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Education and Learning an Operational Imperative

By John Kroger, Chief Learning Officer and Vice Adm. John Nowell, Chief of Naval Personnel

Learning, innovation, and personal and professional development are part of our Naval heritage and continue to be important in enabling the warfighters of today.

Our service is moving forward in recording and recognizing educational and learning achievements in our formal fitness reports to ensure it is viewed as a strategic priority, alongside our ships, aircraft and weapons systems. 

This will give our Navy a warfighting advantage and allow us to thrive and win against any competitor in this rapidly changing and complex global environment.

Education and a commitment to continuous learning is an operational imperative and, through our enhanced talent management processes, we will empower and reward officers who accelerate their intellectual development and improve their performance through education and learning opportunities.

To support these goals, and in conjunction with MyNavy HR’s efforts to integrate education effectively into Sailor 2025 talent management initiatives, fitness reports (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.

NAVADMIN 137/20, released May 7, brings together key elements of the Navy’s Education for Seapower Strategy 2020 and the MyNavy HR Sailor 2025 initiative to better align and integrate naval education into warfighting development and talent management. From selection boards to detailing, those officers with a proven commitment and ability to learn, and who encourage others to learn, will thrive, and this must be formally documented and considered in Fitness Reports.

As acting Secretary of the Navy James E. McPherson has said, “To deter and outfight potential opponents in a 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. 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.” 

Education and continuous learning will hold greater value within the modernized and enhanced talent management system – promotion boards, selection processes, and detailing decisions. To enable this, we must have all of the right information available through our performance evaluation system.

According to the message, documentation in FITREPs must include 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. Education and continuous learning progress, achievements and contributions will also receive greater emphasis during statutory and administrative selection boards.

The value that education and continuous learning brings to our Navy team’s quest to maintain overmatch against any threat is undisputed. It is imperative to document an individual’s commitment to intellectual growth so that our warfighters have a benchmark to strive for in bettering themselves year after year across their career.

BUPERS Instruction 1610.10E reflects the policy changes and provides guidance to reporting seniors regarding the documentation of professional military education, off-duty education, and other educational and learning achievements pursued during a reporting period. Additionally, personal achievement in education and learning, and support of the education and learning efforts of others, will be linked to block 1.0, 3.0, and 5.0 performance trait content in existing FITREP assessment criteria.

Additionally, reporting seniors are directed to document all education and learning whether Professional Military Education, Navy, civilian, or unit level education. The reporting senior should also consider the degree to which the member performs self-assessment and improvement, pursues professional development and education, improves current skills and knowledge, and acquires new skills.

Specific examples of continuous learning that should be documented include: resident and non-resident professional military education coursework, professional and academic qualifications and certifications, civilian education coursework, personal reading program that includes (but is not limited to) selections from CNO’s Reading List, participation in discussion groups and military societies, writing in national security or military journals, and involvement in learning through new technologies.

Instructions and guidance on filling out the applicable areas of a FITREP can be found in the message.

As the chief of naval operations detailed in FRAGO 01/2019, our nation expects a Navy ready to fight today and the policy updates announced in NAVADMIN 137/20 actively moves the Navy forward in terms of the modernization and transformation needed to ensure we are ready for tomorrow. We will instill continuous learning behaviors to broaden and deepen warfighting knowledge, which will enable adaptation, improvement, and strengthen mission command to outthink and outfight any adversary. The changes to the FITREP system ensure that we, as a Service, keep sight that learning is the ultimate warfare enabler and intellectual development a critical warfighting capability.

In closing, we hope leaders at all levels see the importance in this change – and support every member of the team’s pursuit to learn, develop, and ultimately become better warfighters.  

A New Era of Enlisted Education

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Russell Smith
Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Troy Black

One of the biggest challenges and greatest responsibilities for the Department of the Navy today is getting you — America’s Sailors and Marines — ready for the next fight. The war of the future will likely happen in this generation and it’s not going to resemble what we’ve fought in the last 18 years.

It’s imperative for all of you to be experts in your skill sets and have the mental dexterity to operate in combat environments, so that under high stress in the middle of the night when chaos ensues, you’ll be more capable of taking decisive action to save each other and prevail in combat.

