Navy releases voluntary sea duty program update
MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- Navy released additional guidance for the Voluntary Sea Duty Program (VSDP) which provides incentives to Sailors who extend at sea or return to sea duty early officials said, July 13.
"This program allows Sailors and their families to stay in their same duty location or relocate to a duty location of their choice," said Capt. Kent Miller, director, Enlisted Distribution Division, Navy Personnel Command (NPC). "Applicants may also be eligible to defer Perform-to-Serve (PTS), providing an opportunity to enhance their record with operational duty."
VSDP was announced in January to support the Navy's war-fighting mission of operating forward and maintaining readiness. The program encourages highly trained and motivated Sailors to voluntarily extend their enlistment in their current sea duty billet beyond their prescribed sea tour, to terminate shore duty and accept new orders to a sea duty billet or to accept back-to-back sea duty orders beyond their prescribed sea/shore flow. The sea duty assignment may be on board ships, squadrons, or other qualified sea duty assignments.
NAVADMIN 205/12 clarifies 15 items from the initial message. Among the updates:
* Sailors in the PTS eligibility window who wish to apply for VSDP must have their VSDP application submitted for consideration no later than the last day of the month, two months prior to their final PTS application.
* VSDP orders will not be cancelled for Sailors who subsequently receive a PTS quota after VSDP orders have been negotiated.
* Sailors on shore duty must submit their VSDP request no later than 12 months prior to their projected rotation date.
* VSDP requests for Sailors who have completed less than 24 months on their current shore tour will be considered on a case-by-case basis based on orders requested and current command manning.
* Sailors serving overseas, or in a DoD-area tour, can request to extend their current sea tour, curtail their current shore tour if they remain in the same geographical area, or request back-to-back sea duty in any area of their choice with a valid billet. Consecutive Overseas Tour requirements may apply.
Volunteers will not be required to accept a billet they do not desire. Detailers will work with volunteers during two Career Management System/Interactive Detailing (CMS/ID) cycles to find desirable orders. If no match is found during this time period their VSDP application will expire and Sailors still desiring VSDP must reapply.
This program does not change eligibility or benefits for the Sea Duty Incentive Pay, which provides eligible Sailors an additional $500 to $1,000 a month for extending their sea tour or returning to sea duty early. Sailors may take advantage of both programs concurrently. Requests will be accepted until Sep. 30. All 1306/7 requests should be forwarded to NPC via the chain of command.
Sailors interested in applying for VSDP should read NAVDMINs 043/12 and 205/12 for complete details and talk with their chain of command.
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