CD­ROM program is being phased out due to better, more interactive education delivery options and declining student enrollment.

“This CD­ROM program is really a legacy offering that was developed to replace a paper­based correspondence course,” said Timothy Garrold, deputy dean of the College of Distance Education at NWC. “Instead of sending students a box of books and papers and then have them submit their graded work by postal mail or fax, we sent course materials contained on CDs.”

While CD­ROM courses were a breakthrough at the time, they have become outdated.

As students have come to expect more speed, interaction and efficiency, the move to the web­ enabled programs is a better option that allows students more access to colleagues and teachers according to Garrold.

“The amount of interaction that students experience in web­based courses with other students and with faculty were really the most important factors in pressing for the change,” he said. “We were kind of fooling ourselves that a self­paced, self­taught course had the rigor required for the same level of training and education as that available to what a student can get online and in our Fleet Seminar Program.”

Students are already frequently choosing online courses over the CD­ROM programs.

“The numbers have been dropping for the CD­ROM program,” said Garrold. “The demand signal for the CD­ROM has slowly declined over the years.”

Those wanting to earn the masters and their intermediate Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) credit through NWC distance education courses can still do so through the Fleet Seminar program.

Garrold explained that some resources currently devoted to the CD­ROM program may now be reassigned to the web­based programs making them an even faster and a better choice for students.

Students currently enrolled in the CD­ROM program and those who enroll prior to the deadline will still be able to finish the program within 20 months. The CD­ROM program will terminate entirely May 31, 2019 ­­ 20 months from the Sept. 30 deadline.

Specifics of the CD­ROM program phase out are explained in NAVADMIN 233/17. CDE doesn’t anticipate other changes to course delivery methodologies.

NWC is a one­year resident program that graduates about 600 resident students and about 1,000 distance learning students each year. Its primary mission is to educate and develop future leaders. Additional missions include: helping to define the future Navy and its roles and missions, supporting combat readiness, strengthening global maritime partnerships, promoting ethics and leadership throughout the force, contributing knowledge to shape effective decisions through our John B. Hattendorf Center for Maritime Historical Research, providing expertise and advice to the international legal community through the Stockton Center for the Study of International Law. Students earn JPME credit and either a diploma or a master’s degree in national security and strategic studies or defense and strategic studies. Established in 1884, U.S. Naval War College is the oldest institution of its kind in the world. More than 50,000 students have graduated since its first class of nine students in 1885 and about 300 of today’s active duty admirals, generals and senior executive service leaders are alumni.

Why Me? Why Can’t Someone Else Deploy?

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There have been a number of posts about deployments. We talked about how to max out your TSP, how dwell time works, gear lists, how to get clinical help while deployed, and the different types of deployments. Here is another deployment mystery revealed…

OK Specialty Leader…why do I have to deploy? What about all these other people? Can’t they go?

There are many people whose turn it is to deploy but who cannot deploy. In my experience, the reasons include:

  • They are pregnant or within 1 year post-partum, both of which made you non-deployable.
  • They have LIMDU or medical issues that make them non-deployable.
  • They are in a non-deployable position, like being a CO or working at the White House.
  • They are already with an operational unit, and the operational unit controls if/when they deploy, not the Specialty Leader. For example, I can’t deploy my ER docs who are stationed with the Marines. The Marines decide when they deploy, not me.
  • They have an upcoming resignation/retirement/PCS. You have to have at least 90 days left between the end of a deployment and your end of service or upcoming PCS.
  • They are in GME. Residents and fellows are non-deployable.
  • They have legal issues that keep them from deploying.

In addition to the factors listed above that make someone non-deployable, there are limitations on:

  • Rank – You can only go +/- one rank without a waiver. In other words, if the deployment is for a LCDR you can go down one to a LT or up one to a CDR. You can’t send a CAPT without a waiver, which might not be approved.
  • Security clearances – If people have an expired or soon-to-be expired security clearance, it can be a problem.
  • Manning in the various commands – As the Emergency Medicine Specialty Leader, which doctor I select to deploy often has more to do with the physician manning in the various ERs than whose turn it is.
  • OCONUS vs CONUS – For some deployments people from OCONUS can fill them, for others they can’t.
  • Board exam dates – As the Specialty Leader, I don’t deploy someone if it will mess up their board certification exams.
  • Commands pushing back – After I submit names for a deployment, the officer’s command can RECLAMA, which is an official non-concur with my selection. These are adjudicated by the regions (Navy Medicine East and Navy Medicine West).
  • Other things I’m undoubtedly forgetting.

For example, I just got a request for a deployment, but it overlaps all of the Emergency Medicine oral board exam dates in 2018. In addition, I was told I can’t send anyone from OCONUS. This means I can’t send any new residency graduates or anyone from OCONUS, even if they volunteer. As you can imagine, this limits who I can send and explains why someone might have to deploy for a 2nd or 3rd time when there are others who haven’t deployed.

BOTTOM LINE – When it comes to picking people for deployments, you can see there are many limitations on the process that affect who is eligible to deploy. So I guess you’ll just have to go…

Medical Corps Special Pays Update from BUMED

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Please see the message below if you graduated from residency in 2017:

From: Marin, William L CIV USN BUMED FCH VA (US)
Sent: Monday, September 18, 2017 10:23 AM

Deputy Corps Chiefs, I just sent an email to all the command special pays
coordinators informing them of a couple of changes that were recently
decided to make.  The first change below is for all Corps, and impacts the
eligibility date for those officers who completed training programs
effective 30 June 2017, which made them eligible for a specific specialty
rate IP 3 months after completing the qualifying training.  For example, a
MC officer who completed residency would be eligible for the specialty IP 1
Oct 17; however, as a result of the ASD(HA) Pay Plan still not being signed,
and the impact that will have on Navy likely not signing the Navy’s FY18 Pay
Guidance until at least Dec.  Thus, the decision has been made to authorize
those officers who completed training 30 June 2017 to submit for the
specialty IP effective 30 Sep 2017 vice 1 Oct 2017.  Next year the decision
may be to move it back to 1 Oct, only for fiscal funding reasons, but for
now they are eligible 30 June.  Those who completed the training 1 July
2017, and later, will have to wait for the FY18 NAVADMIN before they are
able to submit.

The second change is only for Nurse Corps, and it was to advise the commands
of the change regarding the eligibility for Critical Care Nurses eligibility
for the Retention Bonus, which the NC and Crit Care Specialty Leader are
already familiar with.

Appreciate if you could disseminate with your specialty leaders, so they can
advise those within their specialty who may be eligible to submit for the
Incentive Pay IAW the above guidance.


William L. “Bill” Marin
Program Manager, Navy Medical Special Pays Program
Chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (M13)

Forever GI Bill Slide Set

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Here is the PDF of a slide set that explains the changes enacted with the Forever GI Bill:

Forever GI Bill Plain Language

Weapons of Mass Destruction/Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Medical Specialist AQD

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Similar to what the Global Health Engagement community did, there is a new pathway to apply for recognition as a Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)/Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Medical Specialist. Anyone interested can find the packet containing all the info here: