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Leave and Liberty now Exempt from COVID Travel Restrictions

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

WASHINGTON (NNS) — Effective immediately, leave and liberty outside the local area of your command is exempt from ongoing COVID-19 travel restrictions.

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper approved the leave exemption for all military on June 29. The Navy’s rules for implementation came in NAVADMIN 189/20 on July 2.

Approval authority for leave outside of the local area will be determined by the echelon 2 commander. Delegation of that authority can not be lower than the unit commanding officer, officer-in-charge or equivalent — Branch Head, Division Director, etc.

All other guidance for transitioning from a stop movement to a conditions-based phased approach to personnel movement and travel, remains in place.

“Commanders and supervisors will conduct a risk assessment of the health status and travel itinerary for personnel requesting leave or liberty outside the local area,” wrote Vice Adm. John B. Nowell, Jr., the Navy’s top uniformed official in the message.

Commands also have the responsibility of reviewing a Sailor’s travel plans to verify they have a plan to both keep themselves safe, as well as ensure they don’t become a vector of infection when they return.

Sailors should not go on leave or liberty out of the local area if they have a fever or display any other symptoms that could indicate COVID-19 infection. In addition, Sailors should not travel if they have had close contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus within the past 14 days.

Before departure, commands must establish with their travelers a means of reliable communication. This allows for quick access for reacting to any circumstances that arise during leave or liberty.

While traveling away from their home area, Navy Service members must comply with any Department of Defense, federal, state, or local restrictions in place due to COVID-19.

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

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