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SUBJ/ENLISTED INFORMATION WARFARE SPECIALIST (EIWS) PROGRAM UPDATE//

REF/A/DOC/COMNAVIFORINST 1414.1A/10JUL2018//
AMPN/REF A IS PQS PROGRAM INSTRUCTION.//
POC/EIWS PROGRAM COORDINATORS/COMNAVIFOR/SUFFOLK VA/
(757) 203-3344/DSN 668/NAVIFOR_SUFF_EIWS.FCT@NAVY.MIL//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1.  THE NAVIFOR FORCE MASTER CHIEF, IN CONJUNCTION
WITH OTHER SENIOR ENLISTED LEADERS THROUGHOUT THE INFORMATION
WARFARE ENTERPRISE, CONDUCTED AN EXTENSIVE REVIEW AND SUBSEQUENT
REVISION OF THE ENLISTED INFORMATION WARFARE PROGRAM TO IMPROVE THE
RIGOR OF THE PROGRAM AND ENSURE ITS RELEVANCY, VALIDITY AND
INTEGRITY.
2.  THE PRIMARY PURPOSE OF THIS REVISION IS TO RE-FOCUS ON
WARFIGHTING READINESS THROUGH OPERATIONAL INFORMATION WARFARE.
IW SAILORS DESIRING TO QUALIFY AS AN ENLISTED INFORMATION WARFARE
SPECIALIST MUST BE ASSIGNED TO AN OPERATIONAL IW COMMAND WITH AN
AUTHORIZED EIWS PROGRAM.   COMMANDS THAT DO NOT HAVE OPERATIONAL
INFORMATION WARFARE AS A PRIMARY OR MAJOR SECONDARY MISSION ARE
NOT AUTHORIZED TO ADMINISTER AN EIWS PROGRAM.  THIS INCLUDES STAFF
AND TRAINING COMMANDS.
3.  WITH THE RELEASE OF COMNAVIFORINST 1414.1A, THE FOLLOWING
PROGRAM CHANGES ARE IN EFFECT:
A.  THE LIST OF AUTHORIZED COMMANDS IS UPDATED TO REFLECT UNITS THAT
ARE CONDUCTING OPERATIONAL INFORMATION WARFARE, EITHER AS A PRIMARY
OR MAJOR SECONDARY MISSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THEIR MF&TS.
COMMANDS THAT ARE NO LONGER ON THE AUTHORIZED LIST HAVE THREE MONTHS
FROM THE DATE OF THIS MESSAGE TO FINISH QUALIFYING PERSONNEL
CURRENTLY ENROLLED AND SUN-DOWN THEIR PROGRAMS.  NO NEW ENROLLMENTS
ARE AUTHORIZED AND CURRENT PARTICIPANTS MUST HAVE AT LEAST 60% OF
THEIR PQS COMPLETED TO FINISH THE QUALIFICATION PROCESS.
B.  COMMANDS WITH A SECONDARY IW MISSION, SUCH AS NSW COMMANDS AND
CVNS/LHDS/LHAS, MAY ONLY ENROLL SAILORS IN IW RATINGS IN THEIR EIWS
PROGRAM.  NON-IW SAILORS WHO ARE CURRENTLY ENROLLED IN THESE
PROGRAMS HAVE THREE MONTHS FROM THE DATE OF THIS MESSAGE TO COMPLETE
THE QUALIFICATION PROCESS AND MUST HAVE AT LEAST 60% OF THEIR PQS
COMPLETE IN ORDER TO DO SO.
C.  ONLY SAILORS IN IW RATINGS MAY SERVE AS EIWS PROGRAM
COORDINATORS.
D.  SEVERAL PARAGRAPHS ARE CLARIFIED TO REMOVE CONFUSING STATEMENTS
AND AMBIGUITY, TO INCLUDE THE SECURITY REQUIREMENTS OF THE PROGRAM.
(ALL EIWS PROGRAMS SHALL BE CLASSIFIED AT A MINIMUM OF SECRET.)
E.  A SECTION ON ACTIVE DUTY SUPPORT OF THEIR RESERVE COMPONENT
SAILORS IS ADDED.
F.  JOINT AND COALITION INFORMATION WARRIORS ARE AUTHORIZED TO
ENROLL IN THE PROGRAMS OF AUTHORIZED COMMANDS AS LONG AS ALL
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS ARE MET.  (MUST BE APPROVED BY ISIC.)
G.  EIWS QUALIFIED SERVICE MEMBERS MUST MAINTAIN THEIR PROFICIENCY
THROUGH PROGRAM PARTICIPATION.  FAILURE TO DO SO COULD RESULT IN THE
LOSS OF EIWS QUALIFICATION.
H.  INFORMATION WARFARE OFFICERS ARE AUTHORIZED AND HIGHLY
ENCOURAGED TO PARTICIPATE IN EIWS QUALIFICATION REVIEW BOARDS.
I.  APPROVAL AUTHORITY FOR PLATFORM-SPECIFIC PQS IS DELEGATED TO THE
INFORMATION WARFARE ISICS; FCC/C10F, CNMOC, AND ONI.
J.  A WAIVER PROCESS IS INCLUDED FOR NON-IW SAILORS WORKING IN CSWF
BILLETS WHO ARE SIGNIFICANTLY CONTRIBUTING TO THE COMMAND?S IW
MISSION.  (REQUIRES NAVIFOR FORCM APPROVAL.)
4.  ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS WITH THE PROGRAM REVISION SHOULD BE
ADDRESSED TO THE NAVIFOR EIWS PROGRAM COORDINATORS. REF A CAN BE
DOWNLOADED AT https://usff.navy.deps.mil/sites/NAVIFOR/admin/
Instructions/COMNAVIFORINST%201414.1A.pdf?Web=1//
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