Navy Makes Preparing for Selection Boards Easier

Story Number: NNS090115-09Release Date: 1/15/2009 3:18:00 PM
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By Chief Mass Communication Specialist (SW) Maria Yager, Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- A new program announced by Navy Personnel Command (NPC) Jan. 14 makes reviewing records and preparing for selection boards easier by providing online access to their official military personnel file (OMPF).

Web Enabled Record Review (WERR), announced in NAVADMIN 011/09, allows Sailors to review documents in their OMPF, which are the same documents reviewed by selection board members when considering candidates for officer advancement, selection for chief, senior chief and master chief, and other selection boards.

"There's no substitute for empowering Sailors with the benefits of personalized access to their official military personnel file," said Jim Laudermilk, head, Military Personnel Records Management and Policy at NPC.

Sailors can now access their WERR through Bupers on Line (BOL) at All active duty and selected Reserve personnel with a BOL account and a CAC-enabled computer with appropriate certificates can now view their OMPF online by selecting the WERR option on the BOL main menu page. This application also allows Sailors to download and print service-record documents for personal and professional use.

"[It is] very impressive, user friendly, and offers easy access. I was extremely pleased with the availability of my personnel files in WERR and my ability to access and print copies of the things that I needed," said Lt. Cmdr. Ricky Small, assigned to NPC.

Since WERR mirrors what is uploaded to the Electronic Military Personnel Records System, recently submitted documents may not yet appear in the record. If documents have been sent to NPC within the past 12 months, there is no need to resend them. They are still being processed.

"The projected goal of WERR tool is to empower Sailors. Offering almost instantaneous viewing of service-record documents and providing the opportunity to notify NPC of official corrections online improves records management for the entire Navy and ensures records are selection-board ready." said Dwight Stanton, director, Military Personnel Records Management Division.

WERR is an improvement because it eliminates the wait Sailors previously faced.

"There are unnecessary time-lags caused by waiting days or weeks to receive the CD version of the OMPF in regular mail," he added.

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