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Welcome to PERS-451 - Education and Subspecialty

About us.  Our office only processes active and reserve officer academic transcripts and certifications (Officer Summary Record (OSR) Education block and Officer Data Card (ODC) blocks 54-61), awards X000P-coded subspecialties for accredited master-level degrees (OSR Subspecialty block and ODC blocks 66-68), reviews and processes all other non-medical, education-based or experience-based subspecialty requests to the appropriate subject matter expert for adjudication, and enters only the following Additional Qualification Designators (OSR Special Qualifications block and ODC Block 72): JP1, JP2, JP3, JPN, JPM, JOM, BR0, BR1, BR2, BR3, and BR4. 

Enlisted personnel should visit the NETPDC Joint Services Transcript Operations Center webpage for information on academic degree record updates. 

For all other matters, please review the NOOCS Vol II Appendix E and the Officer Records Management Guide for the appropriate point of contact. For eDACM updates, please contact the eDACM support team 717-605-2357 (DSN 430) or For DAU-related AQDs, contact 901-874-3837 (DSN 882). For medical-specific subspecialty codes (15XX-19XX), contact the BUMED point of contact - MC: 703-681-9240, NC: 703-681-9227, MSC: 703-681-5540, DC: 703-681-9255 (DSN 761).  



Overview.  Transcripts and certifications must be sent by the institution as "official" in a sealed envelope or via the school's electronic transcript delivery service. PERS-451 will enter the transcript/certification into your ODC/OSR and then forward to PERS-313 for inclusion into your Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). Master-level degrees from accredited institutions will be awarded a X000P-coded subspecialty by our office.  

Electronic deliveryThe awarding institution will need to send the transcript/certification to The address is linked to a group inbox in which documents are downloaded daily. Some institutions may notify you via email when we have downloaded the document.

Standard mail delivery.  If you already have your transcript/certification in a sealed envelope you may forward it to the address below in its sealed status. Otherwise, the institution will need to send the transcript/certification to:

Navy Personnel Command
5720 Integrity Drive
Millington, TN 38055-4500

Frequently Asked Questions.

1. When will I see my degree on my ODC/OSR and in my OMPF? For a master degree, when will I see the corresponding subspecialty code (i.e. X000P). Answer: Upon receipt and after processing, we recommend waiting 1-2 weeks for the degree to reflect on your ODC/OSR. For a master degree, please allow 3-4 weeks for the corresponding subspecialty code (i.e. X000P) to reflect on your ODC/OSR. The OMPF may take an additional 3-6 months to reflect the added documents.

2. My board is coming up soon and I need to update my record with transcripts. Will my transcripts make it in time? Answer: We strongly recommend that any record update completed within 1 month of your board convening date should also be followed up with a letter to the board with the same information. Please review the NPC correspondence to the board at this webpage for additional information. Please note: correspondence to the board does not result in a permanent record update. Upon the board adjourning, information sent to the board is not forwarded to us.

3. I sent my transcript in and when I viewed it in BOL, I noticed that I was awarded a different degree. Can it be changed? Answer: Our ability to enter academic degrees is constrained by the codes listed in NOOCS Vol II Appendix D. We make every effort to match your degree with the codes listed in the NOOCS. Please review the NOOCS and, if necessary, provide us the code that is a more appropriate fit to your degree. Some codes listed in the NOOCS, usually highlighted in yellow to reflect a recent change, are not available until the system change request is also completed. As new institutions and degrees come to our attention, we will add them to the next NOOCS revision.  

4. My degree is in my OMPF but not in my ODC/OSR, do I have to resend it? Answer: Please verify that the transcript states the degree was awarded/conferred, email our group inbox and we will add your degree based on the documents listed in your OMPF.

5. I recently graduated and the school sent in my transcript. However, my ODC/OSR reflects a level code 4 or 7 (no baccalaureate or master degree awarded). Why? Answer: For recent graduates, be sure to contact the registrar's office to find out if your transcript was updated to reflect the degree was awarded/conferred before sending to PERS-451. Otherwise, our office can only enter the transcript based on a partial code, in this case a level 4 or 7. If the institution is not accredited, per the NOOCS, only a level 4 can be awarded. Level codes can be found on page D-4 thru D-6 of the NOOCS Vol II Appendix D.  

