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                                          Navy IA Frequently Asked Questions
  1. I have IA orders

    1. What is an IA?

    2. What are the mandatory prerequisites?

    3. What is a Noble Eagle or NE number?

    4. My NE number is "NE-1234-0123." Where am I going and what will I be doing?

    5. Where will I go after I leave my current command?

    6. Where can I find the required Navy e-Learning courses?

    7. I'm having trouble with a required a Navy e-Learning course – who can help me?

    8. What is the Navy Mobilization & Processing Site or NMPS

    9. What should I bring to NMPS?

    10. What will I be issued? What should I buy/bring for deployment?

    11. Do I need a passport?

    12. Can I relocate my family? Will I get BAH for that location?

    13. Am I authorized to put my household goods/POV in storage?

    14. What is Basic Combat Skills Training?

    15. How can I get more information about the Army training site in my orders?

    16. What uniform will I be wearing in theater?

    17. Who can I contact if I have problems/issues after I’m in theater?

    18. How do I provide feedback on the IA process?

  2. I want more IA Information

    1. What NAVADMINS are pertinent to the IA Sailor process?

    2. What are the incentives for IA?

    3. How do I volunteer?

    4. Can I get PCS orders for an IA at my PRD?

    5. Does gender, rate or rank matter? Are there any restrictions?

    6. I'm still in A-school, can I volunteer?

    7. How long will it take after I volunteer?

    8. Can I still request a specific billet/unit/location?

    9. Is there a list of available billets?

    10. I'm a (insert your rating here), what do they do as IA?

    11. I was told that I am an alternate. What does this mean?

  3. I am currently on an IA deployment

    1. How is BOG figured?

    2. As an IA am I eligible for EXW?

    3. How do I get demobilization orders? (Reservists only)


  4. I want to do another IA

    1. How can I get another IA?



  1. I have IA Orders

    1. What is an IA?

      1. IA stands for Individual Augmentee. In contrast to a Sailor that deploys with a ship, squadron or unit, a Sailor who leaves his/her assigned unit or command to deploy individually or with a small group is known as an IA. IAs receive individual deployment orders from NAVPERSCOM (PERS-4G). Approximately half of all deployed IAs are active duty and half are reservists.

      2. There are four types of Navy IAs:

        1. Individual Augmentee Manpower Management Assignment (IAMM): An Active Component (AC) Sailor serving either voluntarily or involuntarily in a rip-to-fill IA billet under Temporary Additional Duty (TEMADD) orders away from the Parent Command.

        2. Overseas Contingency Operations Support Assignment (OSA): An enlisted AC Sailor serving in a voluntary IA billet that applied for the billet using Career Management System Interactive Detailing (CMS-ID).

        3. Global Support Assignment (GSA): An AC Sailor, Officers only, under PCS orders to an Expeditionary Combat Readiness Center (ECRC) with TAD orders to an IA billet.

        4. RC Mobilization (RC Mob): A Reserve Component (RC) Sailor not mobilized as part of an established commissioned RC unit.

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    2. What are the mandatory prerequisites?

      1. READ YOUR ORDERS.

      2. READ EVERY PAGE OF YOUR ORDERS.

      3. FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS AND TIMELINE STATED IN YOUR ORDERS.

      4. In addition to any action items required by your orders, you will need to complete the following mandatory requirements prior to departing your parent command/NOSC on an IA assignment.
        All screening checklists and forms can be found in the "Sailor – Pre-Deployment – Expeditionary Screening Procedures" tab thread on the ia.navy.mil homepage.

      1. Expeditionary Screening Checklist (NAVPERS 1300/22)

        1. Sailors and Parent Commands/NOSCs are responsible for ensuring the proper completion of all mandatory prerequisites on the Expeditionary Screening Checklist. Some specific requirements and items include:

        2. The checklist must be completed within 30 days of the date time group (DTG) on your orders. Your Commanding Officer must report your suitability for IA assignment via BUPERS Online (BOL).

        3. Before you start, print out a copy of the checklist to use as a guideline.

        4. Bring a copy of your completed checklist to NMPS. Arrival at NMPS with incomplete, incorrect, or falsified checklist items may result in processing delays, possible disqualification (requiring a replacement to be allocated), possible disciplinary action, and could negatively impact the IA mission. GSA IA Sailors may lose their orders and have to renegotiate for orders from TPU if they are disqualified after they leave their current command.

      2. Expeditionary Medical and Dental Screening for IA and Support Assignments to Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) (NAVMED 1300/4)

        1. Sailors and Parent Commands/NOSCs are responsible for ensuring the proper completion of all mandatory medical and dental screening requirements in the Expeditionary Medical & Dental Screening Checklist.

        1. The checklist must be completed within 30 days of the DTG on your orders.

        1. The DD 2807-1 Report of Medical History (in the "Sailor – Pre-Deployment – Expeditionary Screening Procedures" tab thread on the ia.navy.mil homepage) must be completed in conjunction with the NAVMED 1300/4.

      3. Theater specific medical screening forms (NAVMED 1300/5 through 1300/11)

        1. IA and Support Assignments to OCO, Specific Requirements for (specific location) Area of Responsibility (AOR) must be completed within 30 days of the DTG on the orders.

      4. Medical Suitability Certification (NAVPERS 1300/21)

        1. All medical screening requirements must be fully completed and any waiver requests must be submitted and fully adjudicated before the CO or the CO’s designee may sign and certify the NAVPERS 1300/21.

      5. Pre-Deployment Health Assessment (DD 2795)

        1. The Pre-DHA must be completed no earlier than 60 days prior to your expected deployment date and then be reviewed by a health care provider in a face-to-face interview.

