Navy Plan of the Day Announcements
'Navy Plan of the Day Announcements' is a weekly product pushed to Navy subscribers of www.govdelivery.com. A consistently updated online version exists at http://www.navy.mil/planOfDay.asp. This weekly product includes four sections- Plan of the Day Announcements, Navy Leader Planning Guide Notes, This Week in Naval History, and stories associated with Plan of the Day Announcements.
Navy Plan of the Day Announcements
Navy Wants Your Thoughts on Proposed Enhanced Carrier Presence Plan
Navy leaders are considering extending the current FRTP to a 36-month cycle. This would support two seven month deployments for every training iteration. There are benefits for Sailors and their families with the proposed plan. Get more information on the proposed ECP and share your opinion at the Navy's blog: http://navylive.dodlive.mil/2013/04/22/enhanced-carrier-presence-what-do-i-need-to-knowwhy-should-i-care/.
Navy Accepting STA-21 Applications
NAVADMIN 102/13 announced the Seaman-to-Admiral (STA-21) commissioning program, which provides an opportunity for qualified Sailors to receive college educations and Navy commissions, is soliciting applications for fiscal year 2014. The deadline for submitting application packages is July 1. For more information about the STA-21 program, visit https://www.sta-21.navy.mil.
Change to BAH Entitlements
NAVADMIN 099/13 announced changes to Basic Allowance for Housing entitlement for dual military couples when one or both are on sea duty. A service member married to another service member in paygrade E-5 or below, while assigned to permanent sea duty is authorized BAH. This change is for a member on sea duty only and does not affect Sailors on shore duty or new accessions.
Senior Enlisted Experts Needed for Advancement Exam Readiness Reviews
NETC is seeking E-7 - E-9 Subject Matter Experts for the Advancement Exam Readiness Reviews. Nominees must be active duty, full time support, or reservists on active duty for special work, not have any relatives eligible for advancement in the rating for which they are applying, and need an MP or higher on the last three years of Chief evals. NAVADMIN 095/13 has needed ratings, dates, and additional prerequisites.
Family Care Plans
A Family Care Plan is a group of documents, including a Family Care Certificate, Family Care Plan Arrangements, and legal documents such as custody or separation agreements, custody and support orders, and divorce decrees required for single Sailors and dual military couples with children and adult dependents. More information can be found in the Family Care Plan instruction, OPNAVINST 1740.4D.
Keep What You've Earned - Earn Rank, Not a Reputation
You've worked hard for your career as a Sailor. Only one-third of 17 to 24 year olds in the United States are even eligible for Navy service, and even fewer are capable of enduring the physical and emotional challenges of being a Sailor. Making responsible drinking choices is an extension of that dedication. Just one bad decision while drinking alcohol can jeopardize everything you've earned.
Drink Responsibly - Keep What You've Earned
From boot camp to advancement exams, job training and deployments, you have conquered them all through hard work, sacrifice and dedication. Irresponsible drinking not only threatens your health and career, it threatens the Navy's ability to be mission-ready. 1) Plan ahead for a safe ride home, 2) Don't try to "keep up" with others, and 3) Know your limit, before you get there.
Military Equal Opportunity Network Now Online
The Military Equal Opportunity Network (MEONet) is a standalone online web-based program that standardizes, tracks and reports administrative actions associated with the primary duties of Equal Opportunity Advisors and Command Managed Equal Opportunity Program Managers. The Military Equal Opportunity Network (MEONet) is located at www.navymeo.net, and details on the MEONet launch can be found in NAVADMIN 097/13.
Reenlistment Bonuses Update Released
Updates to the Navy's Selective Reenlistment Bonus (SRB) award plan can be found in NAVADMIN 077/13. Sailors can read the complete list of SRB award levels and policy go to www.npc.navy.mil click on Enlisted Career Admin then click SRB SDAP Enl Bonus.
Get Involved - Drink Responsibly
If you or a shipmate may be struggling with an addiction to alcohol, or if drinking interferes with your work and/or relationships, visit the Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Program located at your base's clinic or military treatment facility. Alcohol incidents result in loss of rank, rate or pay; separation from the Navy; civilian consequences, such as fines and jail time.
