By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (AW) LaTunya Howard, Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs Office
MILLINGTON, Tenn. — As the Navy moves toward paperless administrative operations, Navy Personnel Command (NPC) is monitoring the enlisted field service record (EFSR) closeout progress.
The EFSR closeout was extended to Sept. 30 for Commander, Naval Air Forces (CNAF) activities, due to Fleet resource and operational challenges. The original closeout date was one year earlier and outlined in NAVADMIN 040/10.
“We are still assessing the closeout status on the shore side. For example, PSDs are receiving Sailors who have transferred from CNAF activities who have not had their records closed out yet. PSD will close out their record during the check-in process,” said Jim Tanner, director, Personnel Information Management, NPC. “A few squadrons are reporting that they are at 100 percent, but overall CNAF activities are at about 20 percent complete.
“We never know what contingencies could come up to slow their progress,” said Tanner. “Carriers needed scanners and of course, have operational commitments affecting their ability to complete this project. They are committed to getting their Sailors’ records closed out and we think they will get there by the deadline.”
Sailors benefit from the elimination of the EFSR, Tanner explained. “They now have the ability to view their Official Military Personnel File (OMPF) online and see what their command, Navy leadership and selection boards review.”
Commands were given the Records of Emergency Data (Page 2) and the Servicemembers Group Life Insurance (SGLI) forms from closed out records to retain for the duration of a member’s tour, plus 90 days after PCS transfer or 180 days after separation.
“Eliminating the EFSR is a big hurdle that we are crossing and it has not been without bumps,” said Tanner. “Moving to electronic military human resource records is the only way to go. They cut down on errors and provide real time transactions. This type of transparency gives Sailors more control over their careers.”
For more on the EFSR closeout, ESR or OMPF read NAVADMIN 040/10, call the NPC Customer Service Center 1866-U-ASK-NPC, (1-866-827-5672) or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.