- Tricare West Update
- End of Year Package
- Fiscal Year 2013 Officer Corps Management Plan
- GMATS Requirements to Complete Program
- Dental Services Transition from TRICARE to MetLife
Effective May 1, 2012 Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, Inc. (MetLife) will become the dental carrier for the TRICARE Dental Program (TDP); the dental care program for dependents and Reservists.
- Fiscal Year 2012 Officer Corps Management Plan
- ODU Conversion to Untucked
The USCG Uniform Distribution Center (UDC) has confirmed that they have received and are
fully stocked with NOAA Corps ODU coats and trousers.
- "Use or Lose" Leave
September 30, 2011 is the last day to use or lose leave for NOAA Corps Officers. If you are in
excess of 75 days as of October 1, 2011 you will lose those days of leave. (more)
- PCS Orders Processing
Upon reporting to a new duty station, it is imperative the officer immediately sends endorsed PCS
orders to NOAACORPS.PayrollUnit@noaa.gov.(more)
- NOAA Corps is now eligible to transfer the Post-9/11 GI-Bill Benefits to Eligible Dependents (more here)
NOAA Corps E-Recruiting System Launched
The Officer Recruiting Branch has launched the NOAA Corps E-Recruit System, an online tool to
streamline the NOAA Corps application process. Some of the benefits of this new system include the
ability for applicants to receive instant feedback on their eligibility, online digital submission of
application data, and automatic generation of a completed Application for Commission in the NOAA
Corps (NOAA Form 56-42). Note: At this time, the NF 56-42 must still be submitted by mail with an
original signature. Recruits will also be able to track the status of their submissions, manage their contact
information, and receive automated notifications at critical points in the application process.
Additionally, officers who assist with interviews will be able to manage their assigned interviews and
access interviewee application files via the E-Recruit System. By significantly minimizing time spent on
routine administrative procedures, E-Recruit will enable the Officer Recruiting Branch to provide better
Fiscal Year 2011 Officer Corps Management Plan
The purpose of the Officer Corps Management Plan (OCMP) is to describe the current state of
the commissioned officer workforce and provide FY11 recommendations regarding the number
of promotion selections to be made in each grade for the end strength of 321 officers.
- Changes to BOTC Indoctrination
CPC is improving the training experience of new officers attending BOTC at Kings Point. Increased emphasis and training are focused on uniformed services
protocol, heritage, core values, and the responsibilities and privilege of holding a commission. The three week program incorporates best practices from indoctrination programs of other services to establish a broader understanding of what it means to be a “NOAA Corps Officer first”. One of the learning tools is the NOAA Corps “Practical Knowledge Book” which provides some of the entry level information memorized by the officer candidates. This book remains under development and suggestions for improvement can be forwarded to LTJG Jonathan Heesch. The capstone of indoctrination is completing a 1-week Leadership and Management School at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. After completing indoctrination officers begin A-School or report to their aviation assignment.
- Mid-Grade Officer Leadership and Management Training
As part of implementing the NOAA Corps Leadership Development Education, CPC arranged for two groups of 30 officers to attend a 5-day Leadership and Management class at the National Weather Service Training Center in Kansas City, MO. (more here)
- Dental Service Updates
Beginning 1 January 2011, dental care for NOAA Corps officers will be provided under the Active Duty Dental Program (ADDP). The ADDP is administered by United Concordia Companies, Inc. (UCCI) for the TRICARE Management Activity (TMA). The ADDP is not a dental insurance program. Rather, it provides all required care to ensure dental readiness. Elective care (e.g., bleaching, veneers) is not authorized, in accordance with Uniformed Services guidelines. Further, all care must be provided by a United Concordia network dentist. (more here)
- B and C School
The Commissioned Personnel Center (CPC) in cooperation with the Marine Centers are currently reviewing the course curriculum for B and C school and are taking into consideration the needs of our ships. Once the review is complete, CPC will announce the changes to those courses. Until this review is complete, attendance at the current version of B and C School is MANDATORY. As both of these schools occur during an operational sea assignment, the uniform for both B and C school is the Operational Dress Uniform (ODU).
- Award Recommendation Submissions
Please follow the procedures listed below when submitting award recommendations. Doing this will ensure the most timely review of the award recommendation.(more here)
- Constructive Suggestions for the Betterment of NOAA and the Corps This page allows officers to offer suggestions for the betterment of NOAA and the Corps. Currently, the End-of-Year Service Report (SR) captures this information, but only once a year. (more here)
- OER Reminders
The rating chain responsibilities and timeline for OER submission are outlined in the OER Manual .
- NOAA Staff Directory updated with proper routing codes
The NOAA staff directory is now set up to update routing code information monthly. Please pull up your detailed information in the staff directory and verify the routing code. Contact LCDR Hancock with any discrepancies. Officers are still responsible for updating phone, address, supervisor info, etc., on-line when you move to a new location. LCDR Hancock will maintain the master list of routing codes for each billet and submit an update each month.
- Post 9/11 Montgomery GI Bill Information
Post-9/11 GI Bill Sign-Ups Begin
- Updated Temporary Promotion Policy
There has been a change to the NOAA Corps Directives, Chapter 4, Section 04201, Temporary Promotions. Effective 11 Feb 2009, only those officers who have received the advice and consent of the Senate for promotion to the next higher grade will be considered for temporary promotion. In addition, temporary promotions may only be justified when an officer is to serve in an assignment in the next higher grade.
- Winter in Port Reminder for all NOAA Corps Officers:
Please remember that promotions may occur at any time. Therefore, all NOAA Corps officers regardless of promotion eligibility, must ensure that a current physical examination and a current dental exam.
- Reminder: Details/TDY and Assignment History
CPC needs documentation to ensure that any significant temporary duty is captured in your assignment history.