USS Constitution, while sailing back to the U.S. from France, ran aground off Bollard Head on the south coast of England. She was towed to the Portsmouth Navy Yard and placed in Dry Dock 11 for inspection. The 82-year-old frigate survived the grounding and only needed to have 85 feet of her false keel replaced and several sheets of underwater copper. She resumed her voyage home on January 24th.
1885, January 18th, Sunday, 135 years ago
A Marine guard from steamer USS Alliance lands at Colon, Panama, (then in Colombia) to guard the railroad and to protect American lives and property during a period of political unrest.
1911, January 18th, Wednesday, 109 years ago
The first aircraft landing onboard a ship takes place when pilot Eugene Ely lands onboard the armored cruiser USS Pennsylvania while anchored in San Francisco Bay, Calif., and then makes a return flight back to Tanforan Field in San Francisco.
1942, January 18th, Sunday, 78 years ago
Submarine USS Plunger (SS 179) sinks the Japanese freighter Eizan Maru (ex-Panamanian Aurora) off the mouth of Kii Strait, Honshu.
1962, January 18th, Thursday, 58 years ago
USS Duxbury Bay transfers a Navy doctor to help a Danish crewman after a flash fire burned him onboard Danish tanker Prima Maersk in the Persian Gulf.
1991, January 18th, Friday, 29 years ago
During Operation Desert Storm, HSL-44 (Det 8) SH-60Bs from USS Nicholas (FFG 47), along with Kuwaiti and Army vessels, engage and neutralize Iraqi forces on nine oil platforms in the Durrah oil field.
1813, January 19th, Tuesday, 207 years ago
William Jones takes office as the fourth Secretary of the Navy, serving until Dec. 1, 1814.
1840, January 19th, Sunday, 180 years ago
During the Exploring Expedition, USS Vincennes, commanded by Lt. Charles Wilkes, becomes the first U.S. Navy ship to reach the Antarctic Continent.
1943, January 19th, Tuesday, 77 years ago
USS Swordfish (SS 193) sinks army cargo ship Myoho Maru, which was part of the Japanese Solomons reinforcement convoy, while USS Greenling (SS 213) damages Japanese cargo ship north of Rabaul.
1952, January 19th, Saturday, 68 years ago
During the Korean War, landing crafts from USS Horace A. Bass (APD 124) investigate the beaches around Kamak Bay (south west coast of Korea) when one of the crafts carrying frogmen comes under fire from North Korean guerrillas, killing two and wounding three.
1903, January 20th, Tuesday, 117 years ago
President Theodore Roosevelt issues an Executive Order placing Midway Islands under the jurisdiction of the Navy Department due to recurring complaints of Japanese squatters and poachers.
1909, January 20th, Wednesday, 111 years ago
Ship Fitter First Class George H. Wheeler and Boatswains Mate William H. Gowan display bravery and extraordinary heroism while fighting a fire and keeping it from spreading in Coquimbo, Chile. For their actions on this occasion, both men are awarded the Medal of Honor.
1914, January 20th, Tuesday, 106 years ago
The aviation unit from Annapolis, Md., under Lt. John H. Towers, as Officer in Charge, arrived at Pensacola, Fla., to set up a flying school.
1943, January 20th, Wednesday, 77 years ago
USS Brennan (DE 13) is commissioned. Originally launched as British destroyer escort Bentinck (BDE-13), she is reallocated to the United States and serves as a training ship in the Miami, Fla., area for student officers and prospective crews of destroyer escorts.
1944, January 20th, Thursday, 76 years ago
USS Batfish (SS 310) and USS Gar (SS 206) attack Japanese convoys and sink transport Hidaka Maru south of Shiono Misaki and army cargo ship Koyo Maru about 50 miles south-southwest of Palau.
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.
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.
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”.
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.