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COVID Vaccination and Reporting Policy

The SARS-CoV-2 virus and the disease it causes, COVID-19, has
disrupted Navy force mission execution and life in the United States. The
shortest path to restoring normal operations, and protecting our Navy service
members, civilians and dependents is to efficiently vaccinate a large portion
of the force. Two SARS-CoV-2 vaccines are anticipated for near term use by
the DoD. Additional vaccines may be approved for future use. The SARS-CoV-2
vaccine is a pandemic vaccine and the distribution and administration of it
will follow similar protocols established by prior influenza vaccination
seasons.  NAVADMIN 327/20 provides Navy Policy, Operational and Medical guidance on the issue.

CNO Message to the Fleet -- COVID Vaccine

The nation and the Department of Defense are beginning to administer
vaccines for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. These vaccines, which are currently
voluntary, are a proven effective measure to better protect you, our Navy and
our nation from this insidious threat.

2. I ask that every member of our Navy team strongly consider receiving the
vaccine not only for yourself, but for your shipmates, your family, and your
fellow citizens. By maximizing vaccination among our force and maintaining
our mitigation measures of physical distancing, mask wearing, and hand
washing, we will begin the return to normal. I will receive the vaccine
shortly after it is made available to senior DoD leadership.

3. Initially, there will be a finite supply of COVID-19 vaccines, which will
first be administered to DoD and civilian health care professionals and
emergency responders those most at risk of exposure. Vaccinating this
population will take time, likely into January. We will make the vaccine
available more broadly through a tiered plan as production ramps up,
prioritizing those executing our most critical missions. I ask for your
patience until the vaccine is available for you, and your continued
compliance with those health measures we currently have in place.

4. If you have questions about the vaccine, please ask your medical
provider. Your health remains our number one priority and Navy leadership,
all of us, remain committed to being transparent about the vaccine delivery
and dissemination plan.

5. I continue to be extremely proud of our collective resilience and grit
during this challenging time. But we must REMAIN vigilant, even after
vaccinations occur.

6. Safe and healthy is the goal for 2021! Together, we will make this
happen. Never more proud to be your CNO.


Termination of Global Authorized Departure for Individuals At Higher Risk From COVID-19

NAVADMIN 302/20 announces the termination of the global authorized departure on 9 December 2020.   This NAVADMIN applies to the Department of Defense (DoD) eligible family members (EFM) and civilian employees who are currently at their safe haven location. Global authorized departure ends 9 December 2020 and all dependents should plan to return to their permanent duty station (PDS) by that date.


Navy COVID-19 Standardized Operational Guidance Version 3.1

NAVADMIN 298/20 updates the US Navy COVID-19 Standardized Operational Guidance as issued in NAVADMIN 266/20.


Extension of New Global Authorized Departure for Individuals at Higher Risk From COVID-19

NAVADMIN 284/20 applies to those Department of Defense (DoD) eligible family members (EFM) and civilian employees who are currently at their safe haven location. DoD EFMs and civilian employees who did not have travel orders approved prior to 7 May 2020, are not permitted an authorized departure extension.

All associated guidance for safe haven extensions described in NAVADMIN 159/20 remain in effect at the termination of the authorized departure extension on 9 December 2020. Requests for extension of safe haven allowances beyond 9 December 2020 may be submitted to OPNAV N130 via email at

Navy COVID-19 Standardized Operational Guidance Version 3

The new update replaces the previous Operational Guidance and provides new information on fleet lessons on operating in a COVID-19 environment, highlights personal responsibility, adds expectation of testing and restriction of movement compliance and more.  To read the full text of NAVADMIN 266/20, click here.

Approval of Humanitarian Service Medal (HSM) and Armed Forces Service Medal (AFSM) for Department of Defense Coronavirus (COVID-19) Operations and Activities

NAVADMIN 235/20 provides guidance for the award of the HSM and AFSM for DOD COVID-19 operations and activities.


Third Extension of Global Authorized Departure for Individuals at Higher Risk From COVID-19

NAVADMIN 225/20 announces the third extension of the termination of departure authority for an additional 30 days, currently terminating all authorized departure allowances on 9 September 2020.

This NAVADMIN extension applies to those Department of Defense (DoD) EFMs and civilian employees who are currently at their safe haven location. DoD EFMs and civilian employees who did not have travel orders approved prior to 7 May 2020, are not permitted an authorized departure.


E-4 through E-6 Fall Selected Reserve, Active-Duty and Full-Time Support Navy-Wide Advancement Examinations

NAVADMIN 222/20 details the tailored approach to administering the fall Navy-Wide Advancement Exam.  


Guidance for 2020 Periodic First Class Petty Officer, Chief and Senior Chief Evaluations

NAVADMIN 223/20 provides amended guidance for the timing of the 2020 E-6, E-7 and E-8 periodic evaluation cycles to account for delays in the advancement results from the rescheduled E-7, E-8 and E-9 selection boards.  Selectees for advancement can expect to be assigned their original date of rank, which will overlap with the end of the traditional reporting periods in the case of E-6, E-7 and E-8 periodic evaluations. In order to relieve administrative burden on commands by eliminating the need to reprocess evaluations, accurately ensure reporting continuity for Sailors who are advanced, and to ensure
standardized reporting across the Navy:
a. Reporting Seniors shall conduct normal E-6 periodic evaluations after
the release of the Active Duty E-7 advancement results and submit E-6
periodic evaluations to Navy Personnel Command (NPC) no later than 15 December 2020. The end of the reporting period will remain 15 November 2020 for normal periodic evaluations.
(1) Sailors selected for advancement to E-7 will receive an E-6
Promotion/Frocking evaluation ending on 15 September 2020. This applies to Active, Full-Time Support and Reserve Component Sailors.
b. Reporting Seniors shall conduct normal E-7 and E-8 periodic
evaluations after the release of the Active Duty E-8 and E-9 advancement results and submit E-7 and E-8 periodic evaluations to NPC no later than 15 October 2020. The end of the reporting period will remain 15 September 2020 for normal periodic evaluations.

