Many of us have heard about OP and use the two letters regularly to describe who provides future assignments, or who provides information on Supply Corps officers assigned to various commands, or who provides career mentoring during a Road Show. But, what is OP? Do you know ultimately who OP reports to or falls under? How is OP related to Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) and Navy Personnel Command (NPC)?
The NAVSUP org chart displays OP, short for Office of Personnel, as an Assistant Commander (ACOM) under the NAVSUP Headquarters construct. The Officers and Civilians attached to OP are NAVSUP employees. The billets are funded by NAVSUP and all employee pay, awards, timekeeping, travel, and work schedules are handled and approved by NAVSUP. As an ACOM for NAVSUP, the Director of Supply Corps Personnel reports directly to the Chief of Supply Corps on all Supply Corps personnel community actions, career development and special programs. Although an ACOM for NAVSUP, OP is not located in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. All of the employees have an additional duty (ADDU) relationship with NPC and are located in Millington, Tennessee.
Under the NPC chain of command, OP has an office code of PERS 4412. OP, the Supply Corps Officer Assignment Branch at NPC, falls under PERS 44, the Staff/Restricted Line Officer Career Management Division. Other communities that fall under PERS 44 include: the Chaplain Corps (PERS 4414), Civil Engineer Corps (PERS 4413), Engineering Duty (PERS 445), Human Resources (PERS 4421), JAG Corps (PERS 4416), Medical/Dental Corps (PERS 4415), and Public Affairs (PERS 448). As the Supply Corps Officer Assignments Branch (PERS 4412), OP is responsible for the proper execution of personnel assignments for all Supply Corps officers within the policy and guidance provided within the Joint Travel Regulations, MILPERS Manual, and PERS 4 direction.
OP as an organization has two main functions: distribution and community management. The distribution function is comprised of detailing (P1), which includes all of the detailers in the pit, and officer plans (P3), which includes the Supply Corps Career Counselor, Reserve Component Program Manager, Accessions Officer and Diversity Program Manager.
The community management function includes the Officer Community Manager (OCM) and Enlisted Community Manager (ECM). The OCM and ECM fall under BUPERS 3, not NPC, and have a direct reporting line to OPNAV, and additionally have a dotted line relationship to the Director of Supply Corps Personnel.
As you can see, OP has myriad responsibilities that have directorate/division functions within multiple commands, with solid and dotted line relationships that cross NAVSUP, NPC, BUPERS, and OPNAV. The paramount thing to remember is that the OP role, regardless of who we work for or report to, is to support each Supply Corps officer as they join our community and help them navigate through their career while balancing the needs of the Navy, the officer’s desires, and the officer’s professional needs.
By Cmdr. Shawn M. Triggs, SC, USN; Assistant to the Director of Supply Corps Personnel