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Frequently Asked Questions About Navy Assignments

QUESTION: Can I extend on shore duty? I am involved in off duty education, I am in a critical billet and want to finish the inspection/task/project/etc, my child is getting ready to complete school, etc.

ANSWER: Although the detailer makes every effort to approve personal requests, requests to extend beyond the normal shore length are normally disapproved because of the fleet requirement to relieve the Sailor who has completed their sea tour.

QUESTION: Why can't I transfer to the opposite coast?

ANSWER: Each case is considered individually, but the common sense answer is that if there is a valid requirement on the coast of current location, then the financial demand for a coast to coast transfer would not be justified.

QUESTION: Can I get a "C" school in route to my next command?

ANSWER: Most "C" school quotas are utilized to fill NEC requirements of a command's billet file. If there is a valid requirement for a new NEC and if a school quota is open in the proper transfer window then a "C" school will be considered in route to the next command.

QUESTION: Can I go overseas on my next tour instead of going to a ship or to the fleet marine force?

ANSWER: The availabilty of billets, the priority of those billets and a Sailor's career path will be the primary deciding factors of their next assignment.

QUESTION: Can I go to a specific location for my shore duty, I want to be near home?

ANSWER: Very limited opportunity exists for shore duty outside of the normal fleet concentrated areas. Once again, the availabilty of billets, the priority of those billets and a Sailor's career path will be the primary deciding factors of their next assignment.

QUESTION: Have my orders been released, and when will I get them?

ANSWER: Each detailer writes their orders as soon as possible near the six month window. This could only be answered specifically by the Sailor's detailer. The orders are either written via Naval message of by Mail. Each format has a specified delay that is dependent on lots of various factors, but most orders are in the Sailor's hand within three weeks of being released by the Detailer.

QUESTION: Can I use my "GUARD III" option for a guaranteed assignment?

ANSWER: BUPERS encourages the use of the "GUARD III" option but there has to be a valid billet available in the location or platform of choice.

QUESTION: How do I get considered for a Special Duty Program assignment?

ANSWER: Each rating detailer provides personnel to the special duty programs. There are parameters that must be followed by each rate/rating for each assignment. Discuss the special programs options with your detailer when you are negotiating your next assignment.

QUESTION: I just got married to or am going to marry a military spouse. Will we be able to be stationed together?

ANSWER: The Enlisted Transfer Manual (Art. 3.21) states that every effort will be made to allow military couples to move together whenever possible in the same manner as non-military couples. Both military members must submit an offical co-location assignment request via the NAVPERS 1306/7.

QUESTION: I was just advanced in rate. Does my tour length change to match my new paygrade?

ANSWER: PRD's are set for the paygrade you were when the orders were issued. they are not adjusted due to advancements or reductions in rate.

QUESTION: I'm an E-5, why don't you just put me into that E-6 slot, detailers are allowed to go up or down one paygrade any time they want to?

ANSWER: Not true, any time a detailer wants to make a paygrade substitution we are required to get EPMAC approval. This is not our decision.

QUESTION: When do you get your next set of requisitions?

ANSWER: Pick up any copy of LINK. The next four set of requisitions date are listed on the back cover.

QUESTION: When is the best time to call for orders?

ANSWER: Call on the first requisition cycle after you come into the 9 month detailing window. you have nothing to gain by waiting. When you call early you have the maximum chance of geting your choice of assignment.

QUESTION: How can I get a Split Tour?

ANSWER: Split Tours for sea duty can be requested via 1306. You must complete 24 months onboard your present command (you may submit your request earlier but if approved orders will be written for transfer at the 24 month date) these transfers must be local area with less than a $500 cost.

QUESTION: When should we submit our Spouse Colocation requests?

ANSWER: Submit these requests 12 months prior to your prd's. This allows detailers the maximum amount of time to work on your request. If you attach a copy of your spouse's approved request to yours it can help speed the process along. But you must remember, Spouse Colocation is not a guarantee. Military couples need to realize the difficulties involved in matching their needs with the navy's needs. It will not always be possible to get everything you request and still meet the navy's mission. We will do our best to ensure you are stationed as close together as possible.

QUESTION: What are the different types of duty?


  • Type 1 CONUS Shore Duty
  • Type 2 CONUS Sea Duty
  • Type 3 Overseas Shore (sea duty for rotational purposes)
  • Type 4 Overseas Sea Duty
  • Type 5 Neutral Duty
  • Type 6 Overseas Shore

QUESTION: Why can't I go to school?

ANSWER: Of course detailers are working to provide members every opportunity possible for training. The following are the criteria that detailers must follow:

  • There must be an nec authorized for the training requested at your ultimate duty station that is not filled or is projected to be vacant.
  • There must be a school seat available within a reasonable amount of time of your reporting date if being ordered to an NEC specific requirement.
  • You must meet prerequisites before assignment.
  • You must be eligible in all respects and willing to obligate service if necessary.

QUESTION: My detailer told me I was posted, what does that mean?

ANSWER: This means you have been placed on a requisition to hold that billet for you. It does not mean that orders have been issued. Once a billet has a posting next to it, others who may also want that billet are turned away. Therefore changing your mind on a billet to which you have negotiated and have been posted to us usually not done.

QUESTION: What is a MAT?

ANSWER :Minimum Activity Tour. This is the minimum tour length you have complete before you can be transferred. Most commands have a 24-month minimum activity tour. This assures each command gets stability from your assignment. This mimimum is one of the most significant fixed numbers in the budgetary process. An early move is an unfunded move.

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Information Courtesy of U.S. Navy

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