For questions and concerns regarding these policy changes, contact the MyNavy Career Center at 1-833-330-6622, or via e-mail at askmncc(at)


Navy COVID-19 Standard Operational Guidance Update

NAVADMIN 217/20 updates the U.S. Navy COVID-19 standardized Operational Guidance Version 2.0 issued in NAVADMIN 173/20.  This version updates return to work guidance as recommended by the Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center.


School Decision-Making Tool for Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians

Many parents, caregivers, and guardians face new and difficult choices about how their child will return to school in the fall, such as deciding between in-person and virtual learning.

The CDC has designed a tool to help parents, caregivers, and guardias weigh the risks and benefits of available educational options to help them make decisions about sending their child back to school.  Go to the CDC website for more information.  The CDC also prepared a Back-to-School Planning Checklist for Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers.


Second Extension of Global Authorized Departure for Individuals at Higher Risk from COVID-19

NAVADMIN 197/20 extension applies to those Department of Defense (DoD) EFMs and civilian employees who are currently at their safe haven location. DoD EFMs and civilian employees who did not have travel orders approved prior to 7 May 2020, are not permitted an authorized departure.

All associated guidance for safe haven extensions described in NAVADMIN 159/20 remain in effect at the termination of the authorized departure extension on 10 August 2020. Requests for extension of safe haven allowances beyond 10 August 2020 may be submitted to Military Pay and
Compensation Policy Branch (OPNAV N130) via e-mail at

Service Members with questions regarding this NAVADMIN should contact MyNavy Career Center, available 24/7, by phone at (833) 330- MNCC ((833) 330-6622) or via e-mail at askmncc(at)


Casualty and Mortuary Affairs Processes in Response to COVID-19 Update Two

NAVADMIN 195/20 supersedes NAVADMIN 151/20 and directs the rendering of military funeral honors for Service Members and veterans effective immediately.

This NAVADMIN also provides guidance for Bedside Travel, Casualty Assist5ance Calls Officer Notifications and Support, Dignified Transfer, Escorting Remains, Funeral Travel and more.


Face Coverings in Uniform

NAVADMIN 194/20 reiterates the face covering policies previously promulgated and provides service specific wear guidance for Sailors in uniform. While the Navy is considering whether face coverings should be a formal uniform item governed by uniform regulations, at present,
they are considered personal protective equipment (PPE) and while in uniform, face coverings will comply with the guidance provided in this NAVADMIN. 


(The NAVADMIN covers procurement, issuance of, and proper wear of face coverings.  Click on the above link to read the full NAVADMIN)


Physical Readiness Program Policy Update for PFA Cycle Two 2020

NAVADMIN 193/20 announces the suspension of the Navy Physical
Readiness Program Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA) for Cycle 2, 2020 and updates policy guidance pertaining to future Physical Readiness Test (PRT) modalities provided in reference (a). The COVID-19 situation requires that we continue to minimize risk to personnel, therefore all personnel will be EXCUSED from participation in Navy PFA Cycle 2, 2020.


Navy Mitigation Measures IRT Coronavirus Outbreak Update 6

Based on recent revisions to Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of the Navy (DoN) guidance regarding travel restrictions, leave and liberty outside of the local area is now
exempted from the previously provided travel restrictions pertaining to  the DoD framework on transitioning to a conditions-based, phased approach to personnel movement and travel. NAVADMIN 189/20 cancels NAVADMIN 168/20, removes personal leave and liberty outside of the local area as restricted travel, and transitions the stop movement
approach to domestic and overseas personnel travel to a conditions- based and phased approach to lifting of travel restrictions. All commands shall continue to take specific actions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 worldwide and Department of the Navy (DON) Navy Service Members will adhere to Force Health Protection Guidance.


Navy Publishes Leaders' Handbook for COVID Guidance

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Navy leadership published a COVID-19 Leaders’ Handbook containing current Navy guidance on COVID mitigation measures and procedures 30 June as a reference for leaders throughout the fleet.

The handbook will act as a quick guide for leaders both ashore and at sea to educate their teams on the threat COVID poses to the Navy and give them key information on prevention and mitigation procedures.  (Click here for full story)

COVID-19 Testing




(A summation of the NAVADMIN is available on - for the full NAVADMIN, click here)

Updated Travel Guidance for Naval Reserve Sailors

Commander, Navy Reserve Force (CNRF) issued new, Reserve-specific guidance on June 22 for Selected Reserve (SELRES) Sailors travelling to conduct, Annual Training (AT), Active Duty for Training (ADT), and Inactive Duty Training-Travel (IDTT) during the COVID-19 pandemic.

ALNAVRESFOR 015/20 is primarily based on the latest U.S. Navy travel guidance issued June 12 (NAVADMIN 168/20). SELRES Sailors executing Active Duty Special Work (ADSW) orders and mobilizations will continue to follow the NAVADMIN guidance and any special requirements from their supported command.

PCS Post Stop Movement Plan

NAVADMIN 169/20 details how Navy Personnel Command (NPC) will work to eliminate the temporary backlog of five months of Sailors due to transfer as locations and installations achieve the conditions outlined in reference (b).
There are 42,000 Sailors with Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders delayed due to COVID- 19. As conditions allow for the easing of stop movement orders, household goods (HHG) and transportation logistics will
initially limit the number of Sailors that can be moved at one time.

Until full HHG and transportation capacities are restored, NPC will prioritize transfers that emphasize fleet readiness while striving for contact relief in operational sea duty billets. This will likely involve the
delay and/or acceleration of Estimated Dates of Departure (EDDs) of Sailors.


Extension of Termination of Global Authorized Departure for Individuals at Higher Risk from COVID-19

NAVADMIN announces the extension of the termination of departure authority for an additional 30 days, terminating all authorized departure allowances on 11 July 2020.

2. This NAVADMIN extension applies to those Department of Defense (DoD) EFMs and civilian employees who are currently at their safe haven location. DoD EFMs and civilian employees who did not have travel orders approved prior to 7 May 2020 are not permitted an authorized departure under reference (d) - Memo from USD PR on Authorized Departure Extension.

