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completion of the sea tour or shore tour as specified in the  ENLTRANSMAN,  chapter  3.  The  normal  rotation pattern  throughout  a  career  is  a  repetition  of  assignments at sea and ashore. To the maximum extent possible, initial  assignments  will  be  to  sea  duty  afloat  upon completion  of  initial  entry  training. HUMANITARIAN  ASSIGNMENTS ‘The Navy recognizes that a personal problem cannot always be solved at a person’s duty station. Sometimes home  conditions  constitute  an  undue  hardship,  and  the member’s presence is necessary to ease the hardship. In such cases, the Navy gives consideration to individual requests for humanitarian or hardship reassignment. The criteria  for  determining  humanitarian/hardship  situations and  the  documentation  required  are  contained  in  the ENLTRANS  MAN,  NAVPERS  15909-D,  chapter  18. When the problem is anticipated to be solvable within  a  reasonable  time  frame  and  it  has  been established that the member’s presence in a specific area is essential to ease the problem, special consideration is warranted. Circumstances that would normally warrant special considerations are as follows: .  Death  of  applicant’s  spouse  or  child. . Divorce, when the member has a final divorce decree. .  When  the  court  has  awarded  the  member physical custody of the children and the time is needed to  make  arrangements  for  their  permanent  care.  (Refer to U.S.  Navy  Single  Sponsor/Military  Couple  with Dependents(s) Dependent Care Policy,  OPNAVINST 1740.4.) . When a person is scheduled to be hospitalized or has been hospitalized as a result of a severe illness (physical or mental). 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  time  frame,  reassignment  for  humanitarian reasons  may  be  requested. When it is determined that emergency leave will not ease  the  problem,  but  that  resolution  of  the  hardship  may be expected within a reasonable period of time, the member  may  be  authorized  a  special  temporary reassignment at a desired location for temporary duty humanitarian  assignment  (TD  HUMS).  If  the  TD HUMS  is  authorized,  temporary  additional  duty (TEMADD)  orders  are  issued  on  a  permissive no-cost-to-the-government   basis   not   to   exceed   6 months.  The  following  requirements  apply  to  the issuance of TD HUMS orders: l  No  dislocation  allowance  is  authorized. .  Dependent  travel  will  be  at  the  member’s expense,  not  subject  to  reimbursement. .  Orders  will  not  authorize  the  individual  to  ship household goods at government expense. . Transfers must be effected during a period of leave and no proceed or travel time is authorized. .  Members  serving  on  TD  HUMS  will  not  be authorized  per  diem  at  their  TEMDU  station.  Orders must contain the statement, No Per Diem Authorized. .  All  standard  transfer  orders  (STOs)  for  TD HUMS will contain a statement of understanding as outlined   in   the   ENLTRANSMAN   to   include   the member’s  signature. TEMADD orders are  not used to authorize the member to proceed to the area of hardship and gather documentation  for  submitting  a  request.  The  member must use leave for that purpose. Extension to TD HUMS If the amount of leave granted is insufficient to enable  submission  of  a  request  for  humanitarian assignment, the assisting command (located in the area of the hardship) should direct a request for extension of leave  to  the  individual’s  parent  command  or,  in applicable cases, to the next intermediate reporting station as directed in the individual’s leave authorization or  STOs.  Do  not  request  leave  extensions  from BUPERS. In those cases in which an assisting command feels  that  a  bona  fide  emergency  hardship  exists  that meets  the  criteria  for  reassignment  and  when insufficient  time  remains  to  request  extension  of  leave, or when further leave would cause the member to be in excess of leave (more than 30 days or in excess of that which could be earned in his or her remaining obligated service),  the  assisting  command  should  send  a  message to   the   member’s   parent   command   with   a   brief, meaningful   explanation   of   the   hardship.   This explanation  should  include  the  statement,  Unless otherwise directed, the member will be retained on board 15 days in no-cost TEMADD status pending a decision by BUPERS. The final determination of a member’s retention at an assisting command rests with the member’s commanding officer (CO) at his or her 3-4

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