By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (AW)LaTunya Howard, Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs Office
MILLINGTON, Tenn.—Navy Personnel Command (NPC) is reminding Sailors that paper enlisted field service records (FSR) will closeout Sept. 30.
Service record information will be generated and maintained electronically through a secure Internet connection to the Navy Standard Integrated Personnel System (NSIPS) Electronic Service Record (ESR).
Chief of Naval Personnel announced in 2009 the requirement for all active-duty and Reserve personnel to establish and maintain a self-service ESR account. These accounts allow Sailors to review all personnel, training, and awards data. Sailors also have limited self-service update capability within their ESR.
"Sailors should maintain a hard copy of all documents used to update their ESR or any other record such as reenlistment contracts, award certificates, designation letters, etc.,” said B. J. Price, Records Management Policy Branch, NPC. “The Sailor's ESR cannot be updated without appropriate source documentation."
As the Navy moves forward with plans to eliminate the enlisted FSR, nearly 60,000 Sailors still need to establish a self-service ESR account that will allow them anytime access to their records.
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.
Commanding officers, executive officers and command master chiefs can obtain command-level “view only” access by completing the NSIPS/ESR system access authorization request, or SAAR, and forward it to NPC’s Record/Data Maintenance Quality Division. Find them online at www.bupers.navy.mil/AboutUs/NPC/Information+Management. This access provides the user “view only” capability for all ESR accounts within their unit identification codes.
All commands responsible for service record entries are required to initiate updates in NSIPS/ESR. Sailors are ultimately responsible for the accuracy of their ESR and must contact the servicing personnel office if any information is incorrect.
The Navy began eliminating enlisted FSRs in January 2010. Officer service records were eliminated in 2000. Personnel Support Detachment Memphis began closing out records for Sailors at Navy Personnel Command (NPC) last year as part of a successful field test.
For more information on the elimination of FSRs read NAVADMIN 040/10 or visit https://nsips.nmci.navy.mil. You can also call NPC Customer Service Center at 1-866-U-ASK-NPC.