3. All associated guidance for safe haven extensions described in reference (b) - NAVADMIN 159/20, remain in effect at the termination of the authorized departure extension on 11 July 2020. Requests for extension of safe haven allowances beyond 11 July 2020 may be submitted to Military Pay and Compensation Policy Branch (OPNAV N130) via e-mail at nxag_n130c(at)

4. Service Members with questions regarding this NAVADMIN should contact MyNavy Career Center (MNCC), available 24/7, by phone at (833) 330-MNCC ((833) 330-6622) or via e-mail at

Special CFC Solicitation for Victims of COVID-19

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management has opened a special solicitation to help the victims of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic via the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) pledge system.  This special solicitation is the direct result of many Department of Defense personnel inquiring how they can help relief efforts as private citizens.  This special solicitation will remain open throgh 30 June 2020.

The CFC is uniquely positioned to supplement the Federal governments overall response by allowin employees to pledge additional resources to alreay vetted charities and to those that are actively responding to various community needs because of the COVID-19 outbreak.  This special solicitation provides an opportunity for Federal employees and members of the military to create a new gift to support their favorite CGC-participating charities (only those charities accepted in 2019) online or through the CGC mobile giving app.  The CFC online donation protal-giving app is located at https://cfcgiving.opm.govALNAV 064/20 has the complete details


Guidance for Conducting Retirement/Fleet Reserve Ceremonies Delayed Due to COVID-19

NAVADMIN 160/20 announces interim policy guidance pertaining to command-sponsored retirement ceremonies delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 has limited group gatherings and
congregate events, such as command- sponsored retirement ceremonies designed to express the appreciation of the Navy for the many years of faithful and honorable service our Service Members have devoted to their country. This NAVADMIN permits commands to approve delays in the execution of command-sponsored retirement ceremonies following an effective retirement date for Service Members up to 6 months after the cognizant installation commanding officer allows group gatherings of over 10 people.


Termination of Departure Authority for Individuals at Higher Risk from COVID-19

NAVADMIN 159/20 announces the termination of a previous NAVADMIN that authorized the departure of dependents during the COVID-19 outbreak.  Department of Defense eligible family members
and civilian employees who did not have travel orders approved prior to 7 May 2020, may no longer use the authority of of NAVADMIN 116/20 to depart their duty station. For those currently at a safe haven, the Department of State has extended all current global authorized departures until 11 June 2020. All authorized departure allowances are terminated effective 11 June 2020. For those who had orders approved after 7 May 2020 and have travelled to a safe haven, contact the Military Pay and Compensation Policy Branch (OPNAV N130) via e-mail at nxag_n130c(at) for further guidance.


Battle of Midway Planning Order

NAVADMIN 158/20 emphasizes that as much as possible and within the bounds of personnel safety, operational availability, and existing local, state, and federal restrictions on gatherings and travel, commands are directed to find creative ways to commemorate the 78th anniversary of the Battle of Midway.


Casualty and Mortuary Affairs Processes in Response to COVID-19 (Update)

NAVADMIN 151/20 provides an update to interim casualty and mortuary affairs program changes necessary to mitigate risk to the force due to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) national
emergency.  The message updates information pertaining to Bedside Travel, CACO notifications, Dignified Transfer, Escorting Remains, Funeral Honors and Funeral Travel.  To read the full NAVADMIN, click here.


Advancement Eligibility Related to Changes to the Navy-Wide Advancement Exam and Physical Fitness Assessment Due to COVID-19

As a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the PFA, senior enlisted selcection boards, and the Spring Navy-wide advancement exam schedules were changed.  NAVADMN 145/20 works to clarify and update policy with regard to the impact of these changes on enlisted advancement eligibility and commissioning.  Read the full NAVADMIN to understand Navy-wide advancement exam eligibility, new rules pertaining to High Year Tenure, PFA failures, Meritorious Advancement Program candidates, ECP and more.


Recommencement of Selection Boards and Revised Schedule

NAVADMIN 144/20 announces the recommencement of promotion, advancement, continuation, milestone and other administrative selection boards that were postponed due to COVID-19.  The Navy plans to begin convening of selection boards at PC in Millington, Tennessee on July 1 with out-of-the-area participants.  In the meantime, the Navy completed some smaller administrative boards via virtual means and in some cases using local area membership, and will continue to do so where appropriate.  The revised schedule for officer promotion and associated continuation selection boards and enlisted advancement selection boards is  available at


Force Management Operational Mitigation Measures IRT COVID-19

NAVADMIN 132/20 announces the continued efforts of the Navy to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and maintain operational, Sailor and family readiness. Due to the uncertainty regarding the duration of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the mandated all stop on permanent change of station travel and the resulting effect on the U.S. economy, the Navy is implementing additional personnel policy actions to maintain our maritime superiority. This NAVADMIN expands monetary and non-monetary incentives to retain and distribute Sailors in support of operational requirements during this challenging time.  These measures include a High Year Tenure Waiver Expansion, a Sea Duty Incentive Pay Expansion, SRB Update, and Reserve and New Accession Training Opportunities.  To read the full NAVADMIN, click here.


NHH Ideas to Support Fleet Learning and At-Home Education During Pandemic

NAVADMIN 128/20 provides Navy leaders with ideas and online resources on how to apply naval history and heritage to increase warfighting effectiveness. It also provides resources for the at-home education of school-age children. This NAVADMIN addresses NHHC's online resources. To easily access all these resources, visit NHHC's website at  To read the full NAVADMIN, click here.


Protection of Service Members and Families Executing HHG Moves

NAVADMIN 126/20 provides guidance for the protection of service members and families executing inbound and outbound Household Good (HHG) moves during COVID-19 stop movement period.  Transportation service providers will provide a certification of health protection protocols document to the member before beginning work in the member's residence.  Certification ensures the provider is adhering to CDC guidelines, equipped with and wearing face coverings, prepared to clean surfaces touched after receiving service member permission, using smallest crew required, adhering to social distancing guidelines, and maintaining good hand hygiene.  To read the full NAVADMIN, click here.


Navy HR Updated Q&A

Navy Human Resources has provided a comprehensive document with questions and answers to commonly asked COVID-19 work-related issues.  Click here to review the document.


Effective Use of Remote Work Options

NAVADMIN 123/20 cancels reference (a) and provides updated remote
working guidance. We continue to refine our remote work capabilities and
capacity to meet our mission requirements. Please stay cyber safe and
vigilant. This is a joint OPNAV N2N6 and Fleet Cyber Command/C10F message.