      6. Government Travel Card

        1. Get a Government Travel Charge Card (GTTC) now. You will need a GTCC before you transfer from your current command/NOSC. Your current command must get the GTCC before you transfer. Current command retains agency program coordinator (APC) responsibility or the monetary means to cover expenses. Be sure you provide your command with a good e-mail address once you are in country so they can contact you regarding your GTCC.

        2. If you have GSA orders, ECRC will assume the GTCC account only after the current command has established it.

        3. If your command/NOSC does not have a GTTC program, they must contact your ISIC.

        4. If you cannot be issued a GTCC, advance per diem for lodging and meals at NMPS is payable for the period of processing which is usually five to seven days at the rate of 80 percent.

        5. Any requirements for advance per diem (for non GTCC account holders only) is processed as needed with the assistance of your current command before you leave.

      7. Security clearance

        1. You must meet the security clearance requirement stated in your orders.

        2. Clearance must remain current for the duration of the IA tour.

        3. Your command security manager must sign the last page of your orders stating that your required clearance is reflected in JPAS.

        4. If your clearance needs to be updated, your current command/NOSC must ensure that this step is accomplished before you transfer.

      8. ISOPREP

        1. ISOPREP or ISOlated Personnel REPort is an operational authentication tool used by recovery forces to positively authenticate isolated personnel in enemy controlled or contested areas. The ISOPREP is to be completed online and data contained within is personal information known only to the isolated individual.

        2. The ISOPREP must be completed from a CAC-enabled computer on an unclassified .mil or .gov system. To complete and submit your ISOPREP on the Personnel Recovery Management Software (PRMS) website, follow the ISOPREP PRO-File Instructions on the Expeditionary Screening Procedures webpage.

        3. Ensure personnel at your pre-deployment processing sites (NMPS/ECRC) are aware that your ISOPREP was completed on NIPRNet and needs to be reviewed/approved on SIPRNet.

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    3. What is a Noble Eagle or NE number?

      The Noble Eagle or NE number (for example, NE-1234-0123) is a tracking number applied to a specific billet in support of a specific mission. The Navy tracks you and your IA billet using this number. Your NE number can be found in your orders.

      1. The number is composed of two parts after the NE. The first four digits are made up of the mission CRI (Claimant Request ID) or RTN (Requirement Tracking Number). The next four digits indicate the specific billet assigned to that mission.

      2. As per our example, 1234 would be the CRI/RTN for the mission. 0123 indicates the 123rd billet assigned to this mission.

      3. Your NE number is the key to getting information about you and your mission. Have this number available when looking on NKO for a mission/billet description.

      4. Remember to leave this number with your family before you deploy in case your family should need assistance from ECRC while you are gone.

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    4. My NE number is "NE-1234-0123." Where am I going and what will I be doing?

      In most cases, your orders provide a brief mission description and appropriate points of contact (POCs). You can use your NE number to find basic IA job description information and in-theater points of contact by accessing the NE Number Billet Chart located on NKO. You can also contact the POC listed in the chart to get additional information regarding your duty station and IA job requirements.
      When contacting personnel in theater regarding IA billet information:


      1. Remember to put your NE number in any correspondence.

      2. Remember the time difference when contacting personnel in theater.

      3. Use proper military etiquette when calling in theater. Joint forces personnel often answer the phones.

      4. Identify yourself as a Navy Individual Augmentee when calling into theater.

      5. OPSEC IS ALWAYS IN EFFECT! THINK BEFORE YOU WRITE OR SPEAK!


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    5. Where will I go after I leave my current command?

      To help Sailors understand the process IAMM/OSA/GSA/RC MOB IA Sailors go through, we are including this timeline as an example of the path most IA Sailors will follow. Each set of orders will vary but the timeline is usually similar for most IAs.

      1. IA Sailor is notified of selection to fill an IA billet. Sailors may have:

        1. been selected by their command (IAMM/RC MOB)
        2. volunteered to fill a request for forces billet (IAMM/RC MOB)
        3. negotiated for IA PCS orders (GSA)
        4. volunteered via the OSA detailing cell using CMS ID (OSA)

      2. Upon notification of selection for an IA assignment, Sailors and Command IA Coordinators (CIACs) should IMMEDIATELY work to complete the Expeditionary Screening Checklist and other official requirements stated in the IAs orders. CIACs should be tracking progress and assisting the Sailor with any problems in completing the mandatory requirements. CIACs should also coordinate with the Command Ombudsman to ensure the Sailor’s family has point of contact information if they should need assistance.

      3. Sailor receives an official set of orders (at approximately 96 days prior to deployment). The Sailor and the CIAC must read every portion of the orders and comply with all prerequisites and mandatory requirements before the Sailor leaves the Parent Command.

      4. Expeditionary Screening Checklist must be completed within 30 days of the DTG on the orders.

      5. Sailors will report to the Navy Mobilization and Processing Site (NMPS) that is selected by training site and unit requirements and is designated in their orders. The Sailor will be there for approximately one week to ensure all prerequisite items and mandatory requirements are completed and that the Sailor is qualified to move forward. Sailors will receive their required uniforms here. Families cannot accompany the Sailors at NMPS and will not be allowed to accompany the IA Sailor from this point forward.

      6. After NMPS, Sailors will travel to the Army training site that is designated in their orders for basic combat skills training. This training lasts approximately three weeks. Any uniform items or gear that was not issued at NMPS will be issued at the training sites.

      7. Some Sailors may require additional mission specific training. The location of the training and the length of time they will be there for it will be stated in their orders.

      8. Sailor completes training in the United States and then travels to theater to complete the IA mission.

      9. After completing an IA mission, most Sailors will go through the Warrior Transition Program (WTP) in theater. Sailors will spend approximately one week at the WTP to begin reintegration into life in a non-combat environment, attend briefs and turn in their issued gear. Sailors that do not transition through the WTP in theater return to the United States by the route directed in their orders and begin reintegration at that location.

