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Military DoD civilians who face financial losses due to the current housing downturn can find relief in the ARRA influx of funds to the Housing Assistance Program (HAP).
Active members, former members, and survivors of those who have died on deployment of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, as well as DoD civilians, who have sold a primary residence for a loss, or are considering selling their home, may qualify for funds.
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PACIFIC OCEAN (July 8, 2014) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Pinckney (DDG 91) and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ships conduct tactical maneuvers during GUAMEX 2014 in waters near Guam. GUAMEX is intended to enhance the interoperability of the U.S. Navy and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and strengthening personnel ties between the respective forces. U.S. Navy photo by Cryptologic Technician Collection 3rd Class Raul Sanchez

PACIFIC OCEAN (July 8, 2014) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Pinckney (DDG 91) and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ships conduct tactical maneuvers during GUAMEX 2014 in waters near Guam. GUAMEX is intended to enhance the interoperability of the U.S. Navy and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and strengthening personnel ties between the respective forces. U.S. Navy photo by Cryptologic Technician Collection 3rd Class Raul Sanchez

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USS Howard Returns from Deployment
From Naval Surface Force,
U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The guided missile destroyer USS Howard (DDG 83) returned to Naval Base San Diego from a seven-month deployment to the Western Pacific Ocean, July 3.
Deployed since Dec. 2, 2013, Howard's crew of nearly 300 Sailors is completing a successful deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations where the ship conducted exercises with the Republic of Korea navy, among other events.
The ship also conducted anti-submarine warfare missions and multiple theater security cooperation events including an April 11-14 port visit to Manila, Republic of the Philippines.
"Howard represented the nation in the 7th Fleet during exercises and operations while strengthening relationships with our allies and regional partners," said Cmdr. John Fay, Howard's commanding officer. "It's satisfying to think of the successes we enjoyed and great to return home to family and friends."
The ship also operated with the USS George Washington (CVN 73) Carrier Strike Group and transited to Hawaii with international navies participating in the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise later this summer.
Howard is named in honor of Marine Corps 1st Sgt. Jimmie E. Howard, a combat veteran of both Korea and Vietnam who was awarded the Medal of Honor, Silver Star and three Purple Hearts during his 27 years of service.

Michelle Howard: First female promoted to Admiral

WASHINGTON (July 1, 2014) Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus, left, promotes Vice Adm. Michelle Howard to the rank of admiral at the Women In Military Service For America Memorial. Howard's husband, Wayne Cowles, helped pin her new rank on while Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathon Greenert looks on. Along with being the first female to be promoted to Admiral, Howard will be the first female to assume the position of Vice Chief of Naval Operations. U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Armando Gonzales
WASHINGTON (July 1, 2014) Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus, left, promotes Vice Adm. Michelle Howard to the rank of admiral at the Women In Military Service For America Memorial. Howard's husband, Wayne Cowles, helped pin her new rank on. Along with being the first female to be promoted to Admiral, Howard will be the first female to assume the position of Vice Chief of Naval Operations. U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Armando Gonzales

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First SEAL takes helm as Naval War College president
by Lindsay Church, U.S. Naval War College Public Affairs

NEWPORT, R.I. (NNS) -- Rear Adm. P. Gardner Howe III relieved Rear Adm. Walter E. "Ted" Carter Jr., as the 55th president and first Navy SEAL in command of the U.S. Naval War College (NWC) in Newport, Rhode Island, during a change of command ceremony with the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert, July 8.
"I am very happy with the job [Carter] has done here," said Greenert. "He has refined the curriculum and moved it in a direction that is refocused towards the fleet."
During the ceremony, Greenert noted Carter's accomplishments in completing the initial phases of the Naval Leadership Continuum, establishing the Navy Leadership and Ethics Center, and examining the future naval war at sea.
"For the first time in the 130 year history of the NWC, this institution will be led by a member of the naval special warfare community, better known as the SEALs. Their motto is; Ready to lead, ready to follow, never quit, the only easy day was yesterday," said Carter. "Rear Adm. Howe, I am sure you are ready to lead, and the last 12-months have shown me that every member of this remarkable command is ready to follow, and they will never quit."
Howe, a U.S. Naval Academy, Naval Postgraduate School and National War College graduate, holds dual Master of Arts degrees in national security and reports from his most recent assignment as commander of Special Operations Command, Pacific.
"I am incredibly humbled, honored and excited to be standing in front of you as the 55th president of the NWC," said Howe. "Rear Adm. Carter, thank you for your stalwart leadership over the last year at the NWC, the Navy's home of strategic thought. A son of Rhode Island and clearly a rising star in the Navy, you have advanced this institution with intellectual initiative and relevance, and as you promised last year, you have respected, protected and promoted the institution."

