Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs Office
MILLINGTON, Tenn.—February marks the fifth month since the Navy implemented new rules for detailing Sailors using Career Management System Interactive Detailing (CMS/ID), the Web-based program Sailors use to review and apply for permanent change of station orders (PCS).
“We have been through four complete cycles of the new CMS/ID process and we like what we are seeing,” said Rear Adm. Mike Shoemaker, assistant commander of Navy Personnel Command (NPC), which issued more than 88,000 sets of PCS orders last year.
NAVADMIN 249/09, announced enhancements to the CMS/ID system including increasing Sailor choice, adjusting the orders negotiation window and a requirement to fill all red zone requisitions each cycle.
CMS/ID uses color coding to identify jobs. The majority are displayed in the green zone and are considered open requisitions. Global Support Assignments (GSA) are displayed in the purple zone. Immediate requisitions -- the most critical fills that could directly degrade mission capability if unfilled – are displayed in the red zone.
Under the new detailing rules there are fewer of these red zone billets displayed, but all will be filled each cycle. All Sailors in the negotiating window are considered eligible for assignment to a red zone requisition.
“We are seeing our most critical billets filled,” said Vicky Fabian, assigned to United States Fleet Forces Command, Manning Control Authority Fleet (MCAF), which controls more than 200,000 billets including all sea duty billets in the Navy and some shore assignments. Under the new detailing rules, MCAF can place two billets in the red zone for each rating at each pay grade.
“Our goal is to make CMS/ID more agile, and responsive to new and changing fleet requirements,” said Shoemaker. “These initiatives bring advantages to both our Sailors and to the commands they serve, improving odds for success in naval operations world-wide.”
Another change was the modification of the orders negotiation window. The detailing window is now seven-to-nine months before a Sailor’s projected rotation date (PRD). This allows for a three-month window to negotiate for orders before a Sailor is considered to be eligible for an involuntary “needs of the Navy” assignment.
“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 Terror Support Assignment deadlines,” said Shoemaker.
One benefit is that Sailors placed into "needs of the Navy" assignments will know at the seven-month window where they are going instead of the five-month window. Assuming a stable PCS budget, another advantage is earlier issuance of orders, giving Navy families more time for PCS moves.
For more information read NAVADMIN 249/09.