COVID-19 Life Support Training Update

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BLUF – The purpose of this memorandum is to update policy guidance within the Military Health System for American Red Cross life support training (First Aid/cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)/automated external defibrillator (AED), Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Life Support (ALS), and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)). As military medical treatment facilities (MTFs) transition to normal operations, no further extensions for the above life support certifications will be granted after June 30, 2020. Personnel whose certifications expired between March and June 2020 have up to 120 days to get recertified. This also applies to providers who have American Heart Association cards.

Here’s the full memo.

Naval Postgraduate School Executive MBA NAVADMIN

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I had previously posted the announcement, but since then we’ve had more emphasis placed on education in our fitreps, so here is the NAVADMIN:

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RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN announces application procedures for the September 2020 
Distance Learning Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) program.

2.  Background:
    a.  The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) defense focused EMBA is a 24 
month, fully-funded, part-time graduate program focused on financial 
management. The program targets middle to senior grade active-duty officers, 
lieutenant commander (select) and senior (lieutenant by waiver).
    b.  Classes are delivered via online technologies with synchronous, live 
interaction between faculty and students. All students are required to have a 
computer with internet access, a webcam and a microphone.
    c.  The EMBA program begins with a required one-week Temporary Duty (TDY) 
in-residence session at NPS in Monterey, CA., that is currently scheduled for 
21-25 September 2020. Pandemic restrictions on travel may result in 
rescheduling the in-resident portion.  The residency week includes an 
orientation and a graduate-level course on the management of teams. A second 
week of required TDY 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 duty locations. The parent 
command of the student will provide official travel orders and funding for 
TDY travel. If command funding is not available, students may fund their own 
travel and utilize no-cost TDY orders from their commands.
    d.  Active duty Naval officers accepted into the EMBA program are 
integrated into cohorts with civilian students.  Typically, a cohort is 
comprised of approximately 25 students from which student teams are formed. 
Cohorts take all classes together during the 24 months of instruction on one 
day per week for approximately six to seven hours per day during regular 
continental United States duty hours.

3.  Criteria:
    a.  Eligibility requirements include an undergraduate degree from a 
regionally accredited 4-year college or university, 2.6 grade point average 
or higher on a 4 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 September 2022. The Graduate 
Management Admission Test is not required.
    b.  Admission to the EMBA program is available to applicants in any 
geographic location, regardless of the number of applicants in a location.

4.  Application Process:
    a.  Officers interested in the EMBA program can visit the NPS EMBA home 
page at for detailed eligibility and application process 
information. Deadline for the application process is no later than 6 July 
2020. Online instruction begins 29 September 2020.

5.  Post Graduation:
    a.  Graduates will be awarded an EMBA graduate degree from NPS and the 
Navy subspecialty code 3100P, Financial Management-Defense Focus.
Graduates working in acquisition billets will also earn Defense Acquisition 
University Level II equivalencies for all program management functional 
    b.  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.

6.  Point of contact:
    a.  NPS EMBA program office, at (831) 656- 2562/DSN 756, or via e-mail at 

7. This message will remain in effect until superseded or 31 December 2020, 
whichever occurs first.

8. Released by Vice Admiral S. B. Munsch, Deputy Chief on Naval Operations 
for Warfighting Development (N7)//


Academic Year 2020-21 Naval War College Fleet Seminar Program (JPME I)

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Here’s the NAVADMIN for the Fleet Seminar Program discussed in our JPME I primer. Remember that there is an increased focus on education on fitreps:

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RMKS/1.  This NAVADMIN announces the Naval War College (NWC) Fleet Seminar 
Program (FSP) which offers intermediate level Joint Professional Military 
Education (JPME-I) through a set of three courses: Strategy and War (S and 
W), Theater Security Decision Making (TSDM), Joint Maritime Operations (JMO), 
offered at multiple locations. Each course normally requires one academic 
year to complete, which runs from September through the following May. All 
three courses are not offered simultaneously at all locations.
There is no tuition fee and course materials are provided on a loan basis at 
no cost to the students.