Recognize Early Signs of Alcohol Abuse
If you have a problem with alcohol, recognizing the problem is the first step toward recovery. Reaching out for help is a sign of strength, and the alternative could ruin your health and your career. By getting help early, Sailors can address their drinking habits before they result in serious consequences. Contact your command DAPA for more information.
Navy Leader Planning Guide
May 31 - O-1 (All)
April Mid-Term Counseling
May Mid-Term Counseling
May Selection Boards
May 7 - Active O-4 Staff (PERS 8)
May 7 - Active O-3 Staff Continuation (PERS 8)
May 7 - Supply Corps Postgraduate Education Screen (PERS 4412)
May 7 - Active Junior Service College (PERS 8)
May 13 - Active E-8 (PERS 8)
May 13 - CEC CDR/LCDR Command (PERS 4413
May 14 - Submarine CO/XO Screen (PERS 42)
May 14 - Submarine Dept. Head Screen (PERS 42)
May 16 - CNRC Career Recruiter Force (CNRC)
May 20 - FTS SERAD (PERS 92)
May 28 - NFO to Pilot (PERS 43)
May 28 - Aviation Dept. Head Screen (PERS 43)
This Week in Naval History
25 Apr 1957: US Navy supported Jordan during failed coup
On 25 April 1957, when King Hussein of Jordan reported a conspiracy to overthrow his government, USS Forrestal (CVA 59) and USS Lake Champlain (CVS 39), with accompanying destroyers, entered the Eastern Mediterranean to support his government. The planned coup failed.
26 Apr 1960: US Navy & USSR action off Long Island Sound
On 26 April 1960, USS George Washington (SSN 598 ) conducted a Polaris missile test firing in Long Island Sound. The Soviet trawler Vega attempted to retrieve the missile but was prevented from doing so by USS Nipmuc (ATF 157), which maneuvered constantly between the Russian and the missile until recovery was made.
27 April 1805 – “To the Shores of Tripoli”
On 27 April 1805, with Naval bombardment from USS Nautilus, USS Hornet, and USS Argus, Lieutenant Presley O’Bannon led his Marines to attack Derne, Tripoli, and raised the first U.S. Flag over foreign soil. The Battle of Derna was the Marines' first battle on foreign soil, and is notably recalled in the first verse of the Marines’ Hymn: "From the Halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli, we fight our country’s battles in the air, on land and sea."
28 Apr 1944: Operation Tiger
On 28 April 1944, while an LST convoy trained in Lyme Bay (a part of the English Channel south west of England) for the Normandy Invasion, German motor torpedo boats out of Cherbourg, which had evaded Allied patrols, attacked the convoy. USS LST 507 and USS LST 531 were sunk of Portland Bill, England, and USS LST 289 was damaged.
Note, this brief action resulted in 198 Navy sailors dead or missing and 551 Army dead or missing, from later reports.
29 Apr 1945: USS Bream sank German minesweeper depot ship Quito
On 29 April 1945, USS Bream (SS 243) sank the German minesweeper depot ship Quito off Tanjong Putting, Borneo, N.E.I.
30 Apr 1798: Congress est. DON as a separate cabinet department
On 30 April 1798, Congress established the Department of the Navy as a separate cabinet department. Previously, naval matters were under the cognizance of the War Department. Note, the first Secretary of the Navy was Benjamin Stoddert, 1 May 1798-31 March 1801.
1 May 1898: Battle of Manila Bay
On 1 May 1898, at the Battle of Manila Bay, the American squadron, commanded by Commodore George Dewey defeated the Spanish squadron under the command of Rear Admiral Montojo at Manila Bay, Philippines. During the battle, the Spaniards opened fire at long range but Dewey held fire until his squadron was in position, then said to his flagship captain, “You may fire when ready, Gridley.” The victory gave Dewey control of the bay and access to the city of Manila. To read in depth about the Battle of Manila Bay, please click here: http://www.history.navy.mil/faqs/faq84-1.htm
Plan of the Day Announcements – Associated Stories
Navy Accepting STA-21 Applications
Release Date: 4/23/2013 4:19:00 PM
By Naval Service Training Command Public Affairs
GREAT LAKES, Ill. (NNS) -- The Seaman-to-Admiral (STA-21) commissioning program, which provides an opportunity for qualified Sailors to receive college educations and Navy commissions, is soliciting applications for fiscal year 2014, as announced in NAVADMIN 102/13 April 23.
