Divorce, when the member has a final divorce
decree and has court-awarded physical custody
of the children and needs time to make
arrangements for their permanent care
NOTE: The service member must be able to
comply with the U.S. Navy Single
Sponsor/Military Couple with Dependent(s)
Dependent Care Policy, OPNAVINST 1740.4.
Severe illness (physical or mental), as a result of
which the affected person has been hospitalized
or is scheduled to be hospitalized
These are just a few examples of special
circumstances. There may be other exceptions to the
regulations that BUPERS may consider. These
exceptions are ultimately determined by BUPERS.
REASSIGNMENTS NOT CONSIDERED
Now that you have read about some of the criteria
and circumstances for which a members request for a
humanitarian/hardship reassignment may be approved,
lets look at some examples of reasons for which a
members request would not be approved.
Humanitarian requests based only on the following
reasons are not considered within the scope of chapter
18 of the ENLTRANSMAN and are not approved:
For financial or business reasons (including the
operation of a family business)
For the sole reason of being a single parent
NOTE: If the care of young children becomes
a problem, the possibility exists that the active
duty person may be considered for a hardship
or parenthood discharge.
For personal convenience
For the purpose of attending to or assisting
in-laws, grandparents (other than those
individuals acting in loco parentis), or other
persons not identified as immediate family
For the purpose of children being in school
(exceptions are made for children requiring
For part-time employment of the member or
employment of the spouse
Because the member has bought or owns a home
Because of the members physical or mental
Many requests submitted to BUPERS are not
approved because the reasons in the requests are not
sufficient or they do not show hardship.
SUBMISSION OF REQUESTS
Requests for humanitarian reassignment from all
enlisted personnel are addressed to BUPERS (PERS
40HH) with a copy (less enclosures) to EPMAC.
Requests from enlisted training and administration of
reserve (TAR) personnel must be sent to BUPERS
(PERS 40HH) with a copy (less enclosures) NRPC.
The via addressee is the command assisting the service
member in submitting the request.
A members request could very well be approved
and eventually temporary duty for humanitarian
assignment orders could be issued. The following
section discusses what should happen when the
hardship is eased or ceases to exist before the expiration
of the members temporary duty.
REPORTING WHEN HARDSHIP IS EASED
OR CEASES TO EXIST BEFORE
EXPIRATION OF TEMPORARY DUTY
When the hardship ceases to exist or has been eased
before completion of the period of temporary duty
assigned, the activity where the member is assigned for
the temporary duty humanitarian assignment (TD
HUMS) submits an availability report to the ACA that
originally assigned the member to TD HUMS.
As a PN, you may become involved in this process.
You may be assigned to type the availability report on
the member. To do this correctly, you must refer to
chapter 20 of the ENLTRANSMAN.
REASSIGNMENT OF MEMBER AT
EXPIRATION OF TEMPORARY DUTY
Members on TD HUMS are considered for
reassignment approximately 1 month before the
scheduled completion of their temporary assignment.
The activity having members on board interview these
members 6 weeks before their respective PRDs to
decide if the hardship has been resolved. The activity
does this before submitting the availability report to the
ACA who assigned the TD HUMS.