      10. All returning Sailors will pass again through the NMPS as stated in their orders. Post- Deployment Health Assessments (PDHAs) and a series of post-deployment briefs will be completed at NMPS.

      11. IA Sailors will demobilize, return to their Parent Command or check out of their Parent Command for follow on orders. CIACs should engage to ensure the Sailor is welcomed back and checks in properly. The CIAC, in coordination with the Sailor and PSD, should ensure that all of the Sailor's pay, leave requirements, personnel records, evaluations, awards and advancement exam information is updated and correct to reflect their Sailor’s honorable service in an IA assignment.

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    6. Where can I find the required Navy e-Learning courses?

      From the Navy Knowledge Online (NKO) main page:

      1. Select "Navy e-Learning>Online Courses" in the LEARNING Menu

      2. Scroll down to Mandatory Training under For All Individual Augmentees

      3. Select "Individual Augmentee Prerequisite Training"

      4. Complete all Navy e-Learning courses prior to your arrival at NMPS

      5. Always complete the most recent IA Prerequisite Training Courses posted.

      6. You may have previously completed some of these courses. If the course posted on NKO is more recent than the one previously completed you must redo the course and complete the most recent course posted on e-Learning.

      7. FY courses are released in quarters and may not match the current FY. Do the most recent FY course posted on e-Learning.

      8. Note that there are three pages of mandatory courses listed. If courses appear to be missing, click on the next page.

      9. If you experience problems with e-learning courses, please check with your ADP department to make sure the problem is not originating from your log on. If that is not the problem, contact the NKO Helpdesk to ensure that the computer is configured correctly to allow access to successfully complete the courses and print out the certificates.

      10. All of these courses are mandatory and are required to be completed within 60 days of deployment.

      11. Ensure that you print out the certificate at the end of each course and bring a copy with you to NMPS.

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    7. I'm having trouble with a required a Navy e-Learning course – who can help me?

      Contact the NKO Helpdesk for assistance you need regarding required Navy e-Learning courses.

      NKO Helpdesk Contact Information:
      1. COMM: (850) 452-1001 Option 1
      2. DSN: 922-1001 Option 1
      3. Toll Free: (877) 253-7122 Option 2, then Option 1
      4. NETC Helpdesk

      If necessary, you can also submit a Problem Report via the NKO Navy e-Learning Helpdesk by going to the NKO homepage. Select "Help & Feedback," "NKO Navy e-Learning Helpdesk" then "Report Problem."

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    8. What is the Navy Mobilization & Processing Site or NMPS?

      Navy Mobilization and Processing Site (NMPS) is the first stop on most IA tours.

      1. Sailors will be processed through the NMPS location that is written in their orders.

      2. NMPS location is determined by training criteria and unit requirements.

      3. Report to NMPS in appropriate uniform of the day. Bring only enough clean uniforms to last until the end of the first week.

      4. Do not report in coveralls, flight suits, civilian clothes or PT gear.

      5. You will be at NMPS for approximately one week to ensure all prerequisite items and all Expeditionary Screening Checklists were completed.

      6. NMPS will verify that all required items listed in your orders and on the Expeditionary Screening Checklist were completed, e-Learning courses were completed, all medical screening is satisfactory, including shots and ensure your security clearance is up to date. Your free time at NMPS will be limited by the need to correct any incomplete items on your checklist and incomplete NKO courses. If you are disqualified at NMPS because your prerequisites were not completed before you left your Parent Command/NOSC, you could lose your orders.

      7. NMPS coordinates various briefs and combat uniform fittings.

      8. You will receive all required mission specific uniforms at NMPS.

      9. All transportation is provided at the NMPS.

      10. No privately owned or rental cars are authorized unless stated on orders.

      11. You are required to stay in the berthing provided.

      12. Family or guests are not authorized to stay with you.

      13. Families are not authorized to accompany you to NMPS and they will not be allowed to accompany you from this point forward.

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    9. What should I bring to NMPS?

      1. Bring medical and dental records.

      2. Bring medications (90 day supply) and copy of prescription.

      3. Review list of documentation required on the orders. Make sure to bring all listed items.

      4. You are required to report to NMPS in a clean working uniform. Do not report in coveralls, flight suits, civilian clothes or PT gear.

      5. Do not take all of your standard issue uniforms to NMPS. You will only need enough clean working uniforms to wear for a few days until new uniforms are issued.

      6. Bring proof of city/state residence.

      7. Bring a copy of your completed Expeditionary Screening Checklist.

      8. Bring a copy of the completion certificates for each mandatory prerequisite course completed on Navy e-Learning.

      9. Orders will state if you are required to take your personnel record to NMPS.

      10. Sailors that are not ordered to bring their personnel record should bring a copy of their:

        1. Orders
        2. Updated page 2
        3. SGLI
        4. Family Care Plan (if applicable)
        5. Current contract/extensions
        6. PG 4s (quals, awards and ASVAB)
        7. Last Eval/Fitrep
        8. FSA form (if applicable)
        9. Exam worksheet (if applicable)

      11. It is recommended that you copy your records and leave a copy at home.

      12. Bring running shoes. PT gear will be issued.

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    10. What will I be issued? What should I buy/bring for deployment?

      1. You will be issued everything required for your mission; however, you will be required to bring certain PT gear items with you.

        1. PT GEAR – Sailors will be required to bring the Navy Physical Training uniform (PTU) and running shoes with them to NMPS. Complete regulations and manner of wear for the Navy’s new Physical Training uniform (PTU) is contained in NAVADMINs 191/08 and 312/08.

        2. If you are told to purchase anything, get it in writing and save your receipts.

        3. If you buy gear or uniforms on your own you will probably not be reimbursed for them and you may not be authorized to have or wear them.

