The schooner Enterprise, commanded by Lawrence Kearny, engages four pirate schooners and one pirate sloop off Cape Antonio, Cuba who are in the act of robbing two American vessels and one British ship. The pirate leader, Capt. Charles Gibbs, escapes to shore but his ship and two others were burned. The remaining ships are sent to Charleston, S.C. as prizes.
1861, October 16th, Wednesday, 160 years ago
The Union screw steamer South Carolina captures the schooner Edward Barnard, with a cargo of turpentine on board, at Southwest Pass, Mississippi River.
1885, October 16th, Friday, 136 years ago
Capt. Alfred Thayer Mahan becomes the superintendent of the Naval War College at Newport, R.I.
1891, October 16th, Friday, 130 years ago
Two sailors from the cruiser Baltimore are killed and 17 are injured by a mob in Valparaiso, Chile. The incident shifts relations between the United States and Chile. In 1892 Chile pays $75,000 in gold for restitution and apologizes for the incident.
1942, October 16th, Friday, 79 years ago
USS Thresher (SS 200) mines the approaches to Bangkok, Thailand, the first US Navy submarine mine plant during World War II.
1943, October 16th, Saturday, 78 years ago
The Navy accepts its first helicopter, a Sikorsky YR-4B (HNS-1) at Bridgeport, Ct., following a 60-minute test flight by U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Frank A. Erickson.
1944, October 16th, Monday, 77 years ago
USS Tilefish (SS 307) sinks Japanese guard boat No.2 Kyowa Maru five miles north of Matsuwa Jima, Kuril Islands.
1957, October 16th, Wednesday, 64 years ago
USS Lake Champlain (CVS 39) reaches Valencia, Spain to assist in flood rescue work at the request of the American ambassador to Spain, John Davis Lodge. The ship's Chickasaw helicopters undertake numerous rescue missions, and the ship's crew fight in the 'mud battle' that follows the disaster.
1993, October 16th, Saturday, 28 years ago
USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) is commissioned at Pascagoula, Miss. The Navys third Wasp-class amphibious assault ship is the fifth named for Mount Kearsarge in New Hampshire, although the fourth commissioned into the Navy. The name also honors the Union sloop-of-war Kearsarge of Civil War fame that sank CSS Alabama June 19, 1864 near Cherbourg Harbor, France. The ship is homeported at Norfolk, Va.
1863, October 17th, Saturday, 158 years ago
Sailors from the Union screw steam gunboat Tahoma and side-wheel steamer Adela board the blockade runners Scottish Chief and Kate Dale at Old Tampa Bay, Fla. and destroy them. During the battle, five of the landing party are killed, 10 are wounded and five are taken prisoner. This mission also diverts the real attention from the shelling of Tampa, Fla.
1918, October 17th, Thursday, 103 years ago
German submarine U-155 torpedoes and sinks the freighter S.S. Lucia in the Atlantic. Despite being rigged with buoyancy boxes to render her virtually unsinkable, a torpedo penetrates the engine room, killing two men and sinking her the next day. USS Fairfax (DD 93) rescues her crew and transfers them to armored cruiser No. 5 USS Huntington.
1922, October 17th, Tuesday, 99 years ago
The Vought VE-7SF, piloted by Lt. Cmdr. Virgil C. Griffin, makes the Navys first carrier takeoff from USS Langley (CV 1), anchored in York River, Va.
1941, October 17th, Friday, 80 years ago
Before the United States entry into World War II, German submarine U-568 torpedoes and damages USS Kearny (DD 432) near Iceland, killing 11 and injuring 22.
1942, October 17th, Saturday, 79 years ago
USS Trigger (SS 237) sinks the Japanese freighter Holland Maru near the mouth of Bungo Strait off Kyushu, Japan. Lost in action with all hands later in the war, Trigger receives 11 battle stars for her World War II service and the Presidential Unit Citation for her fifth, sixth, and seventh war patrols.
1943, October 17th, Sunday, 78 years ago
USS Tarpon (SS 175) sinks German auxiliary cruiser Michel (Schiffe No. 28) off Chichi Jima, Bonin Islands.
1944, October 17th, Tuesday, 77 years ago
Naval forces land Army rangers on islands at the entrance to Leyte Gulf in preparation for landing operations on Leyte Island.
1812, October 18th, Sunday, 209 years ago
The sloop-of-war Wasp, commanded by Master Commandant Jacob Jones, captures HMS Frolic. After a severe engagement of 43 minutes, both vessels are dismasted. HMS Poictiers appears shortly thereafter and Wasp has to surrender as it can neither run nor hope to fight such an overwhelming opponent as the 74-gun ship-of-the-line. Wasp serves the British as HMS Peacock until it is lost off the Virginia Capes in 1813.
