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Phases of the IA Lifecycle
Phase 3: Boots on the Ground
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Phase 3: Boots on the Ground


Report to your ultimate duty station to perform your designated mission until your detach date. IA Sailors are assigned operationally to the combatant commander during the operational portion (BOG) of their orders. As such, for operational purposes, you are fully embedded in your operational unit's chain of command.

 

WHAT TO EXPECT
During the BOG stage, you perform your designated mission at your ultimate duty station. RC Sailors, you will receive demobilization orders 90 days prior to your detach date.

WHEN
Report to your ultimate duty station per the estimated date of arrival (EDA) in your orders and remain there until your end of mission (EOM) or ultimate activity detach date.

HOW TO PROCEED

  • Check the IA website for additional BOG information

  • Check your Leave and Earnings Statement (LES) and GTCC account balance monthly

  • 90 days prior to ultimate activity detach date or upon receipt of demobilization orders (RC) contact your NOSC/NRA (RC) or parent command (AC) to advise them of your return

  • (RC only) If you need to demobilize at an alternate NOSC/NRA contact NESA for a courtesy demobilization

  • Complete NAVPERS 1300/22 Section 3 (90 days prior to your detach date or upon receipt of demobilization orders)
     

WHO TO CONTACT

  • USFF action officer for BOG-related questions at usff.ia.fct@navy.mil

  • ECRC action officer for transportation/schedule questions

  • CIAC to coordinate return and re-integration, and to request courtesy demobilization
     

Mailing Items to Your Ultimate Duty Station

  • You are allowed to mail goods to yourself via USPS. When doing so, you should save the receipts and include them in your first travel claim after arriving in-theater. Per the Joint Federal Travel Regulations (JFTR), Chapter 5, Part D, you are entitled to reimbursement up to the cost that it would have cost the DoD to ship the equivalent weight, capped by the weight limit commensurate with your rank and orders.

  • However, before shipping goods, it is highly advisable that you first get settled into your new job. In some environments or billets, it may be impractical to be responsible for a lot of personal gear.

Common Ultimate Duty Stations

Afghanistan is part of Central Command's (CENTCOM) AOR. The CENTCOM website provides basic information on CENTCOM's mission and operational posture in Afghanistan. A useful site for Sailors deploying to Afghanistan is ECRC FWD CENNT Qatar (CTG 56.6). In addition, the Afghanistan International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) site hosts data on command and current theater guidance and policies.

When arriving in theater, NAVCENT FWD HQ AFG (NFHA) is the Navy IA Sailor's main resource for getting to and from their mission assignment. If your orders have you assigned ADCON to UIC 3952A then you are ADCON to NFHA. This means NFHA will be your main point of contact for Navy related questions.

NFHA POCs:

Deploying IAs are met at the terminal (Bagram or Kandahar) upon arrival in country. From this point forward, until the IA is handed off to their new gaining command, NAVCENT FWD HQ Afghanistan will arrange transient berthing, follow on transportation and country briefings.

Additional Preparation

  • RAPPORT Dari (CLREC-RDARI-0001) & RAPPORT Pashto (CLREC-RPASHTO-0001). These courses are available on Navy eLearning and may be required for your mission.

  • Afghanistan Operational Cultural Awareness Training (OCAT), NeL course Catalog Code: CID-OCAT-AFGHAN-0001

Additional Packing

  • U.S. Forces-Afghanistan has set an order requirement for Service members inbound to Afghanistan. Due to  AAFES vendor closures, U.S. retail clothing shops in Afghanistan are no longer available in theater. In the event of TDYs or Emergency leaves, Service members should be prepared to travel on commercial air wearing tasteful civilian attire. All military personnel are required to pack and bring one set of civilian attire on individual and unit deployment orders.

Additional Policy

  • The CENTCOME Leave & Liberty instruction provides detailed information on the USCENTCOM Rest and Recuperation Policy (to be leave eligible, IA Sailor's orders need to state 270 boots-on-ground and 365 total TAD).

  • The NAVCENT Extension Policy specifies the conditions under which IAs may request an extension of their mission. These conditions included the following:

    • Extensions are limited to one additional mission rotation or 24 months total BOG time, whichever is shorter.

    • Total BOG is restricted to 12 months or one mission set for Provincial Reconstruction Teams, Embedded Training Teams, Detainee Operations, Confinement Operations, Civil Affairs, Counter-Improvised Explosive Device units, and Expeditionary Signal Intelligence (SIGINT) units.

    • Sailors cannot deploy on another IA/Ad-hoc mission for 12 consecutive month and until PHDRA screening has been completed.

Additional Resources

Bahrain is part of Central Command's (CENTCOM) AOR. The CENTCOM website provides basic information on CENTCOM's mission and operational posture in Bahrain.

Additional Screening

Additional Preparation

  • For missions in support of operations in other countries (e.g., HQ functions related to operations in Afghanistan), refer to the relevant country guide for reading lists and similar theater-specific knowledge.

