COMBAT MERITORIOUS ADVANCEMENT PROGRAM

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NAVADMIN 077/05
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SUBJ/COMBAT MERITORIOUS ADVANCEMENT PROGRAM//

GENTEXT/REMARKS/1.  THE NAVY'S COMBAT MERITORIOUS ADVANCEMENT PROGRAM
HAS BEEN CREATED TO ADVANCE SAILORS IN PAYGRADES E1-E5 IN
RECOGNITION OF UNCOMMON VALOR AND EXTRAORDINARY DEEDS DEMONSTRATED
WHILE ENGAGED IN, OR IN DIRECT SUPPORT OF COMBAT OPERATIONS.
2.  THE COMBAT MERITORIOUS ADVANCEMENT PROGRAM IS EFFECTIVE
IMMEDIATELY.  THIS PROGRAM WILL BE INCORPORATED IN AN UPCOMING
REVISION TO BUPERSINST 1430.16E.
3.  RECOMMENDATIONS FOR ADVANCEMENT UNDER THIS PROGRAM SHALL BE
SUBMITTED BASED ON ACTUAL ACTION/PERFORMANCE IN COMBAT VICE THE
POTENTIAL FOR AN ACTION TO OCCUR.  SITUATIONS THAT MAY WARRANT
DIRECT ADVANCEMENT UNDER THIS PROGRAM INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED
TO:
    A.  PERSONNEL ACTIVELY PARTICIPATING IN GROUND ACTION OR
OPERATIONS AGAINST AN ARMED OPPONENT.
    B.  PERSONNEL ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN OFFENSIVE OR DEFENSIVE
ENGAGEMENTS AGAINST HOSTILE SEABORNE WATERCRAFT (E.G., MEMBERS
DIRECTLY INVOLVED IN VISIT, BOARD, SEARCH, AND SEIZURE OPERATIONS AS
PART OF A BOARDING PARTY OR DEFENSE OF AN OFFSHORE OIL FACILITY).
    C.  ACTIVE PARTICIPATION IN ORDNANCE CLEARING, REMOVAL, OR
RENDER-SAFE OPERATIONS.
    D.  ACTIVE INVOLVEMENT IN ANTI-TERRORISM/FORCE PROTECTION
MISSIONS WHERE ARMED ENGAGEMENT WITH AN OPPOSING FORCE OCCURS.
4.  THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA DETERMINE ELIGIBILITY FOR COMBAT
MERITORIOUS ADVANCEMENT PROGRAM ADVANCEMENT:
    A.  ACTIVE OR RESERVE, PERMANENTLY OR TEMPORARILY ASSIGNED TO A
COMMAND OPERATING IN A COMBAT ZONE OR DIRECT SUPPORT COMBAT ZONE.
COMBAT AND DIRECT SUPPORT COMBAT ZONES ARE DESIGNATED PER EXECUTIVE
ORDER AND CONGRESSIONAL ACTION, AND ARE CURRENTLY LISTED IN THE
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT REGULATION.
    B.  CURRENTLY SERVING IN PAYGRADES E1 THROUGH E5.  ADVANCEMENTS
TO PAYGRADES E7 THROUGH E9 ARE NOT AUTHORIZED.
    C.  MUST DISPLAY EXCEPTIONAL LEADERSHIP AND PERFORMANCE THAT
CLEARLY DISTINGUISHES THEM FROM THEIR PEERS, AND IS EXPECTED OF THE
NEXT HIGHER PAYGRADE.
    D.  MUST MEET BASIC ADVANCEMENT ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS PER
THE ADVANCEMENT MANUAL WITH THE EXCEPTION OF MINIMUM TOTAL ACTIVE
FEDERAL MILITARY SERVICE AND ADVANCEMENT EXAMINATION PARTICIPATION.
A WAIVER OF UP TO 1-YEAR TIME-IN-RATE IS AUTHORIZED FOR THIS PROGRAM.