6. My transcripts were sent in but I am not sure if you will be able to identify me because my last name recently changed. Do you need this information? Answer: Yes. Often, we are able to identify the correct record based on information listed on the transcript. However, in this situation, we ask that you send our group inbox an email with the additional information to assist us quickly identify your record.

7. Does my ODC/OSR reflect only the highest degree obtained? Answer: No. Your ODC/OSR has room for 5 entries and may reflect an associate, bachelor, master, PHD, etc. As such, please have the institution send us the transcripts/certifications not listed. If you have more than 5 entries, please let us know which 5 you would like to appear on your ODC/OSR.


Navy Subspecialty System

Important note.  PERS-451 can only enter/modify non-medical subspecialty codes. Medical-specific subspecialty codes (15XX-19XX) should be directed to the BUMED POC - MC: 703-681-9240, NC: 703-681-9227, MSC: 703-681-5540, DC: 703-681-9255 (DSN 761).

Overview.  The Navy Subspecialty System is a manpower and personnel classification system that establishes the criteria and procedures for identifying officer (Unrestricted Line, Restricted Line, and Staff Corps) requirements for advanced education, training, and experience in a variety of disciplines, as well as identifying the officers who possess these skills and knowledge.   

The ODC/OSR will display up to 3/5 subspecialty codes respectively. Subspecialty codes are comprised of 4
numerals and an alphabetic suffix. The numerals indicate the major area, concentration, and specific skills. The
alphabetic suffix indicates the level of education, training, and experience or combination thereof. All suffixes are listed in
the NOOCS Vol I Appendix B manual. The most common suffix codes are P, Q, S, and R:
P: Master’s level of education                 

