Navy Unveils Self-Apply Option for Permanent Change of Station Orders

Story Number: NNS090708-13Release Date: 7/8/2009 4:25:00 PM
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From Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- The latest upgrade to the Navy's detailing system empowers Sailors by allowing them to submit their own job applications when negotiating for permanent change of station (PCS) orders, according to NAVADMIN 200/09, released July 7.

Career Management System Interactive Detailing (CMS/ID), is a Web-based system that allows Sailors to view available job assignments and make applications through their command career counselors when looking for PCS orders. Beginning with the July 9 CMS/ID application cycle, many Sailors will have the ability to submit applications on their own.

"More senior Sailors already understand the detailing system and know what they should be looking for. The self-apply option is good for them. This frees up the career counselor to work with junior Sailors who may have never negotiated orders before and need help navigating the system," said Chief Warrant Officer Samuel Kirkland, assigned to OPNAV N16 Fleet Introduction team.

The OPNAV N16 Fleet Introduction Team tests and validates manpower, personnel, training and education applications currently being used by Sailors. CMS/ID Self-Apply option was tested at 15 different commands including ships, shore units and squadrons during a five-month period.

"The feedback has been very positive. We found that Sailors liked the empowerment," said Kirkland.

"Sailors have been asking for it, and the Navy really delivered," said Senior Chief Navy Counselor (SW) Veronica Holliday, assigned to Navy Region Southwest in San Diego. Holliday's command participated in the CMS/ID Self-Apply operational test earlier this year.

"We love it. It is like what a lot of major businesses already do, where you apply online or at an application kiosk," said Holliday.

While this new option allows Sailors to apply for jobs on their own, the career counselor will still retain the option to review and modify requests.

"It does not take the command out of the process because we have to review the applications to make sure Sailors apply to the right jobs for their career path," said Holliday, who verifies applicants at her command meet physical readiness standards, sea-shore flow requirements and other factors.

Before getting started, Sailors must meet Perform to Serve requirements as outlined in NAVADMIN 017/09 and 161/09 and be within their orders negotiation window in order to submit applications. Sailors can access CMS/ID online at A common access card (CAC) and a card reader are required to log in.

Sailors without Internet access should continue to communicate with their detailers through the career counselor and the chain of command.

For more details read NAVADMIN 200/09.

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Yeoman 2nd Class Artez Davis, assigned to the administrative department of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68), processes administrative paperwork.
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