Sailor Involvement Key in Negotiating Orders

Story Number: NNS111206-24Release Date: 12/6/2011 3:22:00 PM
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From Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- More than 16,000 Sailors up for orders will have an opportunity to apply for their next duty assignment during the Career Management System/Interactive Detailing (CMS/ID) active duty/full time support application phase Dec. 7-19.

An application phase opens each month allowing enlisted Sailors in their permanent change-of-station (PCS) orders negotiation window to review and research jobs advertised in CMS/ID and consider available career and training options.

"Every Sailor has an important role in selecting their assignment," said Senior Chief Navy Counselor (SW) Kelly Strickland, Navy Personnel Command force career counselor. "Sailors need to understand that the jobs they are choosing on CMS/ID could very well affect their promotion later down the road."

CMS/ID provides Sailors an opportunity to have a say in selecting their next assignment.

Proven sustained superior performance in difficult and challenging joint and in-service assignments is traditionally a selection factor in enlisted selection boards, according to Strickland.

Sailors may apply for up to five jobs each application phase, either directly using CMS/ID or through a command career counselor (CCC). Sailors interested in billets advertised as special programs job should work with their CCC to ensure all prerequisites and requirements are met.

"Proactive Sailors know their projected rotation date (PRD) and their negotiating window," said Strickland. The PRD is used to determine when Sailors can negotiate for PCS orders and can also determine when Sailors must submit Perform to Serve (PTS) applications. Sailors may typically negotiate for PCS orders beginning nine months prior to their PRD.

Being proactive includes, ensuring PTS status, Exceptional Family Member (EFM) status, security clearance, citizenship, and numbers of dependents are current. Sailors in pay grades E-4 to E-6 with 14 years or less of service may need an approved PTS quota to negotiate for orders if they do not have enough time remaining on their enlistment contract to complete a minimum activity tour or cannot obtain the required obligated service with an extension.

"Proactive Sailors will monitor CMS/ID and ensure they are applying for jobs within the first three months of their orders negotiation window so they do not put themselves in the needs of the Navy window," said Strickland. "Sailors should not limit themselves by location but choose career-enhancing jobs that reflect diversity within their career."

Sailors can use the Detailing Countdown Guide to assist in the steps for career management. This user aid is located in the Sailor Career Toolbox on the Navy Personnel Command (NPC) website. Other related user aids are located on the NPC website and NKO portal.

Some features in CMS/ID to assist Sailors include color-coded job categories and CAC login.

CMS/ID has six phases each month; a requisition load phase where available billets are uploaded into the system; a requisition scrub phase where Navy officials validate uploaded billets; an application phase where Sailors in their orders-negotiation window can review and apply for advertised assignments; a command comments phase where commands may review, rank and comment on applications to advertised billets at their command; a detailer selection phase where detailers match applicants to jobs; and a system maintenance phase.

Sailors may log into CMS/ID anytime after the detailer selection phase to see if they have been selected for orders.

For more information talk with your command career counselor, visit and click on the Career Management System link, contact the NPC Customer Service Center at 1-866-U-ASK-NPC or submit e-mails to

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