2.  Background:
    a.  The NWC FSP will be offered in nineteen regional locations in the 
United States for academic year 2020-2021.  Planned locations and courses 
        (1)  Annapolis, MD (S and W, TSDM and JMO)
        (2)  Dahlgren, VA (JMO)
        (3)  Everett, WA (S and W)
        (4)  Fort Worth, TX (S and W)
        (5)  Great Lakes, IL (TSDM)
        (6)  Jacksonville, FL (TSDM and JMO)
        (7)  Kitsap, WA (TSDM)
        (8)  Mayport, FL (S and W)
        (9)  Millington, TN (S and W)
        (10) New Orleans, LA (JMO)
        (11) Newport, RI (S and W, TSDM and JMO)
        (12) Norfolk, VA (S and W, TSDM and JMO)
        (13) Patuxent River, MD (TSDM)
        (14) Pearl Harbor, HI (S and W, TSDM and JMO)
        (15) Pensacola, FL (Whiting Field) (TSDM and JMO)
        (16) Port Hueneme, CA (TSDM)
        (17) San Diego, CA (S and W, TSDM and JMO)
        (18) Washington, DC (S and W, TSDM and JMO)
        (19) Whidbey Island, WA (JMO)

    b.  FSP courses are similar in content and delivery methodology to the 
intermediate level program of study offered by the resident College of Naval 
Command and Staff in Newport, RI.  Seminars for each course meet once a week 
in the evening for approximately 34 weeks, commencing in early September 2020 
and ending in May 2021. Successful completion of all three courses results in 
the award of a College of Naval Command and Staff diploma, as well as credit 
for JPME-I.  The FSP seminars at all locations are conducted in-step with 
each other so it is possible for a student who is transferring to or assigned 
temporary additional duty at another seminar location to attend class at that 

3.  Criteria:
    a.  NWC accepts program applications from commissioned officers (active 
and reserve) and civilian employees of the federal government, subject to the 
following eligibility requirements:
        (1)  Members of the sea services (Navy, Marine Corps and Coast
Guard) in the paygrade of O-3 or above, while officers from the other 
services must be in the paygrade of O-4 or above.  Civilian employees of the 
federal government in the grade of GS-11 and above, or equivalent, are also 
eligible for enrollment.
        (2)  All applicants must have previously earned at least a 
baccalaureate degree.
    b.  Qualified individuals currently stationed in areas listed in 
paragraph two, or those who expect transfer to those sites prior to
1 September 2020 are encouraged to apply.

4.  Application Process:
    a.  More information is available and applications must be submitted at 
the NWC College of Distance Education FSP website at (NWC 
Academic Programs link). The application period is currently open and will 
remain open until 14 June 2020.

5.  Selection Notifications:
    a.  NWC will make enrollment selections and accepted applicants will be 
advised of their enrollment selection status via email.

6.  Points of Contact:
    a.  Points of contact are Ms. Stephanie Accaputo who can be reached at 
(401) 841-7677/DSN 841 or via email at fsp(at), Ms.
Kelly Folger who can be reached at (401) 841-6520/DSN 841 or via email at 
fsp(at) and Professor Ronald Oard who can be reached via email at 

7.  Request widest dissemination of the above information. Regional 
coordinators at the sites listed in paragraph two are requested to pass this 
information to all Army, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard units and 
all reserve units located within safe driving distance of an FSP site.

8.  This message will remain in effect until superseded or 14 June 2020, 
whichever occurs first.

9.  Released by Vice Admiral S. B. Munsch, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations 
for Warfighting Development (N7)//


AMSUS 2020 – Save the Dates 6-10 DEC

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Save the date for the 129th AMSUS Annual Meet to be held on 6-10 December 2020 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor Maryland! This year’s theme “Federal Health: A Global Vision Beginning in Your Community” continues to support federal health professionals and honors the legacy of federal medicine’s tremendous impact in advancing and improving health for all Americans and international coalition partners! A data call is forthcoming, and additional guidance for BSO-18 personnel.

See a few important deadlines:

  • AMSUS Lecture Abstracts and AMSUS Annual Award Nominations due 17 JUL 2020
  • AMSUS Poster Abstracts due 3 AUG 2020

*Award Recipients will be announced late SEP 2020

For additional details, and information, check out:

Updated Fitrep Prep and More Detail on Fitrep and Promo Board Changes from Recent NAVADMIN 137/20

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Because of NAVADMIN 137/20 and the increased focus it put on education in fitness reports, I updated Joel Schofer’s Fitrep Prep. The new portion is on page 15 and spells out the new requirements for block 41, which are spelled out below in detail, but later in the NAVADMIN it says in brief:

(2) For Block 41 (Comments on Performance), document professional 
military education, off-duty education and other educational and learning 
achievements pursued during the reporting period.


