Navy COVID-19 Guidance

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In response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, the Navy has released millions of instructions to provide guidance to the Fleet. It seems like there has been a new instruction released every day. We have summarized those instructions here:

But don’t take our word for it, the actual instruction is also included!

Note: Since this is an on-going pandemic, this post will be updated as new guidance is put out. Check back to stay updated!

If you are experiencing any difficulty during the COVID-19 crisis, please reach out to one of the resources provided by the Navy. Those resources can be found here.

March 24, 2020

NAVADMIN 083/20 - Restriction of Movement (ROM) Guidance

  • Requires all personnel returning from a Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Travel Health Notice (THN) Level 3 or Level 2 location perform a 14-day ROM.
  • Service member should be restricted to their residence and limit close contact (within 6 feet of others).
  • A list of countries with a CDC THN of Level 3 or 2 can be found here.

March 23, 2020

ALNAV 029/20 - State and Local Shelter-in-Place Orders Impact on DON Operations

  • In response to state and local governments that have issued shelter-in-place, stay-at-home, self-quarantine, curfews, etc.
  • To ensure continuity of operations, Commanders may direct that personnel under their command (to include active, reserve, civilian, and foreign military members) to continue to perform their official duties.
  • Federal law exempts military and federal civilian personnel from state and local government orders.

NAVADMIN 082/20 - Navy Transition Assistance Program (TAP) Policy Update

  • Announces immediate suspension of TAP in-person classes.
  • Service members who will be separating soon can complete TAP online via Joint Knowledge Online (JKO). Details can be found here
    • This also applies to reserve members on active duty orders greater than 179 days (paragraphs a and b of the NAVADMIN).
    • Mobilized reservists who are within 60 days of redeployment or demobilization must complete TAP via JKO and present the certificate at ECRC.

March 21, 2020

NAVADMIN 080/20 - Navy Mitigation Measures in Response to Coronavirus Outbreak (Update 3)

  • Consolidates all NAVADMINs for ease of reference.
  • Adds guidance for an Authorized Departure (AD) of DoD eligible family members (EFMs) and civilian employees (Paragraph 3.H).

March 19, 2020

ALNAVRESFOR 009 / 20 – Increased Telework Opportunities

  • Commander, Navy Reserve Force (CNRF) has waived the normal telework administrative requirements.
  • Usually, in order to telework, a member must route a telework package that consists of training, a telework agreement, a telework eligibility checklist, a telework request form, and a Page 13 that is signed by their supervisor, OSO, and NRA CO. These will not be required through 11 May to allow Sailors to complete IDT via telework.
  • Sailors who will complete IDTs via telework are reminded to use the “telework” drop-down option in EDM.


  • Navy recruit (enlisted) and Officer graduation ceremonies canceled until further notice.

March 18, 2020

NAVADMIN 71 / 20 – Physical Readiness Policy Update

  • The PRT is CANCELED for Cycle 1, 2020. No further action required by members or CFLs. This includes members who have already completed it for this cycle.
  • All group PT has also been suspended.

NAVADMIN 72 / 20 – Postponement of Selection Board Schedule

  • Selection boards schedule to convene on or after 24 March are postponed until further notice.

NAVADMIN 73 / 20 – Temporary relaxation of hair grooming standards

  • Temporary relaxation of male and female hair length standards. This only applies to the scalp (No, you cannot grow out your sideburns and beard ;) ).
  • Relaxed grooming should not interfere with the proper wearing of Navy head gear and protective personal equipment.

March 17, 2020

NAVADMIN 68 / 20 – Effective use of Remote Work Options

  • Direction for shore commands to increase teleworking opportunities

NAVADMIN 69 / 20 – Enlisted Advancement Exams Postponed

  • All enlisted exams scheduled after 17 March are postponed to the following dates:
    • 21 May – Cycle 247 (E-4 FTS and Active Duty)
    • 22 May – Cycle 106 (E-4 through E-7 SELRES approved for late exam will take the exam the next available DWE after this date)
    • 12 June – Cycle 247 (E-4 through E-6 final date to administer substitute exams)
  • This means that advancement results and E-7 selection board eligibility will not be released until July.

March 15, 2020

ALNAVRESFOR 008 / 20 – Navy Reserve Mitigation Measures in Response to Coronavirus

  • Drill weekends are canceled through 11 May.
  • AT/IDT/IDTT orders that require travel are prohibited.

March 14, 2020

ALNAV 26 / 20 – Official and Personal Domestic Travel Force Health Protection Guidance for DON

  • All travel OCONUS and CONUS are prohibited from 16 March to 11 May. This includes PCS and TAD/TDY orders. Only local leave is authorized.

NAVADMIN 65 / 20 – Overseas Travel

  • No OCONUS travel unless mission essential.

March 12, 2020

ALNAV 25 / 20 – Force Protection Guidance for the DON

NAVADMIN 64 / 20 – Navy Mitigation Measures in Response to Coronavirus Outbreak

  • These are the Navy’s initial reaction to the outbreak. Key points here:
    • No OCONUS travel unless mission essential
    • Wash your hands