Additional Policy

Additional Resources

The United States has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to help with reconstruction, humanitarian assistance, economic development, and military reconstruction in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Additional Screening

  • Complete and return NAVMED 1300/7 within 30 days of order issuance.

U.S. Southern Command provides support to Colombia's military and security to thwart narcoterrorism activity. U.S. military involvement — coordinated by the U.S. Southern Command is limited to support in the areas of training, logistics and intelligence. The U.S. State Department has more information about Colombia.

U.S. European Command (EUCOM) is located in Stuttgart, Germany. The EUCOM website provides up-to-date information for newcomers as well as current operational information.

Additional Screening

Additional Preparation

  • For missions in support of operations in other countries (e.g., oversight and/or planning functions related to operation in Afghanistan), refer to the relevant country guide tab for reading lists and similar theater-specific knowledge.

Joint Task Force Guantanamo provides all the available services and the operational environment.

Additional Screening

  • Complete and return NAVMED 1300/9 within 30 days of order issuance.

Additional Packing

The Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) website provides a basic operational overview that explains the mission and the priorities.

Additional Screening

  • Complete and return NAVMED 1300/8 within 30 days of order issuance

Additional Preparation

Additional Policy

  • The U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) Instruction, ACI 1500.02A, establishes the policy guidelines for Rest and Recuperation (R&R) Leave Program. Additionally, it establishes U.S. Army as the Lead Agent for the AFRICOM R&R Leave Program.

Additional Resources

  • The CNIC Camp Lemonnier website provides relocation, recreation, weather, and other information on Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti

Kuwait is part of Central Command's (CENTCOM) AOR. The CENTCOM website provides basic information on CENTCOM's mission and operational posture in Kuwait.

Additional Screening

Additional Policy

  • The CENTCOM Leave & Liberty instruction provides detailed information on the USCENTCOM Rest and Recuperation Policy (to be leave eligible, IA Sailor's orders need to state 270 boots-on-ground and 365 total TAD).

Additional Resources

Oman is part of Central Command's (CENTCOM) AOR. The CENTCOM website provides basic information on CENTCOM's mission and operational posture in Oman.

Additional Screening

Additional Preparation

  • For missions in support of operations in other countries(e.g., oversight and/or planning functions related to operations in Afghanistan), refer to the relevant country guide for reading lists and similar theater-specific knowledge.

Additional Policy

  • The CENTCOME Leave & Liberty instruction provides detailed information on the USCENTCOM Rest and Recuperation Policy (to be leave eligible, IA Sailor's orders need to state 270 boots-on-ground and 365 total TAD).

Additional Resources

Qatar is part of Central Command's (CENTCOM) AOR. The CENTCOM website provides basic information on CENTCOM's mission and operational posture in Qatar.

Additional Screening

Additional Preparation

  • For missions in support of operations in other countries(e.g., oversight and/or planning functions related to operations in Afghanistan), refer to the relevant country guide for reading lists and similar theater-specific knowledge.

Additional Policy

  • The CENTCOME Leave & Liberty instruction provides detailed information on the USCENTCOM Rest and Recuperation Policy (to be leave eligible, IA Sailor's orders need to state 270 boots-on-ground and 365 total TAD).

Additional Resources

Pakistan is part of Central Command's (CENTCOM) AOR. The CENTCOM website provides basic information on CENTCOM's mission and operational posture in Pakistan.

Additional Screening

Additional Preparation

  • For missions in support of operations in other countries(e.g., oversight and/or planning functions related to operations in Afghanistan), refer to the relevant country guide for reading lists and similar theater-specific knowledge.

Additional Policy

  • The CENTCOME Leave & Liberty instruction provides detailed information on the USCENTCOM Rest and Recuperation Policy (to be leave eligible, IA Sailor's orders need to state 270 boots-on-ground and 365 total TAD).

Additional Resources

The U.S. Joint Special Operations Task Force Philippines (JSOTF-P) supports the comprehensive approach of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in their fight against terrorism in the southern Philippines. At the request of the Government of the Philippines, JSOTF-P works alongside the AFP to defeat terrorists and create the conditions necessary for peace, stability and prosperity.

Additional Screening

UAE is part of Central Command's (CENTCOM) AOR. The CENTCOM website provides basic information on CENTCOM's mission and operational posture in UAE.

Additional Screening

Additional Preparation

  • For missions in support of operations in other countries(e.g., oversight and/or planning functions related to operations in Afghanistan), refer to the relevant country guide for reading lists and similar theater-specific knowledge.

Additional Policy

  • The CENTCOME Leave & Liberty instruction provides detailed information on the USCENTCOM Rest and Recuperation Policy (to be leave eligible, IA Sailor's orders need to state 270 boots-on-ground and 365 total TAD).

Additional Resources

 
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