It also says this about promotion boards:

We will also update selection board precept and convening order 
guidance to direct board membership to review and brief specific education 
and learning contributions found in the official service records of eligible 
personnel, and to consider these documented accomplishments across the career 
of an individual when deliberating the best and fully qualified selection 
Statutory and administrative selection board presidents will be held 
accountable for ensuring compliance with this guidance in respect to board 


You better make sure you do some of this stuff and put it in your block 41, which I think would include CME/continuing education, JPME, Master’s degrees, service schools, and just about any other education related to your position that you do.

Here’s the detailed/longer portion of the NAVADMIN about fitreps:

3.  To support these goals, and in conjunction with MyNavyHR efforts to 
integrate education effectively into Sailor 2025 talent management 
initiatives, FITREPs will include specific comments regarding education, 
learning and support for a learning culture.
This requirement will allow us to identify, select and reward those officers 
who have demonstrated the commitment and ability to learn, as well as those 
who encourage and support the learning of others, by placing them into 
positions of influence at the tactical, operational and strategic levels.
    a.  Reporting Seniors must document:
        (1) All personal achievements in education and learning that 
contribute to a culture of continuous learning, improved knowledge and 
warfighting effectiveness at both the individual and unit level.
Resources include:
            (a) Resident and non-resident professional military education 
            (b) Professional and academic qualifications and certifications,
            (c) Civilian education coursework,
            (d) A personal reading program that includes (but is not limited 
to) selections from the Chief of Naval Operations Reading List,
            (e) Participation in discussion groups and military societies,
            (f) Publishing in national security or military journals, and
            (g) Involvement in learning through new technologies.

For purposes of this NAVADMIN, military societies are organizations that 
exist specifically to support education, training and professional 
development of personnel in a given community.  The definition of military 
societies does not include associations intended to promote the morale or 
general well-being of Service Members.

        (2) Individual commitment to intellectual growth in ways beneficial 
to the Navy, including rigorous self-assessment and efforts to improve:
            (a) Leadership,
            (b) Decision making,
            (c) Creativity,
            (d) Analytic ability,
            (e) Commitment to ethics,
            (f) Geopolitical awareness, and
            (g) Understanding of emerging military technologies and complex 
military operations.
        (3) The effort of the individual to support the continuing education 
of subordinates they command or supervise.
        (4) The degree to which the officer continued to assess self, develop 
professionally, improve current skills and knowledge and acquire new skills.
        (5) The extent to which these achievements increase the breadth and 
depth of warfighting and leadership aptitude.

Greater Emphasis on Education and Learning in FITREPs

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MILLINGTON, Tennessee (NNS) — The Navy’s recent deep dive into the value of higher education moved from idea to reality as the service will now require officer fitness reports to detail an individual’s educational and learning achievements as well as how these pursuits contributed to their unit’s mission effectiveness during a reporting period.

Announced in NAVADMIN 137/20 on May 7, this latest initiative shows Navy leadership’s commitment to the idea that career-long military learning isn’t only community or job-related technical or tactical training. Navy senior leadership wants this knowledge to be combined with higher education, a commitment to continuous learning, and the resulting critical thinking and analysis skills to build the Navy of the future.

This change is a logical next step in a path the Navy has been on for nearly two years, starting with the Education for Seapower Study which was published in December 2018.

“To deter and outfight potential opponents in a world defined by great power competition, our force of professionals is going to have to outthink them, and we can only do that through continual learning and education,” said the acting Secretary of the Navy James E. McPherson of the performance system changes.

“Our action today will ensure that our talent management system rewards officers who advance warfighting effectiveness through intellectual development and represents an important milestone as we implement our comprehensive Education for Seapower Strategy.”

According to the message, officer fitness reports must now detail what each individual in the service has done since their last report to further their education and support a culture of continuous learning. This will provide necessary information to Navy selection boards that will be directed to place an even greater emphasis on education and learning during their deliberations.

“The value that education and continuous learning brings to our Navy team is undisputed and directly supports our ability to deliver decisive naval power when called,” said Rear Adm. Jeff Hughes, deputy chief of naval personnel who oversees Navy selection boards at Navy Personnel Command. “It is imperative to document an individual’s commitment to intellectual growth in ways beneficial to the Navy, and the extent to which these achievements increase the breadth and depth of warfighting and leadership aptitude.”

The Navy updated its Navy Performance Evaluation System instruction – BUPERS Instruction 1610.10E to reflect these changes. It details where and when reporting seniors must document and assess each individual’s educational and learning achievements during a reporting period as they would things like their tactical performance or military bearing/character for example.

What will be considered includes formal education and learning such as resident and non-resident professional military education coursework, professional and academic qualifications and certifications, and civilian education courses.

