1. ALARACT 054/2020, CONSOLIDATED PERSONNEL POLICY GUIDANCE IN SUPPORT OF CONDITIONS-BASED PHASED APPROACH TO ARMY-WIDE PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 OUTBREAK (FOUO), DTG: R 121849Z JUN 20. This message provides consolidated personnel travel guidance to Army Commands (ACOMs), Army Service Component Commands (ASCCs), and Direct Reporting Units (DRUs) in support of the conditions-based phased approach to support Army-wide preparedness and response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The message applies to Soldiers as well as DACs. Highlights are as follows: https://www.milsuite.mil/book/
a. (4.A.) Travel Authorization Categories. There are four travel authorization categories under the current COVID-19 conditions-based environment: Exempt, Unrestricted, Restricted, and Waivered.
b. (4.A.1.) Exempt: Exempt travel does not require a waiver. Either the exemption will be indicated on orders or travelers will carry a memorandum describing the exemption. See exempt categories in the message.
c. (4.A.2.) Unrestricted: The travel authorization category is unrestricted if the origin, destination, and all intermediate stops are designated unrestricted locations IAW the process provided in HQDA EXORD 210-20. Final verification of unrestricted status will be confirmed by the traveler’s unit no earlier than 10 days before initiating movement.
d. (4.A.3.) Restricted: if any one of the origin, destination, or intermediate stop locations is designated restricted IAW the process described in HQDA EXORD 210-20, the travel authorization category is restricted. Travel can only proceed if the appropriate authority approves a waiver.
e. (4.A.4.) Waivered: A waiver to travel restrictions may be requested if the travel is necessary because the Soldier or DAC has an extreme hardship, the travel is for humanitarian reasons, or the Soldier or DAC is deemed mission essential by the gaining unit. Once a waiver has been approved, no other consideration of unrestricted or restricted travel status is required. Soldiers and DACs may proceed on travel and will carry a copy of the waiver with other travel documents. A sample waiver request is provided with this message.
f. (4.B.) Travel Orders: If traveling under an exemption or waiver, the PCS or TDY order will include special instructions to reflect the exemption or waiver, or the traveler may use a signed memorandum from their unit leadership that states the reason for the exemption or a signed GO or SES waiver. A sample exemption memo is provided with this message.
g. (4.B.5.) Documentation is not required for travel between areas designated as unrestricted.
h. Paragraphs 4.C. and 4.D. provide TDY and PCS Travel Guidance.
i. (4.D.2.C.5.) If the travel authorization category remains restricted until it is no longer feasible to travel and report within the authorized window IAW orders and special instructions, the traveler will contact the servicing Personnel Reassignment Work Center to work with HRC and request a delay or deferment as required to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 conditions.
j. (4.D.4.) Leave in conjunction with a PCS will normally be limited to the authorized travel days as outlined in the Joint Travel Regulations. However, IAW para 4.G., this message, leave outside the local area can only proceed if the appropriate authority approves a waiver, or if the travel authorization is unrestricted. Leave within the local area is not subject to the DOD COVID-19 movement restrictions.
k. Attached to this message are samples of the Exemption Travel Memo, DA Form 4187 request for Waiver, Waiver Request Memo for DACs (who can also use the DA Form 4187).
l. A COVID PCS Process Map, by Travel Authorization Category, is also attached with this message.
2. COVID-19 MOVEMENT RESTRICTIONS AND DOD’s “GREEN” LOCATIONS. From the Army G-1 Personnel Contingency Cell: Some of you may have seen the list of “green” countries and states on defense.gov. Army G-1 reiterates this is only part of the story. The Secretary of Defense memo cited in those press releases states that this is just the first step. The press release also says as much when it says “The secretaries of the military departments, commanders of the combatant commands, and the chief management officer will assess specific DOD installations…” The process outlined by the Secretary of Defense and implemented by the Army in EXORD 210-20 states that once a state or country is “green” as above, THEN you must consider the installations individually for the below listed criteria.
a. Removal of local travel restrictions
b. Availability of essential services (schools, childcare, moving services).
c. Quality control/assurance capability for HHG packing and moving.
d. Favorable Health Protection Conditions (below HPCON C).
e. Sufficient Medical Treatment Facility capacity.
f. Testing capability and capacity.
g. Capacity to quarantine and/or isolate individuals returning from high exposure locations.
