Q: Are APPLY boards going to be delayed?
A: The National Command/Senior Officer (O5/O6) Non-Command Billet Screening and Assignment Board (APPLY) is scheduled for 7-18 Dec 2020, with a prep week 30 Nov – 4 Dec.
Due to the nature of the COVID-19 operating environment, projected rotation dates may be adjusted by COMNAVRESFORCOM to accommodate future APPLY Boards. Full tenure in billet assignment may not occur as stated in Section 3 of COMNAVRESFORNOTE 5400.
Dates for involuntary transfer to the Voluntary Training Unit for senior officers who do not receive an APPLY awarded billet and/or Post Board Assignment will be promulgated SEPCOR via GOVDELIVERY and the RFMT Homepage Announcement.
If you were a prior applicant and can serve in October, please re-APPLY for 7-18 December APPLY Board.
The new COMNAVRESFORNOTE 5400 has been signed and is located on the RFMT Website and CNRFC N12 Sharepoint.
Enlisted Assignments (CSMID): CNRFC_N121_Enlisted_Assignments@navy.mil
Officer Assignments (JOAPPLY): email@example.com
Q: What signs or symptoms should I be concerned about if I am in ROM?
A: If you have an influenza like illness (ILI) as defined by: An acute respiratory infection with measured fever of 100.4F or above and cough, members must contact the local military treatment facility or emergency room via telephone and remain in isolation.
Q: What if I have symptoms of COVID-19? What actions should I take?
A: Communicate with your NRA and Reserve unit leadership. Members on orders should contact the MHS Nurse Advice Line (1-800-TRICARE) or their local medical treatment facility for medical advice. Isolated members not on orders should contact their medical provider or local emergency room. In all cases, members should phone ahead prior to seeking in-person medical care.
Q: I had a meeting with someone who just returned from a Level 3 country. Do I now need to isolate?
A: No. Current guidance does not recommend isolation for “second order contact.” Isolation is only recommended for individual who have actually been in the Level 3 country OR have had direct contact with someone who went on to develop symptoms of COVID-19.
Q: I live overseas. How does this order apply to me?
A: Members on orders overseas must still be declared mission essential to remain on orders, even if they reside in the same country as their duty location. Isolation procedures, and associated orders, are based on NORTHCOM regulations and only apply to members upon return CONUS. Overseas residents shall refer to guidance from local authorities on isolation requirements unique to their AOR or country of residence.
Q: What should I do if I live OCONUS?
A: Remain in place and follow the guidance of local authorities. Members will not begin orders from a Level 3 country unless granted a specific exemption from the first flag officer or SES at the supported command.
Q: Is CNRF mandating 14-day isolation for Reservists returning from OCONUS?
A: Following USFF guidance, compliance with the isolation order is mandatory for all service members. Members will be offered AT or ADT orders to provide compensation for their time away from work, as well as continuing medical and USERAA coverage.
Q: I am returning to the Continental United States from a U.S. territory. Do I have to adhere to the Restriction of Movement (ROM) order?
A: Members returning from U.S. territories are considered OCONUS and will be required to ROM.
Q: Can I legally be ordered to self-isolate?
A: The self-quarantine order, as it relates to Reservists, has been analyzed by the Judge Advocate General as lawful, even if Reservists do not accept AT/ADT orders. This order is a condition of employment, similar to drug testing.
Q: What is local area?
A: "Local area" is determined by your NRA. If you have questions about whether or not "local area" applies to your situation, direct those questions to your chain of command.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: What does this mean for my approved leave?
A: Only local leave is currently permissible. Any exceptions to this policy will need approval from the first flag officer or SES in the member’s chain of command.
Q: I’m stuck at ECRC and being forced to ROM instead of going home! Why?