As of 20 April, more than 680,000 Navy users have been sent invitations
to leverage the DoD Commercial Virtual Environment (CVR) introduced in
reference (b). If not in receipt of an invitation, perform the following
a. Go to:
b. Click Update work contact info (GAL)
c. Select CAC tab and log in
d. Select MIL, CIV, or CTR tab, as applicable
e. Under Personnel Status, edit BOTH of the following drop down menus
(1) Duty Organization
(2) Duty Sub Organization
NOTE: There are over 2,000 Navy organizations listed in MilConnect. You
will need to find and select your specific organization in the list.
f. Under Personnel Email Addresses, ensure it is the correct .mil email
g. Click Submit button
NOTE: Updating this information will make remaining Navy users eligible to
receive a CVR invitation within 48 hours. The invitation will come from
info(at), with subject line (TEAMS GENERATED) Welcome to DODs
Commercial Virtual Remote Environment. Ensure to check the Junk Mail folder
as well.

To read the full NAVADMIN, click here.


Spring Advancement Exams Information Update

In coordination with Fleet Education Service Officers (ESO) and with assistance from the Fleet Master Chiefs, the Navy advancement team working group developed a tailored approach to close out the Spring Navy Wide Advancement Exam (NWAE) for both active-duty (AD) and Reserve Sailors. Our primary goal continues to be keeping all Sailors safe and healthy, while
ensuring every advancement candidate has an equal and fair opportunity to advance despite the challenges of the current COVID-19 environment.

CPO selection board schedule will be issued in a future NAVADMIN.

E-5 and E-6 candidates still have outstanding substitute exams that have not been administered.  Such exams will be administered between May 21 and June 3, while adhering to proper precautionary measures.

E-4 exams are cancelled.  Advancement will be determined using Rank-Order method.

To read the complete text of NAVADMIN 121/20, click here.


Navy Mitigation Measures in Response to Coronavirus Outbreak Update 4

NAVADMIN 116/20 extends the ongoing stop movement travel restriction to June 30, 2020.  In addition, the update provides clarifying guidance on other COVID-19 related issues and policy changes, contains measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and amplifies DoD and DoN direction for Navy Service Members and Navy civilians.  To read the full NAVADMIN, click the hyperlink above.  To read a story summation of the update, click here.


Update for Reporting Requirements

NAVADMIN 115/20 provides updated reporting guidance while the Navy continues to operate in a COVID-19 environment. All OPREP-3 messages sent related to COVID-19, will be reported as detailed below, and must include CNO WASHINGTON DC as an action addee as well as all addees required by Echelon 2 and 3 commanders.  The reporting guidance is significantly enhanced to better understand COVID-19 positive, suspect COVID-19 cases, and command actions at sea. This message applies to all Navy units responsible for service members, both active duty and reservists, and Navy civilian employees. To read the full NAVADMIN, click here.

Update for Identification Card Services for COVID-19

NAVADMIN 114/20 provides an update to temporary guidance for Navy
personnel who require Common Access Card (CAC) and Uniformed Services
Identification (USID) Card services during the COVID-19 emergency.
To maximize force health protection and ensure continuity of operations,
all Navy Real-time Automated Personnel Identification System (RAPIDS) sites
will continue to provide initial issuance or re-issuance of a CAC that will
be expiring within 30 days with an appointment scheduled online. CACs will
not be reissued due to printed information changes (e.g. promotion, name
change, or for any appearance changes due to relaxed grooming standards).
Department of Defense (DoD) civilian employees will retain their CACs when
transferring from one Service to another. CAC PIN resets will continue to be
provided as a walk-in service.  To read the full NAVADMIN, click here.


New ID Card Guidance

The Navy issued two memorandums regarding DoD ID Cards and Common Access Cards (CAC) April 16.  The guidance eases requirements and in some cases extends acceptance of ID cards past their expiration date to limit burdens on ID Card centers.  The memorandums are posted on the Coronavirus Factsheet page on our website.


COVID-19 Fact Sheets

The Navy has issued a Recovery Framework factsheet and some Pre-Deployment guidance to go along with their earlier released Mitigation Framework and Prevention Framework factsheets.  To view the factsheets go to the Navy Official COVID-19 blog.  Navy Region Southeast also maintains these and other information products pertaining to the Coronavirus at our Coronavirus Factsheet page.


Restriction of Movement Update

NAVADMIN 113/20 clarifies the definition of ROM, provides amplifying guidance, and delineates responsibilities for execution of ROM.  Restriction of Movement (ROM). General DoD term referring to the limitation of personal liberty for the purpose of ensuring health, safety and welfare. ROM is inclusive of Quarantine, Isolation and Sequester.

Quarantine. Medical term referring to the separation of personnel from others as a result of suspected exposure to a communicable disease. For the world-wide COVID-19 epidemic, this should be imposed on those with no COVID-19 symptoms who have either recently returned from a high-risk location (CDC THN Level 2 or 3), or have had close contact with a known COVID-19 positive patient. The current recommended Quarantine period is 14 days. Per CDC, Quarantine generally means the separation of a person or group of people reasonably believed to have been exposed to a communicable disease but not yet symptomatic, from others who have not been so exposed, to prevent the possible spread of the communicable disease.

Isolation. Medical term referring to the separation of personnel from others due either to the development of potential COVID-19 symptoms or as a result of a positive COVID-19 test. Per CDC, Isolation means the separation of a person or group of people known or reasonably believed to be infected with a communicable disease and potentially infectious from those who are not infected to prevent spread of the communicable disease. Isolation for public health purposes may be voluntary or compelled by federal, state, or local public health order.

Sequester. Term used to describe isolating forces to remove or reduce risk of infection degrading a unit.  To read the full NAVADMIN, click here.


Navy Reserve Policy Update for COVID19

ALNAVRESFOR 011/20 Announced the following changes on April 16.  All regular drill weekends are postponed through 31 May 2020.  Navy Operational Support Centers (NOSCs) shall remain open at a manning level determined by the commanding officer to support mission essential inactive duty for training (IDT) requirements during previously published drill weekends. In order to maintain readiness at the highest level possible, Navy Reserve activity (NRA) and unit leadership shall use maximum flexibility and available technology to conduct virtual drill weekends and individual telework. This message extends the waiver of administrative requirements for telework in ref (r) to 31 May 2020.  To read the full ALNAVRESFOR, click here.


