Old vs New Retirement System Explained

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I already discussed the value of a military pension, but this article from the Military Officers Association of America does an excellent job of explaining the old and new systems, so I wanted to reblog it for anyone who’s interested to read:

The New Service Retirement Program

What are AQDs and How Do You Get Them?

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Additional Qualification Designation Codes or AQDs are 3 letter codes that:

  1. Identify special skills required by a billet.
  2. Identify a qualification awarded to an officer for serving in a specially coded billet.

In other words, they are tools used by Navy Personnel Command (PERS) to assign officers to billets.

They also serve another purpose, though, because they feed the “Special Qualifications” section in the lower left of your Officer Summary Record (OSR), which is seen by promotion boards.  (This section is noted the the lower left circle on this fabricated OSR.)  This is why officers try to get as many AQDs as they can.  The more things are in your Special Qualifications section, the better it looks to a promotion board.  (That said, I have to tell you that some officers can get a little carried away with AQDs.  Get as many as you can that make sense for your specialty and career, but don’t chase AQDs because you think they’ll get you promoted.  AQDs, in general, don’t get you promoted.  Competitive EP fitreps do.)

The full list of AQDs can be found here, and the list of medical AQDs can be found here, but I think a very useful list to have would be a list of all the AQDs that any physician can get irrespective of their specialty.  That list is below, and if you qualify for any of them you’ll have to send your Detailer the proof that you qualify in order to get them added to your record.

What’s the bottom line?  To make sure you have all the AQDs you can get, you have to do 4 things:

  1. Review the chart below and see which general AQDs you qualify for.
  2. Review the AQDs for your specialty in this document.
  3. If you had a prior career before you became a Medical Corps officer of any kind, you’re stuck reviewing the complete list of AQDs and seeing if there are any you qualify for that weren’t covered by #1 or #2 above.
  4. For any AQDs you qualify for, you send your Detailer the 3 letter code, the year you qualified, and the proof that you qualify (usually scanned copies of fitreps, certificates, etc.).
CODE TITLE CRITERIA TO GET IT
BT1 Parachutist, Static-line Qualified Qualified IAW MILPERSMAN 1220-030.
BT2 Parachutist, Freefall Qualified Qualified IAW MILPERSMAN 1220-030.
BX2 Fleet Marine Force Warfare Officer Qualified IAW current fleet instructions and SECNAVINST 1412.10.
BX3 Expeditionary Warfare Successfully completed at least 18 months in an operational expeditionary warfare billet within the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command Force.
JS7 Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) Phase I Successfully completed JPME Phase I from schools defined by the Joint Staff:

(a) Naval War College for classes commencing March 1989 and beyond (to include the Distance Learning, Non- Resident curriculum), OR

(b) Other service colleges for classes commending August 1989 and beyond (to include the Distance Learning, Non- Resident curriculum), OR

(c) Selected Foreign War Colleges, OR

(d) Selected Fellowship programs.

JS8 JPME Phase II Successfully completed JPME Phase II from schools defined by the Joint Staff:

(a) Joint Forces Staff College, Joint & Combined Warfighting School, OR

(b) Senior Level Service War Colleges.