        4. U.S. Forces-Afghanistan has an Orders Requirement for Service Members Inbound to Afghanistan. All military personnel are required to bring at least one set of civilian clothing.

        5. There are many opinions about what is nice to have in theater. Remember that you will be carrying everything you bring. Most locations have access to some type of Exchange as well as mail order access. Most Sailors bring some type of electronics gear like MP3 players, digital cameras and laptop computers.

        6. Be advised that fine sand is likely to find its way into most everything that you bring, including electronic devices and there may be restrictions that apply to their use depending on your location. Always check with the Public Affairs Officer before posting anything, including photos, on the worldwide web. Remember OPSEC.

      2. Uniform Specifics – Service members assigned to the 5th FLT AOR should not bring uniform swords or cutlasses, as these items are subject to confiscation by local authorities.

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    11. Do I need a passport?

      If a no-fee government passport is required for your assignment then it will be stated in your orders. If it is not mentioned in your orders then it is not required. If required, Parent Commands must take all steps to expedite the official passport application.

      All personnel receiving orders to or traveling anywhere in Africa will need a passport. Due to travel assignments associated with an Africa deployment, official passports are essential. Personnel assigned anywhere in Africa might be ordered to travel to various countries in the AFRICOM AOR including but not limited to: Djibouti, Comoros, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Seychelles, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Yemen.

      1. Note that some IA orders may require a specific country Visa as well as a passport. If this is the case for you, get started on it right away. Some Visas can take over a month to process.

      2. If your orders state that you need a passport/visa, take a copy of your orders to your personnel department or local PSD in order for them to start the process and expedite your paperwork if necessary.

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    12. Can I relocate my family? Will I get BAH for that location?

      1. Relocation and BAH for Reserve Component (RC)

        1. No provisions exist for RC Sailors to be remunerated for movement of families to another location due to issuance of TDY mobilization orders. Per U.S. law 37USC403(g)(1)(A) and the JFTR U10428-B, mobilized reservists are paid BAH based on the location that the member was residing when the mobilization order was issued. RC Sailors are encouraged to contact the Noble Eagle Sailor Advocacy at PERS-4G with any questions on mobilization entitlements.

      2. Relocation for Active Component (AC) GSA PCS

        1. GSA members may relocate their families using the permanent change of station (PCS) orders to the new ECRC permanent duty station (PDS). Using the PCS orders to relocate dependents to a location other than the ECRC PDS is highly discouraged due to the large potential for out-of-pocket expenses during and/or after the GSA. Members choosing to relocate dependents using the PCS orders should consult with their local personal property office (PPO) or call the PPO helpdesk at 800-444-7789.

      3. Relocation for AC GSA/OSA/IAMM

        1. Sailors wishing to relocate their dependents to an alternate location away from their PDS should contact PERS-4G3. Requests should include the following information: NE number (NE-####-####); marital status; number of dependents; whether NTS storage of HHG or POV will be required; current location of dependents; destination for dependent relocation; and justification. Requests will undergo flag-level review and be approved on a case-by-case basis. Examples of likely approvals are: enrolled in EFM program, medical/education necessity; implementation of family care plan; documented financial burden (must include recommendation from local FFSC); and OCONUS to CONUS relocations.

      4. BAH for AC GSA/OSA/IAMM

        1. For a member with or without dependents, the rate of payment for BAH or OHA is, first and foremost, based on a member’s permanent duty station (PDS). However, a member with dependents could qualify for BAH based on a location other than that of his or her PDS. For a GSA member, who chooses not to relocate his or her dependents to the ECRC PDS using his or her PCS orders, BAH may be based upon the rate at the old duty station or the location of the dependents’ continuous residence established while the member was stationed at the old duty station. If a GSA/OSA/IAMM member is authorized to move his or her dependents to an alternate location (see above), the member may request to receive BAH at the rate based upon the dependents’ location. If authorization is received, direct questions concerning BAH based upon dependents’ location or old duty station to PERS-451H.

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    13. Am I authorized to put my household goods/POV in storage?

      Under the Joint Force Travel Regulations (JFTR), you may be authorized long-term storage of your household goods (HHG) and one POV. Contact PERS 4G3 to request HHG/POV authorization. Contact information will be in your IA orders. BAH entitlement of IA sailors should not be affected by fact of an HHG/POV authorization alone.

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    14. What is Basic Combat Skills Training?

      Basic combat skills training is required for all IAs and is conducted by Army Drill Instructors at an Army training site location that will be designated in your orders. ***Your mission may not require you to use all the training you receive, but all the training you receive is required to fulfill Army deployment certification requirements.*** Basic Combat Skills Training lasts for approximately three weeks.

      Read your orders to get point of contact information and additional guidance.

      You may be required to complete additional mission specific training. The location of the additional training and the length of time you will be there for it will be stated in your orders. After completing training in the United States, most Sailors will also receive additional training when they process through RSO&I (Reception, Staging, Onward-Movement, & Integration). All Sailors will travel to the IA mission location stated in their orders after all required training is completed.


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    15. How can I get more information about the Army training site in my orders?

      ECRC has Navy Liaison Officer (LNO) teams at Army training sites to further assist Sailors during their pre-deployment training. LNOs act as the primary liaison between the Army training Cadre and the Sailors under training to ensure the accurate flow of information and rapid resolution of issues. LNOs update Sailor information used to support IA Sailors and family members during training and deployment. LNOs assist with berthing, pay issues, communications, scheduling, uniforms, transportation, documentation, surveys, database updates, and informational archives.

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    16. What uniform will I be wearing in theater?