1867, October 18th, Friday, 154 years ago
USS Ossipee and the third-class screw steamer Resaca participate in formal transfer of Alaska from Russia to US authority at Sitka and remain to enforce law and order in the new territory.
1944, October 18th, Wednesday, 77 years ago
USS Bluegill (SS 242) and USS Raton (SS 270) attack a Japanese convoy in the South China Sea. Bluegill sinks the army cargo ships Arabia Maru and Chinsei Maru and freighter Hakushika Maru. Raton sinks the army cargo ships Taikai Maru and Shiranesan Maru.
1977, October 18th, Tuesday, 44 years ago
USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) is commissioned at Norfolk, Va. The Ike, named after the nations 34th president, is the third nuclear-powered and second Nimitz-class aircraft carrier. Ike is currently homeported in Norfolk.
2018, October 18th, Thursday, 3 years ago
The US Navy commissioned its first Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) test and evaluation squadron during a ceremony at Naval Air Station Patuxent River's Webster Outlying Field.
End of Tour: Typically submitted to admin, along with supporting paperwork, 90 days prior to member transferring. If the Sailor is separating, the paperwork should be submitted 90 days prior to the start their terminal leave and the Sailor should schedule a CDB.
Sailors are able to check their received awards on NDAWS.
Official study guides for enlisted advancement exams.
Go to Navy Cool > Select your rate in the “– Advancement Exam Bibliographies –” drop down menu > Press “Go” > Select your rank under “Advancement Exam Bibliographies” > Select “Bibliographies” for your active duty status.
Pro Tip: Bibliographies are posted on Navy Cool six months before the exam date.
Pro Tip: The Chief Exam is always the third Thursday in January, and Petty Officer Exams are always the first three Thursdays in March and September. If you’re up for an exam, schedule leave for another time.
Keep a running brag sheet for your time at a command. Be detail oriented, quantitative, and keep separated files for each EVAL period. Information from this document is used to create EVALs and awards.
The worksheet needed for a CDB; a formal meeting with a Sailor and their Chain of Command for Sailor familiarization and discuss expectations, command mission, and SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Trackable). Conducted within 60 days, 24 months, 48 months, and 60 months after checking into a new command or at the request of the Sailor, their Chain of Command, if a Sailor did not advance on their advancement exam, or make board on their chief exam.
Pro Tip: LPOs, periodically review your Sailor’s goals and follow-up with them to see how they are progressing.
CeTARS (Corporate Enterprise Training Activity Resource System)
Information on Navy NECs (Navy Enlisted Classification) and schools.
CFC (Combined Federal Campaign)
Contribute a portion of your paycheck to charitable organizations. Paycheck contributions can only be created from 01OCT-31DEC but the charity list is viewable year-round.
Log in to MyPay > “Combined Federal Campaign (CFC)”.
CIMS (Career Information Management System)
A variant of NSIPS available to Career Councilors to manage Sailor’s careers.
Pro Tip: Counseling chits create a needed paper trail to deal with repeat offenders, but formal documentation isn’t always the best approach. If appropriate, consider talking with the Sailor in private for first and minor offences.
DITPR/DADMS (Department (of Defense) Information Technology Portfolio Repository/Department (of the Navy) Applications and Database Management System)
Computer system for tracking Information Technology systems.
DoD ID (Department of Defense Identification)
A unique number given to each service member for identification found on a CAC. It can be used as a “Known Traveler Number” for flights.
Reference other service member’s DoD ID: Log in to Global Directory Service > Complete the form with the service member’s information and press “Search” > Click the “Last Name” for the correct service member > “Download Certificate(s) as .cer file (Non-Outlook Users)” > Click a certificate under “Select a certificate from the available certificates for .cer download.” > Open the file > Locate the DoD ID number in the “Issued to:” field after the last period.
Per DON CIO GENADMIN message, emails that contain Personally Identifiable Information (PII) should be digitially signed, encrypted, have “FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY - PRIVACY SENSITIVE” in their subject line, have “FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY - PRIVACY SENSITIVE: Any misuse or unauthorized disclosure of this information may result in both criminal and civil penalties.” in their body, and sent to recipients with an official need-to-know.
e-QIP (Electronic Questionnaires for Investigations Processing)
Enter and update your background information during a security clearance reinvestigation.
Navy's implementation of an online collaborative hub allowing access to Microsoft Office tools including Outlook and Teams. When logging on, you must type in your "email@example.com" email address and press the "Sign in with CAC/PIV" link instead of a password when you are prompted for your password. Select your PIV certificate.