Pacific Partnership veterinarians respond to rabies in Philippines
by MC2 Karolina A. Oseguera, Pacific Partnership 2014 Public Affairs

TACLOBAN, Philippines (NNS) -- Army veterinarians participating in Pacific Partnership 2014 provided services to Tacloban pet owners to assist in the effort to eliminate the endemic problem of rabies in the Philippines, July 7.
"Today we partnered with the Tacloban City Veterinarian Office and their project to eliminate the risks of rabies," said Army Capt. Kathy LeBert. "We neutered male dogs and gave rabies vaccinations."
The veterinarian engagement tent was set up in the middle of the city. During the four hour evolution, 11 dogs were neutered as well as two cats. Meanwhile, Army Sgt. Kahreen Barnes gave rabies vaccinations to dogs in the area.
"We walked around from door-to-door asking owners if their dogs needed vaccinations," said Barnes. "We vaccinated 20 dogs total. The owners looked very happy that we were doing this."
Since Typhoon Yolonda, the risk of rabies has increased. With the help of the neutering program, the dog population will be kept in a controlled state lowering the risks.

Revised SDAP rates announced
From Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- Revisions to Special Duty Assignment Pay (SDAP) for eligible enlisted Sailors were announced in NAVADMIN 156/14 released July 7.
The SDAP program enhances the Navy's ability to size, shape and stabilize the force by encouraging qualified Sailors to serve in designated Special Duty Assignments (SDAs) for a monetary incentive ranging from $75 to $450 a month.
The update incorporates two additions and several increases to existing SDAPs. Increases to existing SDAP levels are effective upon release of NAVADMIN 156/14. Eligible Sailors serving in the following duty assignments and at the commands listed will receive back pay to March 25, 2013 to cover lost pay due to administrative errors:
* Air Traffic Controllers aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69),
* Helicopter Rescue Swimmers (AW) at Afloat Training Group Mayport, Florida, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama City, Florida, and Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 1 (VX 1), Patuxent River, Maryland.
In order to qualify for SDAP, a service member must be assigned to and working in a valid billet on the command's Enlisted Distribution Verification Report (EDVR), hold a matching Navy Enlisted Classification (NEC), must be working in the authorized billet, and. the billet must be authorized by the Bureau of Naval Personnel in the latest SDAP NAVADMIN as an SDA billet.
Commanding officers must certify that service members meet all the qualifying criteria established by OPNAVINST 1160.6B, DODINST 1304.27 and NAVADMIN 156/14 prior to a Sailor receiving SDAP. A Sailor must complete all qualifications, including Personal Qualification Standards (PQS) and Under Instruction (UI) watches before they are eligible for SDAP certification.
The annual re-certification required by commands with SDAP billets will begin upon release of the recertification NAVADMIN which will provide guidance for the re-certification process.
For more information, visit, speak with your Enlisted Community Manager, or read the message at

Navy marine mammal project breaks new ground
From U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs

