YOUR ORDERS TO DUTY
Sometime before graduation you should receive
orders to your first tour of duty. Orders come from
the Chief of Naval Personnel (CHNAVPERS). You
will receive an original set of your orders and many
(Save these copies; you will need them
when executing your orders.) Study your orders
carefully to be sure of their exact meaning.
addition to the orders, you should receive some
other explanatory material from your local
personnel office, such as travel instructions and
Your orders will be endorsed, showing the date
of their delivery to you and the date and time of
When detached, you are on
your own until the date you must report to your next
station. Therefore, before you detach, make sure
you know WHERE you are going, WHEN you must
report, and HOW you plan to get there. Also be sure
you have in your possession your service record,
health record, orders, and personal finance record.
Before you leave your old command, make sure
you fill out a Notice of Change of Address card
(OPNAV 5110/5) to keep both your old and new
station advised of your address.
Guard your orders and records. Do not put
them in your luggage; carry them with you. You will
need the original of your orders to obtain
transportation, travel advances, and all travel claims.
When you report to your new ship or station, your
orders will be endorsed and placed in your service
When you detach, ensure these endorsed
orders are put in your personal file. You may need to
refer to a set of orders years later.
I f f o r s o m e r e a s o n ( a c c i d e n t , s i c k n e s s ,
emergency) you become stranded during your travel,
you must inform your new commanding officer. The
nearest armed forces activity, including recruiting
offices and Reserve units, can help you by endorsing
your orders or communicating with your new command
or both. Refer to a telephone directory listing under
U.S. Government for the number of the nearest
military activity in your area.
IDENTIFICATION NUMBER AND
The Navy uses Social Security numbers (SSNs)
and designators to identify officer personnel. The
SSN has nine digits. The designator has four digits.
These identifying numbers will appear in the
remarks section of your orders.
Once assigned, your Social Security number
will not change. Your designator may change as
your qualifications change. The first three digits
of your designator identify the general category
within which you perform, and the fourth digit
indicates your official status.
For example, a
designator of 1100 identifies a line officer of the
Regular Navy whose permanent grade is ensign or
above, while a designator of 1105 identifies a line
officer of the Naval Reserve.
The Register of
Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the Navy,
NAVPERS 15018, contains a complete breakdown of
A TYPICAL SET OF ORDERS
The following example orders, issued by the
Chief of Naval Personnel (CHNAVPERS), are shown
in the typical capitalized format. (Appendix II lists
various terms, phrases, and abbreviations used in