FLTMPS (Fleet Training Management and Planning System)
Used by LPOs, TPOs, DIVOs, and Career Counselors to view Sailors’ training, qualifications, certifications, assignments, and similar type information.
A communicable virus that left untreated can severely compromise the immune system in a condition called AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome). Navy personnel are tested every two years to test for the virus. For males, it is the onlySTI Testing routinely performed after joining the military. PrEP is available for all individuals at very high risk of infection. HIV positive Sailors can continue serving in the Navy in both shore and sea commands.
Military personnel are automatically enrolled in TSA Pre✓. Enter your DoD ID Number (found on the back of your CAC) as your Known Traveler Number when purchasing airfare and skip long lines at the airport.
Add your Known Traveler Number to your DTS account.
Log in to DTS > “Traveler Setup” > “Update Personal Profile” > “My TSA Information”
Navy Advancement Center Facebook: Where announcements are posted related to enlisted advancement exams, such as quotas and advancement results. E-4–E-6 quota announcements are twice a year, typically the week before Memorial Day and the week before Thanksgiving. E-7 quota announcements are typically in late June. E-8 quota announcements are typically in early June. E-9 quota announcements are typically in late March.
Navy COOL (Navy Credentialing Opportunities On-Line)
Provides information on certifications and licenses. Navy COOL also provides vouchers to pay for credential exam and maintenance fees.
Access audiobooks and other media for free. Sync your library account with OverDrive on your smartphone and listen to audiobooks during your commute.
For initial access, create a library account using your CAC at Navy MWR Digital Library > “Login” (under “Common Access Card”) > “Sign up here” (next to OverDrive) > “Account” > Create your library credentials under “New users:”.
Download the OverDrive app onto your smartphone and create an OverDrive account.
Add the library to your OverDrive account using library credentials. The library is listed under “United States” > “US Navy”.
Pro Tip: Different libraries have different book selections. Add additional libraries, such as your local community's library, to your OverDrive account.
Provides NEETS Modules (Navy Electricity and Electronics Training Series Modules) and other publications to allow Sailors to become more efficient in their rate or to become familiar with other rates for cross-rating.
A database of command ombudsman. An ombudsman serves as a point of ocontact for families and acts as the liaison between a command and families. Ombudsman can help navigate Navy life through resources and information.
OMPF (Official Military Personnel File)
Digital copies of EVALs, qualifications, administrative remarks, and other personnel records.
Log in to BUPERS > “Official Military Personnel File (OMPF) - My Records”.
OPNAVINST (Office of the Chief of Naval Operations Instruction)
Depository of formally documented lawful orders issued by the CNO.
Official documentation that assigns Sailors to commands for a set duration of time. Includes instructions for transitioning between commands.
Log in to NSIPS > “Employee Self Service” > “Electronic Service Record” > “View” > “Orders History”. If enabled, disable your browser’s pop-up blocker. Select “View Orders Text” for the set of orders you would like to view.
OWA (Outlook Web Access)
A website to read and send email. See Email for a list of OWA servers.
Dependency Application and Record of Emergency Data.
Official Copy: Log in to BUPERS > “Official Military Personnel File (OMPF) - My Records” > “OMPF Documents” > Form Number 1070/602.
Working Copy: Log in to NSIPS > “Employee Self Service” > “Electronic Service Record” > “View” > “Dependency Data” > “Print Form” (Yellow button near bottom of screen) > “OK” > “Main Menu” > “NSIPS Report Manager” > “View” (Next to “Dependency Application”, press “Refresh” until “View” appears) > Under “File List” click the link for the “PDF” document.
Page 4 (NAVPERS 1070/604)
Enlisted Qualifications History.
Official Copy: Log in to BUPERS > “Official Military Personnel File (OMPF) - My Records” > “OMPF Documents” > Form Number 1070/604.
Page 13 (NAVPERS 1070/613)
Official Copy: Log in to BUPERS > “Official Military Personnel File (OMPF) - My Records” > “OMPF Documents” > Form Number 1070/613.
Per diem is an allowance for lodging, meals and incidental expenses that is provided for some types of official travel.
PFA Report (Physical Fitness Assessment Report)
Log in to BUPERS > “PRIMS” > “Member” > “Reports” > “PFA Listing All Cycles”.
Or, when BUPERS is inevitably down: Log in to My Navy Portal > “Career & Life Events” > “Performance” > “PRIMS” > “Export as PDF”.
PHA (Physical Health Assessment)
Annual medical screening typically conducted during the Sailor’s birth month. Usually two parts: a walk-in to get a checklist and visiting the needed departments (best if fasting for 12-hours if fasting blood work is needed), and a scheduled appointment with your Primary Healthcare Provider. Bring your completed HRA to both parts of your PHA.
