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REF/A/DOC/MILPERSMAN/02SEP10//
REF/B/DOC/MILPERSMAN/09MAR07//
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NARR/REF A IS MILPERSMAN ARTICLE 1160-040, EXTENSION OF ENLISTMENTS.
REF B IS MILPERSMAN ARTICLE 1306-116, PRESCRIBED SEA TOUR (PST)/NORMAL SHORE 
TOUR (NST).  REF C IS MILPERSMAN ARTICLE 1306-124, TOUR EXTENSIONS AND SPLIT 
TOURS.  REF D IS MILPERSMAN ARTICLE 1160-120, HIGH YEAR TENURE (HYT).  REF E 
IS MILPERSMAN ARTICLE 1306-900, ASSIGNMENT OF ENLISTED PERSONNEL TO SPECIAL 
PROGRAMS.//

RMKS/1.  THE CNO SAILING DIRECTIONS GUIDE US TO SUPPORT WARFIGHTING FIRST, 
OPERATE FORWARD AND TO BE READY.  TO SUPPORT THESE CNO SAILING DIRECTIONS, 
NAVY HAS CREATED A VOLUNTEER SEA DUTY PROGRAM FOR HIGHLY TRAINED AND MOTIVATED 
SAILORS TO FILL CRITICAL BILLETS AT SEA IN SUPPORT OF OUR GLOBAL MISSION.  
VOLUNTEERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO EXTEND THEIR ENLISTMENT IN THEIR CURRENT SEA DUTY 
BILLET BEYOND THEIR PRESCRIBED SEA TOUR (PST), TO TERMINATE SHORE DUTY EARLY 
AND ACCEPT NEW ORDERS TO A SEA DUTY BILLET, OR TO ACCEPT BACK-TO-BACK (B2B) 
SEA DUTY ORDERS BEYOND NORMAL SEA/SHORE FLOW LIMITS.  SAILORS ACCEPTED INTO 
THIS VOLUNTARY SEA DUTY PROGRAM WILL BE ABLE TO DEFER THEIR PERFORM-TO-SERVE 
(PTS) WINDOW TO THE MINIMUM OBLISERV FOR THE ORDERS NEGOTIATED, TYPICALLY AT 
LEAST TWO YEARS.  ADDITIONALLY, VOLUNTEERS WILL BENEFIT FROM GEOGRAPHIC 
CHOICE/STABILITY FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILY.  THIS PROGRAM IS OPEN TO ALL 
RATINGS AND ALL PAYGRADES SUBJECT TO ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS AND RESTRICTIONS 
DISCUSSED BELOW. REQUESTS WILL BE ACCEPTED UNTIL 30 SEPTEMBER 2012.

2.  EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY:  PER REFS B AND C, INTERESTED SAILORS MAY SUBMIT A 
NAVPERS 1306/7 REQUEST TO EXTEND ON SEA DUTY, CURTAIL SHORE DUTY EARLY, OR 
REQUEST B2B SEA DUTY.  THE SEA DUTY ASSIGNMENT MAY BE ONBOARD SHIPS, SQUADRONS 
AND OTHER TYPE 2/3/4 ACTIVITIES.  VOLUNTEERS WILL BE ASSIGNED TO SEA DUTY 
COMMANDS WITHIN THE SAME GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION AS THE CURRENT SHORE DUTY COMMAND 
IF AVAILABLE AND REQUESTED.  OUT OF AREA MOVES WILL BE CONSIDERED IF THE 
SAILOR HOLDS A CRITICAL NEC OR REQUESTS A PARTICULAR GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION.  FTS 
SAILORS WILL BE CONSIDERED FOR ASSIGNMENT TO VALID USN REQUISITIONS.

3.  ALL REQUESTS, REGARDLESS OF COMMAND RECOMMENDATION, WILL BE FORWARDED TO 
COMNAVPERSCOM (PERS-40) FOR DISPOSITION.  REQUESTS WILL BE REVIEWED TO ENSURE 
EARLY TRANSFERS WILL NOT SIGNIFICANTLY IMPACT THE SAILOR'S CURRENT COMMAND.  
WHEN THE COMMAND DOES NOT SUPPORT A REQUEST AND IT IS DETERMINED THAT THE 
SAILOR'S SKILLS ARE IN CRITICAL NEED IN THE FLEET THE REQUEST WILL BE 
FORWARDED TO PERS-40 FOR FINAL ADJUDICATION AFTER COORDINATION WITH THE 
MANNING CONTROL AUTHORITY (MCA).  LOSING COMMANDS MAY APPEAL TO THEIR 
RESPECTIVE MCA VIA THEIR BSO/TYCOM.