Chief of Naval Reserves Message to the Force

As you are aware, we face a formidable adversary that does not get tired, does not distinguish between combatants and non-combatants, and will only be defeated with teamwork, discipline and a sustained nationwide response. COVID-19 will be a long fight that demands hard work, innovative thinking, stamina, and agility. These are the attributes the Navy Reserve is built for. The pandemic is expected to peak in certain areas over the next month, and as a result, agility and speed are critical. Our Reserve Force Leadership responded by executing the first Distributed Mobilization (DM) process and successfully delivered Sailors into the fight within 48 hours. The outstanding work of our NOSCs, RCCs, and CNRFC during this crisis has been critical and validated the DM model. Moving forward through this fight, my priorities are the following: (1) taking care of our Sailors and families; (2) meet the mission with speed and agility, and (3) maintain readiness.  To read the full message, click here.


CNO Message to the Fleet

    The events of the past week have been difficult for our Navy and our nation. We will learn from them. But make no mistake, we are moving forward. The Navy has our orders and we are executing them

     As I write, we have thousands of Sailors on mission, above, under, and on the seas as well as here at home on the front lines of the coronavirus crisis. We are operating far forward on 90 ships, including 3 aircraft carriers and 2 big deck amphibious ships. Navy Cyber teams are defending our networks. Seabees are converting commercial buildings into medical
facilities across six states. 3,000 Navy doctors, nurses and corpsmen, including hundreds of reservists, are caring for our fellow Americans on USNS MERCY, COMFORT, in New York Citys Javits Center, and in civilian hospitals. Hundreds more deployed to treat the sick in Dallas and New Orleans. The NIMITZ carrier strike group, and her air wing at Lemoore are in 14 day Restriction of Movement (ROM) as they ramp up to deploy. Same for our SSBN crews. Countless more Sailors are leaning in to support them across our fleet staffs, intelligence centers, training facilities, and supply depots. More than 6,000 recruits at Great lakes are preparing to head to the fleet.

    Given this, I have three priorities for us right now. First, our health and safety. Second, ongoing fleet operations and our support to the coronavirus effort. Third, continuing to generate the
enormous amount of support required to keep numbers 1 and 2 on track. I know much of that effort is behind the scenes and out of the limelight but every bit of it is critical. 

    We must ensure the health of the force. And we must be laser-focused on the Fleet from manning to maintenance, and from training to warfighting. Operational readiness is our job and every one of us has a role. Nobody sits the bench. Everyone must pull together. And in this new environment of coronavirus, we are all learning, adapting, and improving by the hour. There is no better example of this than USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT staring down an invisible enemy dedicated in their efforts making phenomenal progress, and providing lessons for the Navy and beyond.

    America. Has. A. Great. Navy. Our nation counts on you and so do I. Never more proud to be your CNO.


Expanded Retention Opportunity for Active Duty and FTS Officers

The Navy is accepting applications from active-duty and full-time support (FTS) officers in the rank of captain or below with a statutory retirement date between now and 1 December 2020 who desire to be retained on active-duty in a retired status (often referred to as retire/retain).
Statutory retirements include retirements required by law for age, years of commissioned service, years of active service, or pursuant to twice failure of selection to the next higher grade. The period of retention, if granted, would extend through 31 December 2020, or earlier if requested, and is only applicable to retention at the current command of the officer.  To read the full NAVADMIN, click here.


Navy Guidance on the Use of Face Coverings

The Navy is committed to taking every precaution to ensure the health and well-being of our people and the nation in response to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.  The Navy supports, and will continue to implement, all measures necessary to mitigate risks to the force, to our mission and to the spread of the disease.  Effective immediately, and in alignment with CDC guidelines, all individuals on DOD property, installations, and facilities are required to wear cloth face coverings when they cannot maintain six feet of social distance.  This includes military, civilian, family members, and contractors in addition to other individuals.  To read the full NAVADMIN, click here.


Casualty and Mortuary Affairs Travel Restrictions Due to COVID-19

The Secretary of Defense has announced interim casualty and mortuary affairs program changes necessary to mitigate risk to the force due to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) national emergency. The mission of casualty and mortuary affairs is a sacred duty, but these temporary changes are necessary to comply with current instructions and to provide standardization across the Navy in order to preserve force readiness, limit the continuing spread of the virus, and most importantly, protect and preserve the health and welfare of our Sailors, civilians, the families and friends of our injured or fallen Shipmates. NAVADMIN 102/20 is issued pending Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) and Department of the Navy (DON) policy still in development. Upon release of the OSD and DON guidance, we will modify this NAVADMIN accordingly.  This guidance affects CACO notifications, bedside travel, escorting remains, dignified transfer and funeral honors.


Exception to Small Arms Training Criteria

NAVADMIN 101/20 provides guidance regarding an exception to policy on small arms training, qualification, and sustainment criteria and Navy Security Force annual sustainment training requirements. All commands will take specific actions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 worldwide. Due to commands implementing COVID-19 force health protection measures which include travel restrictions, minimizing group gatherings, and maximizing social distancing, the expiration time period for the required small arms annual qualification and semi-annual
sustainment criteria are extended through 31 August 2020. Commanders shall reinitiate small arms live-fire qualification and sustainment criteria, and Navy Security Force sustainment training, as applicable, as soon as the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.


Mobilization Processing of Navy Reserve Personnel 

The Navy Reserve is supporting response to the COVID-19 pandemic by
activating Ready Reserve Sailors in support of assigned missions.
Due to the dynamic, urgent and widespread nature of this crisis, some initial
Selected Reserve (SELRES) activations were voluntary, pursuant to reference
(c). To facilitate additional Combatant Commander (CCDR) and/or Service
demand on the Reserve Components (RC) of the armed forces, the Department of
Defense anticipates involuntary mobilization of RC forces for COVID-19
response. These mobilizations will be in addition to ongoing mobilizations
in support of CCDRs globally.

