We’re Back!

Posted: May 10, 2017 in Uncategorized

I’ve regained access to this blog/website and IT FEELS GOOD!

I had quite the battle with the support staff that hosts our site.  The email address linked to the account was from a prior duty station (one I no longer had ‘access’ to).  It was really discouraging that there was no other means available for me to prove my credentials and verify I was indeed the owner.  As frustrating as it was, I did get a chuckle out of the whole ordeal.  For these three reasons:

1.  My personal images are plastered on the homepage.  It doesn’t take a wizard to ascertain the validity of my images.  I even offered to send a copy of my photo ID.

2.  “There can only be one me…” (throwback to some lyrics from a 90’s Ginuwine song).  I’m the ONLY Adam Omdahl in the entire United States.  Sorry James Smith if you’re reading this.  I can’t imagine what it’s like sharing your name with 38,313 other lads.

3.  My emails to support were from a .mil address.  This seemed like the most viable and credible option.  Nope.


There WAS one option available (one that didn’t require a DNA sample or retina scan).  I reached out to a couple of my pals on the ship, re-created my old email address, and sent the password reset to my newly created ship email account.  BOOM.  Just like that.  I felt like I had found the legendary key to the sea chest (even if it was in my toolbox the whole time).

Truthfully, I was a step away from opening a brand new blog.  I’m glad I didn’t throw in the towel.  Persistence is KEY.

Anyway, I hope you’re as excited as I am!


The following file below contains ADHOC/script parameters that when generated, will display all items with invalid ASCII characters in nomenclature field that causes the MSSLL Print program to abort within R-Supply.  These characters will also cause your MOV to print multiple pages with garbled text.  This happens during Stock Record Card establishment when personnel are copy/pasting the nomenclature directly from WebFLIS or other websites/programs.  Always ensure you’re manually typing this data in.


Bad Nomenclature

Congratulations to all personnel selected for advancement to chief petty officer by the FY-16 Active-Duty Navy E7 Selection Board. Strong competition between qualified professionals is one of the strengths of our Navy and your selection speaks highly of your abilities.

Specific dates of advancement will be published by Naval Education and Training Professional Development and Technology Center, Pensacola FL. Personnel listed may be frocked per BUPERSINST 1430.16F if qualified. The selection list is in alphabetical order by rate within competitive category.

Members are directed to verify their select status via BUPERS On-Line. Read each line from left to right, name, and numerical
order of advancement.



