Web-based Tools Allow Sailors to Maintain Personnel Records
Story Number: NNS100410-01
Release Date: 4/10/2010 12:18:00 AM
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Christopher Koons
ABOARD USS WASP, At Sea (NNS) -- As the Navy phases out enlisted field service records, Sailors can utilize tools such as their Electronic Service Record (ESR) and the Web-Enabled Record Review (WERR) to look over their records to determine if anything is missing or out-of-date.
ESR is an online version of the service record and is meant to replace traditional paper service records. Sailors can review and update their personal emergency contact information and other service record items through their ESR self-service account, which can be reached through the ship's Navy Standard Integrated Personnel System (NSIPS) server.
"ESR is an example of the Navy using the latest technology to give Sailors a greater ability to update their records on their own," said Personnel Specialist 1st Class (SW) Galen Draper, USS Wasp's (LHD 1) administration office leading petty officer. "It also takes some of the work out of the hands of admin office workers such as myself."
Once retired or separated from service, a Sailor's ESR is turned off, since it is simply an electronic version of the service record, not a permanent account like the Official Military Personnel File (OMPF), which Sailors view when using WERR.
Sailors can use WERR to review documents in their OMPF. Available through the BUPERS Online web site, WERR allows Sailors to view, download and print Page 13s, performance evaluations and other service record items.
"WERR saves Sailors more time, because now they don't have to order a CD if they need information contained on their OMPF," said Senior Chief Navy Counselor (SW/AW) Jud Timmons, Wasp's command career counselor. "If you are going up for a board and you need to get to this information as soon as possible, you can just log-on to BUPERS now and get what you need."
For some Wasp junior Sailors, tools such ESR and WERR have made their lives easier in terms of ensuring their personnel records are safely and correctly maintained.
"I think that they make things much more convenient, because now you don't have to worry about carrying all that paperwork between commands when you transfer and risk having things get lost," said Aviation Structural Mechanic Airman Apprentice Christopher Frey. "Now, everything is at the touch of your fingertips."
To learn more about ESR and WERR and other tools used to validate personnel records information, see the Sailor Career Toolbox posted on the Navy Personnel Command web site at http://www.npc.navy.mil/CareerInfo/StayNavyTools/CareerTools/.
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