By Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs
MILLINGTON, Tenn. – As the Navy moves forward with plans to eliminate the enlisted field service record more than 130,000 Sailors need to establish a self-service account that will allow them to access their new digital record.
“The elimination of the Enlisted Field Service Record will begin in January 2010,”said Art Tate, NSIPS/ESR/CIMS Implementation Manager. “Once the paper record disappears, they will have to create an ESR (electronic service record) account if they wish to see what is in their record.”
This move follows the action already taken for officers. The Navy eliminated the officer field service record in 2000 and has already closed-out some enlisted field service records for Sailors in Millington, Tenn. and other test locations.
"I don't miss the paper record. It is easier to access it on-line, right from my desk. I don't even have to go anywhere," said Chief Navy Counselor (AW) Kelly Strickland, command career counselor at Navy Personnel Command. Strickland has logged-on to her ESR to verify her dependent's data and confirm classes she has completed have been entered in her record.
Chief of Naval Personnel announced the requirement for all active-duty and Reserve personnel to establish and maintain a self-service ESR early this year. These accounts will allow Sailors to review all personnel, training, and awards data by choosing in the view section of the ESR. Sailors also have limited self-service update capability.
The Navy first announced the implementation of the ESR in 2006 with NAVADMIN 292/06.
Self-service accounts can be created at https://nsips.nmci.navy.mil or on the Navy Standard Integrated Personnel System (NSIPS)/ESR server on board ships.
NAVADMIN 043/09 directs all commands to use NSIPS/ESR as the single field level data entry point for all Sailors.
Commanding officers, executive officers and command master chiefs can obtain command-level view only access by completing the NSIPS/ESR system authorization request and contacting their local NSIPS area manager. This access provides the user view only capability for all ESR accounts within their UIC(s).
All commands responsible for service record entries are required to initiate updates in NSIPS/ESR; however official military personnel file requirements remain unchanged.
Sailors are ultimately responsible for the accuracy of their ESR and must contact the servicing personnel office if any information is incorrect.
For more information read NAVADMIN 043/09.