LSC – Chief Logistics Specialist

Acevedo Eloy      025            Aglibot Rogel     055
Agulto Arthur     148              Akande Ahnas      092
Apgar Shawn M     053          Asiatico Ryan     093
Avenir Radly      137              Bailon Jorge      038
Ballor Christ     072               Baltimore Pri     003
Banks Alejand     128            Bartolome Jay     129
Benson Darryl     134            Betancourtcan     080
Brailsford Al     087                Bullis Michae     015
Caballero Sal     035             Cabrera Gened     044
Cabuquit Benj     041            Castillo John     123
Catbagan Godf     141          Celemin Arjay     085
Cervantes Car     101           Chapple Joque     037
Commerford Ji     021           Cruz Noel Cam     045
Cummings Bran     043         Dancel Jenovi     064
Daniel Aminis     008             Dejesus Dares     091
Deleon Johnre     079           Dirden Alphon     001
Dixon Jermain     013            Doria Salome      082
Dy James Sams     098         Ecal Michaela     006
Edralin Erwin     110              Ervin Chris T     067
Escobar Jose      046            Estrella Sara     149
Fernandez Mau     049          Francis Renar     147
Fuller Brady      058              Galang Adrian     078
Garcia Jacque     126           Garcia Nestor     030
Gates Carleen     075           Gervacio Robe     127
Gimutao Sherw     018          Gonzalez Alfr     063
Granell Robyn     051           Grant Nathan      024
Guidry Yeseni     069            Guity Jairo N     071
Gutierrezcolo     122             Halfacre Calv     105
Hammond Rodne     052       Hankins Otis      057
Hernandez Edu     065         Hogan Kelly A     011
Holgado Joanj     120           Howard David      111
Huffin Kamish     042            Hunt Karrie J     005
Hyder Johnny      034           Jenkins Justi     033
Johns Kawme L     012         Jones April L     107
King Jason Mi     020            Lacroix Kieva     073
Lambert Eders     039          Latorilla Mar     103
Lee Jonathan      115           Leflet David      031
Lewis Calvin      027             Li Shaofeng       096
Limtengco Alf     109            Lugo Zeida Ly     016
Lunod Roel        131            Lyon Sardius      139
Magno Jenny       140          Magsanoc Jona     146
Mapa Dennis Q     007         Massie Donna      029
Mccullough Ja     124           Mcmahon Tiffa     017
Mejia Annette     136            Mendez Lisa S     119
Mendoza Geoff     138         Miller Moniqu     108
Mohamed Yassi     100         Moran Lubert      047
Morrow Susan      090          Myers Stacey      095
Nacianceno Ro     056         Nguyen Phuong     084
Noblejas Erre     062            Nunez Gabriel     059
Ojo Mandy Che     118         Padmore Keish     068
Pador Mark Ol     132           Pages Vicky       077
Paraon Gener      040          Perezhernande     076
Peters Michae     089           Pilapil Phili     023
Polanco Melis     130            Pray Thomas A     050
Putchie Ferna     114            Ramirez Marka     112
Ramones Romeo     002       Riberdy Tracy     106
Rivera Nicole     048             Rodriguez Car     083
Rodriguez Chr     143           Roscoe Sonja      094
Rose Robert C     032          Saldana Antho     054
Sanchez Beatr     070          Sanchez Elmer     133
Santos Albert     117            Santos Raymon     142
Sediego Ruper     026         Shearer Benja     097

Shelton Danie     102           Simanski Sonn     116
Singh Christo     125            Sinks Erik Le     099
Sison Desivon     010           Solis Darius      019
Speed Marquit     104          Stewart Tamar     028
Strehl Christ     060              Stumler Chad      145
Suggs Maurice     121         Taylor Toni D     150
Tiangson Melv     036          Trujillo Sara     061
Villahermosa      014            Viloria Chris     081
Waldron Kasey     088         Wallace Kweku     144
Warner Benjam     113         Williams Coll     009
Williams Darn     074           Williams Mac      086
Yates Jillian     135               Young Brian K     066

Congratulations to all those selected!  In the event you weren’t selected this time around, stay positive and keep focused!

Recent Navy PRT Changes

Posted: August 6, 2015 in Uncategorized

For full details about the latest changes, refer to the full text of NAVADMIN 178/15, which itemizes each change in full detail.  Keep in mind, these won’t go in effect until 2016.  Thoughts?  Please share!

Navy Physical Readiness Program Policy Changes





RMKS/1.  This NAVADMIN enumerates changes to the Physical Readiness Program 
(PRP) as announced in reference (a).  Physical Fitness Assessments (PFAs) 
should be designed and implemented to assess an individual Sailors health and 
mission readiness.  The current PFA model enforces maximum body fat 
percentages and minimum physical readiness scores, but falls short on 
evaluating a Sailors overall health, and does not adequately reflect the 
challenges unique to sea duty and the increasingly technical nature of our 
jobs.  The intent of these changes is to strike a better balance between 
health and physical readiness.