PEARL HARBOR (NNS) -- A newly released scientific report demonstrates the viability of a new method to estimate received sound levels during real scenarios and analyzes movements of satellite-tagged individuals of three species of marine mammals exposed to Navy mid-frequency active sonar around Kauai's Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF).
"This is exciting news in several ways, not least of which is the promise this new integrated approach holds for learning how sonar affects marine mammals," said Julie Rivers, natural and marine resources program manager for the U.S. Pacific Fleet, which funded the study as part of its Marine Mammal Monitoring Program.
The report is co-authored by Robin Baird and Daniel Webster of Cascadia Research, Brandon Southall of Southall Environmental Associates, and Stephen Martin of the U.S. Navy. Morgan Richie, the Navy technical representative at Naval Facilities Engineering Command Pacific, provided technical oversight for the project.
On five occasions preceding Navy training events the researchers tagged a total of 23 marine mammals. The data from the satellite tags enabled them to track points along the animals' path and, in some cases, due to more sophisticated tags, their dive movements. The range facility's hydrophones, on the ocean floor northwest of Kauai, were used to record data on the actual levels of sound energy from sonar transmissions. That data enabled the scientists to use mathematical modeling to produce estimates of the range of sound levels to which some of the animals were exposed and to assess their responses.
Some tags didn't provide enough information, as often happens, and many of the tagged animals were not on or near the range during the brief periods when sonar was being used. Nonetheless, received sound levels were compiled and movements tracked for four animals: two rough-toothed dolphins, a bottle-nose dolphin and a short-finned pilot whale.
The researchers found that the bottlenose dolphin showed no large-scale movements out of the area during sonar exposures, and a short-finned pilot whale actually moved toward areas of higher sonar levels during the third day of a 3-day period of regular mid-frequency active sonar use. While the data from the rough-toothed dolphins are more limited than those for the bottlenose dolphin and the short-finned pilot whale, results are similar in that the animals did not make broad scale movement into areas where received sound levels would have been lower.
"The sample is obviously small, but we are encouraged by the prospects for using this integrated approach to learn more about the behavior of sound in the water and how it affects marine life," said Rivers.

San Diego Navy ships, Sailors set to sail into Seattle Fleet Week
From Navy Region Northwest Public Affairs

SEATTLE (NNS) -- Sailors aboard the U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62), and guided-missile destroyer USS Howard (DDG 83) will be in Seattle for Seafair as part of the annual festival's Fleet Week, marking the return of the U.S. Navy to Seafair after missing the event in 2013.
The three Navy ships, along with two Royal Canadian Navy ships, and one U.S. Coast Guard vessel, will be in Seattle to celebrate Seafair Fleet Week, a summer tradition in the Pacific Northwest since 1950. The vessels will be in the city offering public tours and participating in the annual festivities.
The Seattle visit offers the public an opportunity to tour aboard the ships and meet Sailors as they showcase the ships' capabilities. It also gives citizens a chance to gain a better understanding of how the sea services support the Maritime Strategy and national defense of the United States.
The Fleet will participate in the Parade of Ships in Elliott Bay on Wednesday, July 30 starting at approximately 10:00 a.m. Ships will be open for public tours July 31 through Aug. 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Times for tours may vary by ship, from day-to-day. More information will be released on exact times for each day as Fleet Week grows closer.
When arriving for public tours, all visitors will be required to present a photo ID and pass through an airport-style security screening checkpoint prior to boarding the ships. All visitors are subject to search prior to entering the security zone. Visitors are encouraged to bring as few items as possible when arriving for their tour, and are recommended to wear flat-heeled, closed-toe shoes.
Prohibited items aboard include the following:
- Weapons, including knives, firearms and club weapons
- Defensive chemicals or sprays, including mace and pepper spray; spray cans of any type
- Fireworks, flammable liquids or other explosives
- Illegal drugs and/or drug-related paraphernalia
- Large bags, including backpacks and large camera bags (small camera bags and small handbags may be permitted, but will be subject to search)

The Navy Blue-H Health Promotion and Wellness Award winners announced
by Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center, Public Affairs

