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Officer Record Management

Each officer is responsible for ensuring his/her record is up to date. Keep in mind that the Promotion Board sees your Officer Summary Record (OSR) and Performance Summary Record (PSR) when voting on your record “in the tank”. The Board Member assigned to brief your record also reviews your FITREPS, Awards, and other supporting documentation to prepare notes that assist them in briefing your record to the other members. While you should verify the accuracy of your entire record, you should focus your efforts on ensuring that your OSR, PSR, FITREPS, and Awards are accurate and up-to-date. Use the link below and find the Officer Record Management Brief to guide you on where to go to request updates to the various areas of your record. Keep in mind that the update process can be slow. So, start early in your career and a good rule of thumb is to verify the accuracy of your record at least once per year.

BUPERS Officer Record Update instructions

Officer Record Management Brief (link should be most recent. Or use this local copy if unavailable)

An extended slide deck on Record Maintenance and Promotion Board Prep (credit to LCDR William Hill, MSC, USN)

Another excellent resource is CDR Joel Schofer’s "Promo Prep" from the "Navy Medical Corps Career Blog" he manages.


Officer Record Photos

(Quoted from this source.) Officers now have another way to submit their official photographs to their Official Military Personnel File (OMPF).

Now officers can upload their photo through MyNavy Portal (MNP). Navigate to, go to “MyRecord,” “Other Record Sites of Interest,” and there the “Officer Photograph” tile can be found. When clicked, an electronic Officer Photograph form (NAVPERS Form 1070/884) opens and photos can be uploaded directly into the form and then submitted to the OMPF.

Along with this new capability, the new Officer Photograph form will require members to use their DOD ID rather than their Social Security Number. This is in accordance with the Navy chief information officer’s SSN reduction plan.

A tutorial for this new application can also be found on MNP under the Officer Photograph link. Traditional mailed submissions remain acceptable as an alternative.



How to find orders in NSIPS:

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NSIPS Web Site:


Special Pays Information

Special Pays info can be found at the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery's Special Pays Website:

Letter templates for submission of the Special Pays requests can also be found at the link above.


Consolidated Special Pays:

Here is a brief from Navy Medicine Special Pays Program Director about the Consolidated Special Pays Program

Consolidated Special Pays Program Brief


PANRE Reimbursement Instructions

BUMED Instruction 1500.20A Policies And Procedures For Funding Professional Credentials And Certification Examinations

Sample Letter for application for reimbursement

CO endorsement template for application for reimbursement


Credentialing Requirements

The Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Instruction (BUMEDINST) 6010.30 of 27 Mar 2015 lays out credentialing information for Physician Assistants. In Enclosure 4, Credentialing Requirements for Licensed Independent Practitioners, #5, letter m:

m. Physician Assistant (PA). Successful completion of a training program for PAs recognized by Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) and current certification by the National Commission for Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA), in addition to the following requirements:

(1) Collaboration Requirements. A physician collaborator must be appointed and endorse the application for clinical privileges. An alternate physician must be appointed in writing to act in the absence of the primary collaborator. Routine peer reviews will be conducted by the physician collaborator.

(a) PAs will have access to a physician for the purpose of advice and collaboration. This access may be telephonically or via e-mail. PA subspecialty privileges must occur under the clinical supervision of a physician specialist in the same specialty (i.e., an orthopedic PA must be supervised by an orthopedic surgeon).

(b) Consultation with the collaborating physician must be sought and documented when complex cases or complications are encountered. Consultation may include, but is not limited to, discussion of the case before or in the course of treatment, or timely review and discussion following disposition of the case.

(2) Physician Assistant Specialists and Non-core Privileges. Requires completion of a relevant PA fellowship. Additional clarification on the granting of non-core privileges for PAs as follows:

(a) The uniformed PA must be eligible for, and granted the PA core privileges to meet the needs of the Navy, prior to the granting of PA subspecialty non-core privileges (i.e., Orthopedics, Emergency Medicine, etc.).

(b) For civilian PAs, contractual language or position description sets the scope of practice, (i.e., Orthopedic PA, Urology PA, etc.). The civilian PA employed specifically as a PA subspecialist is not required to be granted core PA privileges; itemized privileges can be granted to define the civilian PA’s scope of practice required for employment.

Confer page 53 of attached document BUMEDINST 6010.30

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