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Navy mandates electronic service record accounts fleetwide.

The Chief of Navy Personnel recently released NAVADMIN 043/09 announcing the requirement for all active-duty and Reserve personnel to establish and maintain a selfservice electronic service record (ESR) account.

"Having a self-service account is necessary for updating emergency contact information. Self-service accounts contain other important features, such as enabling Sailors to directly submit PCS (permanent change of station) travel claims upon PCS transfer; update race, ethnicity and religion information; and view all other ESR service record information," said Vice Adm. Mark Ferguson, chief of naval personnel.

The requirement date for Sailors serving at sea and without connectivity to establish an ESR is 60 days upon return to homeport.

The Navy first implemented ESRs in 2006. The ESR provides individual Sailors, personnel support activity detachments (PSD), personnel offices holding service records, Navy operational support centers and customer commands of PSDs with secure worldwide Internet, access to personnel, training and awards data.

The ESR replaces the paper service record as the single field level data entry point for service record maintenance. Commands are required to use all available ESR functionality.

Self-service accounts can be created at or on the Navy Standard Integrated Personnel System (NSIPS) ESR server on board ship.

Commanding officers, executive officers and command master chiefs can obtain command-level view only access within their UIC(s) by completing the NSIPS/ESR system authorization request and contacting their local NSIPS area manager.

All commands responsible for service record entries are required to initiate updates in NSIPS ESR, but official military personnel file requirements remain unchanged.

NSIPS ESR is the data entry point for ESR maintenance. Sailors are responsible for the accuracy of their ESR and must contact the servicing personnel office if any information is incorrect.

For more information read NAVADMIN 043/09.

Story courtesy of Navy Personnel Command, Millington, Tenn.
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Title Annotation:Around the Fleet
Publication:All Hands
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Apr 1, 2009
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