Individual Augmentee (IA) Program
(Provided by CFFC)
U.S. Fleet Forces Command (fltfor) has been designated as the Executive Agent (EA) for the Individual Augmentee (IA) Continuum. NAVADMIN 160/08 announced the assignment of fltfor as the executive agent and supported commander for individual augmentee (IA) and IA family support across the IA Continuum.
This authority will ensure a streamlined, standardized oversight of all IA support programs and processes Navy wide. fltfor is also assigned responsibilities as the global force manager for IAs.
Navy leaders responded to the feedback received from Sailors and commands, signaling a need for a single overarching command responsible for coordinating and administering all aspects of the IA process. fltfor will improve Sailor readiness by providing comprehensive, clear guidelines, in accordance with the policy set by Chief of Naval Personnel.
"Sailors and their families will benefit from the IA Continuum by having a better understanding of what's involved in the entire IA process, as well as where they can get support," said Adm. Jonathan Greenert, commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command. "This single overarching authority will put predictability and stability into the process for our Sailors and their families."
Among the top concerns this continuum aims to address and streamline are the Deployment Health Assessment Policy, Individual Readiness, 'Parent Command' responsibility, and Family Support.
Families are an integral part of Navy mission success, and family involvement with a Sailor's IA assignment is a key factor in their readiness.
"We must ensure that IA Sailors are able to focus completely on their mission, while confident that family needs are being met," Greenert said. "The Navy will issue the same level of support for IA Sailors and their families as we do for families of deployed ships, squadrons or units--there will be no differentiation."
An Individual Augmentee OPNAV Instruction, governing all IA procedures, readiness and training, is planned for release within the next few months.