I just received this little gem in my inbox:
SUBJ: CAC Access for NKO and BUPERS
All personnel in the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) – Active Status Pool (ASP) will be impacted by the recent implementation of Department of Defense (DoD) mandated cyber security measures. A growing number of DoD sites including Navy Knowledge Online are now only accessible via a Common Access Card (CAC). As of 21 September, this will also include BUPERS Online. The Department of the Navy (DoN) is currently awaiting a DoD engineered solution that will support existing IRR participation requirements. Once a permanent solution has been established, it will be posted at http://www.public.navy.mil/BUPERS-NPC/CAREER/RESERVEPERSONNELMGMT/IRR. Your patience is requested in the interim.
Effective immediately, PERS-93 will begin forwarding paper versions of the IRR Annual Screening questionnaire via the United States Postal Service to all personnel who are within 60 days of their anniversary date. Complete and return the questionnaire using the enclosed self-addressed postage paid envelope. Returned questionnaire data will be manually entered into the Inactive Manpower and Personnel Management Information System (IMAPMIS) using the date of receipt as the effective date of compliance. Questions regarding the IRR Annual Screening may be directed to PERS-93, IRR Force Management at 1-800-535-2699.
For information regarding Annual Retirement Point Record/Annual Statement of Service History, please contact the Customer Service Center at 1-866-U-ASK-NPC.
For Service members applying for the Fall Full-Time Support Lateral Transfer/Re-designation Board in accordance with NAVADMIN 201/13, contact PSC Audrey Dixon at audrey.dixon(at)navy.mil to discuss manual submission procedures.
|This email was sent to firstname.lastname@example.org using GovDelivery, on behalf of: Commander, Navy Reserve Forces Command · 1915 Forrestal Dr · Norfolk, VA 23551 · 1-866-830-6466|
Translation- What COMNAVRESFORCOM really means is:
“While I demand the right to call you on the phone tonight and ship your Future Carcass to U-Pick-A-Stan tomorrow, The Navy can’t be bothered with the expense or the time of issuing CAC Cards to Individual Ready Reservists. I also would rather kick you to the curb than stand my ground against iron-fisted DoD Information Assurance regulations.”
So IRR Reservists (like yours truly) are shut down where it comes to:
- Earning Correspondence Points on NKO (Navy Knowledge Online)
- Auditing completion of service and points on BUPERS Online
- Electronically filling out the Annual IRR Questionairre (GubMints now recommends sending by Certified Mail)
Since COMNAVRESFORCOM and his staff did not suggest a positive solution for Navy IRR Reservists, I’m providing work-arounds here:
- Fellow IRR reservists can continue to earn Correspondence Points on DAU (DAU has not stooped to Mandatory CAC access yet). GubMints highly recommends the courses that start with ‘CLE’ and ‘CLM’.
- Request Hard Copies of your ARPR and ASOSH: ‘Push back’ by calling 1-800-U-Ask-NPC to demand a hard copy of your Annual Retirement Point Record (ARPR) and Annual Statement of Service History (ASOSH).
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