The deadline for submitting application packages is July 1.
"We are proud of the STA-21 program and the amazing Sailors who receive their commissions through it," said Rear Adm. Dee Mewbourne, commander, Naval Service Training Command (NSTC). "STA-21 officer candidates and their families benefit from the educational opportunity afforded them at our nation's premier universities. Completing their degree in 36 months, they remain on active duty with full pay and allowances and the Navy pays up to $10,000 per year in support of their tuition, fees and books. STA-21 is truly an investment in Sailors as it shapes our officer corps of the future."
Application packages must be postmarked on or before the July 1 deadline date. Early submission is preferred, as this will allow feedback to the Sailor for submission of missing or illegible documents. The deadline for submission of additional documentation to an applicant's package is August 1.
Before earning their degrees, STA-21 applicants must attend the Naval Science Institute (NSI) course at Officer Training Command (OTC), Naval Station Newport, R.I., prior to beginning college studies at an NROTC-affiliated college or university.
STA-21/NSI is an eight-week course of intense officer preparation and indoctrination. Course enrollment is timed to allow college entrance during summer or fall semesters/quarters after selection.
"I assessed what I could do in my rate as a Machinist's Mate compared to what I could do as an officer and I felt I could contribute the most to the Navy by joining the officer ranks," said Officer Candidate and former Machinist's Mate 3rd Class Joseph Page, 21, from Indianapolis. "I thought becoming an officer would maximize my qualities and my potential and that's how I could give the most to the Navy."
Page, who came from Nuclear Prototype School in Charleston, S. C., plans on attending the Citadel Military College in Charleston and then join the Navy's submarine community.
"This has been a great learning experience for me," said Page. I haven't been out in the fleet yet but STA-21 and NSI has been a great place to gather information from those in my class that came from the fleet. I received a lot of valuable input from my classmates and received a feel for what I'll need to do once I get to the fleet as an officer."
Both Page and Electronics Technician 3rd Class and Officer Candidate Brianna Smith, 22, from Erie, Pa., were put in charge of their class of 50 officer candidates.
"It was an amazing opportunity and has been a great experience and will help prepare us for what's to come," said Smith. "You get your college education while learning about leadership roles."
Smith plans on attending North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C., and then looks to be a Nuclear Warfare Officer on a ship or submarine out of Naval Station Norfolk, Va. Smith also attended Nuclear Prototype School but in Ballston Spa, N. Y., before attending STA-21/NSI in Newport.
The STA-21 program benefits Sailors as well as the Navy. The average candidate has at least two years and in most cases more than four years of observed performance which assists in the process of selecting the most qualified Sailors to receive a commission.
Additionally, STA-21 candidates are on average older than most midshipmen, bringing a maturity directly reflected in the more than 90 percent completion rate STA-21 program candidates boast. Many Sailors involved in the STA-21 program already have some college credit, and some candidates finish ahead of the three years allotted to earn a degree.
"Students reporting for NSI should expect an intense academic program," said Lt. Jason Gilmore, assistant operations officer and head of this year's STA-21/NSI class. "In eight short weeks they will complete six curriculum modules. It would be real easy for a student to fall behind if they don't arrive ready to hit the books. Our intent at NSI is not only to provide these students with a solid basis in Naval Science, but to also establish a foundation of good study habits in an intense academic environment as these students adjust from life in the fleet to life at a University. In the STA-21 program, as it is in many competitive selection processes, it is often a candidate's extra efforts which can result in selection."
Lt. Justin Neff, a division officer and NSI instructor at OTC, called the the STA-21 program "an awesome opportunity for motivated Sailors that are looking to get an education, and advance their career."
Neff, who was in one of the first STA-21 class at OTC Newport in March 2003 and commissioned after graduating from Old Dominion University in May 2006 also said, "One of the best things about STA-21 is that it is your job to go to school. You don't have to worry about pay or housing or standing watches on a ship or sub. You go to school and in three years (or less) you can earn your degree and a commission."