2.  Amplifying instructions for Cycle 2 2015 (1 July 2015 to 31 December 
2015):  Cycle 2 2015 will continue to be administered in accordance with 
reference (b) with the following changes:
    a.  Physical Activity Risk Factor Questionnaire (PARFQ):  The PARFQ 
process is unchanged.  All Sailors will complete a PARFQ as outlined in 
reference (b).
    b.  Body Composition Assessment (BCA):  Changes to the BCA are as 
        (1) BCA measurements taken in Cycle 2 2015 will be recorded for 
monitoring purposes only using the current methodology and BCA standards 
outlined in reference (b).
        (2) All BCA data will continue to be recorded in the Physical
Readiness Information Management System (PRIMS), regardless of outcome.
        (3) BCA measurements exceeding current standards, as outlined in 
reference (b), during Cycle 2 2015 ONLY will not count as a Physical Fitness 
Assessment (PFA) failure.  Sailors who exceed current standards shall be 
enrolled in the Fitness Enhancement Program (FEP) and in nutritional 
    c.  Physical Readiness Test (PRT):  The PRT will continue to be 
administered in accordance with reference (b).  PRT failures incurred during 
Cycle 2 2015 will be documented in PRIMS and count as PFA failures.  PRT 
changes are as follows:
        (1) All medically cleared Sailors shall participate in the PRT 
regardless of BCA outcome.
        (2) If a Sailor is not medically cleared to participate in the PRT, 
this shall be annotated on Medical Waiver Form 6110/4.  A Medical Evaluation 
Board shall be initiated if required in accordance with reference (b).
    d.  Spot Checks:  Commanding officers will conduct PFA spot checks. BCA 
and PRT failures incurred during a spot check will not count toward 
administrative separation, but may result in FEP enrollment to ensure success 
during the next official PFA.
    e.  Fitness Enhancement Program (FEP):  The FEP will continue to be 
administered in accordance with reference (b) or when commanding officers 
deem it necessary.