      The uniform you will be wearing in theater is dependent upon which country you are deploying to. IAs in Afghanistan will wear the Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) Camouflage (OCP) or MultiCam Uniforms. IAs in Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, UAE, Oman, HOA, and GTMO will wear NWU Type IIIs. IAs in Iraq will continue to wear ACUs. NAVADMIN 259/11 provides more details.

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    17. Who can I contact if I have problems/issues after I’m in theater?

      Your Command IA Coordinator or CIAC at your Parent Command is your first line of offense. Your Parent Command retains responsibility for you while you are deployed and is required to have a designated CIAC to be your direct representative for any issues or questions that arise while you are deployed. Be sure to keep in contact with your CIAC and to them with your point of contact information once you get to your in theater command. If you do not know who your CIAC is, contact your Command Master Chief.

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    18. How do I provide feedback on the IA process?

      The Pre-Deployment, Post-Deployment, and R3 (Return, Reunion, & Reintegration) Surveys provide excellent opportunities for IA Sailors to provide feedback to USFF on the IA process. The Pre-Deployment Survey is to be completed at the training sites (predominantly NIACT) just before an IA Sailor’s departure to theater. The Post-Deployment Survey is completed at NMPS during an IA Sailor’s out-processing. The R3 Survey is completed 180 days after a Sailor’s return from an IA assignment.

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  2. I want more IA Information

    1. What NAVADMINS are pertinent to the IA Sailor process?

      For comments or questions about NAVADMINS, call 866-U-ASK-NPC or contact the BUPERS Webmaster.

      The following IA-related NAVADMIN messages are accessible available at Navy Personnel Command’s (NPC) Reference Library:

      2012 NAVADMINS

      1. 007/12 – POST DEPLOYMENT HEALTH RE-ASSESSMENT ACCOUNTABILITY
      2. 013/12 – SELECTIVE REENLISTMENT BONUS UPDATE
      3. 062/12 – PRORATION OF IMMINENT DANGER PAY
      4. 076/12 – FY-12 ADVANCED EDUCATION VOUCHER (AEV) PROGRAM

      2011 NAVADMINS

      1. 045/11 – FAMILY GRAM 01-11 – FAMILY FINANCES
      2. 102/11 – FAMILY GRAM 02-11 – NAVY CHILDREN AND YOUTH
      3. 116/11 – OPNAVINST 1754.5B – NAVY POLICY ON FAMILY READINESS GROUPS
      4. 174/11 – FAMILY GRAM 03-11 – RELOCATION ASSISTANCE
      5. 259/11 – NWU TYPE I, II AND III, CAMOUFLAGE UTILITY UNIFORMS
      6. 266/11 – FAMILY GRAM 05-11 – SPOUSE EMPLOYMENT
      7. 275/11 – ORDER TO UPDATE FAMILY ACCOUNTABILITY AND ASSESSMENT SYSTEM (NFAAS) PERSONNEL CONTACT INFORMATION
      8. 285/11 – EXCEPTIONAL FAMILY MEMBER (EFM) PROGRAM CAPABILITY IN NFAAS
      9. 286/11 – LANGUAGE, REGIONAL EXPERTISE, AND CULTURE TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES
      10. 300/11 – USE OF PRESEPARATION COUNSELING CHECKLIST (DD FORM 2648 AND 2648-1)

      2010 NAVADMINS

      1. 072/10 – FAMILY GRAM 01-10 – MEDICAL BENEFITS
      2. 083/10 – REVISED PERFORMANCE EVALUATION AND ADVANCEMENT POLICY
      3. 116/10 – SPECIAL UNIFORM SITUATIONS FOR NAVY PERSONNEL ASSIGNED TO AND SERVING WITH AN ARMY UNIT
      4. 120/10 – FAMILY GRAM 02-10 – DEPLOYMENT SUPPORT FOR FAMILIES
      5. 146/10 – FAMILY GRAM 03-10 – CHILD AND YOUTH PROGRAMS
      6. 171/10 – IA GRAM 07 – OVERSEAS CONTINGENCY OPERATION SUPPORT ASSIGNMENT (OSA) TO REPLACE GSA DETAILING FOR ENLISTED SAILORS
      7. 193/10 – CHANGE TO PFA DOCUMENTATION OF FITREPS
      8. 195/10 – FAMILY GRAM 04-10 – SPOUSE SUPPORT AND RELOCATION ASSISTANCE FOR FAMILIES
      9. 215/10 – PERFORMANCE EVALUATION AND ADVANCEMENT GUIDE FOR IA SAILORS
      10. 220/10 – FAMILY GRAM 05-10 – EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS FOR FAMILIES
      11. 227/10 – AUTHORIZING ESCORT ENTITLEMENT FOR MEMBERS WITH INTERMEDIATE TEMPORARY DUTY (ITDY) ORDERS
      12. 246/10 – CONTINUED FOCUS ON POST DEPLOYMENT HEALTH REASSESSMENTS (PDHRAs)
      13. 289/10 – FAMILY GRAM 06-10 COMMAND SPONSOR PROGRAM AND SPOUSE EMPLOYMENT
      14. 295/10 – FAMILY READINESS COMMUNICATIONS POLICY
      15. 332/10 – IA GRAM 10 – IAMM BUSINESS RULES
      16. 333/10 – IA GRAM 09 – OFFICER GSA BUSINESS RULES
      17. 334/10 – IA GRAM 08 – OSA BUSINESS RULES FOR ENLISTED PERSONNEL
      18. 344/10 – FAMILY GRAM 07-10 – SCHOOL LIAISON OFFICER PROGRAM
      19. 352/09 – PERFORM TO SERVE – FLEET RATING IDENTIFICATION ENGINE (PTS/FLEETRIDE) INTEGRATION POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
      20. 385/10 – FAMILY GRAM 08-10 – WARRIOR CARE AND FAMILY PROGRAMS
      21. 422/10 – FAMILY GRAM 09-10 – CHAPLAINCY SERVICES AND LIFE-WORK BALANCE

