By Chief Mass Communication Specialist (SW) Maria Yager
MILLINGTON, Tenn. – Detailers from Navy Personnel Command (NPC) will meet with some of the 12,000 Sailors on board Naval Air Station Oceana to talk shop during a Career Management Symposium Sep. 22-24
“We’ll be going to the hangars and the squadrons to discuss the new CMSID changes and the new 24-month obligated service policy. It is all important information because it affects people’s careers,” said Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (AW/SW) Robert Stolt, the E-6 to E-8 aviation boatswain’s mate detailer who will be on hand in Oceana to help Sailors of all pay grades.
Last month the Navy announced new guidelines for Career Management System Interactive Detailing (CMSID) in NAVADMIN 249/09. The web-based system is used to advertise more than 13,000 billets available each month to Sailors in their orders negotiation window. In the past Sailors could hold-out until up to three months prior to their projected rotation date (PRD) before accepting orders, perhaps hoping for that dream billet to appear. Sailors who failed to negotiate orders after that point then fell into the “needs of the Navy” window, which means the detailer may assign them wherever the Navy needs them, without the Sailor’s input.
The new policy now requires Sailors to negotiate orders when they are nine-to-seven months from there PRD. Sailors who are six months or less from their PRD are now considered needs of the Navy.
“This change encourages more aggressive participation by Sailors in negotiating orders. It also allows NPC better responsiveness to fleet demands and current Global War on Terrorism Support Assignment (GSA) deadlines," said Rear Adm. Mike Shoemaker, the head detailer at NPC.
Another change to CMS/ID is an increase in the number of requisitions advertised each cycle, which improves Sailor choice. It will display more priority readiness requisitions, mostly in the system’s green zone. GSA requisitions will continue to show in the purple zone. CMSID’s red zone will now display the most critical fills – billets that could directly degrade mission capability if unfilled.
“We had red zone billets previously, but there was never a mandate to fill them. Detailers could negotiate and encourage Sailors to take those billets, but there was never a system that would force those billets to be filled, which resulted in some very critical gaps in the fleet,” said Shoemaker.
Detailers from the aviation and fire controlman rates will be on board NAS Oceana to talk more in depth with Sailors about the latest policy changes. They will also present a series of career management briefs which include topics like Senior Enlisted Continuation Boards and Perform to Serve, as well as education opportunities and selection board briefs.
“We are looking forward to meeting with Sailors and talking face-to-face about their concerns,” said Stolt.
For details concerning the NAS Oceans CMS schedule, contact the local career counselor.
To learn more about the CMS in general, visit the NPC Web site at www.npc.navy.mil.