R 132050Z OCT 21 MID600051034536U
FM CNO WASHINGTON DC
INFO SECNAV WASHINGTON DC
MSGID/NAVADMIN/CNO WASHINGTON DC/CNO/OCT//
SUBJ/COVID-19 CONSOLIDATED DISPOSITION AUTHORITY (CCDA)//
NARR/REF A IS THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE MEMO MANDATING CORONAVIRUS DISEASE
2019 VACCINATION FOR DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE SERVICE MEMBERS.
REF B IS ALNAV 062/21, 2021-2022 DEPARTMENT OF NAVY MANDATORY COVID-19
REF C IS NAVADMIN 190/21, 2021-2022 NAVY MANDATORY COVID-19 VACCINATION AND
REF D IS BUMEDINST 6230.15B, IMMUNIZATIONS AND CHEMOPROPHYLAXIS FOR THE
PREVENTION OF INFECTIOUS DISEASE.
REF E IS BUPERSINST 1730.11A, STANDARDS AND PROCEDURES GOVERNING THE
ACCOMMODATION OF RELIGIOUS PRACTICES.
REF F IS MILPERSMAN 1730-020, IMMUNIZATION EXEMPTIONS FOR RELIGIOUS
POC/OPNAV/CAPT STEVEN TARR III, (703) 614-9250//EMAIL:
RMKS/1. Purpose. This NAVADMIN announces the assignment of the Chief of
Naval Personnel as the COVID Consolidated Disposition Authority (CCDA), and
provides procedural guidance and reporting requirements for administrative
disposition of individual Navy service members, active duty and Selected
Reserve, who are not fully vaccinated per references (a) through (c).
2. Policy. In order to maximize readiness, it is the policy goal of the
U.S. Navy to achieve a fully vaccinated force against the persistent and
lethal threat of COVID-19.
2.a. In support of the above stated policy, and as directed by the Secretary
of the Navys lawful order, the Navy has commenced a mandatory vaccination
campaign per references (a) through (c). Navy service members refusing the
COVID-19 vaccination, absent a pending or approved exemption, shall be
processed for administrative separation per this NAVADMIN and supporting
references. To ensure a fair and consistent process, separation
determinations will be centralized under the CCDA as outlined in the
2.b. To date, over 98 percent of active duty U.S. Navy service members have
met their readiness responsibility by completing or initiating a COVID-19
vaccination series. We applaud your commitment to ensuring the continued
readiness of our worldwide deployable Navy. Tragically, there have been 164
deaths within the Navy family due to COVID-19, far exceeding the combined
total of all other health or mishap related injuries and deaths over the same
time period. 144 of these were not immunized and 20 had an undisclosed
3. Definitions. For the purposes of this NAVADMIN, the following terms are
3.a. Navy Service Members. Active-duty service members and service members
in the Selected Reserve only. Service members in the Individual Ready
Reserve and U.S. Naval Academy and Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps
midshipmen remain subject to the vaccine mandates in references (a) and (b),
but will be adjudicated per their governing instructions rather than this
3.b. Active-Duty Navy Service Members. Active-duty Navy service members
includes members of the Active Component and members of the Reserve Component
on active duty in full time support (FTS).
3.c. Refusing the Vaccine. A Navy service member refusing the vaccine is
one who has: (1) received a lawful order to be fully vaccinated against
COVID-19; (2) is not or will not be fully vaccinated on the date required by
the order; and (3) does not have a pending or approved exemption request per
references (d) through (f).
3.d. Fully Vaccinated. Service members are considered fully vaccinated two
weeks after completing an approved COVID-19 vaccination series per reference
3.e. Senior Leader. A Navy senior leader is a flag officer or flag officer
select, regardless of assignment; an officer serving as a commander, deputy
commander, commanding officer, executive officer, chief of staff, chief staff
officer, or officer in charge; or an enlisted member serving as a command
master chief, chief of the boat, senior enlisted advisor, or command senior
4. Deadlines. Per references (a) through (c), active duty Navy service
members must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 NLT 28 November 2021, and
Ready Reserve Navy service members NLT 28 December 2021. New accessions must
be vaccinated as soon as practicable following service entry.
4.a. For requested exemptions that are denied, specific instructions
regarding the follow-on vaccination timeline or separation adjudication
process will be included in the denial letter.
4.b. Administrative actions per this NAVADMIN may begin as soon as a Navy
service member meets the definition of refusing the vaccine in paragraph 3.c.
5. Disposition Authority
5.a. Designation of the CCDA. The Chief of Naval Personnel (CNP) is the
CCDA. The Chief of Navy Reserve (CNR) will provide support to the CCDA for
cases involving Navy service members in the Selected Reserve.