J1M Joint Staff Medical Successfully completed assignment to an Individual Augmentation (Interservice Interagency Coalition) for a minimum period of 6 months.
J2M Multinational HQ Medical Successfully completed assignment to an Individual Augmentation (Interservice Interagency Coalition) for a minimum period of 6 months.
J3M Combatant Commander Level Medical Successfully completed assignment to an Individual Augmentation (Interservice Interagency Coalition) for a minimum period of 6 months.
J4M Fleet/Division Staff Medical Successfully completed assignment to an Individual Augmentation (Interservice Interagency Coalition) for a minimum period of 6 months.
J5M Joint Task Force Medical Successfully completed assignment to an Individual Augmentation (Interservice Interagency Coalition) for a minimum period of 6 months.
J6M Other Medical Successfully completed assignment to an Individual Augmentation (Interservice Interagency Coalition) for a minimum period of 6 months.
LA7 Qualified Medical Department Officer who has qualified
as a Surface Warfare Medical Department Officer IAW OPNAVINST 1412.8.
U1M Joint Staff Medical Successfully completed assignment to an Individual Augmentation (Intra Service) for a minimum period of 6 months.
U2M Multinational HQ Medical Successfully completed assignment to an Individual Augmentation (Intra Service) for a minimum period of 6 months.
U3M Combatant Commander Level Medical Successfully completed assignment to an Individual Augmentation (Intra Service) for a minimum period of 6 months.
U4M Fleet/Division Staff Medical Successfully completed assignment to an Individual Augmentation (Intra Service) for a minimum period of 6 months.
U5M Joint Task Force Medical Successfully completed assignment to an Individual Augmentation (Intra Service) for a minimum period of 6 months.
U6M Other Medical Successfully completed assignment to an Individual Augmentation (Intra Service) for a minimum period of 6 months.
233 White House Fellowship Participant in White House Fellowship Program.
2C1 Continuous Process Improvement (CPI) Green Belt Certified Certified as a Green Belt per local command policy and recommended by the Commanding Officer via the local command’s Certified Black Belt/Master Black Belt. The command’s Certified Black Belt/Master Black Belt (NMSC CPI/LSS PMO for Navy Medicine Corps) will validate completion of the following requirements:

(a) Formal training (A-557-0003 or A-557-3100); AND

(b) The DON approved JQR standards have been met:

– Lead two LSS full DMAIC projects; OR

– Lead two KAIZENs/RIEs; OR

– Lead one full DMAIC project and one KAIZEN/RIE.

2C2 CPI Black Belt Certified Certified as a Black Belt per local command policy and recommended by the Commanding Officer via the local command’s Certified Black Belt/Master Black Belt. The command’s Certified Black Belt/Master Black Belt (NMSC CPI/LSS PMO for Navy Medicine Corps) will validate completion of the following requirements:

(a) Formal training (A-557-0009 or A-557-3005); AND

(b) The DON approved JQR standards have been met:

– Lead two LSS full DMAIC projects and one KAIZEN/RIE; AND

– Mentor two Green Belts through one full DMAIC project each or two KAIZENs/RIEs.

234 Legislative Fellowship Successfully completed at least 9 months in a Legislative Fellow assignment.
24F SECDEF Corporate Fellow Successfully participated in the Secretary of Defense Corporate Fellows program.
6AA Aviation Medical Examiner Medical Corps Officer from the Primary Care medical subspecialty codes who has successfully completed Aviation Medical Examiner training at the Naval Aerospace and Operational Medical Institute.
6AB General Flight Officer Medical Corps Officer who has successfully completed a formal flight surgeon training program and is a designated Naval Flight Surgeon.
6AC Naval Aviator (Naval Flight Officer (NFO))/ Aeromedical Officer Medical Corps Officer who is a designated Naval Flight Surgeon and NFO.
6AE Naval Aviator (Pilot)/ Aeromedical Officer Medical Corps Officer who is a designated Naval Flight Surgeon and Naval Aviator (Pilot).
6AG Aerospace Medicine (Preventive Medicine) Medical Corps Officer who has successfully completed:

a. formal Flight Surgeon Training program at NAMI;

b. a tour as a flight surgeon;

c. an approved Master’s degree program in public health;

and

d. an approved Aerospace Medicine residency program;

or

e. is eligible for the Aerospace Medicine specialty examination offered by the Board of Preventive Medicine.

6FA Marine Corps Medical Department Officer Successfully completed a deployment of 90 or more consecutive days with the Marine Corps.
6FC Fleet Marine Force Medical Logistics (a) Successfully completed the USMC Ground Supply Officer School, AND

(b) Holds AQD 6FA.

6FD Surface Experienced Medical Officer (a) Successfully completed an internship with sufficient primary care training to operate within the needs and operations of the fleet, AND

(b) Has successfully completed a tour of duty with the Surface Fleet.

6FE Senior Marine Corps Staff Officer Successfully completed a senior Marine Corps staff position.

NOTE: Brigade, Group, Wing, Division and Force Surgeons, Force Preventive Medicine Officers, and the Headquarters Director for medical programs qualify.

