MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- Internet-based access to Navy Standard Integrated Personnel System (NSIPS) and related systems will be upgraded Dec. 19 to require Common Access Card (CAC) login.
NSIPS and related systems residing on shipboard NSIPS servers will not be affected by this upgrade.
According to the NSIPS information assurance team, all Internet-based applications associated with NSIPS will be affected, including Electronic Service Record (ESR) and Career Information Management System (CIMS).
As announced earlier by the chief of Naval Personnel, all Sailors are required to have an ESR self-service account. Sailors who access NSIPS-hosted applications, like ESR, through https://nsips.nmci.navy.mil/ will be affected by the upgrade.
"The old NSIPS user ID and password screens will be disabled during the maintenance period," said Art Tate, NSIPS/ESR/CIMS implementation manager assigned to Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command Systems Center Atlantic New Orleans Office. "When the system comes back online, users will only be able to access the system via the CAC login button on the NSIPS home page."
Mandatory CAC login brings NSIPS into compliance with a Naval Network Warfare Command Computer Task Order requirement for Public Key Infrastructure (PKI). With CAC login, service members provide a Department of Defense PKI certificate that verifies their identity and helps protect their private personal data.
CAC login streamlines access by eliminating the need to remember an NSIPS user name and password. Other popular Navy websites, such as Navy Knowledge Online and Career Management System/Interactive Detailing, use CAC login with good results.
"I like the convenience of CAC login," said Personnel Specialist 1st Class (SW) Valton A. Triche, personnel clerk assigned to Navy Operational Support Center Fort Worth. "It's faster and easier than having to remember a bunch of complicated passwords."
Anyone having problems with their accounts should contact the NSIPS/ESR/CIMS Help Desk by calling toll-free (877) 589-5991 or DSN 647-5442, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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