For this reason the Department of the Navy’s 2018 Education for Seapower study could not have come along at a better time, recognizing that tough training combined with the broadened intellectual capability of our Navy and Marine Corps team imbued with a passion for continuous learning will be our foundation. This study fundamentally transformed how we think about and prioritize enlisted education in the naval services by allowing you to focus on your job, while capturing credit for skills learned and performed; confidently helping you achieve your education goals by quantifying the work you’re already doing to cultivate in an accredited associates degree.  

200304-N-PM193-1001 WASHINGTON (March 4, 2020) Graphic created using multiple image sources, photo editing software, and digital design tools to create an infographic highlighting the U.S. Naval Community College. Initial testing of operating capabilities and partnerships are to begin in early 2021. (U.S. Navy Graphic by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Alexander C. Kubitza)

To that end, former Secretary Richard Spencer and Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly’s top priority was to create a United States Naval Community College for enlisted Sailors and Marines — an exciting demonstration of our commitment to you. The USNCC provides enlisted personnel from every background an unprecedented opportunity to learn and professionally grow throughout the course of their career.

The USNCC will kick off a pilot program in January 2021 for approximately 500 Sailors, Marines and DON civilians in the information technology and engineering fields.

In partnership with public and private colleges and universities, USNCC intends to offer a select number associate of science and associate of art degrees in fields directly related to the warfighting needs of the Navy and Marine Corps, all at no cost to you — the service member. The opportunity to pursue and even complete an associate’s degree at the beginning of your career will also be transferable to any of our partnered education institutions to further degree programs or certifications.

The USNCC will kick off a pilot program in January 2021 for approximately 500 Sailors, Marines and DON civilians in the information technology and engineering fields. By the end of 2022, USNCC will have more than 5,000 students enrolled and by the end of 2025, every newly accessed Sailor and Marine will automatically be enrolled, which will guide you throughout your military career and beyond.

The tuition assistance program will remain so you can continue your path of learning and pursuing personal growth.

College and a lifelong dedication to learning is incredibly important. Continuous learning helps to develop critical thinking skills, which makes us better Sailors and Marines, better leaders, and ultimately better citizens. The path of military service is a difficult one, education should enhance your role in our national security as well as enable your future goals. The United States Naval Community College will no doubt advance our fleet performance, provide warfighting advantages and ensure that the development of enlisted Navy and Marine leaders remains a critical warfighting capability for our national defense.

191016-N-YG104-0004 WASHINGTON (Oct. 16, 2019) Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps (SMMC) Troy E. Black and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Russell Smith pose for a photo. SMMC and MCPON met to discuss naval integration and partnership across the Navy-Marine Corps team. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Sarah Villegas)

MyNavy HR – Serving Sailors 24/7

If you’re seeking information on your career, pay grades and health or policy concerning family, reserves and veterans, you can find it here.

We compile personnel and policy announcements being made during 2020 to help Sailors and their families.

Go to All Hands Magazine online for information on the Navy’s culture and heritage, and feature information for Sailors.

For your mobile phone and tablet, check out the latest editions of the Navy App Locker where you can find information on uniform regulations, education, fitness and more.

Click the categories below for announcements presented in reverse chronological order.

CAREER

CIVILIANS

EDUCATION/TRAINING

EXAMS

HEALTH

PERFORMANCE/PROMOTION

RELOCATION

RESERVES/VETERANS

SPOUSES/FAMILY

TECH TOOLS

UNIFORMS

FINANCIAL/BENEFITS

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CAREER

16-year-mark Cap Removed from GI-Bill Transferability Policy (Jan. 10, 2020)

WASHINGTON (NNS) — Sailors who are serving beyond 16 years and meet service-commitment eligibility criteria now retain the option to transfer GI Bill benefits to dependents as outlined in NAVADMIN 006/20 announced Jan. 10. Read more on Navy.mil

Navy Announces New Legalman Conversion Opportunities (Jan. 9, 2020)

WASHINGTON (NNS) — Beginning in 2020, the Navy’s Legalman (LN) community is expanding career opportunities for Sailors interested in cross-rating. Read more on Navy.mil


PERFORMANCE/PROMOTION

MyNavy HR Announces MAP will Remain at 20% of Total Advancement Opportunity in 2020 (Jan. 9, 2020)