6OB Shipboard Assignment Successfully completed an assignment of 90 or more consecutive days aboard a ship (other than a hospital ship).
6OC Hospital Ship Assignment Successfully completed an assignment of 90 or more consecutive days aboard a hospital ship.
6OH Humanitarian Assistance/ Disaster Response (1) Served a minimum 90 days in one or more foreign or domestic HA/DR missions and demonstrated operational competence relevant to assigned position in the following HA/DR mission elements: mission leadership and planning (operations, manpower and logistics), international diplomacy, cultural awareness, host nation centered HA/DR health care, IT, communications and administration. AND

(2) Completed two of the following:

(a) Military Medical Humanitarian Assistance Course (MMHAC), (b) Combined Humanitarian Assistance Response Training (CHART),
 (c) Joint Humanitarian Operations Course (JHOC), (d) Joint Operations Medical Managers Course (JOMMC), 
(e) UM-CMCoord IMPACT Course, 
(f) NATO CIMIC Basic Course (NCBC), 
(g) Health Emergencies in Large Populations (H.E.L.P .),
 (h) Joint Planning Orientation Course (JPOC),
 (i) Joint Medical Planners Course (JMPC)
, (j) Joint, Interagency, and Multinational Planner’s Course (JIMPC),
 (k) JTF Senior Medical Leader Seminar,
 (l) Asia-Pacific Orientation Course (APOC),
 (m) SWMI Humanitarian Assistance Course,
 (n) CATF Surgeons Course,
(o) DMRTI Medical Stability Operations (MSO) Course, 
(p) Alternate course(s) deemed to have sufficient didactic content comparable with other qualifying courses by the Mission Commander, T-AH Commander, MTF Commanding Officer, CATF Surgeon, Navy Medical Mission Commander, or USMC Task Force/Group Surgeon or USMC Medical Element Commander.

NOTE: Verification that member has met the above prerequisites must be provided via endorsement by the Mission Commander, T-AH Commander, MTF Commanding Officer, CATF Surgeon, Navy Medical Mission Commander, USMC Task Force/Group Surgeon, or USMC Medical Element Commander.

6OR CATF Surgeon Any Medical Department Officer who has:

(a) Successfully completed CATF Surgeon course; OR

(b) Successfully completed a tour as CATF surgeon; OR

(c) Successfully completed:

1. Surface Warfare Medical Officer Indoctrination course or holds AQD 6OB or 6FA; AND

2. Medical Regulating course; AND

3. Landing Force Medical Staff Planning course; AND

4. Amphibious Indoctrination course.

 

6OU Fleet Hospital Assignment Successfully completed an assignment of 90 or more consecutive days at a deployed fleet hospital/EMF.
6OW Trauma Team Trained Officer Completed formal Navy Trauma training at NHSH-SD (NTCC USC-LAC Hospital) or equivalent Army or Air Force course.
6UD Diver Qualified in Saturation Diving IAW MILPERSMAN 1210-140.
6UM Submarine Qualified in Undersea Medicine IAW MILPERSMAN 1210-130.
6ZA Instructor Medical Department Officer awarded the academic faculty position of instructor by an accredited U.S. University consistent with the officer’s field of training.
6ZB Assistant Professor Medical Department Officer awarded the academic faculty position of instructor by an accredited U.S. University consistent with the officer’s field of training.
6ZC Associate Professor Medical Department Officer awarded the academic faculty position of instructor by an accredited U.S. University consistent with the officer’s field of training.
6ZD Professor Medical Department Officer awarded the academic faculty position of instructor by an accredited U.S. University consistent with the officer’s field of training.
6ZE Medical Ethicist Medical Department Officer who has successfully completed an officially approved program of training in Medical Ethics.
6ZF Researcher (a) Completed an IRB approved research project fully consistent with the guidelines as promulgated by HSETC; AND 
(b) Met the rigorous guidelines of their medical community for publication in a Peer-reviewed journal.
6ZG Residency Program Director Medical Department Officer who has met all the established criteria of the certifying agencies (i.e., Residency Review Committees for conducting an accredited training program for officers in training).
62D Faculty Development (a) Completed an ACGME approved residency, AND 
(b) Completed an accredited advanced residency in Faculty Development.
62L Clinical Epidemiology Established competence in biostatistics, epidemiology, and informatics. Preferably, a Masters in Public Health degree or comparable training/experience.
67A Executive Medicine Met all the competencies of the Joint Medical Executive Skills Program (JMESDP).
67B Expeditionary Medicine Completed the Expeditionary Medicine core operational training courses.
67H Ambulatory Care Administration (ACA) Officer A master’s degree and has successfully completed: (a) 18 months in an ACA officer related position; OR 
(b) 12 months in an ACA officer related position provided master’s degree obtained in concentration in ACA.
68H Health Promotion Coordinator Completed the Navy Environmental Health Center Health Promotion Director Course and one year experience as a coordinator.
68I Health Care Management Completed a Masters of Science in Health Care Management.
68J Public Health Emergency Officer (PHEO) (a) Completed an MPH degree or 4 years of public health experience as outlined by BUMEDINST 6200.17A;
 AND(b) Successfully completed the following distance learning courses:- FEMA IS-100.A, Introduction to Incident Command System

