WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Sailors serving in designated combat areas around the world are now eligible for points toward advancement as part of the initiatives recently announced aimed at rewarding Individual Augmentees (IA).
The incentive, outlined in NAVADMIN 280/06, awards two points towards advancement to eligible Sailors serving in designated combat zones in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa.
"We want to show these Sailors that we value their contribution to this long war," said Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. John C. Harvey Jr.
To be eligible for the award points, Sailors must serve
greater than 179 consecutive days in the designated areas during a period after Oct. 24, 2001.
Sailors from E-3 to E-5 are capable of obtaining a maximum of 10 award points, while an E-6 is allowed to earn a maximum of 12 award points under the current advancement system. The two points for these incentives will go toward that total.
"Taking care of our Sailors is one of the CNO's (Chief of Naval Operations) priorities," said Harvey. "These initiatives are a very big step in that direction."
While the award points are not retroactive to past exams, if a Sailor has completed an IA tour in the designated time window, that Sailor will receive the points toward the next exam cycle.
"We have to show our Sailors that we are serious about our commitment to the IA fight, and we are serious about our commitment to take care of them," said Harvey. "If giving two award points to a Sailor who volunteers to go to Al Anbar Province and fight the IED [improvised explosive device] battle helps him to advance, then I think that is the right thing to do."
This initiative is part of a series that are being rolled out over the next several weeks and are the most recent efforts by Task Force IA (TFIA) to improve the quality of life of those Sailors and their families chosen to serve as IAs.
For more information on this and other initiatives, visit the TFIA Web site at www.npc.navy.mil/CareerInfo/Augmentation/.
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