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Improved Flame Resistant Variant Coverall Approved

Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces (USFF) announced the authorization of the Improved Flame Resistant Variant (IFRV) coverall as an approved fleet organizational clothing item.

The approval came after a review of the results from recently completed afloat wear tests conducted aboard three deploying ships and involving more than 700 Sailors. The IFRV coveralls are intended to replace the Flame Resistant Variant (FRV) coveralls currently in use throughout the fleet.

The original FRVs were introduced in response to widespread reports in which Sailors afloat were at risk because most of their required uniforms were not flame resistant. The new IFRV coverall is made from a flame resistant, tri-fiber blend. It weighs significantly less than the current FRV fabrics and provides improved moisture management by allowing the fiber to breathe more efficiently. This IFRV coverall also offers arc flash protection, a notable upgrade in safety from the current FRV. The IFRV coverall is also designed to last nearly twice as long as the FRV.

USFF conducted coverall wear tests aboard three ships, amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64), and fast-attack submarine USS Newport News (SSN 750) during their recent deployments. Both a flight suit and traditional version were tested, with surveys taken both mid- and post-deployment. The results were overwhelmingly positive for the IFRV and favorable toward the traditional version of the coverall.

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New Navy Suicide Prevention Program

The Navy's 21st Century Sailor Office announced Feb. 6 that the suicide prevention program Sailor Assistance and Intercept for Life (SAIL) is now available Navy-wide at all Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) locations.

SAIL is designed to provide rapid assistance, on-going risk assessment and support for Sailors who have exhibited suicide-related behavior. It is aimed at supplementing existing mental health treatment by providing continual support through the first 90 days after suicide-related behavior.

SAIL is not designed to replace clinical treatment for any suicide related behavior. However, upon receiving information from commands about a Sailor who has demonstrated suicide-related behavior, Suicide Prevention Coordinators (SPC) will work with CNIC, and in turn an FFSC case manager, whose responsibility will be to reach out to the individual Sailor to see if they would volunteer to participate in the SAIL program. Case managers will contact Sailors in the 90 days following suicide-related behavior.

The Military Crisis Line offers confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online at or send a text message to 838255.



What is Sailor 2025? How is it going to affect me? What's in it for me?"

Sailor 2025 is the Navy's program to improve and modernize personnel management and training systems to effectively recruit, develop, manage, and retain the force of tomorrow. In a nutshell, it means giving Sailors more control and ownership over their careers!
Sailor 2025 is built on three pillars:

  • A modernized personnel system
  • An enriched culture
  • A career continuum of learning

The Navy has already started modernizing personnel policies to give Sailors and ownership over their careers. Here are some ongoing initiatives that have been recently 'revamped' and improved:

Career Intermission Program (CIP) – Some program eligibility barriers have been removed and participant quotas have been increased. CIP allows individuals to take a sabbatical from the Navy for up to three years to pursue goals of their choosing.

Fleet Scholar Education Program (FSEP) – Expanded, fully-funded, in-residence graduate degree opportunities at civilian institutions by 30 billets at the officers' (URL and IWC officer eligible) choice of institution.

Billet Based Distribution (BBD) – Expanded choice and flexibility; enables the Navy to more efficiently assign personnel in support of warfighting readiness and more accurately match Sailors' unique skillsets to specific billets.

Meritorious Advancement Program (MAP) – Provided more opportunities to Fleet COs, CMCs, and the Chief's Mess to better identify and meritoriously advance talented, hard-working Sailors at sea and ashore.

Secretary of the Navy Tours with Industry (SNTWI) – Provided opportunities for 30 top-performing Sailors at high-performing corporations to observe and learn the newest insights and best practices to bring back to the Fleet.

Navy Enlisted Rating Modernization – This is a multi-year initiative to eliminate Navy rating titles. It will ensure enhanced career flexibility where combinations of rates with similar training and experience exist. It will ultimately provide greater training and credentialing opportunities and help Sailors become more marketable to civilian employers once they leave the Service.

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