Quartermaster 2nd Class Taylor Miller discusses flight deck operations to Department of the Navy civilians during a ship tour aboard Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). The tour was part of the Navy Civilian Acculturation Program, which is a Chief of Naval Operations initiative designed to provide civilian personnel with no prior sea service exposure to operating forces, enabling them to integrate into the organization and contribute more fully to the Navy mission.


The Chief of Navy Operations (CNO) announced the rollout of the Navy Civilian Acculturation Program (NCAP) in NAVADMIN 158/19 July 15, providing details of a new orientation program that is now available for newly hired civilians with no prior experience or background in the Navy. NCAP is designed to provide the Navy’s newest employees exposure and familiarization to naval culture to enable them to better integrate into the organization.

Over 195,000 Navy civilians, working in more than 500 different job specialties, contribute to fleet readiness and operational effectiveness in ways that are crucial to success. NCAP provides new hires with information on personnel management, organization and structure, uniformed personnel, operations, strategy, heritage, and history. The program also includes an orientation visit to waterfront units to familiarize new civilians to shipboard life and routine, and to meet with fleet Sailors.

“Our civilian workforce is a vital component of the Navy team, and I believe NCAP will significantly help our new hires adjust to their new career and assimilate more quickly into Navy culture,” said Mark Honecker, U.S. Fleet Forces Command executive director and the Navy’s most senior civilian.

The inaugural orientation event took place June 27 in Norfolk with visits to guided-missile destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81) and aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Participants included new civilian employees from Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Military Sealift Command, Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Support Center, and Naval Air Systems Command.

Bridget Gibson, a realty specialist from Naval Facilities Engineering Command Mid-Atlantic, was among the participants in the inaugural orientation visit.

“I come from the utilities industry,” explained Gibson. “The Navy is very different from corporate America, so this helps me understand my job better and how what I do impacts the Navy.”

Although the initial orientation visit took place in Norfolk, the goal of NCAP is to expand these events to more fleet concentration areas in the months ahead. The online familiarization content is also available on the Total Workforce Management System (TWMS).

Directions to access the online content include:

1. Go to TWMS login page at

2. Click on the TWMS self-service link near the top at

3. In the left-side menu, under “Tools/Actions,” click the “Online Training & Notices” button

4. On the row of tabs at the top, click “Online TWMS”

5. In the search filed on the right, type in the TWMS NCAP Course ID number, which is TWMS-669517

a. The NCAP course will then be available to select in the row below

For more information, please view NAVADMIN 158/19, posted on the NPC website at

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