WASHINGTON (NNS) — Top-performing junior Sailors will continue to have the opportunity to be promoted to the next rank under the Meritorious Advancement Program (MAP), as outlined in NAVADMIN 005/20. Read more on Navy.mil


RESERVES/VETERANS

Navy Reserve Announces One-Stop Shop for Reserve Order Opportunities (Jan. 28, 2020)

NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) — Commander, Navy Reserve Forces Command (CNRFC) announces the release of ZipServe, a new application that allows Reservists to apply for all Reserve order opportunities. Read more on Navy.mil


TECH TOOLS

Sailors Can Access MyNavy Portal Without Common Access Card (Feb. 3, 2020)

ARLINGTON, Va. (NNS) — Sailors have been asking for it and today the Navy delivered! Sailors can now access MyNavy Portal (MNP) from their personal mobile devices using their mobile web browser without a CAC. Read more on Navy.mil


UNIFORMS

Navy Announces Institution of Surface Warfare Officer Leather Jacket (Jan. 9, 2020)

WASHINGTON (NNS) — Surface Warfare Officer (SWO) qualified officers can now stand bridge watches in a soon-to-be issued leather jacket per NAVADMIN 004/20 released Jan. 9. Read more on Navy.mil

2019 Personnel and Policy Changes

Whether you’re looking for your next billet, upcoming exam requirements or you’re curious if you can apply pay grades or just wondering about policy concerning family needs, this blog is for you.

We’re compiling personnel and policy announcements made during 2019 to help Sailors and their families find important career information.

Go to All Hands Magazine online for information on the Navy’s culture and heritage, and feature information for Sailors.

For your mobile phone and tablet, check out the latest editions of the Navy App Locker where you can find information on uniform regulations, education, fitness and more.

Click the categories below for announcements presented in reverse chronological order.

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CAREER

CIVILIANS

EDUCATION

EXAMS

HEALTH

PERFORMANCE

RELOCATION

RESERVES

SPOUSES/FAMILY

TECH TOOLS

UNIFORMS

 

Follow this page for updates.

CAREER

Navy Announces FY20 Senior Enlisted Advancement-to-Position Selection Board

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) — Active duty senior enlisted Sailors looking for their next billet in a higher paygrade will soon have the opportunity to get a jump on the process thanks to the Advancement-to-Position (A2P) selection board, the Navy announced July 17. Read more on Navy.mil

Navy Accepts Continuous Applications for Enlisted Women in Submarines

WASHINGTON (NNS) — The Navy is now continuously accepting applications for female enlisted Sailors in pay grades E1-E8 to convert to Submarine Force non-nuclear trained ratings, as announced in NAVADMIN 159/19, July 15. Read more on Navy.mil

Do You Want to be a Career Recruiter?

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) — The Navy announced the convening of the Career Recruiter Force (CRF) selection board to allow select enlisted Sailors to serve as Navy recruiters in NAVADMIN 139/19, June 25. Read more on Navy.mil

Navy Launches Advancement-to-Position Program

WASHINGTON (NNS) — Navy announced the creation of a program with an advancement incentive to fill priority recruiter and recruit division commander (RDC) billets June 3, in NAVADMIN 122/19. Read more on Navy.mil

Meritorious Advancement Program Gains a Season, Quotas Increase

WASHINGTON (NNS) — The Navy released the calendar year (CY) 2019 Meritorious Advancement Program (MAP) plan, Feb. 8, in NAVADMIN 031/19, announcing the transition from one to two MAP seasons and increasing quotas in a continuing effort to empower command triads to recognize their most highly-talented Sailors through immediate advancement. Read more on Navy.mil

FY19-20 Tours with Industry Applicants Sought

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) — Navy announced Feb. 7 that select Sailors can apply to participate in the Secretary of the Navy Tours with Industry (SNTWI) program. Read more on Navy.mil

No Ordinary Day, Flag Writers Get the Job Done

There are speeches to write, naval correspondence on your desk to be edited and travel plans to be scheduled. Days are a balancing act between meticulously scheduled events and last-minute changes, but no day is ever the same as the one before. It’s a fast-paced environment at times, but you have what it takes. Why? Because you are a Navy flag writer. Read more on Navy.mil

