Individual Augmentee: A Sailor who is given orders to embed with an Army unit in Iraq or Afghanistan due to their specific skill-set; typically referred to as being in the "Narmy."
We volunteered for an IA--Individual Augmentee assignment. The Army unit to which my husband was assigned took exceptional care of him, but we were swiftly discarded by his Navy command. It led to some weird conversations during the deployment:
Them: Did you look into resources during this deployment? Me: Yes actually, I did. Nothing. There were no services in place for IA deployments. Oh wait, there was one phone call. Them: Ring. Ring.“Hi, I’m from _____ and I was calling to see if you needed anything. Oh wait, your husband will be home in a few weeks. I’m sure that you don’t need anything, right? Me: “Um…” Them: “Ok, great! Bye.”The IA assignment was even weirder once my husband got home. We had a honeymoon phase that included a speedy exit from the old command, a move across the country, and a new sea duty billet--complete with more deployments.
Then things got a little weirder. It was a little weird to reintegrate with other sailors. It was a little weird to have to remember to replace the Army HOOAH with the Navy HOOYAH. It was a little weird to have to pretend to be a “typical” sailor and to pretend that the IA experience hasn’t forever changed your family. It was weird to be outsiders. Which led to more weird conversations:
Them: Did you look into resources during this reintegration? Me: Yes, actually, I did. Nothing. Them: “Has your husband been diagnosed with PTSD?” Me: “No.” Them: “Well, he would have to see a doctor and be assessed before we could extend any of our services to your family.” Me: “What does PTSD have to do with anything? We just wanted some basic post-deployment help.” Them: “How long has he been back? If he’s been back longer than 6 months we don’t offer any services unless the service member has been diagnosed with PTSD. Either way we would have to notify his command that he is receiving services.” Me: “What about his job? He’s worried about losing his job.” Them: “Is he is a part of _____, _____, or _____?” Me: “Yes.” Them: “He might be reassigned or medically discharged because he could lose his clearance. We would have to notify his command. What did you say your name was?” Me: Dial tone.So here we are back in the real Navy. The SITREP? Feeling more welcome on an Army post than a Navy base. Sleeping problems. Basic communication issues. Anger. Isolation. An overall lack of support. And the deep suspicion that we are not alone in this post-IA world, are we?
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Individual Augmentees in the Military
This system makes special use of an individual's talents or training
The Navy Enlisted Classification system or NEC supplements the enlisted rating structure. It identifies personnel on active duty or inactive duty and billets in manpower authorizations. NEC codes identify a non-rating wide skill or a knowledge, aptitude, or qualification that must be documented to identify both people and billets for management purposes.
For example, if a Navy police officer such as an MA -- Master at Arms receives specialized training as a K-9 dog handler, he or she would be awarded NEC MA-2005.
From that point on, the sailor would be qualified for and eligible for assignment to Navy law enforcement duties that involve military working dogs.
NECs for the Individual Augmentee Community Area
Below are the NECs for the individual augmentee community area:
- 90CA GWOT Support Assignment-Civil Affairs/Provincial Reconstruction Team (APPLIES TO: ANY RATING)
- 90CD GWOT IA/ILO Training for Civil Affairs/Provincial Reconstruction, Not Deployed (APPLIES TO: ANY RATING)
- 90DO GWOT IA/ILO Detainee Operations-Deployed (APPLIES TO: ANY RATING)
- 90DP GWOT IA/ILO Detainee Operations-Alternate (APPLIES TO: ANY RATING)
- 90DS GWOT IA/ILO Confinement Operations-Deployed (APPLIES TO: ANY RATING)
- 90DT GWOT IA/ILO Confinement Operations-Non Deployed (APPLIES TO: ANY RATING)
- 90ES GWOT IA/ILO Embedded Military Mobile Training Team, Not Deployed (APPLIES TO: ANY RATING)
- 90ET GWOT IA/ILO Embedded Military Mobile Training Team (APPLIES TO: ANY RATING)
- 90IE GWOT IA/ILO Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Suppression Team Member (APPLIES TO: ANY RATING)
- 90IF GWOT IA/ILO Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Suppression Training, Not Deployed (APPLIES TO: ANY RATING)
- 90IM GWOT IA/ILO Intelligence Support, Not Deployed (APPLIES TO: ANY RATING)
- 90IN GWOT IA/ILO Intelligence Support (APPLIES TO: ANY RATING)
- 90IT GWOT IA/ILO Detainee Operations Interrogator (APPLIES TO: ANY RATING)
- 90IU GWOT IA/ILO Detainee Operations Interrogator Trainee (APPLIES TO: ANY RATING)
- 90LG Joint Service Logistic Support (APPLIES TO: ANY RATING)
- 90LS Individual GWOT IA/ILO Joint Service Logistic Support, Not Deployed (APPLIES TO: ANY RATING)
- 90MM GWOT IA/ILO Multi-National Force, Not Deployed (APPLIES TO: ANY RATING)
- 90MN Individual GWOT IA/ILO Multi-National Force (APPLIES TO: ANY RATING)
- 90NI GWOT IA/ILO Combat Training (NIACT)-Deployed (APPLIES TO: ANY RATING)
- 90NJ GWOT IA/ILO Combat Training (NIACT)-Not Deployed (APPLIES TO: ANY RATING)
- 90SI Individual GWOT IA/ILO Signal Intelligence Gathering (APPLIES TO: ANY RATING)
- 90SJ Individual GWOT IA/ILO Signal Intelligence Gathering, Not Deployed (APPLIES TO: ANY RATING)
- 90SN Individual GWOT IA/ILO Special Operations Support, Not Deployed (APPLIES TO: ANY RATING)
- 90SP Individual GWOT IA/ILO Special Operations Support Team (APPLIES TO: ANY RATING)
- 90UN GWOT Support Assignment - Shadow Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Mechanical Maintenance Specialist (APPLIES TO: ANY RATING)
- 90UV GWOT Support Assignment - Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Operator (APPLIES TO: ANY RATING)
Qualifications, Training, and Use
Courses are typically a combination of U.S. Army training and on the job training.
Applicants might first have to complete training as a Basic Combat Unit Member and have some experience as a unit member as well, or complete Maritime Civil Affairs Basic Individual Training or Civil Affairs and Provincial Reconstruction Team training, depending on the assignment being sought.
Augmentees can be assigned to fill shortages or they might be assigned when that individual's special skills or training are required for a specific operation. It's seen as a way to implement necessary talents or expertise, particularly in detainee operations. The system was frequently used in the Iraq War and increasingly after the events of September 11, 2001.