Typically, mobilizing Sailors are required to process through a Navy Mobilization Processing Site (NMPS) overseen by the Expeditionary Combat Readiness Command (ECRC). This NAVADMIN provides an exception to policy to this processing requirement for mobilizing Sailors providing Navy COVID-19 response. This will reduce risk to force health by
reducing travel in line with reference (e). It will also reduce risk to mission since many SELRES Sailors mobilizing for COVID-19 will already be serving at their supported commands on voluntary orders. Conversion to involuntary mobilization orders will be necessary to ensure Sailors receive appropriate benefits, to align emergency appropriations to COVID-19 missions and to ensure sufficient duration of orders to complete the mission. Significant risk to mission would occur if these Sailors were forced to travel to an NMPS simply to convert to mobilization orders.  To read the full NAVADMIN, click here.


Procedures for Navy Entities to Contribute Additively Manufactured Parts or Services in Response to COVID-19

This NAVADMIN provides guidance for Navy organizations wishing to
contribute to COVID-19 response/relief efforts using Additive Manufacturing
(AM). The steps outlined are designed to ensure the Navy remains
aligned with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) initiatives being
coordinated with the Department of Defense via the recently created Joint
Acquisition Task Force (JATF). The intent is not to stifle grass-roots
efforts at the local level, but rather to ensure Navy capabilities are used
to address the most pressing needs and are in keeping with provisions provided for in appropriate references.  To read the full NAVADMIN, click here.


Guidance for Personnel Who Need CAC Identification

To maximize force health protection and ensure continuity of
operations, all Navy Real-Time Automated Personnel Identification System
(RAPIDS) sites will only accept customers who have made CAC online
appointments. Priority support will be provided to those with time sensitive
situations (e.g. active-duty Service Members whose CAC has been lost/stolen
or is expiring within the next 60 days, ID card issuance for newly retired
members, dependents with cards expiring within the next 30 days and CAC PIN
resets). If unable to schedule an appointment, customers will be serviced
via a controlled walk-in process for CAC PIN resets only. Navy RAPIDS sites
shall screen customers before entry in line with the Center for Disease
Control and Navy guidance. All customers are expected to complete a self-
screening questionnaire before accessing the RAPIDS facility. The screening
questionnaire will be prominently posted at the entrance to each facility.
Those currently sick or who have been in close personal contact with someone
diagnosed with COVID-19, or those who have recently traveled (internationally
or domestically outside their local area) will be denied entry.  To read the full text of NAVADMIN 097/20, click here.


Navy and Marine Corps Relief Society Fund Drive Extended

The 2020 Active Duty fund drive supporting the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) is scheduled to run from 01 March 2020 through 30 April 2020.

Typically, we promote the Active Duty campaign supporting NMCRS through
large scale kick-off and fund drive events. However, we fully understand the
precautions currently being undertaken with guidelines from the Centers for
Disease Control regarding Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) that discourages
large group interactions. In light of these events, I am extending the end
date to 30 June 2020 to give commands the time and opportunity to support the
fund drive.  To read all of ALNAV 036/20, click here.


VCNO Sends Message to Navy Leadership

"Shipmates - We are engaged in a challenge unlike anything experienced in our lifeties.  Together, we face an unseen enemy that is impacting not only our nation, but the entire world.  Times like these are the very reason we wear the cloth of the nation, and times like these are the reason our Navy has trusted you with command." 

To read the full article, click here.  


Extensions for Special Duty Medical Examinations

All Navy and Marine Corps personnel requiring a Special Dty Medical Examination for dive, flight, landing craft air cushion, naval special warfare and special operations, nuclear field duty, radiation, and submarine duty status in the months of March 2020 through June 2020 are authorized an extension of four months from date of current exam exiration.

To read the full text of ALNV 035/20, click here.


Navy Sets Up Commercial Virtual Remote (CVR) Environment

To mitigate the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19),  the Navy directed implementation of maximum telework flexibilities for shore commands, consistent with command operational needs as determined by their heads. 

Over the past couple of weeks the Navy has significantly increased remote
work capabilities using Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) and Outlook Web
Access (OWA). To further increase collaboration capabilities for the
workforce during mass telework operations, Department of Defense (DoD) has
established the Commercial Virtual Remote (CVR) environment. CVR is a
limited, DoD-only, instance of Microsoft Teams and OneDrive for Business
(ODfB), a communication and collaboration, cloud-based platform integrated
with Microsoft Office 365. This is a temporary solution and all stored data
will be destroyed at the conclusion of the COVID-19 emergency. All users
will be required to migrate critical working documents and official records
to approved storage platform. NAVADMIN 093/20 provides policy and guidance for
the use of CVR for official business. The full CVR rollout plan will be
promulgated SEPCOR.


NavyLive Blog

The official site for Navy information and updates on Coronavirus Diseas 19 (COVID-19) can be found at on the navylive blog.  Visit frequently to learn about the latest policies, leadership messages and guidance on how to protect yourself and your Shipmates.


Voluntary Extensions

NAVADMIN 089/20 offers the opportunity for officers and enlisted personnel who desire to delay their separation or retirement to apply for a voluntary extension.  Service members with an approved separation or retirement date before 1 April 2021 are eligible to submit a request to their detailer to have their separation or retirement date delayed betwen 6 and 12 monts (duration specified by the service member).  Requests must be received by 1 July 2021.  This NAVADMIN is a deliberate path of the Navy to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 and maintain operational, Sailor and family readiness.  To read the full NAVADMIN, click the hyperlink above.


Local Shelter-In-Place Orders

ALNAV 029/20 provides guidance to the Department of Navy commanders and all personnel regarding state and local government executive orders pertaining to COVID-19 response.  Some state and local governments have issued shelter-in-place or stay-at-home, self-quarantine, or similar executive orders.  The Department of the Navy respects the orders issued by state and local authorities and shares in the responsibility to reduce the transmission rate of COVID-19.  To the extent practicable, Department of the Navy commanders will act in accordance with the applicable provisions of public health emergency declarations made by state and local public health authorities.  However, when Navy continuing operations must be performed, federal law exempts military and federal civilian personnel from state and local government orders in order to perform their official duties.

To ensure continuity of operations, commanders may direct that personnel under their command, to include active, reserve, civilian, and foreign military under DON authority, continue to perform official duties.  If personnel movement is required to perform official duties, DON personnel are exempted from shelter-in-place, curfew, or other restriction of movement orders.  Personnel ordered to official duties, if encountered by local law enforcement during such travel, shall identify themselves using their DOD identification and explain the nature of their work and travel.  To read the entire ALNAV, click the hyperlink above.