PORTSMOUTH, Virginia (NNS) -- The Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center (NMCPHC) announced July 3, that 281 Navy and Marine Corps organizations received the 2013 Blue H - Navy Surgeon General's Health Promotion and Wellness Award.
The 2013 winners highlighted in the Navy Surgeon General's message include all 11 U.S. Navy aircraft carriers, 20 Navy and Marine Corps flying squadrons, 40 surface ships and surface forces units, 58 Navy medical treatment facilities, 10 USMC Semper Fit Centers and 98 Navy Reserve Operational Support Centers.
All Navy commands and USMC Semper Fit Programs can apply for the award and 2013 participation levels set a record for the 7th year in a row. The award is earned at three levels Gold Star, Silver Eagle and Bronze Anchor and every applicant receives at least the Bronze Anchor.
The Blue H encourages and rewards excellence in primary prevention policies and activities throughout the Department of the Navy, which are critical to maintaining a fit and ready force. Health topics assessed by Blue H criteria include responsible drinking, injury prevention, nutrition, physical activity, psychological health, sexual health, tobacco prevention and cessation and weight management.
"Improving healthy lifestyles of Sailors and Marines also enhances individual quality of life and reduces long-term health care costs," said Michael (Bob) MacDonald, Blue H Project Manager. "Additionally, the award criteria provide a cookbook for activities, materials and target objectives for health promotion programs, and this ready-to-use format is especially helpful for collateral-duty health promotion coordinators."
The Blue H is managed by NMCPHC and is organized into three distinct criteria sets: Fleet, Medical and Semper Fit. The Fleet version of the Blue H recognizes excellence in workplace prevention policies, activities and outcomes for non-medical Navy commands. The Medical version recognizes excellence in clinical prevention, community health promotion and medical staff health in Navy medical organizations. The Semper Fit version recognizes excellence in community-level prevention activities conducted by USMC Semper Fit Centers.
View the complete list of 2013 Blue H winners and the criteria for the 2014 Blue H Award at:
This month, NMCPHC is sponsoring webinars to help organizations with their 2014 Blue H work. Learn more about these webinars at:

Commander, US 3rd Fleet hosts RIMPAC Military Medicine Symposium
by MC3 Pyoung K. Yi, USNS Mercy Public Affairs

PEARL HARBOR (NNS) -- Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet (C3F) hosted the inaugural Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Military Medicine Symposium aboard the USS Peleliu (LHA 5) at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam July 1-2.
The medicine symposium, organized by Canadian military medical officials, is one of numerous events taking place during the biennial RIMPAC, the world's largest international maritime exercise.
During the symposium, the Navy's Surgeon General and Chief of the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Vice Adm. Matthew L. Nathan, spoke about RIMPAC's ultimate objective and the international military medical community's role in it.
"RIMPAC engenders so many countries and so many different maritime organizations all working together for two things: one is to respond to crises in the world and the other is to break down barriers, get to know each other and create more security across the Pacific Rim and the entire world," Nathan said. "The fact that the medical response arena has gained prominence in RIMPAC means that when catastrophic issues happen in the Pacific Rim, be they natural or man-made, we can be all for one and one for all when responding."
The symposium provides a forum for the international military medical community to learn and share about the successes and lessons learned from the diverse experiences represented by RIMPAC's participating nations.
"It's an opportunity to exchange lessons learned from recent operations," said Canadian Army Lt. Col. Nicholas Withers, combined force maritime component commander (CFMCC) surgeon, the organizer of the symposium. "We want to make sure we optimize health outcomes for everybody involved."
More than 120 international medical officials representing 12 nations attended the first day of the symposium. Service members from Australia, Brunei, Canada, China, Colombia, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore and South Korea were present.
The symposium provides an opportunity for the military medical community to network with their partner nations, so that in a real-world scenario, nations would be able to operate more efficiently and become more familiar with other countries' method of operations, said Withers.

"It's a big opportunity to be with different nations," Mexican Navy Ensign Tmas Bastida, doctor of medicine assigned to the ocean patrol vessel Armada Repblica Mexicano Revolucin (PO-164). "For us as medical officers, it's important to know how other countries operate in case we have to engage with other nations." 