3.  Effective 1 January 2016 (Cycle 1 2016), the following changes to 
reference (b) will go into effect:
    a.  Physical Activity Risk Factor Questionnaire:  An updated PARFQ form 
will better assist medical providers in assessing a Sailors overall health.  
Details will be provided via SEPCOR.
    b.  Body Composition Assessment (BCA) Methodology:  The new method for 
measuring BCA will consist of a three-step process.  A Sailor who is 
medically cleared to participate in the PRT shall do so regardless of his or 
her BCA results under any of the three steps discussed below.
        (1) Step 1:  Apply the current height/weight tables per reference (b) 
to a Sailor.  If the Sailor is within height/weight standards, he or she will 
pass the BCA, steps 2 and 3 will not apply, and he or she will not be 
required to enroll in FEP.  If the Sailor does not meet the height/weight 
standard, proceed to step 2.
        (2) Step 2:  Apply a single-site abdominal circumference measurement.  
Scientific evidence indicates that individuals are at increased risk for 
health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer if their abdomen 
exceeds a certain circumference.  Thus, a single-site abdominal circumference 
measurement will assist in identifying Sailors who are at risk for health 
problems.  A Sailor will pass the BCA if abdominal circumference is less than 
or equal to 39.0 inches for males and less than or equal to 35.5 inches for 
females.  If the Sailor exceeds the abdominal circumference measurement, 
proceed to step 3.
        (3) Step 3:  If the Sailor exceeds the height/weight screen of step 1 
and the abdominal circumference measurement screen of step 2, a body 
circumference measurement shall be conducted.  Apply the body circumference 
measurement technique to determine body fat percentage per reference (b).  
The Sailor will pass the BCA by meeting the Department of Defense (DoD) 
maximum allowable body fat limit of less than or equal to 26 percent for 
males or DoD maximum body fat limit of less than or equal to 36 percent for 
females outlined in reference (c).  The Sailor will fail the BCA only if the 
Sailor does not meet any of the standards employed in steps 1, 2, or 3 and 
shall be evaluated by a medical provider, enrolled in FEP, and provided 
nutritional counseling.  All Sailors who are medically cleared, regardless of 
BCA results, shall take the PRT.  A BCA failure will constitute an overall 
PFA failure for the cycle regardless of PRT results.
    c.  The Body Circumference Technique currently employed under reference 
(b) will continue to be used to determine body fat percentage.  The new Body 
Fat Standards will be graduated by age, reflecting a more realistic approach 
in accordance with DoD guidance, which is consistent with the American 
Medical Association and American Council on Exercise Standards.  This 
approach will allow more Sailors to participate in the PRT portion of the 
PFA. New Navy Body Fat Percentage Standards based on a graduated scale that 
increases with a Sailors age:
        (1) Males:  18-21 = 22 percent, 22-29 = 23 percent, 
30-39 = 24 percent, 40+ = 26 percent.
        (2) Females:  18-21 = 33 percent, 22-29 = 34 percent, 
30-39 = 35 percent, 40+ = 36 percent.
Any Sailor who exceeds the Navy�s updated graduated body fat standards set 
forth above shall be enrolled in FEP.
        (3) The Physical Readiness Program Operating Guides will be updated 
and Command Fitness Leaders will be trained on how to accurately conduct the 
single site abdominal circumference measurement.
        (4) In summary, effective 1 January 2016, a Sailor will have three 
options regarding BCA measurement:  height/weight screening, single-site 
abdominal circumference measurement, and the body circumference measurement.
    d.  Physical Readiness Test (PRT):  The PRT will continue to be 
administered in accordance with reference (b).  All Sailors cleared by their 
medical providers through the Physical Health Assessment (PHA) and PARFQ 
processes shall take the PRT, regardless of BCA outcome.
    e.  Fitness Enhancement Program (FEP):  Sailors shall be enrolled in FEP 
for any of the following reasons:
        (1) Exceeding the updated graduated Navy Body Fat Standards; or
        (2) Failing any portion of the PRT. Sailors enrolled in FEP due to 
BCA failure shall also be enrolled in nutritional counseling.  All Sailors 
enrolled in FEP will be required to participate in a mock PFA every 30 days.  
Failures incurred during a mock PFA will not count as official failures.  A 
Sailor will be disenrolled from FEP when he or she passes the PRT and is 
within the new Navy BCA standards.
    f.  PFA Failure Determination for Administrative Separation Processing:  
Effective 1 January 2016, all PFA (BCA or PRT) failures in the most recent 3-
year period will be reset to one failure.  A Sailors most recent failure will 
carry over to Cycle 1 2016.  Note: A Cycle 2 2015 BCA failure will not count 
as a carry-over failure, but a PRT failure incurred in Cycle 2 2015 will 
count as a carry-over failure.
    g.  Administrative Separation Policy Guidance:
        (1) Effective 1 January 2016, a Sailor who fails two PFA cycles in 
the most recent 3-year period shall be processed for administrative 
separation.  Failing either the BCA or the PRT will constitute a PFA failure 
for the cycle in which it is incurred.
        (2) Effective immediately, a Sailor subject to an approved or pending 
administrative separation due to multiple PFA (BCA or PRT) failures, who has 
not yet been separated, shall be offered the opportunity to be retained.  A 
Sailor who desires to separate from the Navy will continue processing for 
administrative separation.  A Sailor who desires to be retained must notify 
his or her commanding officer, be medically cleared to participate in the 
PRT, and pass either a mock or the official PRT before 1 December 2015.  All 
mock PFA data shall be recorded in PRIMS under the FEP tab in each Sailors 
profile.  A Sailor who does not meet present Navy BCA requirements as 
outlined in reference (b)  must be cleared by his or her medical provider to 
participate in the Cycle 2 2015 PRT.
            (a) If the Sailor is not medically cleared to participate in the 
PRT, this shall be annotated on Medical Waiver Form 6110/4. A Medical 
Evaluation Board shall be initiated if required in accordance with reference 
(b).  If a Sailor failed the Cycle 1 2015 BCA, the Sailor shall be 
automatically enrolled in FEP.
            (b) During FEP, the Sailor shall participate in a mock PFA
every 30 days.  The deadline to pass either a mock or the official
PRT is 1 December 2015.
            (c) If a Sailor does not pass either a mock or the official PRT 
by 1 December 2015, the failure will be recorded in PRIMS.  If a Sailor who 
was pending administrative separation as of 1 July 2015 does not pass either 
a mock or the official PRT by 1 December 2015, he or she will continue to be 
processed for administrative separation.  A Sailor who fails any portion of 
the PRT during Cycle 2 2015 will incur a failure for the PFA, and the failure 
will count toward administrative separation.  The current Navy administrative 
separation standard of three failures in the most recent four-year period 
will continue in effect through 31 December 2015.
            (d) Effective 1 January 2016, all PFA failures in the most
recent 3-year period will be reset to one failure.

