Guest Post – How to Collect Important Documents When You’re Separating/Retiring

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By CAPT(r) Nathan Almond, MC, USN

For personnel separating or retiring that wish to obtain documents from their service, below are some recommendations.

1. Get a copy of your Official Military Personnel File.
To get a copy of your military files such as fitness reports, SGLI elections, and other files from your career (besides your orders) go to BOL
Login with CAC
Click on ‘Official Military Personnel File (OMPF) – My Record’
Click on the ‘yes’ button
Click ‘download OMPF’ button
Wait for ‘save as’ folder to pop up as the zip file is downloaded and save as a zip file
That’s it! Now you have your OMPF files.

2. To get copies of all of your orders (besides IA ones), in NSIPS click ‘Employee Self Service’,  then ‘Electronic Service Record’, then ‘view’, then ‘orders history’. You can then click on ‘select all’ and then ‘Print Selected Orders and Transfer Information Sheets’ to get a pdf of all your orders written in your career.

3. If you deployed IA, get a copy of your IA orders for future reference. In BOL click on
Navy-Marine Corps Mobilization Processing System (NMCMPS) – View IA/ADSW orders
Click the ‘show orders’ button, then click on the orders you want. You may have to click on the ‘popup blocker’ in the address bar and then again on the link that was blocked in order to get the file, depending on your computer settings, but you don’t have to change the settings, just click on the ‘popup blocker’ in the address bar in Chrome and then the website that comes up and your file will download.

4. Also I found helpful to get a history of my career assignments. In NSIPS click on ‘view professional history’, then ‘history of assignments’, then ‘print form’ to get a pdf list of your assignments. Again, you may have to click on the ‘popup blocker’ in the address bar in Chrome followed by the address that was trying to download the file, but you should be able to obtain the pdf list.

5. I think getting the current pdf of your ODC, OSR, PSR is also helpful but CAPT Schofer has already outlined how to do that in the Promo Prep document.

Skillbridge Program for Separating Service Members

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The DoD SkillBridge program provides an opportunity for Service members to gain valuable civilian work experience through specific industry training, apprenticeships, or internships during the last 180 days of service. SkillBridge connects Service members with industry partners in real-world job experiences.

For Service members SkillBridge provides an invaluable chance to work and learn in civilian career areas. For industry partners SkillBridge is an opportunity to access and leverage the world’s most highly trained and motivated workforce at no cost. Service members participating in SkillBridge receive their military compensation and benefits, and industry partners provide the training and work experience.

SkillBridge is an excellent benefit for installation and Unit Commanders who have members nearing military separation. SkillBridge can help Service members bridge the gap between the end of service and the beginning of their civilian careers. Commanders can greatly ease this transition to civilian life by supporting their reports’ interest in SkillBridge. When mission permits, Commanders who support SkillBridge participation are helping their personnel transition more seamlessly from service to a civilian career with a trusted employer.

Separating Service members can be granted up to 180 days of permissive duty to focus solely on training full-time with approved industry partners after unit commander (first O-4/Field Grade commander in chain of command) provides written authorization and approval. These industry partners offer real-world training and work experience in in-demand fields of work while having the opportunity to evaluate the Service member’s suitability for the work.

The link below will take you directly to the DOD SkillBridge webpage, which will provide you with additional information:

**NEW** Amazon is now officially a DoD SkillBridge provider, meaning they can take in active duty military members into Amazon for internship opportunities and upon successful completion they can extend them full time offers to become Amazonians! Military Affairs is launching internship opportunities this year in select operation sites. Service members can apply now for these opportunities by typing in “Amazon Military SkillBridge” on and they are hosting a webinar today with more information about this cohort (flyer attached). Please spread the word to your active duty friends and family members. If they have any more questions about Amazon Military SkillBridge (AMSB), feel free to direct them to

A short video about this cohort:

Voluntary Extensions for Those Separating or Retiring

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Provided below is a new NAVADMIN announcing the Navy is accepting applications from officers and enlisted personnel who desire to delay their separation or retirement. Service Members with an approved separation or retirement date before 1 April 2021 are eligible to submit a request to their Detailer to have their separation or retirement date delayed between 6 and 12 months (duration specified by Service Member).  All Service Members interested in extending, are invited to apply, but priority for approval will be given to those Service Members filling sea duty and critical billets.  Requests must be received by 1 July 2020.  Please see below for more specifics and contact your Detailer with questions.

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RMKS/1.  This NAVADMIN announces the deliberate path of the Navy to mitigate 
the effects of COVID-19 and maintain operational, Sailor and family 
readiness.  Due to the uncertainty regarding the duration of the COVID-19 
Pandemic, the mandated all stop on PCS travel and the resulting effect on the 
U.S. economy, the incentives and extensions in this NAVADMIN will help 
provide some stability to both the Navy and our families.

2.  The Navy is accepting applications from officers and enlisted personnel 
who desire to delay their separation or retirement.
Service Members with an approved separation or retirement date before 1 April 
2021 are eligible to submit a request to their detailer to have their 
separation or retirement date delayed between 6 and 12 months (duration 
specified by Service Member).  All Service Members interested in extending, 
are invited to apply, but priority for approval will be given to those 
Service Members filling sea duty and critical billets.  Requests must be 
received by 1 July 2020.
Command endorsed requests to delay a separation or retirement date should be 
initiated through the appropriate detailer.