Due to the medical field constantly advancing, an additional goal of the symposium is for nations to share their newest medical practices.
"We're also looking to distribute the best practices in military medicine," said Withers. "Medicine is a very dynamic field, as such we're learning new things every day. We want to make sure we can capture those lessons we've learned and share them with our neighbors to ensure we're providing the best care."
Various symposium presentations were given by military medical personnel ranging from topics such as the deployment of hospital ships in disaster relief operations, to the management of legionella contaminated water aboard a Norwegian naval vessel.
"One of the highlights of the symposium was the address by our Chinese compatriots on their Peace Ark," said Withers. "They provided a wonderful brief on the capabilities of that ship. It's a unique insight into both their culture and the hospital ship itself."
This year's RIMPAC marks the first time in the exercises history that hospital ships have participated. The People's Liberation Army (Navy) hospital ship Peace Ark and Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) will hold medical subject matter expert exchanges while in Pearl Harbor as well as simulate disaster relief operations at sea.
Twenty-two nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC exercise from June 26 to Aug. 1, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California.

Secretary of Navy announces winners of Safety Excellence Awards
From Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Safety Public Affairs
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announces his Safety Excellence Awards recipients for 2014, continuing the tradition of former Secretary of the Navy, Gordon England, who established the Awards in 2002. These Awards were created to showcase Navy and Marine Corps commands that have exemplified exceptional and sustained safety excellence. The 2014 Safety Excellence Awards recognize the Navy and Marine Corps commands and programs that have gone above and beyond normal duties to ensure the safety of Sailors, Marines, civilians, and resources.
The Secretary of the Navy's Safety Excellence Awards winners for 2014 are:
For the Industrial Awards category, which includes shipyards, shore intermediate maintenance activities, regional maintenance centers, ordnance stations, public works centers, depots, and logistics bases:
* For a working population of less than 1,000: Marine Corps Support Facility Blount Island, Blount Island Command, Florida
* For a working population of 3,001 or greater: Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Virginia
For the Non-Industrial Awards category, which includes stations, bases, training facilities, research and development laboratories, and Navy medicine facilities:
* For a working population of less than 1,000: Naval Support Activity Monterey, California
* For a working population of 1,001 to 3,000: Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow, California
* For a working population of 3,001 or greater: Marine Corps Installations-East Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina
For the Fleet Operational and Fleet Support Award category, which includes deployable units located ashore not eligible for ship or aviation safety awards:
* Marine Corps Engineer School, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina
For the Afloat Awards category, which includes commissioned afloat Navy units and civil service manned ships:
* For Large Deck: USS Boxer (LHD 4)
* For Surface Combatant: USS Mobile Bay (CG 53)
* For Amphibious: USS San Antonio (LPD 17)
* For Submarine: USS Texas (SSN 775)
* For Auxiliary: USS Emory S. Land (AS 39)
For the Aviation Awards category, which includes active duty and reserve units operating under aircraft controlling custodians:
* For Navy Active Duty: Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light 49 (HSL-49)
* For Marine Corps Active Duty: Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 252 (VMGR-252)
* For Navy Reserve: Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 58 (VR-58)
* For Marine Corps Reserve: Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 112 (VMFA-112)
* For Training: Training Squadron Two One (VT-21)
For the Safety Integration in Acquisition Award category, which recognizes teams or offices that have an acquisition mission and have made a significant impact by integrating safety into their programs, projects, or systems:
* System Safety Engineering Division Team, Dahlgren Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Virginia
For the Emerging Center of Excellence Award category, which recognizes exceptional promise for future safety excellence leadership:
* Mishap Investigation Training and Support Implementation Team, Marine Corps Systems Command, Virginia
The awards winners will receive a plaque, citation, and the Secretary of the Navy's Safety Excellence flag, as well as the honor of flying the Safety Excellence flag for one year.
Commands with units showing exceptional commitment to safety should nominate these units for the 2015 Secretary of the Navy's Safety Excellence Awards. An ALNAV announcing the application process will be released in 2015.

