MILLINGTON, Tenn. -- Ensuring commands conduct Career Development Boards (CDB) and document them in Career Information Management System (CIMS) is an important job of the career development team as CDBs become the backbone of a Sailor’s career in setting goals and guiding educational courses.
“Career counselors use CIMS to track, coordinate and document CDBs,” said Chief Navy Counselor (AW/SW) Greg Hansen, OPNAV Fleet Introduction Team. “When the Sailor's career desires are recorded in CIMS it becomes part of a permanent record that can follow the Sailor throughout his or her career.”
CDBs are required for all Sailors upon reporting to a command, after six months on board, at 12-months on board and at 12-month intervals thereafter. Official guidance is contained in OPNAVINST 1040.11D, Navy Enlisted Retention and Career Development Program.
Typical topics covered during a CDB include watch-standing qualifications, continued education goals, advancement, short- and long-term career objectives, Perform-to-Serve (PTS) and Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) scores. Leadership can use CDBs to learn the priorities of the Sailor and align the Sailor’s priorities to the needs of the Navy.
Following the CBD, the detailed minutes and recommendations are captured in CIMS by the career counselor or member of the chain of command authorized by the command for documentation. This includes what was discussed and is used to help keep the current and future commands informed of the Sailor’s progress and career goals.
With full access to the Electronic Service Record (ESR) for each Sailor, the career counselor is able to gain a thorough understanding of the Sailors’ experience and performance, resulting in recommendations best tailored to the Sailor and to more precisely tailor a career development path.
CIMS is available to all shore commands with Internet access and on board 150 ships using CIMS Afloat on the Navy Standard Integrated Personnel (NSIPS) server. As the Navy’s primary business solution for human resources management, NSIPS is the system and data platform on which CIMS operates. The primary function of CIMS is to assist career counselors and those responsible with tracking, conducting and documenting CDBs.
“I can use CIMS to look at some portions of a Sailor’s career, and it is helpful for screening Sailors for special programs,” said Navy Counselor 1st Class (SW/AW) Rena Cyvas, command career counselor, Afloat Training Group San Diego. “The most helpful on a daily basis is the tracking capability that CIMS offers me and the ability to pull data on my Sailors when they need career advice.”
The command master chief, chief of the boat, senior enlisted leader and the command career counselor team are critical focal points for career development initiatives within the command. Reports easily compiled allow for command tracking of CDBs, Family Care Plan, PTS, Projected Rotation Date (PRD), and End of Active Obligated Service (EAOS).
“I can support immediate leadership through the ability to pull up both command tracking information and individual personnel information,” said Cyvas. “Because it is an up to date source, when I need accurate information I turn to CIMS. The unit tracking allows me to follow up on my Sailors and make sure I don’t miss someone.”
Many tools are available to career counselors to assist with the use, function and support of CIMS. The “5-Tip Series” of user aids cover a variety of helpful information to use CIMS effectively. Additional reference guides, tutorials, “how to”, and instructions can all be found on the NPC website.