    a.  Service Members who are separating or retiring due to High Year 
Tenure (HYT) may apply for a waiver of their current HYT gate.
HYT waivers will be considered for up to an additional 12 months for enlisted 
Sailors filling critical operational billets both at sea and shore.  Requests 
will be approved on a case-by-case basis.
Sailors will submit a command endorsed Form 1306/7 Enlisted Personnel Action 
Request (ePAR) to My Navy Career Center (MNCC) via MyNavy Portal or by 
emailing the ePAR request directly to askmncc(at)

    b.  Service Members who are separating at their EAOS prior to 31 December 
2020 due to Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA) failures may request an 
extension to their EAOS until 31 December 2020 to enable participation in the 
fall PFA cycle and potentially regain reenlistment eligibility.  Extension 
requests under this guidance should be forwarded on a command endorsed Form 
1306/7 to MNCC via MyNavy Portal or by emailing the ePAR request directly to 
askmncc(at)  Officers should contact their detailers.
    c.  Enlisted Sailors with an approved separation or retirement date who 
are in billets that are eligible for Sea Duty Incentive Pay (SDIP) and who 
are approved for a voluntary extension as described above will receive SDIP 
for those extensions.  Exceptions to the timeline to request SDIP and to the 
length of extension for SDIP have been approved to accommodate these 
requests.  The latest SDIP eligibility chart can be found at  This chart is updated 
periodically so check for recent additions.  For Sailors who are in an SDIP 
eligible billet, a Form 1306/7 ePAR should be submitted to MNCC at 
askmncc(at) and your detailer.

    d.  While all Service Members are encouraged to apply, the following will 
not be approved:
        (1) Service Members pending mandatory separation or retirement for 
        (2) Service Members approved for disability separation or retirement.
        (3) Officers who twice fail to select for promotion and whose 
separation or retirement is required by law.
        (4) Service Members being separated for misconduct.

3.  In addition to extensions for Service Members with approved separations 
and retirements, the Navy is opening up opportunity for separated Service 
Members to come back to Active-Duty.
Specifically, Service Members who have recently separated and are interested 
in reentry are encouraged to contact their local prior enlisted or officer 

4.  Questions regarding delaying a Service Members separation or retirement 
date should be referred to the appropriate detailer, community manager or by 
contacting MNCC.  The point of contact for questions regarding SDIP is Mr. 
Keith Tucker, PERS-40DD, 1-901-874-3545 or Keith.Tucker(at)

5.  Released by Vice Admiral John B. Nowell, Jr, N1.//


TAP Available Online for Transitioning Sailors

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By By MC1 Mark D. Faram, Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) — The Navy has suspended all in-person Transition Assistance Program classes due to social distancing rules now in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

But the Navy is not eliminating the training requirement and instead is authorizing all separating and retiring sailors to complete this requirement online, allowing them to separate on time.

Here’s what you need to know:

“Commanders must continue to ensure transitioning Service Members are prepared to reintegrate into the civilian community, especially in the challenging times we face. Vice Adm. John B. Nowell, the Navy’ top uniformed personnel official said in NAVADMIN 082/20.

Active-Duty Sailors retiring or separating are exempt from the stop movement, which means that separations and retirements will go on as scheduled, unless Sailors request and are approved to reenlist or extend

The course completion requirement is also still in place for Reserve Sailors on active-duty orders for more than 179 days as well as mobilized reservists within 60 days of redeployment and demobilization.

For those with enough time left on the books, the message recommends they simply reschedule for a later date.

Those inside their 365-days prior to separation start time or 90-days prior to separation Capstone requirement must complete their training through the Joint Knowledge Online Website. Details on the TAP virtual curriculum to include links to the training available on the Department of Defense Transition Assistance Program Website.

What’s not changed is the requirement for initial Self-Assessment Counseling, Pre-Separation counseling and Capstone sessions. These can still be done in-person using proper social-distancing protocol or telephonically by command career counselors or TAP managers.

TAP related questions can be directed to Mr. Tom Albert, OPNAV N170C, at (901)-874-4254, DSN 882 or via e-mail at

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Navy Implements Changes to Transition Assistance Program

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From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs
WASHINGTON (NNS) — Navy announced improvements to the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) in NAVADMIN 223/19, released Sept. 30.

The message outlines five key elements of the changes effective Oct. 1:

  • Mandatory initial counseling/self-assessment to be completed 365 days or more prior to release from active duty.
  • Assign Sailors to at least one of three pathways (Tier I, Tier II, & Tier III)
  • Mandatory pre-separation counseling to be commenced 365 days or more prior to release from active duty as part of Day 1 of TAP class.
  • Adjustment of Department of Labor Employment Workshop to one day vice three.
  • Completion of one of four two-day tracks as part of day 4 and 5 of transition course.
  • Documentation of TAP completion via DD Form 2648 in DMDC.

“Implementing these changes aligns the Navy with direction provided by the National Defense Authorization Act,” said Tom Albert, Navy TAP Manager, OPNAV N17 Competency and Compliance branch. “But more importantly, these changes offer a better individualized transition process to civilian life for our Sailors and their spouses.”

Under the three-tier system, Sailors preparing to leave the service will meet with a counselor to discuss their plans after separation or retirement. From there, they will be classified into one of three tiers.

“For Tier I Sailors, they don’t need as much as far as services. They’re pretty much engaged in their transition,” said Anthony Stevens, the military readiness section lead at Commander Naval Installations Command. “Many of them already have a job lined up, or they’re retiring.”

Service members in Tier II are ready to transition, but not yet fully prepared. In other words, they may be saving their money and looking into careers, but may even still be on the fence about staying in the service, he said.

Tier III service members, “Don’t have any plans whatsoever,” Stevens said. This could include service members who are being discharged under other-than-honorable circumstances or are leaving the service on short notice because of an injury or disability.

Once service members are funneled into one of the three tiers, the counselor recommends a specific track — either higher education, employment, entrepreneurship or vocational skills training — based on the person’s goals for life after the military.

TAP is mandatory for active and reserve personnel who serve 180 or more days of consecutive active duty and must be completed prior to release and issuance of DD214.

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