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CIVILIANS

U.S. Fleet Forces Command Kicks Off Navy Civilian Acculturation Program

NORFOLK (NNS) — The Chief of Navy Operations (CNO) announced the rollout of the Navy Civilian Acculturation Program (NCAP) in NAVADMIN 158/19 July 15, providing details of a new orientation program that is now available for newly hired civilians with no prior experience or background in the Navy. NCAP is designed to provide the Navy’s newest employees exposure and familiarization to naval culture to enable them to better integrate into the organization. Read more on Navy.mil

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EDUCATION

Post-9/11 GI Bill Education Benefits Transfer Deadline Extended for Members with 16 Years of Service

WASHINGTON (NNS) — The deadline for Sailors who have over 16 years of service to transfer their Post-9/11 GI Bill education benefits to dependents has been extended to Jan. 12, 2020 based on recently revised guidance issued by the Department of Defense (DoD). Read more on Navy.mil

Navy Implements Change to Education Program Announcements

WASHINGTON (NNS) — The Navy announced that education program information, application processes and deadlines will be announced through personalized notifications to eligible Sailors in NAVADMIN 106/19, May 10. Read more on Navy.mil

Department of the Navy Announces New Education Initiatives

WASHINGTON (NNS) — The Department of the Navy (DoN) released its Education for Seapower report Feb. 12, along with the Secretary of the Navy’s action memorandum providing the way forward for the new education initiatives for the department. Read more on Navy.mil

DoD Announces Post-9/11 GI Bill Education Benefits Transfer Exception

WASHINGTON (NNS) — The Department of Defense (DoD) has granted a temporary exception to policy to allow select service members to transfer their Post-9/11 GI Bill education benefits to dependents until July 12, 2019. Read more on Navy.mil

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EXAMS

More Ways to Complete Professional Military Knowledge Eligibility Exam

PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) — Sailors eligible for advancement to paygrades E-4/5/6/7 can now complete their Professional Military Knowledge Eligibility Exam (PMK-EE) requirements anytime, anywhere in the world, through a self-service app announced in NAVADMIN 140/19, June 26. Read more on Navy.mil

Mobile App Lets Sailors Prepare for and Take Advancement Exams

WASHINGTON (NNS) — The Navy’s Professional Military Knowledge Eligibility Exam (PMK-EE) mobile application conveniently allows Sailors to prepare for and complete these exams, which they must pass to advance through the E4/5/6/7 paygrades. Read more on Navy.mil

Going Digital: MyNavy Portal Introduces Advancement Dashboard for Enlisted Sailors

WASHINGTON (NNS) — It just got a lot easier for Sailors preparing for the Navy-wide Advancement Exam (NWAE) with the roll-out of the Advancement Dashboard on MyNavy Portal (MNP), March 8. Read more on Navy.mil

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HEALTH

Navy Announces Expansion of Urinalysis Testing Program

WASHINGTON (NNS) — Navy announced that the Department of Defense has expanded its ability to conduct random drug testing for manufactured opiate drugs June 3, in NAVADMIN 125/19. Read more on Navy.mil

Navy Announces Universal Training Precautions for Physical Exercise

WASHINGTON (NNS) — Navy released NAVADMIN 108/19, May 10, alerting Sailors and command leadership of the importance of universal training precautions (UTP) to reduce the risk of exercise-related collapse and death during physical exercise, to include the Physical Readiness Test (PRT) and command physical training. Read more on Navy.mil

Navy Updates Medical Waiver Process

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (NNS) — U.S. Navy surgeon general Vice Adm. Forrest Faison, on behalf of the Department of the Navy (DoN), instituted a new policy regarding the medical waiver process. The changes were officially signed Feb. 15, and impacts all applicants, with greater emphasis on enlisted to officer commissioning programs. Read more on Navy.mil

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PERFORMANCE

June 2019 SRB and Pay for Performance Pilot Update Announced

WASHINGTON (NNS) — The Navy updated the Selective Reenlistment Bonus (SRB) award plan for Active Component and Full Time Support Sailors and announced the continuation of an incentivized performance program in NAVADMIN 129/19, released June 11. Read more on Navy.mil