5.b. Authorities for Vaccination Refusal. The CCDA is the officer show
cause authority and enlisted separation authority for Navy service members
who refuse the COVID-19 vaccine, except Entry Level Separation (ELS). For
ELS, commanders and commanding officers are separation authorities per
paragraph 6.b. Commanders and commanding officers will initiate
administrative separation processing per paragraphs
7.a. and 7.b. The Vice Chief of Naval Operations retains authority for non-
judicial punishment and courts-martial. Involuntary extension of enlistments
is not authorized on the basis of administrative or disciplinary action for
vaccination refusal. The CCDA may seek recoupment of applicable bonuses,
special and incentive pays, and the cost of training and education for
service members refusing the vaccine.
5.c. Other Misconduct. The withholding of disposition authority in
reference (c) and this NAVADMIN does not extend to other misconduct, which
may include misconduct related to vaccine refusal such as failing to wear a
mask when required, falsifying vaccination records, or not complying with
COVID testing requirements. If in doubt, commanders, commanding officers,
and officers in charge should consult with their servicing staff judge
advocate in determining disposition authority.
5.d. Separation Authority for Vaccine Refusal That Includes Other
Misconduct. If a Navy service member is processed for administrative
separation because of vaccine refusal that includes other misconduct, the
CCDA will serve as the officer show cause authority or enlisted separation
authority in accordance with paragraph 5.b.
5.e. Professional Qualifications. For Navy service members refusing the
vaccine, the CCDA retains the authority for administrative processes
regarding removal of warfare qualifications, additional qualification
designations (AQD), Navy Enlisted Classifications (NEC), or sub-specialties,
except in cases where removal authority is otherwise authorized by law or
Executive Order (e.g. Director, Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program regarding
5.f. Other Armed Forces Members Assigned to Navy Commands. For vaccine
refusal cases involving Soldiers, Airmen, Guardians, Marines, or Coast
Guardsmen assigned to Navy commands, the Navy commander, commanding officer,
or officer-in-charge will report the case to the CCDA.
5.g. Navy Service Members in Non-Navy Billets. The CCDA will be responsible
for identifying, coordinating, and adjudicating Navy service members refusing
the vaccine while serving in non-Navy billets (e.g., Joint, NATO).
6. Administrative Disposition Guidance; Immediate Actions.
6.a. Unvaccinated Senior Leaders. An unvaccinated senior leader without a
pending or approved exemption calls into question the Navy’s trust and
confidence regarding their ability to ensure unit readiness or to maintain
good order and discipline. These senior leaders must begin vaccination
immediately. This constitutes a lawful order. The immediate superior in
command (ISIC), commander, or commanding officer, as applicable, will notify
in writing senior leaders refusing the vaccine that they have five (5)
calendar days to initiate corrective action. If the senior leader does not
begin a vaccination series or request an exemption within that five-day
period, the ISIC, commander, or commanding officer will relieve the senior
leader and initiate detachment for cause (DFC) per MILPERSMAN 1611-010,
MILPERSMAN 1611-020, and MILPERSMAN 1616-010, as applicable.
6.a.(1). A sample report of misconduct is available at:
https://www.mnp.navy.mil/group/navy-covid-19-reporting. The report will note
that authority for disciplinary action is withheld by reference (c) and this
NAVADMIN, and as such no disciplinary action was taken.
6.a.(2). Established notification procedures for relief of command triad
members apply. The relief of any flag officer or officer selected for
promotion to O-7 under this paragraph will be reported to the Naval Inspector
General for review per DoDI 1320.04 and SECNAVINST 5800.12C.
6.b. Entry Level Separation (ELS). ELS processing is authorized per
paragraph 5.b above per MILPERSMAN 1910-154 for Navy service members in an
entry level status refusing the vaccine. ELS shall be reported per paragraph
6.c. Because COVID-19 vaccination is now mandatory, commanders, commanding
officers, or officers in charge, with the concurrence of the first flag
officer in the chain of command, are authorized to temporarily reassign Navy
service members who refuse the COVID-19 vaccine, regardless of exemption
status, based on operational readiness or mission requirements.
6.d. Promotion, Transfer and Reenlistment. Commands shall not allow those
refusing the vaccine to promote/advance, reenlist, or execute orders, with
the exception of separation orders, until the CCDA has completed disposition
of their case. Transfer orders may be cancelled by Navy Personnel Command.
7. Administrative Disposition Guidance; Future Actions. The actions in this
paragraph shall be executed per paragraph 4.
