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Phases of the IA Lifecycle
Phase 2: Train and Equip
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Phase 2: Train and Equip

During the train and equip phase, the IA Sailor process through the Expeditionary Combat Readiness Center (ECRC), formerly known as NMPS, and any other required training. Typically, this involves one of more intermediate stops (I-Stops) for Navy IA combat training at an Army base and completion of online courses. IA training may require changes in locations in order to complete all training. 

Below is the process of the train and equip phase:

  1. Begins with departure from your parent command to the ECRC

  2. Ends when you depart the final I-Stop for the theater

Report to the Expeditionary Combat Readiness Center (ECRC) for one (1) week to complete Sailor deployment screening certification, and onward transportation. ECRC (formerly NMPS Norfolk) is located just inside Gate 2 onboard Naval Station Norfolk in Building J-50, A-Wing, 1st Deck.

The ECRC entrance is located on the front of the street on Gilbert Street, next to Transient Personnel Unit (TPU) Norfolk just before the corner of Bacon and Morris Streets.

ECRC, or Navy mobilization processing site, provides administrative processing, theater screening, and onward transportation for IA Sailors

You will travel to ECRC according to the report date in your orders


  • Read orders to determine ECRC report date

  • Contact CWTSatoTravel to reserve lodging for the length of your I-Stop at ECRC

  • Bring completed and signed NAVPERS 1300/22

  • Bring completed and signed NAVMED 1300/4

  • Bring required documents and records necessary for processing (listed in NAVPERS 1300/22 Sections 1 and 2)

  • Berthing Information:

    • GSA PERSONNEL: Berthing accommodations have been made by ECRC

    • IAMM/OSA/RC PERSONNEL: Make individual berthing arrangements as directed in your orders

  • Transportation for redeploying/demobilizing personnel:

    • Upon arrival at Norfolk Int’l Airport ECRC staff will meet you at the baggage carousal

    • Transportation provided to ECRC

    • If van not available, take a taxi (~20 min; ~$15.00)

    • Leave is not authorized en route

      • Rental cars are not authorized unless annotated on orders In the event of any itinerary changes, you must call the CDO at 757-763-8640 to provide them with your new arrival flight number, airline, and scheduled arrival time


Driving Directions
Mon-Fri, 5 a.m. to 7 p.m.  use Gate 2 or Gate 3A; after hours/weekends use Gate 3A

Uniform of the Day
Report to the ECRC at 0730 in a clean working uniform. Do not report in coveralls, flight suits, civilian clothes or physical training (PT) gear; you are deployed upon your check-in to ECRC. All mission-specific required uniforms items and PT gear will be issued by the ECRC.

— April to October: 

  • Officers/CPOs – Summer Whites / Service Khaki / CCU / DCU / NWU

  • E1-E6 – Service Dress Whites / Summer Whites / CCU / DCU / NWU

Winter  October to April:

  • Officers/CPOs – Service Dress Blue / Service Khaki / CCU / DCU / NWU

  • E1-E6 – Service Dress Blues / Working Blues / CCU / DCU / NWU

NOTE: Uniforms are required while processing at ECRC. Flight suits and/or green flight jackets are not authorized at ECRC. Both items are organizational clothing and are worn with working uniforms while performing duties for which the garments are designed. Only the brown leather flight jacket has been authorized for wear with service uniforms. For more information, see the Navy Uniform Regulations.


  • CRC action officer for ECRC related questions at

  • Contact CWTSatoTravel for lodging questions

Report to intermediate stops (I-Stops) for training as indicated in your orders. IA Sailors are owned by the ECRC during the train and equip phase. In addition to the ECRC point of contact information provided on your orders, IA Sailors can also engage the ECRC through your local NIACT Navy Liaison Office staff (while at NIACT).

Once you are processed through the ECRC, you may complete a training track with I-Stops. Training requirements are dependent on your billet. ECRC will coordinate your transportation, but you will need to secure lodging and use a Government Travel Charge Card (GTCC) for travel related expenses.

You will travel to training intermediate stops according to the report dates in your orders


  • Follow orders for instructions to continue with I-Stops

  • Confirm lodging at applicable I-Stops

  • Save all travel receipts and documentation for travel claim reimbursement



Navy Individual Augmentee Combat Training (NIACT)

All IA Sailors receive basic combat skills training which is conducted by Army drill instructors at an Army training site. Take a few minutes to view the below video to get an overview of what you can expect during your basic combat skills training at NIACT. Your training site is included in the orders.

Topics include:

  • Army Values

  • Forward Operating Base

  • Basic Rifle Marksmanship

  • Land Navigation

  • Crew Serve Weapons

  • Communication

  • 9MM Qualification

  • First Aid

  • M-16 Qualification

  • Quick / Reactive Fire

  • Improvised Explosive Device (IED)

  • Rules of Engagement

  • Urban Ops and Entry Control Point

  • Rules of Force

  • Convoy Ops

  • Night Fire Code of Conduct

  • NBC

  • Law of Land

  • Hot/Cold Weather Casualty

  • Personnel Recovery

  • EST/FATS (simulator)


  • Situational Training Exercise

  • UCMJ

  • Cultural Awareness

  • Geneva Convention

  • Grenades



  • Be aware that all Navy personnel assigned to First Army for training are subject to First Army General Order #1 which prohibits some activities

  • Be prepared to ship Navy uniforms (boots, etc.) home from NIACT once mission uniforms are issued


  • Do not consume alcohol. No student is allowed to consume alcohol while in training, even if of legal age. This prohibition applies to all personnel on or off-duty, and on or off the installation.