4.  Future Planned Changes:
    a.  Developing a Navy-wide Registered Dietician (RD) utilization plan;
    b.  Enhancing SHIPSHAPE and encouraging approved civilian diet programs;
    c.  Establishing Go for Green healthy-eating ashore and at sea;
    d.  Providing more support for post-partum Sailors to re-attain or exceed 
previous fitness goals;
    e.  Wearable-fitness device studies to monitor physical output and rest;
    f.  Enhance Physical Readiness Test; and
    g.  Fitness awards for Sailors who score outstanding.

5.  In the long-term, the Navy strives to move away from PFA testing as a 
calculation of BCA maximums and PRT minimums, to a more realistic measure of 
health, fitness, and mission readiness.  To do this, the Navy will 
incorporate methods of assessing sleep patterns, activity, nutrition, and 
genetic risk factors.

6.  For questions, please contact the Physical Readiness Program Help Desk at 
(901) 874-2210/DSN 882 or via e-mail at navyprt(at)navy.mil. Physical 
Readiness Program polices, operating guides and FAQs can be found on the NPC 
21st Century Sailor web page http://www.npc.navy.mil/bupers-

7.  Released by Vice Admiral W. F. Moran.

SM&R Code Reference

Posted: July 30, 2015 in Uncategorized

Source, Maintenance and Recoverability (SM&R) codes are explained in OPNAVINST 4410.2A (Joint Regulation Governing the Use and Application of Uniform Source, Maintenance and Recoverability Codes and in the COSAL Use and Maintenance Manual (see NAVICPMECHINST 4441.170(series)).

Here’s an example:

P A G G D 6
(1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6)

(1) & (2) – source codes
(2) & (4) – maintenance codes
(5) – recoverability code
(6) – service option code
SM&R Reference.doc

One particular thing to note from the September 2015 Bibliography for Advancement is it cites the same reference for each respective rank, E-4/E-5/E-6.

COURSE OVERVIEW: Basic Military Requirements, NAVEDTRA 14325, is a self-study training manual (TRAMAN)/nonresidsent training course (NRTC) that covers the basics required of the men and women of the U.S. Navy and Naval Reserve.

THE COURSE: This self-study course is organized into subject matter areas, each containing learning objectives to help you determine what you should learn along with text and illustrations to help you understand the information. The subject matter reflects day-to-day requirements and experiences of personnel in the rating or skill area.

The NAVEDTRA 14325 or BASIC MILITARY REQUIREMENTS can be found by simply searching Google. Unfortunately, due to network and bandwidth limitations, the file size is too large for me to upload the reference here.

Obviously, it can also help you study for the Navy-wide advancement examination. The attachments provided below contain questions you may see on your exam. Hopefully you’ll find them useful. As always, study guides should not entirely replace your training material.


BMR 14325 chapt 1-8.doc
BMR 14325 9-22.doc

Good day! I compiled a short listing of common items used towards the upkeep of shipboard berthing spaces (blankets, mattresses, etc). If you see something not listed, that should be, please let me know!
Berthing Items.doc

Thank YOU!

Posted: June 26, 2015 in Uncategorized

I just wanted to express my sincerest gratitude for those that are sharing the blog, posting comments, and generally keeping me inspired to post on a regular basis. I hope this page is as useful as I desire it to be. Thanks again!

Logistics Specialist PQS

Posted: June 26, 2015 in Uncategorized

It’s always good practice to continuously work on your qualifications whether it be in rate, Damage Control, Deck Operations, etc.. Many of the tasks and watch-stations contained within this reference are performed on a daily basis. You might as well get credit for what you’re already doing right?!

Emphasis is heavily placed on being FULLY QUALIFIED. So get going!

A PQS is a compilation of the minimum knowledge and skills that an individual must demonstrate in order to qualify to stand watches or perform other specific routine duties necessary for the safety, security or proper operation of a ship, aircraft or support system. The objective of PQS is to standardize and facilitate these qualifications.

This PQS cancels and supersedes NAVEDTRA 43244-1 and is applicable to all naval units.