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MSGID/GENADMIN/COMNAVSURFFOR SAN DIEGO/-/SEP//
SUBJ/FORCE-WIDE CIRCADIAN RHYTHM IMPLEMENTATION//
REF/A/MSG/CNSF/032157ZMAY2013//
REF/B/MSG/CNSF/022001ZFEB2016//
REF/C/DOC/NPS/01AUG2017//
REF/D/MSG/CNSF/012150ZMAY2017//
REF/E/MSG/CNSF/160050ZSEP2017//
NARR/REF A IS CNSF MSG ON CIRCADIAN RHYTHM.
REF B IS THE SURFOR WARFIGHTING SERIAL TEN-INDIVIDUAL READINESS.
REF C IS THE CREW ENDURANCE HANDBOOK.
REF D IS THE SURFOR WARFIGHTING SERIAL TWELVE-TOUGHNESS.
REF E IS THE SURFOR WARFIGHTING SERIAL THIRTEEN-CONFIDENCE AND
COMPETENCE//
POC/FLANAGAN, KEVIN/GS-15/CNSP CAG/619-522-7629/
KEVIN.P.FLANAGAN(AT)NAVY.MIL//
POC/LE, H.B./CAPT/CNSL CAG/757-836-3061/HUNG.B.LE(AT)NAVY.MIL//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. PURSUANT TO REFS A-E, ALL CNSF SHIPS SHALL
IMPLEMENT CIRCADIAN RHYTHM WATCHBILLS AND SHIPBOARD ROUTINES
ONBOARD THEIR SHIPS AND COMMANDS NLT 20 DEC 2017. ISICS WILL REPORT
IMPLEMENTATION TO TYCOMS.
2. NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL (NPS) RESEARCH HAS CONCLUSIVELY LINKED
THE IMPORTANCE OF SLEEP TO SAFE, PROFESSIONAL WATCHSTANDING (REF C
GERMANE). RESEARCH HAS SHOWN THAT 21 HOURS WITHOUT SLEEP RESULTS IN
A DEGREE OF IMPAIRMENT EQUIVALENT TO A BLOOD ALCOHOL CONTENT OF 0.08
-LEGALLY DRUNK. YOU WOULD NOT OPERATE YOUR CAR UNDER THESE
CONDITIONS; WE SHOULD NOT ASK OUR CREWS TO STAND WATCH AND OPERATE
SHIPBOARD SYSTEMS IN A SIMILAR MENTAL AND PHYSICAL STATE. USED
TOGETHER, CIRCADIAN RHYTHM WATCHBILLS AND SHIPBOARD ROUTINES COMBAT
FATIGUE. THEY PROVIDE OUR SAILORS WITH A PREDICTABLE WATCH ROTATION
AND PROTECTED SLEEP PERIODS THAT RECOGNIZE THE HUMAN CIRCADIAN
RHYTHM. IT SHOULD BE EMPHASIZED THAT THE UTILIZATION OF BOTH
CIRCADIAN RHYTHM WATCHBILLS AND COMPLIMENTARY SHIPBOARD ROUTINES ARE
REQUIRED TO SUCCESSFULLY MANAGE FATIGUE. CNSP AND CNSL RECENTLY
QUERIED THE FORCE ABOUT CIRCADIAN RHYTHM WATCHBILLS AND SHIPBOARD
ROUTINES. POSITIVE FEEDBACK ACKNOWLEDGING THE VALUE OF THESE
WATCHBILLS AND ROUTINES WAS RECEIVED. MANY SHIPS ARE CURRENTLY
IMPLEMENTING CIRCADIAN RHYTHM WITH POSITIVE RESULTS.
3. THE FOLLOWING WEBSITES AND PORTALS CONTAIN RESOURCES AND
INFORMATION USEFUL TO THE SUCCESSFUL IMPLEMENTATION OF CIRCADIAN
RHYTHM WATCHBILLS AND SHIPBOARD ROUTINES ONBOARD YOUR COMMANDS. USE
THE EMAIL COMMON ACCESS CARD CERTIFICATE TO BOTH REQUEST ACCESS TO
THE PORTALS AND ACCESS THE CNSP AND CNSL PORTAL LINKS.