Even more informal learning is encouraged, including personal reading programs that include, but are not limited to selections from the Chief of Naval Operation’s Reading List. Also, participation in discussion groups and military societies, writing in national security or military journals, as well as involvement in learning through new technologies will qualify.

This program is initially starting with the officer community based on their smaller numbers and existing educational opportunities and will be rolled out force wide once it is determined how to effectively measure the additional inputs. The continuing education of the entire force is extremely important. A full rollout will be done in a deliberate manner to ensure the Navy’s enlisted warfighters remain focused on their technical trades while balancing formal education and continuous learning. Ultimately, this program, and the continuing education it encourages is designed to ensure that the Navy is developing and deploying more capable and effective leaders and technical experts.

Exactly which trait grades and how seniors are to use the updated evaluation criteria are detailed in the message.

More information is available on these changes can be found in NAVADMIN 137/20 at

To read about the importance of these changes directly from the Chief Learning Officer and Chief of Naval Personnel, please visit their co-authored blog titled “Education and Learning an Operational Imperative” at the NavyLive blog.

Navy MWR Digital Library Always Open

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From Commander, Navy Installations Command Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) — Base libraries may be closed, but the Navy Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Digital Library remains open as the nation and Navy address the ongoing pandemic.

Managed by Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC), the MWR Digital Library offers access to thousands of books and resources for authorized patrons to use for recreational purposes, professional development and academic support.

“The digital library has something for everyone,” said Erika Hoagland, MWR systems librarian for CNIC. “Whether it is picking up a new skill or reinforcing an old one. Finding a new movie to watch. Listening to music and learning the lyrics. Taking up a new language. Thinking about the next step in your career development or losing yourself in a book for a few hours. Our digital library has you covered.”

The digital library, which can be accessed at, is open to Sailors, Reservists, retirees, Navy civilian personnel and their families as well as eligible contractors with MWR privileges. Personnel assigned to the Marine Corps and Coast Guard are able to join.

The MWR Digital Library provides users with more than 30 free online services that cater to all age groups and preferences.

For leisure purposes, try Freegal Music and Kanopy streaming video. Both can be used through apps after registering. Freegal Music has every genre of music. Listeners can download three songs a week and have unlimited, ad-free streaming access. Besides movies and documentaries for adults, Kanopy has a large selection of children’s video, including story time books.

Whether for fun or professional development, OverDrive has nearly 90,000 audiobooks and ebooks, including the CNO Professional Reading Program titles and the latest bestsellers for children, teens and adults. RBdigital has thousands of audiobook titles with no waitlists as well as magazines and Great Courses videos.

For those who require academic support, the MWR Digital Library provides access to Gale, which is an online research and education publishing service. Through September, Gale users have expanded access to thousands of new full-text academic journals. The digital library also offers research investment and personal finance options with Morningstar Investment Research Center and Weiss Ratings.

For those who are preparing for various examinations and standardized tests, such as the ASVAB, ACT and GRE, the digital library provides access to EBSCO Learning Express, which prepares users to take over 100 exams.

Finally, to support military children, including those who have been impacted by COVID-19, the digital library provides access to Scholastic Pre-K through 12th grade collections, featuring nonfiction ebooks, lesson plans, printable handouts and more for learning at home.

Reading Challenge

The MWR Library program has a Spring Reading Challenge online at now through May 16. Readers who log at least an hour of reading time during the week are automatically entered into weekly e-gift card drawings. The reading challenge is open to MWR-services eligible readers of all ages. Participants can read from any book, newspaper or magazine, listen to audiobooks, or read to a child. Readers are encouraged to checkout ebooks and audiobooks from the MWR Digital Library collections.

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Through funding from the Department of Defense (DOD) and as a service of the DOD MWR Library System, provides one-to-one academic tutoring and on-demand homework assistance at no cost to students in the Navy, Army, Air Force and Marine Corps. To help alleviate the academic stress due to COVID-19, access eligibility has been temporarily expanded to family members of service members, wounded warriors and DOD civilians. Active duty personnel, civilians and families can receive academic support around-the-clock in more than 100 subjects for grades kindergarten through college.

Sign Up Today

Sponsors and spouses can sign up at home for access to the Digital Library portal with DS Logon, a service of the Defense Manpower Data Center that verifies the user is eligible for Navy MWR services. Personnel can use their Common Access Cards to sign into the digital library.

For more information on the Navy MWR Digital Library, go to or visit the Facebook page at