      2009 NAVADMINS

      1. 024/09 – IAMM BUSINESS RULES UPDATE
      2. 076/09 – IA GRAM #4 – ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF PARENT COMMANDS, NAVY OPERATIONAL SUPPORT CENTERS (NOSCs) AND ECRC FOR IA SAILORS AND THEIR FAMILIES
      3. 099/09 – IA GRAM #5 – ASSIGNMENT OF COMMAND INDIVIDUAL AUGMENTEE COORDINATOR (CIAC)
      4. 167/09 – INCREASE TO MAXIMUM ALLOWED AWARD POINTS ON THE E4-E6 FINAL MULTIPLE SCORE WITH IN-THEATER SERVICE
      5. 180/09 – IA GRAM 06 – SUITABILITY SCREENING FOR IAS
      6. 251/09 – LAUNCH OF NEW NAVY IA WEBSITE
      7. 280/09 – AFGHANISTAN PAKISTAN (AFPAK) HANDS PROGRAM
      8. 297/09 – POST DEPLOYMENT HEALTH REASSESSMENT (PDHRA) UPDATE
      9. 331/09 – RETURNING WARRIOR WORKSHOPS (RWW) ATTENDANCE

      2008 NAVADMINS

      1. 141/08 – CAMPAIGN STARS FOR THE AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ CAMPAIGN MEDALS
      2. 152/08 POLICY ON CONVERSION OF THE COMBAT INFANTRYMAN BADGE AND COMBAT MEDICAL BADGE TO THE COMBAT ACTION RIBBON
      3. 160/08 INDIVIDUAL AUGMENTATION POLICY UPDATE
      4. 191/08 GUIDELINES FOR THE NEW PHYSICAL TRAINING UNIFORM (PTU) MANNER OF WEAR
      5. 207/08 – DEPLOYMENT HEALTH ASSESSMENT POLICY AND PROCESS
      6. 235/08 NAVY RESERVE COMPONENT INDIVIDUAL AUGMENTATION (IA) MOBILIZATION BUSINESS RULES
      7. 293/08 – IA GRAM 08-03 PARENT COMMAND ASSIGNMENT AND RESPONSIBILITIES FOR IA SAILORS AND THEIR FAMILIES
      8. 316/08 – MANDATORY USE OF GOVERNMENT TRAVEL CHARGE CARD (GTCC)

      2007 NAVADMINS

      1. 038/07 – WEARING OF NAVY CAMOUFLAGE UTILITY UNIFORM AND SPECIAL UNIFORM SITUATIONS FOR NAVY PERSONNEL ASSIGNED TO AND SERVING WITH AN ARMY UNIT
      2. 083/07 – COMMAND, SAILOR, AND FAMILY INDIVIDUAL AUGMENTATION (IA) HANDBOOKS
      3. 085/07 – OVERSEAS DUTY AND INDIVIDUAL AUGMENTATION (IA) SCREENING RESULTS/ REPORTING ON BUPERS ON LINE (BOL)
      4. 136/07 – TASK FORCE INDIVIDUAL AUGMENTATION (TFIA) UPDATE
      5. 139/07 – ADMINISTRATION OF THE NAVY-WIDE ADVANCEMENT EXAM FOR SAILORS IN IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN, AND HOA
      6. 147/07 – GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM SUPPORT ASSIGNMENTS (GSA)
      7. 182/07 – COMBAT AND OPERATIONAL STRESS CONTROL AND WARRIOR TRANSITION PROGRAM IMPLEMENTATION
      8. 184/07 – JOINT QUALIFICATION SYSTEM
      9. 200/07 – JOINT QUALIFICATION SYSTEM (JQS)
      10. 233/07 – INDIVIDUAL MEDICAL READINESS
      11. 297/07 – GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM (GWOT) SUPPORT ASSIGNMENTS (GSA) UPDATE
      12. 298/07 – GUIDANCE FOR THE PREPARATION OF PERFORMANCE EVALUATIONS FOR SAILORS SERVING ON INDIVIDUAL AUGMENTEE (IA) AND GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM SUPPORT (GSA) ASSIGNMENTS
      13. 299/07 – JOINT QUALIFICATION SYSTEM
      14. 336/07 – ADMINISTRATION OF THE NAVY-WIDE ADVANCEMENT EXAM FOR SAILORS IN IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN, AND THE HORN OF AFRICA
      15. 355/07 – NAVY INDIVIDUAL AUGMENTEE COMBAT SKILLS TRAINING (NIACT)

      2006 NAVADMINS

      1. 165/06 – DESERT CAMOUFLAGE UNIFORM (DCU)
      2. 273/06 – TASK FORCE INDIVIDUAL AUGMENTATION (TFIA) UPDATE
      3. 280/06 – INTERIM CHANGE TO THE NAVY ENLISTED ADVANCEMENT SYSTEM (NEAS)
      4. 300/06 – OFFICIAL RECOGNITION AND ACCURATE TRACKING OF NAVY GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM INDIVIDUAL AUGMENTATION
      5. 331/06 – TASK FORCE INDIVIDUAL AUGMENTATION (TFIA) UPDATE
      6. 348/06 – INDIVIDUAL PERSONNEL TEMPO (ITEMPO) PROGRAM UPDATE

      2005 NAVADMINS

      1. 085/05 – ANNOUNCEMENT AND AUTHORIZATION FOR ISSUANCE OF THE AFGHANISTAN CAMPAIGN MEDAL (ACM) AND IRAQ CAMPAIGN MEDAL (ICM) FOR NAVY PERSONNEL

      Always check to make sure your reference material is current and that it has not been superseded by another NAVADMIN.

