4 Things You Need to Know: Modernizing Enlisted Detailing

The goal of detailing is to place the best Sailor for the job in each billet. Over the last few years we have been working to improve our enlisted manning process to support commands’ management of their personnel and provide accurate information on billet needs to Navy Personnel Command (NPC).

Currently we fill jobs based on manning reports that do not fully reflect billet-level needs or accurately identify a Sailor’s current assigned position. This means we can’t accurately measure or ensure enlisted personnel readiness, leaving gaps in the “Fit” of skills-to-position requirements.

To do that we are implementing Billet Based Distribution (BBD) to allow leadership to effectively manage “Fit” by aligning people to positions and make better-informed detailing decisions.

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Oct. 29, 2014)  Quartermaster 2nd Class Allen Lemonds, Quartermaster Seamen Alexandra Marsden and Jonathan Jones review plotting at the quartermaster of the watch station on the bridge of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Arlington (LPD 24) during multinational exercise Bold Alligator 2014.

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Oct. 29, 2014) Quartermaster 2nd Class Allen Lemonds, Quartermaster Seamen Alexandra Marsden and Jonathan Jones review plotting at the quartermaster of the watch station on the bridge of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Arlington (LPD 24) during multinational exercise Bold Alligator 2014.

1. What is Billet Based Distribution (BBD)?

Billet Based Distribution (BBD) will replace or modify many of the antiquated personnel systems allowing for greater flexibility and improve our ability to react to unexpected events or issues.

Building on the Career Management System – Interactive Detailing (CMS-ID) BBD will upgrade software programs used in the enlisted detailing system and provide accurate and timely manning information to Fleet personnel managers via the web. They will have greater access to their Sailors’ information, and in most cases, will see the same information available to detailers and placement coordinators.

The end state will be a near complete overhaul of our current electronic manning systems. The new system will be more comprehensive and flexible providing greater transparency between our organization, commands and our Sailors.

2. Why is BBD Needed?

In addition to being outdated, our current processes use manning reports that do not fully reflect the billet-level needs of Navy commands or accurately identify Sailors’ current assigned position. This hinders our ability to accurately measure or ensure personnel readiness, leaving gaps in the “Fit” – meaning some positions are filled with Sailors who do not possess the needed skills for the job.

BBD is a focused effort to support fleet personnel managers, so they will see most of the changes. Although the process behind the scenes will change, Sailors will not have to learn a new system. To Fleet Sailors, the upgrades will be seamless.

3. What are the Capabilities and Benefits of BBD?

BBD will allow command personnel managers, detailers and placement officers to more reliably assess a vacant position’s impact on readiness. Ultimately, BBD will help drive improved personnel readiness across the Fleet. Specific goals include:

  • The alignment of every enlisted Sailor, who is available for assignment, to a Navy position.
  • A system that has the tools and accurate demand signal needed to maximize rating and Navy Enlistment Classification (NEC) “Fit”
  • The capability to better use available Permanent Change of Station (PCS) and Temporary Duty under Instruction (TDI) funds.
  • The capability to forecast future fleet vacancies which will lead to better Sailor and Fleet customer service.
  • The foundation for an improved assignment process.

4. What do I need to do now?

As always, Sailors should review their records often for accuracy – especially for the NECs they hold to ensure accurate information for the detailing process.

Leaders and personnel managers should begin educating themselves on the process to prepare for the transition. Training materials will be available soon on the PERS-4013/Placement Management on the NPC website at www.npc.navy.mil/enlisted/placement/Pages/default2.aspx.

A new instruction is in work to replace the EDVR Manual and a BBD User Guide. These materials should become available later this spring.

Billet Based Distribution will not be static but continue to develop and improve to better serve the Fleet.

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4 Things You Need to Know: Modernizing Enlisted Detailing