The Navy announced a policy and process change, directing commands to immediately take action to align Sailors' End of Active Obligated Service (EAOS) with their duty station tour length in NAVADMIN 307/17, Dec. 22.
Effective immediately, the new policy changes and processes are: Commanding officer's (CO) extension authority, Obligated service (OBLISERV) policy, Career Waypoints (C-WAY) policy, and Enlistment extension policy.
"Alignment Open Season" is the time period from the release of NAVADMIN 307/17 until May 31, 2018. With Commanding Officer's approval, this open season allows Sailors to bypass C-WAY in order to extend their enlistment contract to match their prescribed tour. During this time, Sailors requiring a High Year Tenure (HYT) waiver to comply with this policy are approved to extend to meet the full prescribed tour length without the need of a HYT waiver request.
Also, effective immediately, Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders will now require obligated service (OBLISERV) to complete their full prescribed tour. Sailors will now meet the OBLISERV requirements through enlistment extension, reenlistment, or, in some cases, by filing an Administrative Remarks (NAVPERS 1070/613) prior to executing orders.
"There are currently more than 61,000 Sailors whose EAOS is prior to their duty station tour length," said Capt. Vincent Segars, director, Military Community Management. "Having an EAOS prior to their duty station tour length causes Sailors to enter into the C-WAY process in the middle of their tour. This misalignment causes unexpected gaps in manning, creating a demand signal for personnel replacement, which may be unnecessary if the Sailor intends to obligate service. Matching a Sailor's EAOS and duty station tour length helps reduce this unpredictability and often unexpected gaps in manning."
Sailors who currently have an EAOS prior to completion of their prescribed tour may extend their EAOS to match their current duty station tour length. Sailors are in a "decision window," defined as the length of time from when a Sailor checks onboard and completes the initial career development board (CDB) up to 13 months from the end of their enlistment contract.
Once a Sailor's duty station tour length has been moved to their prescribed tour, with Commanding Officer's approval, the Sailor can extend to the end of their enlistment contract and normal C-WAY functionality will be restored.
Sailors not wishing to extend to their EAOS will have their duty station tour length adjusted to their EAOS by Navy Personnel Command (NPC) and their record will be marked "Undecided" in C-WAY. Sailors whose records are marked "Undecided," who later want to stay in the Navy will be unable to apply for a C-WAY quota or enter the Career Management System-Interactive Detailing (CMS-ID) until the "Undecided" status has been changed.