Q: Master’s level of education – proven subspecialist

S: Significant experience                         
R: Significant experience – proven subspecialist
P-codes P-codes are awarded upon completion of a master degree from a Department of Education accredited institution. Upon receipt of an official transcript, PERS-451 has the authority to award X000P subspecialty codes only. If an officer requests a specific subspecialty based on their master degree, they must complete a educational-based subspecialty request package. For Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), CIVINS, VGEP, GEV, and scholarships graduates, NPS or the approved Education Plan determines the appropriate subspecialty code and provides that information to PERS-451 for record entry. Graduates of dual degree programs at NPS will receive the P-code for their primary course of study. The only exception to this policy is officers who participate in the IGEP Bowman Scholar Program. These officers will receive an I-code for tracking of Bowman Scholar participants. They will also be eligible for a P-code and receive either a X000P from PERS-451, or the applicable NPS curriculum subspecialty code as determined by the Subject Matter Expert (SME). Otherwise, officers will only receive one P-code per degree. 
P-code example.  An officer requests an official transcript from a civilian institution for an Master in Business Administration with a focus in finance and receives a 3000P (Resource Management and Analysis - General) code from PERS-451. In order to receive a 3105P (Financial Management - Civilian focus) instead of a 3000P, the officer would need to submit an educational-based request package (see the Subspecialty Request section below).
Q-codes.  Officers must first complete a master degree and then 18+ months in a billet with qualifying subspecialty code before a Q-code is awarded. A Q-code will not be awarded if the experience occurs before the degree is earned.
Q-code examples.  An Officer attended NPS and received a 3130P, then completed an 18+ month follow-on assignment in a 3130 coded billet. This officer would receive a 3130Q. Or, an Officer completed a Human Resources Management degree and received a 3000P. A follow-on assignment was completed in a 3130 coded billet. The officer would receive a 3000Q. Note: The officer may keep the 3000P and instead of receiving the 3000Q, elect the 3130S.
S-codes.  S-codes are awarded for completion of a minimum of 18 months in a subspecialty coded billet. PERS-451 tracks officers who are assigned to subspecialty coded billets and awards the appropriate code when the 18 month minimum is met. No action is required by the officer. If the billet is not coded, an experience-based request (see the Subspecialty Request section below) may be submitted. Officers will only receive one subspecialty code per assignment.
R-codes.  R-codes are awarded for completion of two tours in the same subspecialty coded billet. PERS-451 tracks officers who are assigned to subspecialty coded billets and awards the appropriate code when the second tour 18 month minimum is met. No action is required by the officer. If the billet is not coded, an experience-based request may be submitted.
Subspecialty Requests
Overview.  In addition to methods for awarding above, Officers may request subspecialty codes in two ways: educational-based or experience-based. Once the package is completed in accordance with MILPERSMAN 1214-010 and routed to PERS-451, our office will review the request and forward to the designated SME. The SME will review and adjudicate requests based on the published Educational Skill Requirement (ESR) or Core Skill Requirement (CSR) listed below. PERS-451 will notify the officer. If approved, our office will make the record entry in the Officer Master File, which will take approximately 3 weeks to reflect on the ODC/OSR.  
ESRs/CSRs.  Major Area Sponsors (MAS) and SMEs develop ESRs/CSRs and monitor subspecialty management. MASs may delegate responsibilities to SMEs, but retain overall responsibility and approval authority. ESRs/CSRs are reviewed biennially.  
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Subspecialty Code/Title​ ​ESR ​CSR
1XXX - Staff Corps
1101 Facilities Engineering​ 1101 ​1101
1103 Ocean Engineering​ 1103​ ​1103
1201 Military Justice (Advanced)/Criminal Law​​ 1201 1201
​1202 Military Justice Litigation 1202 1202
​1203 International Law/Ocean Law ​1203 ​1203
​1207 Environmental Law ​1207 1207
​1301 Supply Acquisition and Distribution Management 1301 1301
1302 Supply Chain Management​ 1302 1302
​1306 Acquisition and Contract Management 1306 1306​
​1307 Petroleum Management ​1307 ​1307
​1309 Logistics Information Technology 1309 1309
​1430 Religion in Culture ​1430 ​1430
​1440 Pastoral Counseling 1440 1440
​1450 Ethics 1450 1450
2XXX - National Security Studies​
2000 National Security Studies 2000 ​No CSR
​2101 Middle East, Africa, South Asia ​2101 2101
​2102 Far East and Pacific ​2102 (See 2101 ESR) ​2102 (See 2101 CSR)
​2103 Western Hemisphere ​2103 (See 2101 ESR) ​2103 (See 2101 CSR)
​2104 Europe, Russia, and Associated States ​2104 (See 2101 ESR) ​2104 (See 2101 CSR)
​22XX Regional Intelligence
2300 Naval Strategy​ (Civilian Institution) 2300 2300
​2301 Naval Strategy (NPS) ​2301 2301