    E.  NON-DESIGNATED E3 SAILORS MUST MEET ALL REQUIREMENTS,
EXCEPT TOTAL ACTIVE FEDERAL MILITARY SERVICE AND TIME-IN-RATE,
OUTLINED IN THE ADVANCEMENT MANUAL AND THE CAREER REENLISMENT
OBJECTIVE/RATING ENTRY FOR GENERAL APPRENTICES.  NON-DESIGNATED
SAILORS SHALL NOT BE MERITORIOUSLY ADVANCED TO A RATING REQUIRING
SPECIAL SELECTION PROCESS (E.G., MASTER-AT-ARMS, DENTAL TECHNICIAN,
ETC) OR AN "A" SCHOOL.
5.  THE CHIEF OF NAVAL PERSONNEL HAS OVERALL AUTHORITY FOR THIS
PROGRAM AND BASED ON CURRENT EVENTS, COMUSNAVCENT, COMNAVSPECWARCOM,
AND COMUSMARCENT ARE DESIGNATED AS FINAL APPROVAL AUTHORITY FOR
COMMANDS AND UNITS ASSIGNED TO THEIR RESPECTIVE AREA OF
RESPONSIBILITY.  THIS AUTHORITY MAY NOT BE DELEGATED TO A LOWER
LEVEL.  THE CHIEF OF NAVAL PERSONNEL IS AUTHORIZED TO ADVANCE
DESERVING SAILORS WHO ARE ASSIGNED TO OTHER COMMANDS (JOINT, OTHER
SERVICE, ETC) OR REQUIRE A WAIVER FOR SPECIAL CONSIDERATION.
6.  EACH APPROVAL AUTHORITY IS AUTHORIZED THE FOLLOWING QUOTAS PER
QUARTER (JANUARY-MARCH, APRIL-JUNE, JULY-SEPTEMBER,
OCTOBER-DECEMBER):
ADVANCEMENT       NUMBER OF QUOTAS
E2                UNLIMITED
E3                6
E4                4
E5                2
E6                1
    A.  QUOTAS MAY NOT BE CARRIED OVER TO THE NEXT QUARTER AND
PAYGRADE SUBSTITUTIONS ARE NOT AUTHORIZED.
    B.  QUOTAS UNDER THIS PROGRAM DO NOT COUNT AGAINST QUOTAS
AUTHORIZED UNDER THE COMMAND ADVANCEMENT PROGRAM.
    C.  SUBMIT ALL WAIVER REQUESTS FOR ADDITIONAL QUOTAS TO THE
CHIEF OF NAVAL PERSONNEL AT THE ADDRESS LISTED IN PARAGRAPH 7.
7.  NOMINATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED WITHIN 1 YEAR OF THE MERITORIOUS
ACTION/PERFORMANCE IN COMBAT.  NOMINATIONS SHALL BE SUBMITTED TO THE
OPERATIONAL COMMANDER WHERE THE COMBAT ACTION OCCURRED.  NAVY
COMMANDS SHALL FORWARD NOMINATIONS TO COMUSNAVCENT OR
COMNAVSPECWARCOM AS APPROPRIATE.  MARINE CORPS UNITS SHALL FORWARD
NOMINATIONS TO COMUSMARCENT FOR CONSIDERATION.  JOINT AND OTHER
COMMANDS OUTSIDE THE CHAIN OF COMMAND OF THE DESIGNATED APPROVAL
AUTHORITIES SHALL FORWARD NOMINATIONS TO:
    CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS (N132C3)
    2 NAVY ANNEX
    WASHINGTON DC 20370
8.  THE NOMINATING COMMAND SHALL SUBMIT NOMINATIONS USING THE
FOLLOWING PRESCRIBED LETTER FORMAT:
****************************BEGIN FORMAT****************************
FROM:  COMMANDING OFFICER
TO:    (DESIGNATED APPROVAL AUTHORITY)
SUBJ:  NOMINATION FOR COMBAT MERITORIOUS ADVANCEMENT PROGRAM
REF:   (A) (CITE THIS NAVADMIN)
       (B) BUPERSINST 1430.16E
1.  PER REFERENCE (A), SN JOE E. SAILOR, USN (OR USNR), 123-45-6789
IS RECOMMENDED FOR ADVANCEMENT UNDER THE COMBAT MERITORIOUS
ADVANCEMENT PROGRAM.