– FEMA IS-200.A, Incident Command System for Single Resource and Initial Action Incidents

– FEMA IS-700.A, National Incident Management System, An Introduction

– FEMA IS-800.B, National Response Framework, An Introduction; OR

(c) Completed the Defense Medical Training Institute tri-service PHEO training course. AND

(d) Successfully performed as a PHEO for 12 months.

NOTE: Per BUMEDINST 6200.17A, PHEOs must be clinicians, as defined as officers who can diagnose, treat, and prescribe treatment for illness and injury.

68K Alternate
Public Health Emergency Officer (APHEO) (a) Completed an MPH degree or 4 years of public health experience as outlined by BUMEDINST 6200.17A; 
AND(b) Successfully complete the following distance learning courses:- FEMA IS-100.A, Introduction to Incident Command System

– FEMA IS-200.A, Incident Command System for Single Resource and Initial Action Incidents

– FEMA IS-700.A, National Incident Management System, An Introduction

– FEMA IS-800.B, National Response Framework, An Introduction; OR

(c) Completed the Defense Medical Training Institute tri-service PHEO training course. AND

(d) Successfully performed as an APHEO for 12 months.

68L Clinical Informatics (1) Completed the corps appropriate certification exam or fellowship, OR

(2) Completed a certificate program or graduate degree in Informatics, or the AMIA 10X10, OR

(3) Worked >50% of their time in informatics for at least 12 months.

New Masters in Health Administration Executive Clinical Leadership Track

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There is a new program for officers who want to pursue a Masters in Health Administration while on active duty.  The program is described in this white paper, and the Navy point-of-contact for the program is CAPT Lynn T. Downs.  I don’t usually put people’s contact info in public posts, so just check the global e-mail directory for her e-mail address if you have questions.

Of note, to apply for this program you must do so through the Graduate Medical Education Selection Board.  You can read about my thoughts on advanced degrees here:

Could a Masters Degree Get You Promoted?

BUMED Admin & Recruiting Fellow Position Available

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Here is the position description.  If you’re interested contact your Detailer or Specialty Leader.

ADMININSTRATIVE AND RECRUITING FELLOW – MEDICAL CORPS CHIEF’S OFFICE (M00C1)

INTRODUCTION

The Navy Medical Corps Chief’s Office (M00C1) provides oversight and guidance to Navy physicians currently serving in the Active and Reserve Component, to include practice and performance, manpower, direct healthcare support for the Navy Medicine Enterprise and operating forces, graduate medical education (GME) training, and medical student and physician recruitment. The Navy Medical Corps Chief’s Office ensures continuous alignment with Navy Medicine strategic goals.  The Medical Corps Administrative and Recruiting Fellow serves as the direct interface between the Navy Medical Corps community and the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED), Navy Recruiting Command, and other entities external to Navy Medicine by providing direction and professional advice on recruiting health care professionals for the Department of the Navy. The Corps Chiefs Office is located at Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, 7700 Arlington Boulevard, Falls Church, VA 22042.