​2400 Strategic Intelligence No ESR ​No CSR
​2500 Special Operations and Irregular Warfare ​2500 2500
​2600 Homeland Defense and Security 2600 2600
​3XXX - Resource Management Analysis
​3100 Executive Master of Business Administration (NPS) ​3100 3100
3105 Financial Management (Civilian Focus)​ 3105 3105 only - See 3110 CSR)
​3110 Financial Management (NPS) 3110 3110
​3111 Financial Manager
​3112 Comptroller
​3113 Financial Management with Energy Track 3113 ​3113
​3121 Logistics and Transportation Management - Logistics 3121 ​No CSR
​3122 Logistics and Transportation Management - Transportation See 3121 ESR ​No CSR
​3130 Manpower Systems Analysis Management 3130 3130
3150 Education and Training Management​ 3150 3150
​3210 Operations Research Analysis ​3210 3210​
​3211 Operations Research Analysis - Analysis and Assessment ​3211 ​3211
​3212 Operations Research - Logistics Analysis (ORLA) 3212 ​3212
​3213 Operations Analysis with Energy Track 3213 3213
​4XXX - Applied Disciplines
​4100 Mathematics Applied Disciplines 4100 4100
​4201 Operational Sciences - Chemistry (USNA only) 4201 No CSR
​4301 Academic Support - English (USNA only) ​4301 No CSR
​4302 Academic Support - History (USNA only) ​4302 No CSR
​4400 Public Affairs 4400 ​4400
​4500 Leadership Education and Development 4500 No CSR
​4600 Human Systems Integration 4600 ​4600
​4700 Bandmaster ​4700 ​4700
​5XXX - Engineering and Technology
​51XX Naval Construction and Engineering ​5100 ​5100
​52XX Nuclear Engineering 5200 ​5200
​53XX Electrical/Electronic Systems Engineering 5300 5300
​5400-5402 Aeronautical Engineering ​5400 No CSR
​5403 Graduate of Naval, AF, Empire, Epner Test Pilot School ​No ESR ​No CSR
​5500 Space Systems Engineering ​5500 5500
​5600 Naval/Mechanical Engineering ​5600 ​5600
​5601 Naval/Mechanical Engineering (NPS) ​See 5600 ESR ​See 5600 CSR
​5602 Naval/Mechanical Engineering (NPS w/ TSSE track) ​No ESR ​See 5600 CSR
​5603 Mechanical Engineering (Energy) ​5603 5603
​5700 Combat Systems Science and Engineering (includes 5701-5710 subspecialty codes) ​5700 5700
​58XX Systems Engineering ​5800 5800
​6XXX - Operations
​6202 Modeling, Virtual Environments, and Simulation ​6202 6202
​6203 Computer Science and Systems Design 6203 6203
​6206 Space Systems Operation 6206 6206​
​6208 Cyber Systems and Operations 6208 6208
​6209 Network Operations and Technology ​6209 6209
​6301 Undersea Warfare ​6301 6301
​6401 METOC Operational Sciences ​6401 ​6401
​6402 Operational Oceanography Sciences (PhD) 6402 6402
​6403 Meteorology Operational Sciences 6403 6403
​6500 Systems Engineering Analysis ​6500 6500
​6501 Systems Engineering Analysis ​6501 ​6501
​6502 Systems Acquisition Management ​6502 6502
Educational-based requests. Officers should review the applicable ESR and determine if the master degree coursework meets the requirements. Request packages will include: your request letter, copy of official transcript, course descriptions (do not forward entire course catalog), and your email address/phone number. Officers (except IGEP) will only receive one subspecialty code per degree.   
Experience-based requests.  Officers should review the applicable CSR and determine if the work in the billet meets the requirements. Request packages will include: command endorsement letter, your request letter with emphasis on the experience documented within the fitrep as it relates to the CSR, copies of fitreps with 18+ months documented experience, and your email address/phone number. Officers (except IGEP) will only receive one subspecialty code per assignment.   
Electronic delivery only.  Subspecialty requests must be sent as a single .pdf document file, all pages should be legible (adjust scan DPI 300+ if necessary), fitreps should be upright, and PII must be removed. NMCI limits file sizes to 5MB in size, please do not exceed. To do so in Adobe Acrobat Pro, click File, Save As Other, Reduced Sized PDF. All subspecialty requests must be sent to The address is linked to a group inbox in which documents are downloaded daily. Do not send subspecialty requests via standard mail.
Frequently Asked Questions.
1. My billet is not coded with a subspecialty and I feel that it should be. How do I change the billet? Answer: Refer to NOOCS Vol I Part B Section 3 -Changes to the Subspecialty System.
2. I detached from my command and I would like to request a subspecialty code based on the work from that billet, may I still do so? Answer: Yes. You do not have to be assigned at the command to request a subspecialty code and the command endorsement letter may be signed at your new command.
3. How long will it take to know if my request is approved/disapproved? Answer: Our office reviews and processes subspecialty requests on a daily basis. Depending on the request package and the subspecialty code requested will determine the length of the process. If the SME requests additional information before adjudicating, our office will inform you and then forward your response to the SME.
4. My request was denied. What are my options? Answer: It is important to review the ESR or CSR before submitting a package. If your request is denied, our office will forward the SME's feedback. Based on the feedback, you may submit new/additional information for consideration.
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