Restriction of Movement

NAVADMIN 083/20 reinforces that personnel returning from a Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Travel Health Notice Level 3 or Level 2 location perform a 14-day restriction of movement.  During restriction of movement, individuals should be restricted to their residence or other appropriate domicile and limit close contact (within 6 feet) with others.  This NAVADMIN clarifies the definition of restriction of movement, provides amplifying guidance, and delineates responsibilities for execution of restriction of movement.  Restriction of movement is a general DOD term referring to the limitation of personal liberty for the purpose of ensuring health, safety and welfare.  It is inclusive of quarantine and isolation.  To see the full NAVADMIN, click the hyperlink above.


TAP Classes Go Distance Learning

The Navy has suspended all in-person Transition Assistance Program (TAP) classes until further notice in accordance with NAVADMIN 082/20.  Commanders must continue to ensure transitioning service members are prepared to reintegrate into the civilian community, especially in currently challenging times.  Service members with upcoming separation dates, who are unable to reschedule TAP attendance for a later date, must complete TAP via Joint Knowlege Online (JKO).  Details on the TAP virtual curriculum are available as well.


Additional Guidance for Civilian Leave

NAVADMIN 074/20 provided some additional clarification on previous messages affecting civilian leave.  For Navy civilians, approval or denail of civilian annual leave requests will be based on mission requirements.  While intended travel outside the local commuting area may be considered in determining impact to mission requirements, leave requests for Navy civilians cannot be denied solely because an employee is travelling outside of the local commuting area.  Navy civilian employees are strongly encouraged to avoid personal leave outside of the local area.  To read the full NAVADMIN, click on the above hyperlink.


Telework Increased for Reserve Sailors

As part of the ongoing efforts to minimize COVID-19 Coronavirus transmission, Commander, Navy Reserve Force (CNRF) is waiving several telework administrative requirements and increasing telework options for Reserve Sailors.

Per ALNAVRESFOR 009/20, the changes are to encourage liberal telework arrangements at all Reserve command levels to the maximum extent possible in order to provide Reserve Sailors opportunities to continue to complete annual drill point requirements.

Unit leadership, coordinating with Navy Reserve Activity (NRA) leadership, is directed to work with drilling Reservists to accommodate liberal completion of Inactive Duty Training (IDT) via telework.

To allow for drill points to still be accrued, several telework administrative requirements listed under COMNAVRESFOR Instruction 1000.9A have been waived, effective immediately, through 11 May 2020 for all Reserve Force active duty, Full-Time Support and drilling Reserve Sailors.

Several tasks and training opportunities available for Reservists to complete while on telework include preparing for unit training, accomplishing unit administrative tasks such as writing evaluation and fitness reports, completing online General Military Training requirements, and other tasks as directed by unit leadership.


Temporary Relaxation of Grooming Standards

NAVADMIN 073/20 announces the temporary relaxation of male and female hair length grooming standards to minimize Sailors exposure to COVID-19 and adhere to social distancing requirements.  Commanding Officers have the authority to relax the Navy hair length grooming standards for embers of their command.  This policy only applies to the area of the scalp and does not relax policies regarding sedeburns, styles, or shaving requirements.  To review the full NAVADMIN, click on the hyperlink above.


Promotion Boards Delayed

NAVADMIN 072/20 postponed selections boards for any active duty or reserve board scheduled to convene on or after March 24.  This included the Master and Senior Chief boards, the Chief Petty Officer board, Navy promotion selection boards, and Navy Officer continuation boards.  This action is being taken to protect the health and safety of our force and to support geographical diversity of selection board members.  Boards are postponed until further notice.  To access the full NAVADMIN, click on the above hyperlink.


Spring PRT Suspended

NAVADMIN 071 suspended the Navy physical readiness program (PRT) physical fitness assessment (PFA) for Cycle 1, 2020 to minimize the risk from COVID-19 to Sailors and to adhere to social distancing requirements.  All personnel will be excused from participating in the PRT which includes both the body composition assessment and the PFA.  Click on the above hyperlink to see the full NAVADMIN.


Defense Commissary Changes

The Defense Commissary Agency announced several operational policies to help stores better serve customers during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.

These policies include the following actions:

  • Effective immediately, a 100-percent ID card check at all commissaries, so that only authorized customers – this includes disabled veterans with VHIC cards – will be able to shop. While this policy is in effect visitors will not be allowed to enter the commissary. This is designed help with social distancing and crowd control. Children under 10 with their parents don’t have to have an ID card.
  • Effective March 15, to prevent customer-to-customer spread of germs, commissary cashiers no longer handle patron ID cards. Instead, customers will be asked to scan their own ID. Cashiers can use the handheld scanner if available or have the customer scan their own card.
  • Effective March 19, all commissaries will suspend early bird shopping to allow more time to clean and restock the store.
  • In a move to lessen panic-buying, the agency instructed its store directors worldwide to use their discretion in placing the shopping limits necessary to help maintain stock availability.

"We know this is a potentially stressful time for all concerned," Rear Adm. (Ret.) Robert J. Bianchi, DOD special assistant for commissary operations, said.  "But together, we will meet these challenges and support our service members and their families throughout the duration of this crisis wherever necessary."


Child Development Center Information

Navy childcare programs are critical need for our Service members who need childcare to go to work every day serving our both at home and abroad.  During the current COVID-19 crisis we are adapting our Child and Youth Program (CYP) operations to meet both the Navy’s mission and family requirements while ensuring the children in our care and our professionals are healthy and safe.

