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The   ENLTRANSMAN,   chapter   27,   contains additional  information  on  the  tracking  of  LIMDU individuals, including nuclear-trained personnel and submarine   personnel   on   LIMDU   as   well   as miscellaneous  information  about  LIMDU. HUMANITARIAN REASSIGNMENT Detailing authorities are aware of the hardships that Navy   families   encounter   and   of   the   additional aggravation imposed by long absences of the service member  from  his  or  her  family.  Emergency  leave frequently   provides   sufficient   time   to   ease   such hardships; however, when an individual requires more time  than  leave  can  provide  and  has  a  chance  of resolving  the  hardship  within  a  reasonable  period, reassignment  for  humanitarian  reasons  may  be requested. If  time  is  an  important  factor  in  a  member’s hardship, the need for prompt handling is evident. COs can render assistance by setting up an internal screening process to decide whether a request for humanitarian assignment  is  warranted.  This  screening  process, tailored  to  the  individual  command’s  size,  should evaluate the case, provide command assistance when needed,  and  recommend  required  action.  When  a request for humanitarian assignment is warranted, the preparation of the request must be screened for clarity, accuracy,  and  comprehensiveness  to  prevent  delays  in administrative processing. Members such as chaplains, doctors,  senior  officers,  and  petty  officers  should  carry out the screening. The  Humanitarian  Assignment/Hardship  Discharge Section   (PERS   40HH)   controls   humanitarian assignment requests within CHNAVPERS. A board consisting of senior petty officers and officers considers all cases on an individual basis. The final decision is based solely on the information and documentation submitted.  A  request  for  reassignment  will  not  be disapproved  because  a  member  is  needed  in  assigned duties. BASIC CRITERIA FOR DETERMINING HUMANITARIAN/HARDSHIP  SITUATIONS The  member’s  request  must  show  that  the  hardship meets   the   following   criteria   for   eligibility   for humanitarian  reassigment: A   severe   hardship   exists,   not   normally encountered and resolved by other members of the naval service. The hardship occurred or has been excessively aggravated since the service member has been serving on active duty. The  problem  affects  the  service  member’s immediate family. The immediate family is defined as spouse,  son,  daughter,  stepchild  (if  the  stepchild  is,  in fact,  dependent  on  the  member),  parent,  brother,  sister, stepparent, or other person acting  in loco parentis for a period  of  5  years  before  the  member  became  21  years of  age,  or  any  bona  fide  dependent  of  the  service member. In-laws are not considered members of the immediate  family  solely  by  virtue  of  their  relationship as  in-laws. There are no other family members or relatives capable of providing necessary assistance. The member has made every reasonable effort to ease the hardship and it cannot be reasonably eased by leave  (including  emergency  leave  if  the  member  is overseas), correspondence, power of attorney, or by the intervention  of  professional  people. The member’s presence is required for specific reasons other than for morale or financial purposes alone. The hardship is resolvable within a reasonable period. SPECIAL CONSIDERATION The following circumstances, involving members of  the  applicant’s  family,  normally  warrant  special consideration  when  it  is  proven  that  the  member’s presence in a specific area is essential to ease problems and it can be anticipated that the problem is solvable within a reasonable period. The following listing is not an  inclusive  listing: The  death  of  applicant’s  spouse  or  child. Divorce, when the member has a final divorce decree  and  has  court-awarded  physical  custody  of  the children and the time is needed to make arrangements for their permanent care. 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. 2-8

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