A. PORTAL REQUEST (HTTPS://INAVY.ACCESSREQUEST.PORTAL.NAVY.MIL)
B. CNSP PORTAL (HTTPS://CPF.NAVY.DEPS.MIL/SITES/CNSP/CIRCADIAN%20RHYTHM)
C. CNSL PORTAL (HTTPS://USFF.NAVY.DEPS.MIL/SITES/SURFLANT/N00Z/
DOCS/CREW%20ENDURANCE/CO%20LESSONS%20IDENTIFIED)
D. NPS WEBSITE (HTTP://MY.NPS.EDU/WEB/CREWENDURANCE)
4. WARFIGHTING AND PROFESSIONAL, SAFE OPERATIONS AT SEA CONTINUE TO
BE MY TOP PRIORITIES. THIS ORDER IS CONSISTENT WITH THOSE
PRIORITIES. CIRCADIAN RHYTHM WATCHBILLS AND SHIPBOARD ROUTINES WILL
HELP PRODUCE WELL RESTED SAILORS WHO ARE BETTER WARFIGHTERS,
SHIPBOARD OPERATORS, AND ENGINEERS. I EXPECT ALL OF YOU TO CONTINUE
TO MAINTAIN OUR HIGH STANDARD OF WARFIGHTING, TRAINING, AND
READINESS THROUGHOUT THIS TRANSITION.
5. CONSISTENT WITH YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES AND AUTHORITIES,
COMMANDING OFFICERS HAVE SOME LATITUDE REGARDING THE IMPLEMENTATION
OF THIS DIRECTION.
A. CIRCADIAN RHYTHM WATCHBILLS AND SHIPBOARD ROUTINES MAY NOT BE
SUITABLE FOR SHORT UNDERWAY PERIODS OR SPECIFIC TRAINING EVOLUTIONS.
I EXPECT COMMANDING OFFICERS TO USE THEIR BEST JUDGMENT AND
IMPLEMENT THESE TYPES OF WATCHBILLS AND SHIPBOARD ROUTINES IN A
DELIBERATE AND INFORMED MANNER.
B. CIRCADIAN RHYTHM IMPLEMENTATION DOES NOT REQUIRE AN
ARBITRARY INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF QUALIFIED WATCHSECTIONS IN ANY
SHIP. COMMANDING OFFICERS WILL DETERMINE THE MOST EFFECTIVE
CIRCADIAN RHYTHM MODEL TO EMPLOY GIVEN THEIR SHIP'S MANNING AND
WATCHBILL CONSTRAINTS. EXAMPLE MODELS FOR TWO, THREE AND FOUR
SECTION CIRCADIAN WATCHBILLS CAN BE FOUND IN REF C.
6. LITTORAL COMBAT SHIPS (LCS), MINE COUNTERMEASURE (MCM), AND
PATROL COASTAL (PC) SHIPS ARE EXEMPT FROM THIS ORDER DUE TO THEIR
UNIQUE MISSION SETS AND MANNING CONSTRUCTS. HOWEVER, I EXPECT THOSE
COMMANDING OFFICERS TO IMPLEMENT CIRCADIAN RHYTHM PRINCIPLES AND
BEST PRACTICES TO THE BEST OF THEIR ABILITIES.
7. TYCOM LEADERSHIP, WITH ASSISTANCE FROM THE NPS STAFF, WILL MEET
WITH COMMANDING OFFICERS TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND
EXPECTATIONS. TYCOMS WILL PROVIDE SCHEDULING DETAILS SEPCOR.
8. VADM ROWDEN SENDS.//
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I like circadian watchbills, but you need buy-in from the CO/XO. Just mandating it, while maintaining an Ops/Intel brief at 1900 and khaki call at 0700, will destroy your 00-03 watchteam. In order to assume the watch properly, they'll be up at 2300, and may not be back in their racks until 0330. You'll have the most exhausted Sailors on your ship consistently standing watch when you need your most experienced and alert on duty. The guidebook from NPS has some great examples, but they're useless if the command ignores them.

It is too bad that it took the death of 17 Sailors followed by major congressional ass-reaming before our leadership decided to start acting -- past lip service that is. Naval Aviation figured this out decades ago. Imagine the change. ~120 days ago if a CO had reported CANTCO to his/her operational commander due to lack of crew rest, the response would have been along the lines of 'if you can't get the job done, we'll find someone who can..." Now...I double-dog dare a CDRE or CSG CDR to take the shut-up & color tone with a ship CO who reports being task saturated.

This is a good step in right direction..too bad it took the proverbial 2x4 across the head for our leadership to pull same out of their respective asses.