DUTIES

The Administrative and Recruiting Fellow shall:

– Direct, coordinate and act as a subject matter expert on all matters regarding the Health Professional Scholarship Program (HPSP) selection process, including granting of age or Grade Point Average (GPA) waivers for students applying for HPSP.

-Plan, design, develop, evaluate and regularly update the HPSP Candidate Selection Process Standard Operating Procedure (SOP).

-Serve as the HPSP Board President at regularly scheduled HPSP Board Meetings.

-Serve as the senior facilitator for HPSP Board Member training on access to HPSP candidate application packets as well as the review, scoring and selection of candidates for Navy Medicine.

-Develop and maintain a listing of all Navy Physician volunteers to conduct HPSP candidate interviews.

-Liaison with Navy Recruiters and provide support and/or Navy Medicine physician volunteers at local college events and pre-med health fairs.

-Plan, develop and coordinate with field recruiters about HPSP, the HPSP selection process, medical school admissions process and the Graduate Medical Education (GME) admissions process in conjunction with Navy Recruiting Orientation Unit.

-Direct and provide consultation for Navy Medical Corps outreach and establish meetings as needed in conjunction with the Navy Medicine Diversity Office and/or other federal entities to discuss Navy Medicine opportunities with local colleges (to include, but not limited to, pre-medical societies, health fairs, career fairs and counseling fairs).

-Collaborate with field recruiters and Navy physicians to increase networking capabilities and extend the reach and advertising of Navy Medicine within the United States.

-Provide clear and concise advisory and ad hoc support to internal and external customers, including, but not limited to: Corps Chiefs, Specialty Leaders and Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS); higher authority inquiries; tri-service and Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs).

-Provide consultation for code action officers in meeting both the mission and goals of the Surgeon General and the Corps Chief’s Office.

-Actively participates as a subject matter expert in Medical Corps risk management case review panels.

-Actively participate in Navy Medical Corps Professional Review Boards.

-Direct, coordinate and process Navy Medical Corps Conference Travel Requests via the BUMED Conference Approval Process.

-Serve as a subject matter expert to Medical Corps Specialty Leaders and quota managers on all aspects of the BUMED Conference Approval Process.

-Support the Medical Corps Chief’s Office in all activities related to the complex and diverse mission of this office.

KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED BY POSITION

-Experience with recruitment, retention, and public speaking.

-Networking skills, written and oral communication skills.

-Experience in formulating and implementing organizational change.

-Knowledge of Navy Medicine policies, procedures, and instructions.

-Familiarity with higher level/adult education techniques.

-Familiarity with Microsoft Office products, MilSuite, Enterprise Knowledge Management (eKM), Defense Travel System (DTS); and use of common office equipment.

-Possess clinical expertise.

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS

The Administrative and Recruiting Fellow is directly responsible to and reports to the Deputy Chief of the Medical Corps, BUMED.  The Recruiting and Administrative Fellow has no direct supervisory responsibilities.

GUIDELINES

The incumbent will be guided in the performance of duties by instructions, policies and procedures of the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery.  Other guidelines may include: (1) DOD and OPNAV Instructions; (2) The Joint Commission Standards; (3) pertinent state and federal laws; (4) TRICARE and (5) OPNAVINST 1520.39.

COMPLEXITY

The selection process for the HPSP Scholarship is complex and requires a Board President that is aware of how to access and critically appraise applications and select appropriate candidates.

The Medical Corps Chiefs Office is a very dynamic and high-tempo administrative environment.  The incumbent needs to be able to adjust to a wide array of tasks, concepts and duties in support of the Corps Chiefs Office.  This work environment requires a unique, adaptable individual with a variety of administrative and personal skills as well as the ability to forge strong intra and interdepartmental relationships.

SCOPE AND EFFECT

As an assignment in the largest and most complex officer Corps in Navy Medicine, the scope of this position is both organizationally global and tactical to the level of the individual officer.  The effect of this position is far reaching in terms of the sustainment, changing nature, and future growth of the Navy Physician community, as well as the success full career development of individual navy Medical Corps officers.