EXORD 210-20 provides the web link to access that information in para 3.D.13.C (link to info, you must be on mil network). ALARACT 054/2020 was just issued this morning (summary above) and explains how to use the information to determine whether an installation is unrestricted. The current “placemat” residing at the link in the EXORD requires all green boxes and HPCON B or lower for an installation to be “unrestricted.” DoD should start filtering information down to the Army to put on that site any day now for assessments of joint and sister service installations. As of 6/15/2020, only 4-5 installations meet all the criteria for unrestricted movement, none of which are CONUS (biggest current across the board factor is HPCON C). https://www.milsuite.mil/book/
3. IPPS-A JOB AID: ASSIGNMENTS – BACK-DATED ASSIGNMENTS – VERSION 2. IPPS-A Job Aids are meant to assist users in completing common transactions within Release 2 IPPS-A. This Job Aid details the actions required to create a back-dated assignment in ACT. Version 2 provides clarity to steps performed by HR Pro SUBCAT users. https://www.milsuite.mil/book/
4. JUNE AG BRANCH ON-HAND NUMBERS. From the AG Proponent: This document is to inform leaders of the current strengths of all AG MOSs. https://www.milsuite.mil/book/
5. STATUS OF THE AG ENLISTED CORPS. From the AG Proponent: The attached document displays the current strength of the Enlisted AG Corps. https://www.milsuite.mil/book/
6. ARMY RESERVE PAY MESSAGE 20-21, RETROACTIVE AVIATION INCENTIVE PAY (AVIP). The monthly pay rate for AVIP increased on 1 Jan 20. DFAS is working to update the rates in the Defense Joint Military Pay System – Reserve Component (DJMS-RC) to trigger payment of the new rates. DFAS is running a weekly process in the interim to pay the difference between the 2019 and 2020 rates for prior payments of AVIP. https://www.milsuite.mil/book/
7. Recently published Army Directives (AD) and All Army Activity (ALARACT) messages. New ALARACTs and ADs are also posted on APD at the following link. https://armypubs.army.mil/defa
a. ARMY DIRECTIVE 2020-06, ARMY COMBAT FITNESS TEST, 12 JUNE 2020. This directive establishes the Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT) as the Army’s physical fitness test of record, replacing the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT). The ACFT replaces the APFT as the Army’s physical fitness test of record beginning 1 October 2020. The Army will no longer conduct the APFT after 30 September 2020. The only exception is articulated in AR 350–1, paragraph F–5k, for Soldiers who failed their last record APFT. https://www.milsuite.mil/book/
8. Recently published Military Personnel (MILPER) messages and Military Pay E-Messages. All MILPER messages are available on the HRC MILPER web page at https://www.hrc.army.mil/Milpe
a. MILPER MESSAGE 20-173, UNIT ARMOR AND CAVALRY LEADERSHIP AWARD, ISSUED: [6/12/2020 12:16:05 PM]. The Office of the Chief of Armor (OCOA) announces the annual submissions for the Unit Armor and Cavalry Leadership Award (ACLA). The award recognizes the most outstanding Armor Company or Cavalry Troop of each Division. The unit award is presented on an annual basis to a deserving organization selected by the Division or separate unit Regimental Commander. https://www.hrc.army.mil/Milpe
b. MILPER MESSAGE 20-174, ACADEMIC YEAR 2021 U.S. ARMY COMBINED ARMS SUPPORT COMMAND VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITY, MASTER OF SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT ADVANCED CIVILIAN SCHOOLING PROGRAM, ISSUED: [6/15/2020 1:52:06 PM]. This message announces the procedures for Logistics (LG) Officers requesting consideration for highly competitive FY 2021/2022 Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Master of Supply Chain Management (MSCM) Program. Officers accepted into this program will be educated on the theory, skills, and practices necessary to manage global supply chains. https://www.hrc.army.mil/Milpe
c. MILPER MESSAGE 20-175, FY20 ACTIVE COMPONENT (AC) ARMY MEDICAL DEPARTMENT (AMEDD) INTERMEDIATE LEVEL EDUCATION (ILE) SELECTION BOARD ZONE MESSAGE, ISSUED: [6/15/2020 2:27:53 PM]. This message announces zones of eligibility, methodology, and administrative instructions for use by subject Intermediate Level Education (ILE) Selection Board. The FY20 AC AMEDD ILE Selection Board selects officers eligible to attend Academic Year (AY) 21-22 resident ILE, and convenes 25 Aug 20 and recesses on or about 8 Sept 20. https://www.hrc.army.mil/Milpe
9. S1NET MEMBER REQUESTS. The following requests for assistance have been made by S1NET members. If you can help those requesting assistance, please do so.
a. INFORMAL FUND REIMBURSEMENT MEMO. “Looking for an example memo to reimburse a SM through an informal fund (cup and flower).” https://www.milsuite.mil/book/
10. ARNG/USAR POSITIONS/JOBS AVAILABLE. S1NET members have posted the following RC position/job vacancy information. For a listing of all USAR primary vacancies (updated weekly) visit https://www.milsuite.mil/book/
a. US ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS SOUTH PACIFIC BORDER DISTRICT OPPORTUNITIES, PHOENIX, AZ. https://www.milsuite.mil/book/
b. 687TH COMBAT SUSTAINMENT SUPPORT BATTALION, TPU, MULTIPLE O2-O3 VACANCIES, VARIOUS LOCATIONS IN WISCONSIN. https://www.milsuite.mil/book/
c. USARPAC-SU (USAR), TPU, MAJ/01A, HHD COMMANDER VACANCY, HONOLULU, HI. https://www.milsuite.mil/book/
d. 418TH CIVIL AFFAIRS BATTALION S1 VACANCY, BELTON, MO. https://www.milsuite.mil/book/
e. DRILL SERGEANT BN (3-415TH BCT) IN SEATTLE/SPOKANE/BOISE/HELENA – 01A/LT-CPT (CDR/XO), O-4/01A (BN S-3), CW1-4 (920A/420A), E-5-7 (92Y), E-4-7 ASPIRING DRILL SERGEANTS. https://www.milsuite.mil/book/
f. HQ 3RD BRIGADE, 98TH TRAINING DIVISION (IET), TPU VACANCIES: MAJ/42H, CPT/42B, CW3/420A, SGT/42A, SFC/79V, SFC/35F, SGM/00G, SSG/27D IN BUFFALO, NY. https://www.milsuite.mil/book/
g. 2ND BDE, 104TH DIV (LEADER TRAINING) – TPU, S2, INTEL OFFICER, O4, 35D/MI, LEXINGTON, KY. https://www.milsuite.mil/book/