Navy Tests Waters on Home-Based Work

Story Number: NNS081230-03Release Date: 12/30/2008 4:19:00 PM
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From Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- The Navy announced the Virtual Command Pilot Program, allowing a select group of officers to work from home, even if their new assignment would normally require a permanent change of station.

"This program will allow officers to fill career-enhancing billets without necessarily having to transfer to do so," said Capt. James Oakes, in the office of the chief of naval personnel (CNP) where the jobs will be located. "The pilot offers the opportunity to reduce permanent change-of-station costs for the Navy while providing stability for Navy families. It's a win, win."

The test program will initially be open to eight officer billets. The officers selected for these billets should be self-starters, capable of working independently and maintaining open lines of communication with their supervisors via phone and e-mail. They must be able to travel periodically to their parent commands.

The parent command furnishes the Navy Marine Corps Intranet seat to include: laptop, docking station, monitor, keyboard and mouse and government cell phone for the officer's daily work. The command closest to where the officer is geographically assigned will assist with administrative requirements like fitness reports, physical readiness tests and physical health assessments.

"My geographic command is Navy Recruiting District (NRD) Pittsburgh. That is what my BAH is based on, but my duty station is Washington D.C.-based. It saves the Navy a lot of money, and I'm not a geographic bachelor," said Oakes, "If you call my Washington D.C. office number, it rings on my government cell phone here in Pittsburgh."

In announcing the virtual command pilot, Vice Adm. Mark Ferguson, the chief of naval personnel, said the pilot will test whether physical assignment away from the parent command is feasible.

"It offers individuals the opportunity to work in high-impact positions while maintaining geo-stability to support personal and family needs," said Ferguson.

The initial eight billets, all within OPNAV N1, are:
* Deputy, Manpower Requirement Branch
* Center for Career Development Assistant Liaison Officer
* Navy Personnel Command Planner/Strategic Roadmaps - Production Management Detachment
* N131 Head Professional Development
* Staff Ops and Plans
* IRR Force Management Head Planner
* ADP Program/IT/Web Products Support
* Director AED/AMD Career Management

Only officers eligible for shore duty as part of their normal sea/shore rotation may apply. Interested officers must request a chain of command recommendation be sent to their detailers via an e-mail nomination by either their commanding officer or executive officer. The nominating e-mail should state that the officer is a volunteer and provide justification on why the officer is suitable for this pilot.

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