Effective March 17 the following “social distancing” changes are being implemented:

·       All Programs/Services that are NOT full-time childcare (ages 0-12) cancelled/postponed until further notice/continual monitoring

·       All Hourly Childcare cancelled (unless emergency/ mission essential)

·       All Youth Sports, Youth/Teen Programs, Field Trips away from Navy Childcare facilities cancelled

·       No New childcare enrollees into Navy operated programs (unless emergency/mission essential)

·       Parents are required to self-care for own children at home if Navy full-time telework agreement during COVID-19 pandemic is executed, parent fees will be waived/space saved

·       Parent fees will be waived/space saved for all personnel who elect to voluntarily temporary withdrawal their child for at least two weeks or until May 1, 2020

·       Installations may request waivers to reduce program operating hours

·       Supplemental staffing required from other N9 programs for increased cleaning/sanitation

                Background check requirements waived but supplemental staff always in line of sight supervision of “blue smock” CYP employee and not in ratio

                School Liaison Officers Assigned to CDC/SAC to supplement

·       All training requirements postponed

·       All Teacher in-Service Days cancelled

·       Increased handwashing and sanitation practices (e.g. cleaning door handles, surfaces, etc.)

·       Minimize visitors (e.g. postpone all non-critical facility maintenance, etc.)

·       Staff shall complete all sign in/out protocols

·       Discontinue Family Style Dining (staff will plate food for children)

·       Discontinue Tooth Brushing and Use of Sensory Tables

Q. What are the impacts of current “social distancing” measures, school closers, telework, etc on the demand for Child Care?

A. The Navy Child and Youth Program will continue to evaluate the impact that changes in policy and procedures will have.  Our mission is to continue to provide safe, healthy care for those who absolutely need it such as Single/Dual Active Duty, Single/Dual DoD CIVs and Active Duty with working spouses who cannot execute mission essential duties via telework/self care for own children.

Q. What would you do for a positive COVID-19 test?

A. If a parent, child or staff member of a Child Development Center is diagnosed with a COVID-19, the Navy will immediately close the center, implement restriction of movement protocols and clean it IAW Center for Disease Control and Occupational Safety and Health Administration guidelines.

Q. Why doesn’t the Navy just Implement Active Duty Member Family Care Plans?

A. Implementing Active Duty Member Family Care Plans not prudent for this pandemic, promotes travel/children to new environments and other high risk populations (e.g. grandparents may be family care plan representative)

Q. Which Child Development Centers on Navy installations closed/open? Why or why not?

A. The situation is rapidly evolving, and installations may have to implement further measures to combat the spread of this virus.  If you have specific questions about eligibility or a program’s status please contact your local Navy Child and Youth Program lead. 


Advancement Exams

According to NAVADMIN 69/20 all enlisted advancement exams after 17 March 2020, active and reserve component makeup/late exams are rescheduled with the following administration dates:

    a.  21 May 2020  Cycle 247 (E-4 only) Active Duty and Full-Time Support

(FTS) regular Navy-wide Advancement Examinations (NWAEs).

    b.  22 May 2020  Cycle 106 (E-4 through E-7) Selective Reserve (SELRES) NWAEs approved for late administration on the first available drill weekend after this date.

    c.  12 June 2020  Cycle 247 (E-4 through E-6) final date to administer substitute exams.



Navy Personnel Command  clarified some of the policies affected by the recent stop movement orders.  The Updated Training Track Guidance is posted on  Most Sailors impacted right now are those due to execute orders in the next two months. Those in this situation should contact their detailer or MNCC immediately. 

Currently, all moves within the United States and its territories, and those heading to Centers for Disease Control Warning Level 3 countries are in an “all stop.” These Sailors and their families will not move until May 11.

Additionally, Sailors heading to CDC Level 2 countries will transfer, but their families won’t travel until May 11.  

If you don’t have your detailer’s phone number or email, you should call the MNCC Contact Center at 1-833-330-MNCC(6622) or send an email to These experts put you through to your detailer for guidance and potential orders modification.

If you can’t get through on the phone, leave a message. You can also post a question to the Navy Detailers Facebook page, @NavyPersonnelCommand. Detailers are constantly monitoring the feed and your question will be addressed.


Reserve Information

An article was posted March 17 entitled, Commander, Navy Reserve Force COVID-19 FAQ,  with valuable information for Reserve Sailors.  Here are a few excerpts from the article, but click on the above hyperlink for the full article:

Q: What is considered mission-essential IDT?
A: For IDT to fall under the category of mission essential, it must be deemed mission essential, in writing, by your chain of command’s first flag officer or SES. Please contact your assigned NRA/unit chain of command for additional information.

Q: Where can I find information about all the PCS changes?
A: Reservists who have specific questions about PCS orders should contact MyNavy Career Center (1-833-330-6622) or email

Q: Is the APPLY board going to be delayed?
A: No decisions have been made yet regarding the APPLY board. If the APPLY board is postponed, that information will be communicated without delay to the Reserve Force.

Q: Will the flexible IDT policy be allowed after May 11?
A: As of now, there have been no decisions made for IDT past May 11. CNRF is reevaluating on a daily basis and will communicate any decisions to the Reserve Force without delay.

Q: You’re only allowed a certain number of authorized absences each year. Will the Reserve waive that for this year?
A: CNRF is currently conducting an overarching review of policies that could affect individual Reservists during this time of precaution. Once a decision has been made, updates will be released without delay.

Q: Are drills being cancelled?
A: In order to comply with CDC guidance to maintain social distancing, all regular drill weekends are postponed until May 11. NRAs shall remain open and operational to support mission essential IDT requirements during previously published drill weekends. A member may complete IDT (drills) via flexible reschedules, telework, and liberal authorized absences as directed by their unit leadership and/or supported command. Individual IDT periods at drill sites will be authorized for those activities designated in writing as mission essential by the first Flag/SES in the supported chain of command and shall be documented appropriately.

Q: Are CONUS AT/ADT orders being cancelled?
A: Reservists who are already on Annual Training/Active Duty for Training (AT/ADT) CONUS-based orders may continue. Reservists on AT/ADT OCONUS orders should contact their Operational Support Officers (OSO) for further instructions and guidance to determine whether they are considered mission essential. New AT/ADT/IDTT CONUS orders scheduled to be executed between March 16 and May 11that require official, government-funded travel shall not be executed unless deemed mission essential. This determination will be made by the First Flag/SES in the supported command. For local area AT/ADT orders that do not require official travel, the SECDEF issued Stop Movement does not apply and can be executed.

Q: Are waivers for Annual Active-duty participation being issued?
A: Members who are unable to complete their annual participation requirements should submit a participation waiver per RESPERMAN guidance. Unit and NRA leadership will give consideration to the current COVID 19 status when adjudicating waiver requests.



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