SURFPAC announces dates for 2014 Surface Line Week competition
From Commander Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The staff of Commander Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMNAVSURFPAC) has announced the 33rd annual Surface Line Week (SLW) competition at Naval Base San Diego, Aug. 8-15.
A tradition in San Diego for more than three decades, SLW brings Sailors and federal civilian employees from both sea and shore commands together for friendly athletic and professional competitions.
"This year's Surface Line Week will consist of 18 athletic events and 15 professional events culminating in an awards ceremony scheduled for Aug. 15," said Lt. Aimee Smith, the 2014 SLW coordinator. "The overall winner will also be recognized at the Surface Warrior Ball also held that evening."
According to Smith, athletic events will include: a 5K run, basketball, billiards, bowling, dodge ball, flag football, golf, push-up/pull-up endurance, and cross fit. There will also be a chili cook-off and a salsa cook-off.
Smith said professional events include: cake decorating, a damage control marathon, lathe work, marksmanship, medical diagnosis/stretcher bearer race, moboards, photo competition, rescue swimmer, a Rigid-Hulled Inflatable Boat (RHIB) race, sailing, seamanship, ship handling, valve packing, visual communications and welding/cutting.
"Competition participants must be active duty, regularly assigned Navy Reserve, or other military personnel and government civilians formally attached to a Navy command," said Smith. "Normally the unit entry fees are paid for from unit Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) funds."
Last year, more than 3,000 participants represented 30 San Diego commands during the SLW competition. In 2013, USS Essex (LHD 2) took home first place for large commands, USS Spruance (DDG 111) took top honors for medium commands, and Naval Base San Diego was awarded first place for small commands.
"Surface Line Week 2014 promises to be a fun, challenging and rewarding event," said Smith. "Maximum participation is desired from all commands to the extent operational schedules allows."
For more information or to learn how to register a command for SLW 2014, contact Lt. Aimee Smith at (619) 437-2058 or visit: .
Follow SLW 2014 on Facebook:!/SurfaceLineWeek

USS Nimitz plans 2015 move to Bremerton
USS NIMITZ, At Sea (NNS) -- U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) will move to Bremerton, Washington, in 2015 for 16 months to conduct a scheduled large-scale maintenance period.
Nimitz, currently homeported in Everett, Washington, will relocate to the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton for planned incremental maintenance.
The Navy is working to ensure that the relocation of the aircraft carrier doesn’t interfere with the provision of positive, career enhancing opportunities for the ship’s assigned Sailors and their families.
Navy Personnel Command will release guidance to the aircraft carrier that will specifically address how the transition will influence permanent change of station moves, housing allowances, detailing, exceptional family members, and other personnel-related concerns.
The Navy is making every effort to avoid unnecessary permanent change of station moves for Sailors and their families due to the relocation of the aircraft carrier. The Navy’s goal is to minimize the impact the ship’s relocations will have on personnel.
Nimitz, serving as the flagship for Carrier Strike Group 11, returned to Everett in December 2013 after completing a nine-month Western Pacific deployment to the U.S. 5th, 6th and 7th areas of responsibility.

5 things you need to know: Career Viewpoint Survey and Studies goes live July 1
From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Career Viewpoint Survey and Studies (CVSS) a new career retention survey, will go live on July 1.
The survey will allow Sailors to provide feedback to Navy leadership to help understand why and how Sailors make career decisions and to evaluate the effectiveness of Navy policies.
Here are five things Sailors need to know about the surveys:
1. Surveys are voluntary and completely confidential.
2. Surveys are web-based. Sailors are prompted within their Navy Standard Integrated Personnel System (NSIPS) Electronic Service Record (ESR) account and by email notification that includes a link to an awaiting survey within their ESR self-service account. NSIPS ESR self-service accounts can be created at Note - it is recommended that commands verify that their Sailors' NSIPS ESR accounts contain a current official email address during the check-in process.
3. Sailors will be asked to participate in milestone surveys at the following points in their active duty service:
At 18 months prior to Soft End Active Duty Obligated Service (SEAOS)
O1-O3: At 15 months prior to Minimum Service Requirement (MSR) or 15 months prior to Projected Rotation Date (PRD) if MSR has expired.
O4-O10 and WO1-WO5: At 15 months prior to Projected Rotation Date (PRD).
4. Exit surveys are conducted six months before an Estimated Date of Loss to the Navy (EDLN) or if there is no EDLN, the exit survey will be available as a self-requested survey within a member's ESR.
5. The Carr Viewpoint Reserve survey will be released later.

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