Sailors Negotiate Orders Online


Story Number: NNS090716-13Release Date: 7/16/2009 5:07:00 PM
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By MC2 Barry Riley, Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan, Public Affairs

ATSUGI, Japan (NNS) -- Sailors can now submit their own job applications when negotiating for orders using the Web-based Career Management System Interactive Detailing (CMS/ID), according to a NAVADMIN released July 7.

CMS/ID is an online program designed to enable Sailors to apply for available job assignments for permanent changes of duty stations.

"I think it's a great change," said Navy Counselor 1st Class Lalia Gonzalez, NAF Atsugi's Command Career Counselor Office. "It gives Sailors more control over the negotiating process and a better idea of the limitations we [career counselors] sometimes face."

Previously, Sailors had to rely on their command career counselors to submit their applications through the CMS/ID system, said Gonzalez, but beginning with the July 9 application cycle, Sailors are now able to submit applications on their own.

Though Sailors can apply for their own jobs, the program still regulates which jobs are available to them through a system of "gates," set up to prevent Sailors from choosing jobs they may not be qualified for.

There are a variety of factors that can trigger a gate to close on an application including consecutive overseas tour (COT) approval, expired exceptional family member (EFM) information, Perform to Serve (PTS), pay grade and more. Only detailers are able to override any gates. Also, any applications submitted are subject to be review or modification by career counselors, explained Gonzalez.

"It's great for those Sailors who may already be familiar with the detailing process," said Gonzalez.
"Those who already know what to expect and which orders they are looking for can apply directly, which allows career counselors more time to work with those who may be unsure what to do during their negotiation period."

Though the application portion of CMS/ID has changed, Sailors are still responsible for making sure they have PTS approval and are within nine months of their projected rotation date to be eligible for orders, explained Gonzalez.

For more information about CMS/ID changes, refer to NAVADMIN 200/09 or visit www.nko.navy.mil and select CMS-interactive detailing under the Career Management heading.

For more news from Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan, visit www.navy.mil/local/nafatsugi/.

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