Neff was a Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Electrical) 1st Class when he applied for STA-21.
"I wanted to get the most out of my Navy career and for me, Seaman-to-Admiral was the best way to go," said Neff. "STA-21 has opened the door for a wealth of opportunities for me."
Reporting seniors who feel they have a Sailor with the potential to be selected by STA-21 should comment on their leadership skills and potential in their performance evaluations early in their career. These comments are highly regarded by the boards, even in junior Sailors who's time on board, time in grade or peer ranking will not allow their evaluations to be fully consistent with the comments.
Selectees will be announced by a NAVADMIN in October 2013.
Questions concerning this program should be directed to command career counselors or to the NSTC Officer Development directorate at (850) 452-9563.
Headquartered on Naval Station Great Lakes, Ill., Mewbourne and NSTC oversees 98 percent of initial officer and enlisted accessions training for the Navy. This includes the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) at more than 160 colleges and universities, Officer Training Command (OTC) on Naval Station Newport, R.I., Recruit Training Command (RTC), the Navy's only boot camp, at Great Lakes, Ill., and Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) and Navy National Defense Cadet Corps (NNDCC) citizenship development programs at more than 600 high schools worldwide.
Keep Family Care Plans Up-to-Date
Release Date: 4/19/2013 12:41:00 PM
From Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs
MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- One way Sailors can honor their children during the Month of the Military Child is to review their Family Care Plan and update as required, officials said April 19.
A Family Care Plan is a group of documents, including a Family Care Certificate (NAVPERS 1740/6), Family Care Plan Arrangements (NAVPERS 1740/7), and legal documents such as custody or separation agreements, custody and support orders, divorce decrees or related written agreements.
"Due to the nature of naval service, Sailors must be ready to deploy throughout the world, on short notice, and be able to fully execute their military duties," said Bill Harris, Navy Family Care Plan program manager. "Maintaining a current Family Care Plan for your children and adult dependents reduces stress and strengthens a deployable asset for the command."
The NAVPERS 1740/6 must be signed by the Sailor, the Sailor's spouse if dual military, caregivers and the commanding officer.
Each Sailor who is part of a married, dual-military couple must provide a Family Care Plan that is consistent with their spouse's plan. Both service members shall maintain a copy of their family care plan with their respective command.
Formal documentation of a Family Care Plan is required under any of the following conditions:
* A Sailor with primary or shared physical custody of a minor child or children who is not married to the other natural or adoptive parent of the minor child or children.
* Both members of a married dual-military couple where one or both have primary or shared physical custody of a minor child or children.
* Sailors who are legally responsible for an adult family member who is incapable of providing for themselves in the absence of the Sailor.
* Certain family circumstances or other personal-status changes resulting in a Sailor becoming legally and primarily responsible for the care of another person.
Commands should review Family Care Plans annually with their Sailors, perhaps during annual Career Development Boards, validating the adequacy of the current plan to cover all reasonable contingencies.
"There has been a rise in Sailors listing other Sailors on the NAVPERS 1740/6 as the Caregiver," said Harris. "While this is not specifically prohibited, the use of fellow service members of the active and Reserve component to serve as caregivers in a Family Care Plan is inherently risky. This category of caregiver is subject to the same obligations as the service member creating the family care plan."
If the active or Reserve component service member acting as a caregiver is deployed, mobilized or recalled, the children or adult family member/dependent could be left without a caregiver and a Sailor's care plan could be invalid.
"It is strongly recommended that only non-service members serve as caregivers," said Harris.
Sailors must submit a new or updated Family Care Plan upon reporting to a new duty station, change in caregiver circumstances, or change in personal or family circumstances, such as birth or adoption of a child, or assumption of sole care for an elderly or incapacitated family member.
"Failure to maintain an adequate Family Care Plan may result in administrative separation from the naval service," said Harris.
A command Family Care Plan Coordinator can assist Sailors in developing a care plan. The coordinators act as the commanding officer's designated representative with regards to the Family Care Plan instruction, OPNAVINST 1740.4D, however only the commanding officer may sign as the command certifying official.