Operation Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal Announced

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If you’ve served in Iraq or Syria as part of Operation Inherent Resolve you will receive the Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal.  The award is retroactive to June 15, 2014, and is for service members based in Iraq or Syria, those who flew missions over those countries, and those who served in contiguous waters for 30 consecutive days or 60 nonconsecutive days.  Details here:

Carter Announced Operation Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal

New Military Colocation and Single Parent Assignment Policy

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Navy Personnel Command recently updated MILPERSMAN 1300-1000 – Military Couple and Single Parent Assignment Policy.  Here is an article that discusses the updates/changes, which include:

  • Instead of opting in, the Sailor can decide to opt out.

In the past, a Sailor had to request collocation during each orders negotiation.  Now Sailors will submit a one-time request that will remain in effect until the Sailor tells their detailer otherwise.  If a Sailor chooses not to be collocated, they contact their detailer and negotiate appropriate orders.

  • A flag officer review is required when detailers can’t collocate dual-military families.

To ensure Navy Personnel Command has done everything possible to accommodate dual-military collocation, the Assistant Commander, Navy Personnel Command for Distribution will review instances where the Navy cannot support collocation for any reason other than when a Sailor chooses to opt out.

The bottom line is that dual military families will usually get colocated anyway, but they should probably read this MILPERSMAN in detail, route the NAVPERS 1301-85 to request colocation, and follow-up with their Detailer.

Chief, Medical Logistics Division, Defense Health Agency – O6 Only

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If you are interested in this position, contact your Detailer:

Chief, Medical Logistics Division

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Facilitates standardization of the demand signal in order to optimize the purchasing of medical supplies, health care technology, and services
  • Executes MEDLOG Shared Services per approved Coordinated Concept of Operation (CONOPS)
  • Executes Defense Medical Materiel Program responsibilities per DODI 6430 .02
  • Chairs the Defense Medical Logistics Proponent Committee (DMLPC), the joint governing body for DoD Medical Logistics.
  • Co-Chairs the Defense Medical Logistics Supply Chain Council (DMLSCC) 06 Board which serves as a collaborative forum to facilitate and integrate the development of strategic and operational relationships, capabilities, performance standards, and system integration necessary for effective and efficient medical supply chain support across DOD.
  • Develops a shared strategic direction and vision for the DHA medical logistics functions and programs; Coordinates with Service Medical Logistic Chiefs from the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps as well as the Defense Logistics Agency, FHP&R, and the Joint Staff for the management and development of tri-service medical logistics initiatives .
  • Oversees a headquarters staff of approximately 46 employees (total force); Interacts with other DHA functional areas as the medical logistics business functional representative; prepares and delivers senior-level briefings; Manages and coordinates development, implementation, and compliance oversight of DHA initiatives to improve efficiency and effectiveness of Military Health System (MHS).
  • Establishes reporting requirements for DHA Supply, Equipment , and MEDLOG Services Initiatives and prepares, analyzes, and makes recommendations regarding initiative performance to the DHA Director and DHA leadership .
  • Directs the DHA Medical Logistics staff engaged in the planning and execution of business process reengineering initiatives, management of enterprise actions collection, and analysis of initiative performance data.
  • In coordination with the Services, DLA, DMLPC Principles, coordinates the development and implementation of process improvements for medical logistics; Participates in development of DHA guidance necessary to implement OASD (HA) policies associated with standardization and purchasing of medical supplies; Participates in development of DHA strategies and guidance for management of authoritative data.
  • Coordinates with counterparts in the Services and other Federal agencies to establish a collaborative network that fosters unity of and optimization of DoD purchasing power; Coordinates with non-DoD medical logistics organizations to assess ‘best practices’ in medical logistics.
  • Advises the DHA Director on all aspects of medical logistics; Serves as DHA MEDLOG representative to DoD and Federal work groups and committees.

Experience and Required Grade:

  • Grade of O-6 (any specialty) but must have significant knowledge of knowledge of and experience with medical logistics and operations.
  • An advanced degree in a relevant field.
  • Eligible to obtain a Top Secret security clearance.