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    2. What are the incentives for IA?

      There are many incentives outlined throughout several NAVADMINS. Incentives include:

      1. 3-year IA assignment exemptions for Sailors completing an IA assignment (IA Gram 8, 334/10; IA Gram 9, 333/10; IA Gram 10, 332/10)
      2. Designated place move via ITDY orders on a case-by-case basis for OSA Sailors and GSA Officers (IA Gram 8, 334/10; IA Gram 9, 333/10)
      3. Post-OSA choice of coast detailing (IA Gram 8, 334/10)
      4. Dwell/ITEMPO waivers for OSA Sailors and GSA Officers (IA Gram 8, 334/10; IA Gram 9, 333/10)
      5. Fleet concentration area or homeport of choice for GSA Officers (IA Gram 9, 333/10)
      6. Independent, one-on-one detailing for GSA Officers (IA Gram 9, 333/10)
      7. IA "Slating Credit" for GSA Officers (IA Gram 9, 333/10)
      8. IA tours over 270 days get priority choice for follow on orders (136/07; 273/06)
      9. Two advancement points for over 90 days spent in Iraq, Afghanistan, HOA, Kuwait, GTMO, JTF 515 (USPACOM), and Special Task Force (STF) Philippines (USPACOM) (136/07; 273/06; 280/06)
      10. Increases to maximum allowed award points for IA tours over 90 days in Iraq, Afghanistan, HOA, Kuwait, GTMO, JTF 515, and STF Philippines(167/09)
      11. Options for taking advancement exams before or after IA tours in Iraq, Afghanistan, and HOA (273/06; 336/07)
      12. Options for taking advancement exams in country (with command authorization and under conducive conditions) (136/07; 336/07)OCO NEC or AQD (331/06; 300/06; 273/06)
      13. E7 exam waivers for E7 candidates deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, and HOA for over 30 days during the exam cycle or participating in over 45 days of combat skills training during the exam cycle (300/07; 336/07)
      14. Concurrent EVAL/FITREP (300/06)
      15. ITEMPO tracking to include all training and transit time (300/06)
      16. Family relocation for IA tours over 365 days (273/06)
      17. PRD extensions if coming from shore duty for IAMM Sailors (273/06; IA Gram 10, 332/10)
      18. Reduction in prescribed sea tour for IAMM Sailors required to return to sea duty (for needs of the service) before completion of shore duty (273/06; IA Gram 10, 332/10)
      19. Selection board guidance to recognize IA (273/06)

      Always check to make sure your reference material is current and that it has not been superseded by another NAVADMIN.

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    3. How do I volunteer?

      1. Individual Augmentee Manpower Management (IAMM) Assignment

        Route a special request chit through your chain of command. Your CO will bottom line it. Give a copy of your approved special request chit to your Command IA Coordinator (CIAC). Your CIAC will work with your TYCOM to match your skill set to any request for forces (RFF) orders that come into your command. You will remain in volunteer status until you reach your PRD window (9-12 months prior to PRD), in which case you will need to request your volunteer status be ended and you would then be eligible to volunteer for OSA IA orders. If you do not know who your CIAC is, contact your Command Master Chief.

      2. Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) Support Assignment (OSA)

        At 9-12 months prior to your PRD and before negotiating follow-on orders with your rating detailer, go to the Special Programs section of your duty preference page in CMS/ID and select the "OSA Preference" option. Perform to Serve (PTS) screening and approval is a pre-requisite for OSA selection, unless your Expiration/Soft Expiration of Active Obligated Service (EAOS/SEAOS) date is at least 3 months past the OSA estimated return date.

        After selecting "OSA Preference" is CMS/ID, you will be contacted by the NAVPERSCOM (NPC) OSA Detailing Cell (PERS 4013GS) which will work with you to find an OSA billet for which you are a good fit. If a billet is agreed on or there are no available billets, you will commence normal rating detailer negotiations and CMS/ID applications once in your 9 month PRD window.

      3. Global Support Assignment (GSA)

        GSAs switched to officers only as of 1 NOV 2010.

        Express your interest in a GSA directly to your detailer during your normal order negotiation windows. Detailers will inform you of available GSA billets during your normal order negotiation windows, which can vary depending on the unique career path requirements of each officer community.

      4. Reserve Component Mobilization (RC MOB)

        You must route a special request chit through your chain of command. Once approved, take your approved chit to your ADMIN Department and ask them to change your Mobilization Assignment Status (MAS) code to VOL (volunteer) in NSIPS.
        Once you change your MAS code, you are indicating you are ready to deploy immediately for any job in the system that you are qualified for worldwide assignment.
        You will remain in a volunteer status until you change the code.
        Since current VOL MAS codes are given more consideration for recall, it is advisable to periodically update your status.
        It may help to give PERS 4G1 a call after your code is changed and let them know your request is in.
        Sign-up at LISTSERV to receive automated emails for mobilization opportunities


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    4. Can I get PCS orders for an IA at my PRD?

      Only officers can get PCS orders for an IA at their PRD in the form of a GSA. GSA officers will PCS to an ECRC detachment (San Diego or Norfolk) with Temporary Additional Duty (TEMADD) Orders to their IA assignment. IAMMs, OSAs, and RC Mobs are all considered TEMADD orders away from the Parent Command.

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    6. Does gender, rate or rank matter? Are there any restrictions?

