Pay and Personnel Administrators Receive New Opportunities for Training, Counsel and Collaboration

From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs

Improving the quality of pay and personnel services across the Navy is a cornerstone of Sailor 2025, the Navy’s largest personnel modernization effort ever undertaken, and thus remains one of our top priorities for increasing Sailors’ quality of life.

Timely and accurate pay and personnel transactions are a critical enabler of warfighting readiness. In order to fulfill those services, a strong partnership is required between commands and their personnel support detachments (PSD).

The Sailors and civilians at the front line of this effort are the Command Pay and Personnel Administrators (CPPA).

The role and importance of CPPAs cannot be overstated, because CPPAs serve as the link between individual Sailors, their commands, and the supporting PSDs.

Chief Yeoman Anne Rice assists Logistics Specialist 3rd Class Jensy Contreras with paperwork.
Chief Yeoman Anne Rice assists Logistics Specialist 3rd Class Jensy Contreras with paperwork. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Julia A. Casper/Released)

 

With that thought in mind, we developed several policy changes and resources to increase the knowledge base of CPPAs and provide them with essential tools for their pay and personnel toolkits.

In accordance with NAVADMIN 235/16, the CPPA Navy Enlisted Classification (NEC) code of 95AD was established to ensure that Navy personnel are properly trained and certified in the pay and personnel policies and procedures.

We have also updated the CPPA toolbox and other CPPA resources that reside on the Navy Personnel Command website.

This one stop resource repository provides a wealth of information to help new CPPAs learn their roles and responsibilities and for experienced CPPAs to hone their skills.

Newly designated CPPAs can learn pay and personnel management fundamentals and specifics of the Pay/Personnel Administrative Support System (PASS) in an interactive web-based course available through My Navy Portal (MNP) via Navy e-Learning (course number PERS2-PAYPERS-CPPA-CPPATRAINING-V1.0).

Our library of 41 CPPA standard operating procedures provides detailed step-by-step guidance on the proper execution of common Navy pay and personnel transactions.

In order to keep skills fresh and share local best practices across commands, CPPAs are strongly encouraged to take part in monthly training opportunities hosted by local PSDs.

The Navy added a new user role to the Navy Standard Integrated Personnel System (NSIPS) enabling CPPA personnel to initiate activity gains, reenlistments, extensions, and other non-pay impacting transactions at the local command and leading to improved timeliness and accuracy for these transactions.

CPPAs and other CAC holders can find a helpful “Smart Sheet” explaining the user role change from Command PASS Coordinator (CPC) to CPPA on the NSIPS login page, by clicking “What’s New for You” under the “User Information” section. The “Smart Sheet” and other useful documents highlight new features and reports for the CPPA user role.

Yeoman 1st Class Gregory Nicolaisen, left, and Chief Yeoman Nick Smith review a request paperwork aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71).
Yeoman 1st Class Gregory Nicolaisen, left, and Chief Yeoman Nick Smith review request paperwork aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Spencer Roberts/Released)

 

Local command verification is required to ensure Sailors receive their due pay and entitlements. CPPAs must gain this NSIPs access to enable accurate pay and personnel processing.

Finally, in order to reinforce a sense of community among CPPA professionals and facilitate an environment of collaborative thought, shared insights and professional experiences, we have launched a CPPA forum on Facebook.

New CPPAs should take full advantage of this forum to ask questions and build their corporate knowledge by directly corresponding with experienced CPPAs.

Pay and personnel matters affect each and every Sailor serving our country around the world, and we owe it to our Sailors to get processes done promptly and correctly the first time. We are committed to ensuring they receive the benefits and entitlements they have earned.

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