  • Do not fraternize. Any relationship between Army instructors and students not required by the training mission is prohibited.

  • Do not wear civilian clothing. Civilian clothing is prohibited while student is in training unless on authorized leave, special pass, temporary duty travel (TDY), or required by official duty.

  • Do not bring personal gear (weapons, tactical vests, ACOG sights or additional tactical gear) to ECRC/NIACT.  You will be issued what you need.  You will need a small/medium sized backpack (72 hour bag) that can be purchased at the Navy Exchange.

 As NIACT immediately follows ECRC for most IAs, what you take to NIACT is a function of what you packed for ECRC. You will have very limited ability to transport items not part of your seabag issue. For most folks, this will mean that packing for NIACT is more about mailing home items no longer needed after ECRC (i.e., Navy working uniforms and extra civilian clothes).

Items Issued/Checked by ECRC:

  • Original, endorsed orders

  • Uniformed Services ID Card/Common Access Card (CAC)

    • Should expire no earlier than 18 months from MOB date

  • Uniforms only those issued at ECRC for training/overseas deployment

  • Confirm with ULTDUSTA sponsor/POC

  • Completed NAVPERS forms 1300/4, 1300/21 & 1300/22

  • Respirator for (M-50 gas mask) optometry inserts or optometry prescription in hand

  • ID Tags (dog tags), which will be two complete sets with two ID tags in each set

  • Travel on Individual Billed Account (IBA statement on orders); must have an itinerary

  • Passport/visa/country clearance as per orders/action officer — must be initiated before reporting on MOB orders

  • Department of Defense Geneva Convention Card (DD Form 489) – this is only for chaplains and medical personnel 

Items You Will Need to Provide For Yourself
A 72-hour bag is recommended for NIACT and for personnel who can expect regular, and especially short-notice travel in theater. If not brought, these can be purchased at the Exchange. They include the following:

  • Sunscreen

  • Toiletry kit

  • Bath towels / wash cloth

  • Alarm clock

  • Shower shoes

  • Flashlight

  • Gear locker lock

  • Weather appropriate official Navy PT gear  

  • Spare uniform and undergarments

Facilities, Transportation, POCs and Other Info

  • For additional information, see this welcome aboard tri-fold.

  • Bedding is provided (2 sheets and a wool blanket)

  • Limited liberty may be granted on weekends depending on training schedule, etc. 

    • ​Contact NIACT with questions and before inviting family

  • Save all travel receipts and documentation for travel claim reimbursement


NMCMPS captures both administrative and medical discrepancies identified upon check in at ECRC. Each CIAC has the capability to run discrepancy reports for their parent command utilizing NMCMPS ad-hoc reporting tool. For more information including potential training opportunities, CIACs are encouraged to visit the NMCMPS information and access page.
NMCMPS is also the tool to which IA orders are posted for the IA Sailor to access. CIACs should be able to work with their command N1 / manpower / or mobilization departments with someone who already has command access if the CIAC has a need to get orders for the IA Sailor. However, if there is no one with command access to work with, CIACs can get access themselves following the directions below:
Instructions for getting NMCMPS access:

  • For access to NMCMPS please submit a SAAR-N and in the justification for access block 11, provide a description of how you will use NMCMPS to perform your job and your assigned UIC. Then send the completed SAAR-N to

Instructions for use:

  • To access NMCMPS please go to BUPERS Online (CAC required)

  • Click the NMCMPS link and select your certificate to login

  • You may have to run your browser in compatibility mode for some Navy websites to work, including NMCMPS. Please follow the below steps to set IE10 to automatically open in compatibility mode:

    • Open Internet Explorer

    • Press the Alt key, then press the 'T' key

    • Choose Compatibility View settings from the menu

    • Place a check in the box for Display all websites in Compatibility View

    • Click Close 

To view orders in NMCMPS, please follow the below:

  • Select from the drop down menu (place cursor over NMCMPS in the upper left corner of the page) 'Member Processing' under the PM

  • Enter the members name or SSN and select the 'Search' button

  • Scroll down to the lower half of the page and click on 'Select' next to the member's name

  • On the new window that opened towards the top right you will see 'Show Orders'

  • Click on the drop down and select the order you want to view.

  • The order will open an acrobat reader and show you the order and you can save it or print it from there.  |  |  Navy FOIA  |  DoD Accessibility/Section 508  |  No Fear Act  |  Open Government  |  Plain Writing Act  |  Veterans Crisis Line  |  VA Vet Center  |  FVAP  |   DoD Safe Helpline  |  Navy SAPR  |  NCIS Tips  |  Privacy Policy  |  Site Map  |  Contact US
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