A: “We understand that this is a very difficult time for everyone. The NAVADMIN 083/20 is consistent with CDC guidelines on mitigation of COVID-19. These new procedures and instructions are in place because the force health protection of our Sailors and their families is a priority. The 14-day monitoring period is consistent with CDC guidelines and provides the most protection possible for Sailors and their families. We are looking at ways to temporarily reduce a Reserve Sailor’s time at ECRC, other than this 14-day monitoring period, however it is important we follow the correct procedure. The mobilization and demobilization process for reserve Sailors takes time, these processes are in place to ensure we take case of the needs of all reserve Sailors during the entire mobilization. Any Reservist at ECRC may contact us at ECRC_NRFK_CDO@navy.mil with specific concerns or needs, and we will work to address those individually with each Sailor.” CAPT Matthew J. Jackson, Commanding Officer
Expeditionary Combat Readiness Center (ECRC)
Q: Am I going to lose SGLI coverage?
A: Reserve Sailors with SGLI, Traumatic SGLI, and/or Family SFLI coverage do not lose coverage due to non-payment of premiums when RC members do not receive active or inactive duty pay, from which premiums were normally deducted, as a result of previously scheduled IDT, AT, or ADT being cancelled, suspended, deferred, or excused. Reserve Sailors should expect that any missed premiums will be subsequently deducted in a lump sum once IDT, AT, or ADT resumes and they are once again in a pay status.
Q: I don’t have a telework agreement with my Reserve unit? Can I still telework?
A: Yes! As part of the ongoing efforts to minimize COVID-19 Coronavirus transmission, Commander, Navy Reserve Force (CNRF) has waived 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.
Q: What’s been waived from the telework policy?
A: To allow for drill points to still be accrued, the following telework administrative requirements listed under COMNAVRESFOR Instruction 1000.9A have been waived, effective immediately, through 31 May 2020 for all Reserve Force active duty, Full-Time Support and drilling Reserve Sailors.
• Telework Fundamentals – Employee Training & Telework Fundamentals – Manager Training
• DD Form 2946, Telework Agreement
• NAVRES 1000/7, Telework Eligibility Checklist
• NAVRES 1000/8, Telework Request Form
• NAVPERS 1070/613, Administrative Remarks (Page 13)
Q: What can I do for IDT telework?
A: How about what can’t you do?! There are literally dozens of tasks and training opportunities available for Reservists to complete while on telework, including:
• Personnel Qualification Standards including, Warfare Qualifications, NRAU CO/OIC Qualification
• CAC updates (recommend removing per N6)
• Virtual DRT
• Virtual CDB
• Record review for promotion/advancement including awards review
• Unit management/admin including, RUAD scrub, MAS code scrub, MyNavy Assignments/JOAPPLY participation, RMFT orders scrub
• E-learning in-rate training for example Basic Combat Skills
This is not an exhaustive list. Work with your unit leadership to find out how you can fulfill your time.
Q: Can I use Microsoft Teams for telework?
A: As long as it is an acceptable to your command, then yes. Deployment of the Commercial Virtual Remote (CVR) is underway. To learn more information about the Navy’s Commercial Virtual Remote environment, please check out the following site: https://www.public.navy.mil/navwar/NAVY311/Pages/CVR.html
A best practice includes using the Navy Reserve Homeport (NRH) for file sharing and storage, and using CVR for voice, video, and chat collaboration. CNRFC N6 strongly advises members to use non-NMCI devices to register and employ the CVR. The CNRFC N6 has a comprehensive library of CVR information available on the CNRFC SharePoint site.
Q: Can I telework for my AT/ADT orders?
A: Reserve members asked to conduct AT or Active-Duty Training (ADT) via telework by their gaining command require first flag officer approval from the command and should follow telework procedures and directives of the applicable supported command. There are no legal restrictions that prevent telework for AT/ADT provided the command authorizes it.
Active component commands should ensure that sufficient controls are in place to ensure satisfactory completion of all required work by the SELRES Reservist. Orders shall not authorize travel or lodging funds as duties will be performed at home.
Members with approval for telework during the COVID-19 period from the gaining command will have orders written to their local NOSC and members will coordinate with the local NOSC for muster and pay while on approved telework orders.