7.a. Officer Administrative Separation. In the case of any officer,
including any officer senior leader, who is refusing the vaccine, the
cognizant commander or commanding officer shall submit a report of misconduct
to Commander, Navy Personnel Command (PERS-834) per MILPERSMAN 1611-010. A
template report is available at: https://www.mnp.navy.mil/group/navy-covid-
Per SECNAVINST 1920.6D, the CCDA, as the show cause authority, has directed
mandatory show cause processing for all officers on the bases of Misconduct,
Moral or Professional Dereliction, and Substandard Performance, with the
least favorable characterization of service as GENERAL (under honorable
conditions), unless inclusion of another basis for separation warrants other
than honorable. Additionally, report flag officers or officers selected for
promotion to O-7 who are refusing the vaccine to the Naval Inspector General
for review per DoDI 1320.04 and SECNAVINST 5800.12C. Officers separated
under this subparagraph will not be eligible for involuntary separation pay
and will be subject to recoupment of any unearned special or incentive pays.
7.b. Enlisted Administrative Separation. In the case of any enlisted
service member, including any enlisted senior leader, who is refusing the
vaccine, the cognizant commander or commanding officer shall initiate the
process for administrative separation under MILPERSMAN 1910-142, Commission
of a Serious Offense, plus any additional basis known at the time of
processing. The provisions of MILPERSMAN 1910 (series) apply; treat vaccine
refusal cases as though they were listed in MILPERSMAN 1910-233. The CCDA is
the separation authority unless a higher separation authority is required by
MILPERSMAN 1910-704. The least favorable characterization of service shall
be GENERAL (under honorable conditions), unless inclusion of another basis
for separation warrants other than honorable. Enlisted service members
separated under this subparagraph will not be eligible for involuntary
separation pay and will be subject to recoupment of any unearned special or
7.c. Officer Promotion Delay. Per SECNAVINST 1420.3 or SECNAVINST 1412.6M,
commanders and commanding officers shall delay the promotion of any officer
refusing the vaccine. Delays shall be based upon pending administrative
action and physical qualification. PERS-833 will make formal written notice
to the officer following written notice by the commanding officer.
7.d. Enlisted Advancement Withhold. Per BUPERSINST 1430.16G, commanding
officers shall withhold the advancement of any enlisted member refusing the
vaccine. Advancement withholds shall be based upon pending administrative
action and physical qualification.
7.e. Documentation in Fitness Reports and Enlisted Evaluations.
Per MILPERSMAN 1610-015, failure to comply with individual medical readiness
responsibilities will be documented in fitness reports and
evaluations. Failure to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 is a medical
7.e.(1). Commanding officers shall identify those refusing the vaccine and
verify that the members have an initial counseling NAVPERS 1070/13 per
MILPERSMAN 1610-015 in their local file (Page 13). If necessary, the initial
NAVPERS 1070/13 directed in MILPERSMAN 1610-015 shall be issued.
The NAVPERS 1070/13 counseling and warning ordering vaccination per NAVADMIN
190/21 may serve as the subsequent formal counseling required in MILPERSMAN
7.e.(2). Within 30 days of a Navy service member refusing the vaccine,
reporting seniors shall issue a Special Fitness Report/Evaluation per
MILPERSMAN 1610-015 and BUPERSINST 1610.10E. In addition to documenting
failure to comply with individual medical readiness responsibilities, the
report shall document other facts as appropriate, including any misconduct
related to UCMJ Art. 92.
7.f. Terminal Leave. Navy service members who commence terminal leave on
or before the applicable deadline in paragraph 4 are administratively
exempted from vaccine requirements per BUMEDNOTE 6150 of 21 Sep 21 and
7.g. The authority for commanding officers in MILPERSMAN 1730-020 to revoke
an approved religious accommodation exemption from COVID-19 vaccination is
8.a. Officers and E-6 through E-9. Per MILPERSMAN 1611-010 and MILPERSMAN
1616-040, commands are required to inform PERS-834 (officers) and PERS-832
(enlisted) of incidents that could result in adverse action. This applies to
vaccine refusal. Reports should flag whether the service member is pending
transfer or promotion/advancement.
8.b. E-5 and Below. Per MILPERSMAN 1616-050, misconduct not yet finally
adjudicated need not be reported to Navy Personnel Command.
9. Data Collection and Record Retention
9.a. Navy echelon one and two commanders will forward information regarding
those refusing the vaccine within their administrative chains of command to
CNP for active duty Navy service members and CNR for Ready Reserve service
members per CCDA guidance.
9.b. All commands must retain all records, materials and
written communications, including emails, pertaining to
vaccine refusals per SECNAV M-5210.1.
10. Points of contact. OPNAV POC: CAPT Steven Tarr III, comm (703) 614-
9250, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. BUMED POC: BUMED COVID-19
CRISIS ACTION TEAM / (703) 681-1125 /e-mail: USN.NCR.BUMEDFCHVA.MBX.BUMED---
email@example.com OJAG POC: CDR Justin Pilling, comm (703)
614-5757, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
11. Released by ADM William Lescher, Vice Chief of Naval Operations, and
VADM John B. Nowell, Jr., Chief of Naval Personnel.//