4.  PROCESS FOR SAILORS CURTAILING SHORE DUTY OR REQUESTING B2B SEA DUTY.
UPON RECEIPT OF THE NAVPERS 1306/7, THE RATING DETAILER WILL REVIEW SAILOR 
ELIGIBILITY FOR THE PROGRAM AND IF ELIGIBLE, CONTACT THE SAILOR AND DIRECTLY 
NEGOTIATE WITH THE SAILOR USING THE CURRENT MONTHS REQUISITIONS.  SAILORS WILL 
BE ALLOWED TO SELECT FROM JOBS CURRENTLY ADVERTISED ON CMS/ID WITHOUT 
APPLICATIONS OR, AFTER CONSULTATION WITH PERS-4013, OTHER HIGH PRIORITY JOBS 
IN THE GEOGRAPHIC AREA OF INTEREST. IF NO AGREEMENT CAN BE MADE WITHIN 2 
REQUISITION CYCLES, THE REQUEST WILL BE RETURNED DISAPPROVED.  IF A JOB 
ASSIGNMENT IS AGREED TO BY ALL CONCERNED, THE DETAILER WILL COORDINATE THE 
TRANSFER DATE TO OPTIMIZE TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES AND MEET THE REQUISITION FILL 
DATE.  IN ALL CASES WHERE PCS ORDERS ARE REQUIRED, THE ORDERS WILL BE WRITTEN 
FOR THE ENTIRE PRESCRIBED SEA TOUR AND A SHORT TERM EXTENSION ON THE CURRENT 
ENLISTMENT WILL BE USED TO COMPLETE THE MINIMUM ACTIVITY TOUR.  THIS SHORT 
TERM EXTENSION WILL NOT REQUIRE A PTS QUOTA.
SAILORS WILL BE REQUIRED TO APPLY FOR A PTS QUOTA TO COMPLETE THE TIME 
REMAINING FOR A FULL SEA TOUR.

5.  SHORT TERM EXTENSION (STE) INFORMATION.  STE INCREMENTS OUTLINED IN REF A 
ARE WAIVED FOR THIS PROGRAM, EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY.  SAILORS CURRENTLY IN SEA 
DUTY ASSIGNMENTS MUST EXTEND BEYOND THEIR PST FOR A MINIMUM OF 12 MONTHS, BUT 
NOT TO EXCEED 24 MONTHS.  SAILORS TERMINATING SHORE DUTY EARLY TO GO TO SEA 
MAY EXTEND FOR 12 TO A MAXIMUM OF 36 MONTHS PROVIDED  THEY EXACTLY MATCH THE 
MINIMUM OBLISERV REQUIRED FOR THE ORDERS ACCEPTED (12 MONTHS UNACCOMPANIED FOR 
TYPE 3 DUTY OCONUS, 24 MONTHS FOR CONUS OR QQQQ UNACCOMPANIED OCONUS, OR 36 
MONTHS ACCOMPANIED OCONUS).  FOR EXAMPLE, A SHORE-DUTY SAILOR WITHIN 5 MONTHS 
OF EAOS WOULD HAVE TO EXTEND FOR 31  MONTHS TO OBTAIN OCONUS ORDERS.

6.  SHORT TERM EXTENSION LIMITATIONS.  STE'S IN SUPPORT OF THIS PROGRAM ARE 
LIMITED AS FOLLOWS:
    A.  ENLISTED CONTRACTS CANNOT BE EXTENDED FOR MORE THAN 48 AGGREGATE 
MONTHS.
    B.  A SINGLE EXTENSION GREATER THAN 36 MONTHS IS NOT AUTHORIZED.
    C.  A MAXIMIUM OF THREE EXTENSION AGREEMENTS PER ENLISTMENT ARE AUTHORIZED 
IF THE SAILOR IS ACCEPTED FOR ORDERS UNDER THIS PROGRAM.  EXTENSION AGREEMENTS 
AUTHORIZED DURING INITIAL RECRUIT ENLISTEMENT CONTRACTS FOR 6 YEAR OBLIGATION 
(YO) ENLISTMENT PROGRAMS (E.G., NUCLEAR POWER  OR ADVANCED TRAINING PROGRAMS) 
DO NOT COUNT AGAINST THE THREE EXTENSIONS AUTHORIZED PER ENLISTMENT CONTRACT.
    D.  NO EXTENSION, IN ANY CIRCUMSTANCE, CAN TAKE A SAILOR, E6 AND BELOW, 
BEYOND 14 YEARS OF SERVICE AND SAILORS MUST NOT HAVE MORE THAN 13 YEARS OF 
SERVICE ON THE DAY THE STE COMMENCES.
    E.  EXTENSIONS CAN BE EXECUTED WITHOUT PTS APPROVAL ONCE ORDERS HAVE BEEN 
NEGOTIATED WITH PERS-40 AND THE SAILOR HAS MET ALL ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS IN 
PARA 5.
    F.  SAILORS WHO DO NOT EXECUTE ORDERS NEGOTIATED FOR THIS PROGRAM FOR ANY 
REASON WILL HAVE THEIR EXTENSION RESCINDED.
    G.  AUTHORITY TO EXECUTE A STE WITH PTS DEFERMENT UNDER THIS PROGRAM IS 
GRANTED ONLY AFTER THE NAVPERS 1306/7 REQUEST HAS BEEN APPROVED BY
PERS-40/BUPERS-32

