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Navy to launch new website to improve assignment process for sailors

By CAITLIN M. KENNEY | STARS AND STRIPES Published: December 3, 2019

WASHINGTON— The Navy has redesigned how sailors search and apply for billets with the upcoming launch of MyNavy Assignment on Thursday, the service announced.

The new MyNavy Assignment website is replacing the Navy’s Career Management System-Interactive Detailing website, or CMS-ID, with more search features and transparency in the assignment process, according to a news release Tuesday from the Navy’s personnel command.

“We based these changes on sailor input from around the Navy,” Rear Adm. Rick Cheeseman, director of the Career Management Department at Navy Personnel Command, said in a prepared statement. “As we continue to transform our Navy, our goal is to increase transparency, flexibility, and choice for all sailors and MyNavy Assignment is a huge step in the right direction.”

Enlisted sailors who are looking for their next job in their Navy career can work with a “detailer” who considers their goals and available openings across the service. The new website will function as a “detailing marketplace,” where sailors can search for available vacant jobs in the Navy as well as future opportunities. It will also have an improved look, according to the Navy.

Sailors in the reserves will see these changes in future updates but no timeline was given.

Last week, during an online town hall event, Vice Adm. John Nowell, chief of naval personnel, highlighted the transparency in the billet process on the new website.

“Let me assure you, there is no secret list of billets…,” Nowell said. “We’re going to show you all the billets. We are going to prioritize what’s most important and they will get filled first. But you can go in and you can bookmark billets so that you follow them over successive cycles.”

The push for a new career management website is from the Navy’s Sailor 2025 initiative, which includes modernizing the personnel system and improving user experience, according to the Navy.

“We know that you want more visibility, you want transparency, you want flexibility and options. We think that we can meet that need, and that we can do that while giving a better fit for the Navy, which is better readiness,” Nowell said.

On MyNavy Assignments, sailors can now submit seven applications, up from five, during their application cycle and sailors will be able to track the status of those applications.

The website will also have a resume feature in which sailors can describe their job experience and accomplishments as well as promote their skills for jobs that they desire. Potentially interested commands and detailers can also view the information listed on their resume.

Sailors interested in other job fields will be able to see where their skills and experience match.

“It’s also going to have something called a commonality matrix, so that as you look at what’s common between your rating and perhaps if you’re looking at other ratings that you might want to cross convert to, you can see where you would have the most luck doing that,” Nowell said last week.

The new assignment website might not be “perfect,” Nowell said, but he wants to hear feedback from sailors about the site. The Navy has already started looking into updates to improve the assignment process, according to the news release.

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