Sailors may find additional assistance in completing a care plan from the Fleet and Family Service Center FFSC and base legal assistance office.
Sailors are responsible to provide their designated caregiver with all information and documentation needed to execute the Family Care Plan and provide for the Sailor's minor children or adult family members/dependents.
Family Care Plans are subject to inspection by the Immediate Superior in Command and Inspector General.
Military Equal Opportunity Network Now Online
Release Date: 4/12/2013 8:16:00 PM
By Ensign Amber Lynn Daniel, Diversity and Inclusion Public Affairs
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy Equal Opportunity (EO) Office has created the first centralized database within the Navy to track military Equal Opportunity formal and informal complaints.
The Military Equal Opportunity Network (MEONet) is a standalone online web-based program that standardizes, tracks and reports administrative actions associated with the primary duties of Equal Opportunity Advisors and Command Managed Equal Opportunity Program Managers.
The Military Equal Opportunity Network (MEONet) is located at www.navymeo.net, and details on the MEONet launch can be found in NAVADMIN 097/13. Equal Opportunity Advisor and Equal Opportunity Program Manager accounts for MEONet will be created by the Navy EO Office.
The MEONet allows Equal Opportunity Advisors and Command Managed Equal Opportunity Program Managers the ability to track formal and informal EO complaints, including hazing, from initiation to resolution. Additionally, it offers features for users to track general assistance provided to military members. MEONet can also generate standardized, printable Memorandum for the Record (MFR).
The MEONet also serves as a valuable tool for Navy command leadership to assess command climate. The centralized database provides leadership the ability to identify complaint trends and implement corrective actions.
"MEONet is a valuable new tool in our Equal Opportunity Advisors and Command Managed Equal Opportunity Program Manager's toolbox," said George Bradshaw, Director of Navy Equal Opportunity. "The MEONet is also an additional tool to be utilized during a command climate assessment, helping commanders foster and maintain a climate of inclusion within individual commands."
The MEONet will augment current EO data collection, including the tracking of all general assistance provided to Sailors by Equal Opportunity Advisors and Command Managed Equal Opportunity Program Managers. It can also generate general status reports, including reports broken down by type of complaint, and demographic data of alleged offenders and demographic data of complainants.
Navy Reminds Sailors Where to Turn for Help
Release Date: 4/24/2013 2:14:00 PM
From Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs
MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- Alcohol Abuse Awareness Month ends April 30, but responsible drinking is an "all year" thing.
"If you have a problem with alcohol, recognizing the problem is the first step toward recovery," said Dorice Favorite, director, Navy Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention (NADAP).
"Reaching out for help is a sign of strength, and the alternative could ruin your health and your career. By getting help early, Sailors can address their drinking habits before they result in serious consequences," added Favorite.
Self-referral is the best option for seeking help but if you suspect that you or someone you know has an issue with alcohol the Navy encourages you to seek help. When Sailors get help via self-referral or through the help of their command, neither results in any disciplinary action.
A self-referral is initiated by a Sailor who desires counseling or treatment for drug and/or alcohol abuse. To qualify as a valid self-referral, there can be no credible evidence that an alcohol-related incident has already occurred. For example, you can't initiate a self referral after you've been arrested for DUI/DWI to avoid disciplinary action.
A self-referral disclosure of alcohol abuse must be made to a qualified referral agent with the intent of acquiring treatment. Disclosure made to any other person who is not a qualified self referral agent may not prevent disciplinary action. Qualified self-referral agents include:
* Commanding officer, XO, OIC, or CMDCM/Chief of the Boat (COB)
* Navy drug and alcohol counselor (or intern)
* DOD medical personnel (including LIP)
* Fleet and Family Support Center counselor.
Similarly, the Navy reminds all personnel that if a friend or shipmate needs help controlling their drinking, don't wait until they hit rock bottom. Reach out and talk to them about your concerns.
"When approaching a friend, don't attempt to talk to them while they're drunk," said Favorite. "Wait until they're sober, then express your concern rather than blame or criticize. Bring up specific incidents that worried you, and offer to go with them to get help."
For more information on how you can support the Navy's efforts to encourage responsible drinking among Sailors, visit www.nadap.navy.mil.