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Individual Augmentee duty.

Navy Refines Processes, Improves Training, Support For Individual Augmentees (IAs), Families

Approximately 10,000 Sailors are on IA orders at any given time, and more than 80,000 Sailors have been on an IA assignment since 2002.

The Navy is committed to improving the process of assigning IA Sailors and to supporting them and their families with the same commitment and care that deploying Sailors and their families traditionally receive. Several organizations play key roles in providing oversight and support to our Sailors deploying for nontraditional expeditionary missions in support of overseas contingency operations (OCO).

U.S. Fleet Forces Command is the executive agent for the IA continuum and Naval Installations Command is the executive agent for IA family support. The following key stakeholders in the IA continuum are vital to the success of IA Sailors and family support:

* Navy Personnel Command - orders generation and personnel support

* Navy Reserve Forces Command - administration and oversight of Reserve personnel

* Expeditionary Combat Readiness Center (ECRC) - supervision and coordination of IA training

* Commander, Task Force-Individual Augmentee - Boots-on-Ground administrative support

* Navy Mobilization and Processing Sites (NMPS) - The sites in Norfolk, San Diego, Gulfport, Miss., and Port Hueneme, Calif, provide in-processing support ensuring Sailors are prepared for deployment. During redeployment, they ensure Sailors' needs, issues and concerns are addressed prior to reintegration into Navy and civilian life.

* Fleet and Family Support Centers - dedicated support to Navy families throughout the IA continuum.

Deciding To Be A Navy IA

There are four primary assignment processes that determine how IA Sailors deploy: Global Support Assignment (GSA), Individual Augmentee Manpower Management Management (IAMM), Reserve Component Mobilization (RC Mob) and OCO Support Assignment (OSA) Sailors. With recent changes implemented, only officers fill billets in the GSA process. RC Mob assignments provide the right RC Sailor with the right skills at the right time. IAMM assignments meet the dynamic demands of the combatant commanders. The OSA process, that went into effect for enlisted Sailors on Nov. 1, 2010, encourages volunteerism and eliminates inequities identified in other processes.

IA billets supporting OSA assignments can be viewed on Career Management System-Individual Detailing, www.npc.navy.mil/Enlisted/CMS.

Officers can contact their specialty detailer for IA assignments. Reserve Component Sailors can sign-up to receive automated e-mails for mobilization opportunities by subscribing to GovDelivery www.navyreserve.navy.mil.

Career Benefits Of Volunteering For IA Duty

IA tours are career enhancing in the areas of advancement and recognition. Some incentives include guaranteed follow-on detailing, advancement exams options, campaign/service awards, Projected Rotation Date extensions if coming from shore duty, OCO Navy Enlisted Classification or additional qualified designations, concurrent evaluations/fitness reports, and increased IA advancement rates. To learn about additional IA incentives, go to the FAQ section on the Navy IA website www.ia.navy.mil.

IA Deployment Orders

First and foremost, Read Your Orders. Sailors receive different orders based on the assignment process they are billeted to fill. GSA Sailors receive two sets of orders. The first set of orders for a permanent change of station is received shortly after negotiating with the detailer and has details for detaching from the current command and reporting to ECRC San Diego or Norfolk. The second set of orders for temporary additional duty (TEMADD) outline point-of-contact information, training site locations, transportation, OCONUS deployment and additional guidance (NAVADMIN 333/10).

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IAMM Sailors receive TEMADD/indeterminate temporary duty (ITDY) orders. Emergent requirements due to operational need mean delivery of orders to the selected IA may be less than 60 days prior to the first interim stop report date (NAVADMIN 332/10).

RC Mob Sailors receive involuntary orders. Notification for involuntary mobilization is a minimum of 60 days with the goal of 180 days notification. NRFC uses volunteers to fill mobilization requirements to the maximum extent possible. Sailors who desire to volunteer for mobilization are encouraged to contact their Navy Operational Support Center and have their manpower availability status codes updated to a volunteer status (NAVADMIN 235/08).

OSA Sailors will not receive TEMADD orders. These orders will take them from their current parent command to the identified NMPS, through a mission-specific training track into theater for their OSA assignment, and back to their parent command (NAVADMIN 334/10).

To view their orders, IA Sailors can log onto BUPERS Online (BOL) www.bol.navy.mil, select the NMCMPS link, and click "View My Orders."

Command Individual Augmentee Coordinator (CIAC)

Every command is required to have a CIAC. A CIAC the command's representative who supports the IA Sailor before during, and after deployment. CIACs are IA Sailor's "first line of defense" for IA information support. They work closely with the command's ombudsman and individual deployment support specialists IDSS) to ensure the family is supported while the

Sailor deployed.

Training

All IA Sailors are required to complete the predeployment online training courses listed in the latest Expeditionary Screening Checklist (NAVPERS 1300/22). courses are accessible on the Navy Knowledge Online NKO) e-Learning under the mandatory training "For All Individual Augmentees." Te s e online courses prepare Sailors for pre-deployment training pipelines, to include Navy Individual Augmentee Combat Training, a three-week program that provides Navy I As with the basic combat skills training for their Boots-on-Ground tour.

Requirements

The Expeditionary Screening Checklist is a detailed checklist IA Sailors are required to complete to ensure they are ready for deployment. It includes medical and dental screenings (NAVMED 1300/4), as well as government travel card, security clearance, training and personal requirements. Commanding officers report the IA Sailors' suitability via BOL. The Expeditionary Screening Checklist is available on the Navy IA website or on Navy Personnel Command's website www.npc.navy.mil.

Noble Eagle Number

The Noble Eagle (NE) number is a tracking number applied to a specific IA mission. It can be found in every Sailor's orders. IA Sailors should provide their NE number to their families to expedite location and communication in case of any emergency situation. A brief description of NE numbers is available on NKO under the "Individual Augmentee" tab.

Family Support

The Navy is just as committed to the families of IA Sailors as to the Sailors themselves. To guarantee families receive the best support possible, IA Sailors need to update their family member information in the Navy Family Accountability and Assessment System. If a family changes location during the deployment, needs help or has general questions, they can contact the CIAC, Ombudsman, IDSS or the ECRC IA Family help desk at ecrc.fs.fct@navy.mil. For emergencies, they can contact the 24-hour tollfree hotline at (877) 364- 4302 with their deployed IA Sailor's NE number.

Reintegrating After Deploymemt

Sailors returning from an IA deployment have had a wide-range of experiences. During the Warrior Transition Program in Kuwait, Sailors begin the process of reintegration back into normal Navy or civilian life. There, Sailors complete a Post-Deployment Health Assessment, and six months later they complete a follow-on Post-Deployment Health Re-Assessment, both outlined in Defense Health Assessment guidance.

Following their return to CONUS, Sailors can attend Returning Warrior Workshops (RWW), a key component of the DoD Yellow Ribbon Program for Reintegration. RWWs are designed to enhance the resiliency of active component (AC) and Reserve component Sailors who have completed IA assignments in combat zones or were exposed to highly stressful situations during deployment. These weekend events provide an atmosphere to address personal stress associated with non-traditional deployments and are comprised of workshops intended to assist Sailors with successful reintegration back into work, community and family life. The RWW schedule is posted on the Navy IA website.

(Source: U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command and Expeditionary Combat Readiness Center.)

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