Qualities advancement boards are looking for in officers and chiefs.
A daily medication for people at very high risk of HIV infection to lower their chances of getting infected. The medicine and all required labs are fully covered for Navy personnel. In Hampton Roads, Primary Care Manager referrals are not needed, contact the Portsmouth Infectious Disease Clinic directly.
PRIMS (Physical Readiness Information Management System)
A cover sheet for all documents containing personal information.
Pro Tip: Use less ink by printing our black and white cover sheet [.pdf] version. (87% savings compared to the full color version and 56% savings when compared to the full color version printed in greyscale.)
The number of enlisted sailors advancing in rank. Announcements are made by Navy Advancement Center. E-4–E-6 announcements are twice a year, typically the week before Memorial Day and the week before Thanksgiving. E-7 announcements are typically in late June. E-8 announcements are typically in early June. E-9 announcements are typically in late March.
Pro Tip: You must provide a primary and secondary unexpired IDs. Two different primary IDs satisfy the primary and secondary ID requirements. Acceptable primary IDs include: Military ID card, Driver‘s License, State ID, and Passport or Passport Card. Acceptable secondary IDs include: Social Security Card, Original or Certified Copy Birth Certificate, Voter’s Registration Card, and Photo ID Card issued by a Federal, State, or Local Government Agency.
Sign up with airline, hotel, and car rental rewards programs and earn benefits on official travel for personal use later.
Add rewards program numbers to your DTS account to automatically reap benefits on government booked reservations. Log in to DTS > “Traveler Setup” > “Update Personal Profile” > “My Preferences” > “Rewards Programs” (blue button at the bottom of the page)
The commercial travel office that purchases airline, hotel, and car rentals for servicemembers on travel through DTS. Find your local travel office’s contact information to adjust travel arrangements as needed.
Place a “Itinerary / Invoice Request” on your local travel office’s page.
Information on free or very low-cost air travel for Sailors and dependents with very flexible schedules on military planes with available seating. These flights were formally called MAC (Military Airlift Command) flights, but that command was disbanded with most assets transferred to AMC (Air Mobility Command).
View AMC terminal locations and schedule information, along with DoD lodging, on our Navy travel map.
Calculate your bonus, if any, for reenlistment. Half of the SRB is paid shortly after reenlisting, with the remaining amount paid in equal annual installments on the anniversary of your reenlistment for the duration on the reenlistment.
Log in to NSIPS > “Career Information Management” > “Calculators” > “Selective Reenlistment Bonus”.
STI Testing (Sexually Transmitted Infection Testing)
A comprehensive STI test is performed prior to joining the military. HIV is tested every two years, and is the only STI test routinely performed on males. HIV positive Sailors can continue serving in the Navy in both shore and sea commands. In addition to HIV testing, females aged 21+ are provided with a comprehensive STI test every three years. Not all STIs show symptoms and it is important for sexual active people to activly protect themselves from and routinely get screened for STIs.
Pro Tip: Go to Immunization for a free Gardasil vaccine sequence to protect against HPV (Human Papillomavirus). Both males and females at any age are eligible and can benefit from the vaccine (personnel ages 27+ may require an off-label prescription for the vaccine from their Primary Care Manager). HPV causes cancers and warts in both males and females, but there is only a test for HPV for females. The vaccine protects against multiple strains of the virus.
When creating your initial account, or when requesting your TSP Account Number or password reset, information will be mailed to the address listed in MyPay.
Pro Tip: Consider spending at least 10% of your base pay to your TSP account and investing in the “L-Fund” closest to your retirement date. If you can’t afford 10%, start at what you can afford and increase the percentage at each pay increase.
Sets clothing and grooming standards issued by direction of the Chief of Naval Operations and carries the force of a General Order.
Pro Tip: Chapter 1, Section 1: “Any procedures or components, regarding uniforms or grooming, not discussed in these regulations are prohibited.” Also, “It is issued for information and guidance, and requires compliance when wearing naval uniforms.”
Database of federal jobs for Sailors transitioning to civilian work.
USMAP (United Services Military Apprenticeship Program)
An apprenticeship program between the Department of Labor and the military that lets enlisted service members use on-duty experience to earn journeyman status in a trade. Consult with your rate’s LaDR for the most appropriate apprenticeship programs.
Service members, veterans, and eligible spouses are able to use VA Home Loans when purchasing a home. The VA does not directly provide mortgages, but guarantees a portion of the loan which allows private banks and mortgage companies to provide loans on more favorable terms.