7.  PTS DEFERMENT.  SAILORS WILL NOT REQUIRE A PTS QUOTA TO EXECUTE A SHORT 
TERM EXTENSION IN ORDER TO ACCEPT ORDERS, OR EXTEND IN PLACE UNDER THE 
VOLUNTARY SEA DUTY PROGRAM, PROVIDED THEY MEET ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS BELOW.
AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE SHORT TERM EXTENSION, A PTS QUOTA WILL BE REQUIRED TO 
COMPLETE THE PRESCRIBED SEA TOUR OR A PCS TRANSFER.

8.  ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR PTS DEFERMENT.
    A.  NO EVALUATION PERFORMANCE TRAIT MARK BELOW 3.0 FOR THE LAST 3 YEARS.
    B.  NO PFA FAILURES DURING THE LAST 2 YEARS AND NO RISK OF FAILING A THIRD 
PFA WITHIN A FOUR YEAR PERIOD.
    C.  NO NJP DURING THE LAST 2 YEARS.
    D.  PASS SEA DUTY SCREENING.
    E.  BE RECOMMENDED FOR RETENTION AND ADVANCEMENT.
    F.  MUST HAVE AT LEAST ONE YEAR REMAINING UNTIL THEIR CURRENT PROJECTED 
ROTATION DATE (PRD).
    G.  MAY NOT EXCEED HYT AS OUTLINED IN REF D.

9.  RESTRICTIONS.  VOLUNTARY SEA DUTY PROGRAM REQUESTS WILL NOT BE APPROVED 
FOR THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS:
    A.  PRIOR PTS APPLICATION WAS DENIED AND MEMBER TOLD TO SEPARATE.
    B.  CURRENTLY BEING PROCESSED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE SEPARATION.
    C.  NOT SELECTED FOR CONTINUATION OR RETENTION.
    D.  CURRENTLY SERVING IN AN OVERSEAS ENVIRONMENT AND SUBJECT TO DOD AREA 
TOUR REQUIREMENTS.
    E.  CURRENTLY ASSIGNED TO SPECWAR SUPPORT (ALL RATINGS) OR SERVING ON AN 
INDIVIDUAL AUGMENTATION TOUR.
    F.  SAILOR HOLDS A NUCLEAR NEC (33XX).
    G.  CURRENTLY ASSIGNED UNDER SPECIAL PROGRAMS OUTLINED IN REF E, WITHOUT A 
POSITIVE COMMAND ENDORSEMENT OF THE REQUEST.
    H.  SHORE DUTY SAILORS SHOULD HAVE COMPLETED A 24 MONTH TOUR AT THE 
PRESENT COMMAND PRIOR TO EXECUTION OF ORDERS.  PERS-40 MAY WAIVE THIS 
REQUIREMENT BASED ON THE ORDERS REQUESTED AND CURRENT COMMAND MANNING.

10.   THIS PROGRAM WILL NOT IMPACT ELIGIBILITY FOR, OR BENEFITS OF, THE SEA 
DUTY INCENTIVE PAY PROGRAM.  IT IS POSSIBLE FOR AN ELIGIBLE MEMBER TO RECEIVE 
BENEFITS FROM BOTH PROGRAMS CONCURRENTLY.

11.  ALL OTHER PROVISIONS OF REF A REMAIN IN EFFECT FOR ALL OTHER CONDITIONS.
NAVADMINS 007/09 AND 242/09 ARE HEREBY CANCELLED.

12.  QUESTIONS CONCERNING THIS PROGRAM SHOULD BE REFERRED TO THE NPC CUSTOMER 
SERVICE CENTER, 1-(866)-U-ASK-NPC OR (866) 827-5672.
E-MAIL AT CSCMAILBOX(AT)NAVY.MIL.

13.  RELEASED BY VICE ADMIRAL S. R. VAN BUSKIRK, N1.//

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