2.  ALL REQUIREMENTS OF REFERENCE (B) FOR ADVANCEMENT HAVE BEEN MET
AND SN SAILOR IS FULLY QUALIFIED AND ELIGIBLE TO BE ADVANCED TO
(RATE AND PAYGRADE REQUESTED).
3.  (DESCRIBE THE ACTION/PERFORMANCE THAT SERVES AS THE BASIS FOR
THE RECOMMENDATION.  THE SUMMARY OF ACTION IS CRITICAL AND MUST
DESCRIBE THE SPECIFIC ACTIONS AND/OR OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP OF THE
SAILOR THAT WARRANTS SUCH ADVANCEMENT.)
*****************************END FORMAT*****************************
9.  NOMINATIONS CONTAINING CLASSIFIED INFORMATION SHALL BE SUBMITTED
PER SECNAVINST 5510.30A, DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY PERSONNEL SECURITY
PROGRAM REGULATION.
10. TO EFFECT ADVANCEMENTS, COMMANDS SHALL:
    A.  PREPARE A ADMINISTRATIVE REMARKS (NAVPERS 1070/613) ENTRY AS
FOLLOWS:
"(DATE):  (INSERT MEMBER'S NAME) HAS BEEN ADVANCED THIS DATE TO
(RATE) UNDER THE COMBAT MERITORIOUS ADVANCEMENT PROGRAM."
NOTE:  THE DATE ON THE ADMINISTRATIVE REMARKS IS THE EFFECTIVE DATE
OF ADVANCEMENT, WHICH IS THE DATE OF APPROVAL BY THE APPROVAL
AUTHORITY OR THE CHIEF OF NAVAL PERSONNEL.
    B.  THE ADMINISTRATIVE REMARKS MUST BE ACKNOWLEDGED BY THE
MEMBER AND SIGNED BY THE COMMANDING OFFICER.  THIS MAY NOT BE
DELEGATED.
    C.  FILE THE ADMINISTRATIVE REMARKS IN THE MEMBER'S FIELD
SERVICE RECORD.
    D.  PREPARE FIELD SERVICE RECORD ENTRIES AND SUBMIT THE
APPROPRIATE NAVY STANDARD INTEGRATED PERSONNEL SYSTEM ENTRY.
    E.  RETAIN COPIES OF DOCUMENTS SURROUNDING COMBAT MERITORIOUS
ADVANCEMENTS FOR 2 YEARS.
11. APPROVAL AUTHORITIES SHALL NOTIFY NOMINATING COMMANDS OF
ADVANCEMENT SELECTION VIA OFFICIAL CORRESPONDENCE AND REPORT THE
ADVANCEMENT TO THE CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS (N13) BY MESSAGE AND
INCLUDE NAVAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
TECHNOLOGY CENTER (N321) AS AN INFO ADDEE.  THE MESSAGE SHALL
INCLUDE THE SAILOR S RANK/RATE, NAME, SSN, UIC, GRADE ADVANCED TO,
AND EFFECTIVE DATE OF ADVANCEMENT.  ADDITIONALLY, FORWARD A COPY OF
ALL APPROVED PACKAGES TO CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS (N132C3).
12. POCS:
- LCDR J. COOK, CNO (N132C3) AT (703) 695-0888/DSN 225 OR EMAIL AT
JULIET.COOK@NAVY.MIL
- PNCM DEVAULT, CNO (N132C3A) AT (703) 614-6864/DSN 224 OR EMAIL AT
DOUGLAS.DEVAULT@NAVY.MIL.
13. RELEASED BY VADM G. L. HOEWING, N1.//
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