      1. Gender is not a factor. Most ratings and Officer specialties are serving IA tours.

      2. You must be one up/one down from the stated IA assignment requirement

      3. You must be E-3 or above to volunteer for an IA assignment with the following exceptions:

        1. You must be E-4 or above for Detainee Operations Missions
        2. Hospital Apprentices (E-2) may serve Health Services Augmentation Program (HSAP) billets

      4. Some units are excluded and there are some restrictions that have to do with HDLD (High Demand Low Density) skills. Inventory of HDLD is constantly changing but NAVADMIN 273/06 listed examples of HDLD as Seabee, Naval Coastal Warfare (NCW), Fleet Marine Force Support (FMF), Naval Expeditionary Logistics (NAVELSG), Specwar, Bureau Of Medicine (Bumed), Civil Engineering Corps (CEC), Engineering Duty (ED), Supply, Information Professionals (IP), and Intel.

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    7. I'm still in A-school. Can I volunteer?

      No. You can’t volunteer for an IA assignment while in a DUINS Duty Under Instruction status. You must be at your ultimate duty station.

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    8. How long will it take after I volunteer?

      1. IAMM - After you have filled out a special request chit and volunteered for an Individual Augmentation Request For Forces (RFF) message that came into your command from U.S. Fleet Forces Command via your TYCOM, you will most likely hear something back from your TYCOM within days. If nothing is heard after one week then you need to ask your Chain of Command and your CIAC what the status of your nomination is, especially if it is for a short notice fill.

      2. OSA - Expect to be contacted by the NPC OSA Detailing Cell soon after selecting the "OSA Preference" option in your CMS/ID Special Duty Preference Page. If nothing is heard after one week, Contact the PERS-4G3 for "Active Duty Contingency Augmentation (GSA/OSA/IAMM)" on the "Augmentation Management" page of Navy Personnel Command. TEMADD orders for your IA assignment shall be written within 2 weeks of your acceptance as an OSA candidate.

      3. GSA - Once identified for a GSA, you will receive PCS orders to an ECRC detachment (San Diego or Norfolk). You will concurrently receive TEMADD orders for your actual IA assignment. If you haven’t received your orders within 2 weeks of GSA selection, it is recommended that you contact your detailer.

      4. RC MOB - After changing your mobilization code to volunteer, check with your ADMIN Department and PERS-4G1 on the status of your orders.

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    9. Can I request a specific billet/unit/location?

      1. IAMM – Yes, you can volunteer for a specific location when an Individual Augmentation Request for Forces message comes into your command looking for a volunteer. When you volunteer this way you are indeed volunteering for a specific billet with a specific unit and/or location.

      2. OSA – Yes, you can work with your detailer at the OSA Detailing Cell to find an OSA billet that fits your specific billet/unit/location desires. Be advised that OSA billets that fit your specific desires may not always be available.

      3. GSA – Yes, you may negotiate for location specific GSA IA orders with your detailer if you are within your PRD.

      4. RC Mob – Yes. Messages are emailed daily to the list server advertising mobilization opportunities.

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    10. Is there a list of available IA billets?

      1. GSA/OSA/IAMM – Contact the PERS-4G3 for "Active Duty Contingency Augmentation (GSA/OSA/IAMM)" on the "Augmentation Management" page of Navy Personnel Command

      2. RC MOB – Contact PERS-4G1 for "Mobilization Order Writing & Sailor Advocacy (for RC personnel)" on the "Augmentation Management" page of Navy Personnel Command

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    11. I'm a (insert your rating here). What do they do as IA?

      Almost all of the Navy IAs are working within their areas of expertise either directly or indirectly. You would most likely be assigned to a mission that has something to do with your skill sets or rate.

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    12. I was told that I am an alternate. What does this mean?

      1. There are two types of alternates: non-embedded and embedded.

      2. Non-embedded alternate IAs do not receive training in parallel with primary IAs. Non-embedded alternate IAs should be fully screened and prepared to deploy within 30 days. They will be kept on a tether until the primary IA has completed at least 50 percent of the original boots on ground (BOG) length. After the primary IA deploys the non-embedded alternate is no longer tethered. If a primary IA falls-out prior to deployment, the alternate IA will be notified of impending orders.

      3. Embedded alternate IAs are required to complete en route training in parallel with primary IAs. All embedded alternate IAs will be from the Active Component. Primary and embedded alternate IAs will attend training together. Primary IA fallouts during the training track will be replaced by embedded alternate IAs. Alternate IAs will return to parent command following training and remain ready to deploy during the first 50 percent of the original mission BOG period. Embedded alternate IAs will be used to fill in-theater attrition as necessary.

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  3. I am currently on an IA deployment

    1. How is BOG figured?

      BOG or Boots on Ground time is figured from the time that you enter the AOR until the time you depart the AOR. For example your ultimate IA duty station is in Iraq but you process via Kuwait. Your BOG counter starts when you land in Kuwait because Kuwait is in the CENTCOM AOR.

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    2. As an IA am I eligible for EXW?

      EXW or Navy Enlisted Expeditionary Warfare Specialist is only applicable to Navy Expeditionary Combat Command personnel. IA Sailors are not eligible at this time.

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    3. How do I get demobilization orders? (Reservists only)

      In accordance with your mobilization orders, demobilization orders will be issued SEPCOR (separate correspondence). The following is excerpted from RC orders:

      1. The ULTDUSTA is responsible for coordinating with PERS-4G1 to have demobilization orders generated.

      2. The ULTDUSTA is also responsible for maintenance of BOG counters for all members assigned and for communicating BOG information to PERS-4G1 for generation of demobilization orders.

      3. Under no circumstances should members that have a forward deployed ULTDUSTA listed on these mobilization orders leave that ULTDUSTA without demobilization orders.

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  4. I want to do another IA

    1. How can I get another IA?

      Inform your local in theater commander ASAP. Your local in theater commander will forward the request for extension or reassignment to the ECRC Navy IA Support Unit in your location who will in turn forward the request to ECRC HQ and then on to U.S. Fleet Forces Command (USFF). AC Sailors will need concurrence from their Parent Command. If you fall under GSA IA orders, you would also need to negotiate with your detailer.

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