MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- The first application phase reflecting recent changes to Career Management System Interactive Detailing (CMS/ID), the web-based program enlisted Sailors use to review and apply for permanent change of station (PCS) orders began Aug. 9, and remains open until 5 a.m. CDT Aug. 21.
The process of applying for billets through CMS/ID is the same, but in a change announced last month in NAVADMIN 226/12; detailers will now fill all advertised active-duty billets each month using the available Sailors who are in their orders-negotiation window.
This change means that some Sailors in their window may be assigned to billets for which they did not apply.
Sailors are considered in their orders negotiation window when they are within nine through seven months from their projected rotation date (PRD), which equates to approximately 9,500 enlisted Sailors each cycle.
These Sailors may review advertised billets in CMS/ID and apply for up to five jobs each application phase, either directly using CMS/ID or through a command career counselor (CCC).
The new detailing policy is part of the Navy's coordinated effort to aggressively address gaps at sea and place Sailors with the right experience levels and skill sets into high-priority Fleet billets. A single set of sea billets, prioritized by U.S. Fleet Forces Command, and a single set of shore billets, prioritized by U.S. Fleet Forces Command and Bureau of Naval Personnel will be advertised each application cycle.
Detailers will always attempt to fill billets using a Sailor's desired selections first; however, Fleet readiness requirements will be the guiding factor in filling billets. Detailers will still follow sea-shore flow guidelines outlined in NAVADMIN 201/11, so unless a Sailor requests Sea Duty Incentive Pay (SDIP) or the Voluntary Sea Duty Program (VSDP) to take consecutive sea duty orders, a Sailor up for shore duty should not be involuntarily assigned another sea tour. It may mean a Sailor hoping for shore duty in Florida or California may receive shore duty someplace else where the need is greater.
Some factors a detailer must weigh when matching Sailors to jobs include the Sailor's desires, qualifications, career progression and cost to the Navy.
Sailors can be more proactive in getting an assignment of their choice by maximizing their choices.
Data shows that Sailors rarely apply for more than two advertised jobs. Officials recommend using all five choices when applying.
"Sailors should be open-minded when looking at their next assignment as every duty station available has unique opportunities for success," said Senior Chief Navy Counselor (SW/AW Mark W. Rush, force career counselor, Navy Personnel Command. "Sailors may and should apply for all five of their top choices so they will have a better chance of being detailed to one of their desired assignments."
The application phase is typically 10 days allowing Sailors time to review available jobs, research billets and discuss options with their family and chain of command before making applications before the application phase closes.
"When the detailer reviews applications, it makes no difference if you applied on the first day of the application phase or the last day, so use that time," said Rush.
Detailers won't make assignments to advertised jobs until after the close of the application phase, during the detailer selection phase.
Sailors may log into CMS/ID anytime after the detailer selection phase to see if they have been selected for orders.
Sailors can learn more about CMS/ID from their CCC or http://www.public.navy.mil/bupers-npc/enlisted/cmsid/Pages/default2.aspx.
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