SPECIALTY CAREER PATH UPDATE:
R 241300Z APR 19
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AMPN/REF A IS NAVADMIN 049/10 SPECIALTY CAREER PATH PROGRAM EXTENSION.//
RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN cancels reference (a) and announces changes to the
Unrestricted Line Specialty Career Path (SCP) Program and MILPERSMAN Article
1301-233, Officer Special Assignments Specialty Career Path. The SCP program
is designed to provide the Navy with a cadre of officers with proficiency and
expertise in eight key Navy mission areas. As we work to grow the Navy the
Nation Needs, there is a requirement for people of diverse backgrounds and
experiences, critical thinking skills and the mental agility to operate
across the spectrum of change that lies ahead in this era of Great Power
Competition. Officers with skills that fall within the SCP program remain
valued and important to Navy efforts and we will seek to retain their
expertise in which we have heavily invested, to preserve our competitive
advantage in the maritime security environment.
2. Based upon a thorough review of the program with all stakeholders, the
following SCP disciplines will remain open to qualified candidates:
a. Antisubmarine Warfare (ASW)
b. Education and Training Management (ETMS)
c. Financial Management (FM)
d. Mine Warfare (MIW)
e. Missile Defense (MD)
f. Naval Operational Planner (NOP)
g. Operations Analysis (OA)
h. Strategic Sealift (SS)
3. Effective immediately, the Anti-Terrorism Force Protection
(AT/FP) and Shore Installation Management (SIM) SCP disciplines are
discontinued. Those officers already in the AT/FP and SIM SCPs will remain
until they retire or separate. Personnel in AT/FP or SIM coded assignments
will remain until their Projected Rotation Date.
4. In addition to the termination of the AT/FP and SIM SCPs, there will no
longer be administrative boards held to select officers for any of the
remaining SCP disciplines or to screen SCP officers for the milestones of
Commanding Officer (CO) and Executive Officer (XO).
5. Executive Lead Agents (ELAs) will determine which officers are admitted
to a particular SCP via an application and screening process conducted by the
ELA. Though there will be no new SCP officers screened for SCP CO or XO
milestone, officers who have already screened may still fill a CO or XO
equivalent billet until the current bank of SCP milestone screened officers
6. ELAs will review their SCP billet base and submit recommended changes to
Career Management Department (PERS-4) and the Navy Total Force Manpower,
Training and Education Requirements Division (OPNAV N12). ELAs should also
act as a subspecialty code advocate with
PERS-4 in an effort to enhance subspecialty utilization throughout the Navy.
7. Eligibility for application is open to all officers with the exception of
Full Time Support and 1130/1140 designated officers.
Applicants must meet the following criteria:
a. 1110. After completion of first department head (DH) tour or after
completing 18 months of a single, longer DH tour. Screened officers are
eligible for SCP detailing upon satisfactory completion of DH tour
b. 1120. O-4 (Select), O-4 and O-5 officers who do not have nuclear
Additional Qualification Designator (AQD) Codes or other officers approved by
the Submarine Officer Distribution Division
(PERS-42) on a case basis.
c. 1310/1320. Upon completion of a DH tour, failure to select for a DH
tour for the second time, or upon opting out of DH selection, if applicable.
8. Applicants must meet eligibility requirements and may only apply and be
accepted into one SCP discipline. Officers currently processing for
administrative separation, who are subjects of pending detachment for cause
requests or who have been detached for cause are ineligible for this program.
An officer who has a request for resignation pending, or has a resignation
already approved by the Secretary of the Navy, must first submit a
resignation withdrawal request. An application for this program will not be
processed until the request for withdrawal of resignation has been approved.
a. More information on application deadlines and submission will be
published by individual ELAs.
b. Applicants are encouraged to discuss this program with their detailer
and mentors before submitting a request.
c. Applicants are encouraged to review special incentive pay directives
applicable to their community.
d. SCP officers will still fulfill community specific sea/shore rotation
and are not guaranteed an SCP billet for every assignment.
e. SCP officers will be considered non-due course and will no longer be
eligible for administrative milestone boards in their parent communities.
9. We are moving out on the new officer personnel management reforms enacted
in the FY-19 NDAA. Up and Stay is a program which permits the retention of
certain control grade officers with targeted skills beyond traditional
statutory limits. While we initially focused on skills found in the
aviation, acquisition, engineering duty officer and attach disciplines, there
is room for expansion in the future. In addition, with a growing Navy you
can expect continued promotion opportunity and interested officers should
still apply for this program.
10. Please contact your detailer for further information on the SCP program.
11. This NAVADMIN will remain in effect until superseded or canceled,
whichever occurs first.
12. Released by Vice Admiral R. P. Burke, N1.//