Enlisted Supervisor Retention Pay Update Announced

WASHINGTON (NNS) — The Navy updated Enlisted Supervisor Retention Pay (ESRP) award levels for senior active-duty nuclear-trained Sailors in NAVADMIN 085/19, released April 8. Read more on Navy.mil

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RELOCATION

Navy Modernizing PCS Move Process

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) — Continuing efforts to improve the Permanent Change of Station (PCS) experience for Sailors and their families, the Navy is launching the MyPCS Mobile app July 17. Read more on Navy.mil

Navy Announces Spouse Licensure and Certification Reimbursement Policy

WASHINGTON (NNS) — As part of ongoing Navy Family Framework efforts to expand and improve the experience for spouses, Navy announced Sailors may be reimbursed up to 500 dollars for state licensure and certification costs of a spouse arising from relocation to another state due to a permanent change of station (PCS) move in NAVADMIN 134/19, June 24. Read more on Navy.mil

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RESERVES

Navy Updates Mobilization Deferment Policy for Selected Reserve Affiliation

WASHINGTON (NNS) — The Navy announced updates to the mobilization deferment policy for Sailors and veterans of other military services who choose to affiliate with the Selected Reserve (SELRES) in NAVADMIN 145/19, July 1. Read more on Navy.mil

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SPOUSES/FAMILY

Navy Announces Spouse Licensure and Certification Reimbursement Policy

WASHINGTON (NNS) — As part of ongoing Navy Family Framework efforts to expand and improve the experience for spouses, Navy announced Sailors may be reimbursed up to 500 dollars for state licensure and certification costs of a spouse arising from relocation to another state due to a permanent change of station (PCS) move in NAVADMIN 134/19, June 24. Read more on Navy.mil

Service Secretaries Tackle Employment Challenges for Overseas Spouses

WASHINGTON (NNS) — All three military service secretaries signed a memorandum today to jointly explore how military spouses can find employment and sustain careers at overseas bases. Read more on Navy.mil

MyNavy Family App Focuses on Stronger Families and Fleet

WASHINGTON (NNS) — Navy families navigating military life can now find support by downloading the MyNavy Family application which was released in the days leading up to Military Spouse Appreciation Day, May 10. The free app can be found in the Navy App Locker, https://applocker.navy.mil. Read more on Navy.mil

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TECH TOOLS

New Uniform Mobile App Has New Name, Guidance

ARLINGTON, Va. (NNS) — One of the more popular mobile applications the Navy has is the OPNAV Uniform Regulations app released in October 2017. Just like your worn out uniforms, the app needed updated. With a new name and more information, the OPNAV Uniform Regulations is now MyNavy UNIFORMS which hit app stores, July 18. Read more on Navy.mil

MyNavy Family App Offers One-Stop Shop for Various Needs

WASHINGTON (NNS) — From military installation searches to special family needs, relocation and retirement, the MyNavy Family mobile application is a one-stop shop for Navy spouses and Sailors’ families, combining official information from more than 22 websites. Read more on Navy.mil

Navy Announces Officer Photo Electronic Submission Capability

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) — Officers now have another way to submit their official photographs to their Official Military Personnel File (OMPF), Navy leaders said May 13. Read more on Navy.mil

CONUS Sailors Have New Leave Scheduling Tool

WASHINGTON (NNS) — The Navy launched an “eLeave” self-service tool capability within MyNavy Portal (MNP) Jan. 17, which allows CONUS-based Sailors to manage their ordinary leave using MNP. Read more on Navy.mil

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UNIFORMS

New Uniform Mobile App Has New Name, New Guidance

ARLINGTON, Va. (NNS) — One of the more popular mobile applications the Navy has is the OPNAV Uniform Regulations app released in October 2017. Just like your worn out uniforms, the app needed updated. With a new name and more information, the OPNAV Uniform Regulations is now MyNavy UNIFORMS which hit app stores, July 18. Read more on Navy.mil

Navy Uniform Policy Update Announced

WASHINGTON (NNS) — The Navy announced updates to uniform policy, grooming standards, uniform item availability and mandatory possession dates for new uniform items in NAVADMIN 075/19, released March 25. Read more on Navy.mil

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