Merit Reorder During FY20 Promotion Boards

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If you read page 16 of the FY20 Staff Corps O6 Promotion Board Convening Order, you’ll notice that there is a new section entitled “Recommendation for Reorder of Active-Duty Officers of Particular Merit.” This allows promotion boards to take up to 15% of the people they select and move them to the top of the promotion order if they feel they are worthy of it.

In other words, no longer will people promote based on seniority, but those who the board feels deserve it will move to the top of the list. It says:

Officers of particular merit are those officers whose records contain documented performance consistently superior to the performance of other officers recommended for promotion by this board.

That said, the promotion board could choose not to do this at all, leaving the people selected to promote based on their lineal number and seniority.

NMC Portsmouth Quality Symposium Accepting Submissions

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Naval Medical Center Portsmouth cordially invites you to attend the Annual Quality Symposium:

Driving Healthcare Excellence Through Innovation and Collaboration

We are now accepting abstracts from across the MHS. Showcase your performance improvement projects. All submissions will be considered for either a poster or podium presentation.

When: 17 MAR 2019, 0700 – 1600

Where: Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Building 3, Auditorium, 620 John Paul Jones Circle, Portsmouth, VA 23708

Abstract submission due by 1 April 2019.

Presenters: Summer Whites

Attendees:Khaki/Service Equivalent
Civilian: Business Casual
Continuing Education Credits will be available for this event.
RSVP is available at this link:
Here are a couple of useful documents:

Department Head, Operational Forces Medical Liaison Services – NMC Portsmouth – O5-O6

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The details of the position are in this position description. Applications are to be submitted to CDR Kerry Hudson (address is in the global) by 4 MAR.

Command Surgeon at National Defense University – O5/O6

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BLUF: Command Surgeon wanted for National Defense University (NDU) in Washington, DC. During the 2nd year you attend the senior service school.

Qualifications requested include:

  • O5/O6
  • Have confirmation from the Detailer that they could PCS and start in June 2019.
  • Interested docs should be candidates for executive medicine in the future.
  • They also should expect to do a utilization tour after attending NDU.

Here is the Memorandum of Agreement that provides some details.

All applications need to be submitted to CDR Melissa Austin at BUMED NLT than 22 FEB. Her e-mail is in the global.

Navy Updates Medical Waiver Process

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From U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Public Affairs
FALLS CHURCH, Va. (NNS) — U.S. Navy surgeon general Vice Adm. Forrest Faison, on behalf of the Department of the Navy (DoN), instituted a new policy regarding the medical waiver process. The changes were officially signed Feb. 15, and impacts all applicants, with greater emphasis on enlisted to officer commissioning programs.

The decision to update this policy came about as a result of Senior Chief Petty Officer Shannon Kent’s leadership and continued persistence to ensure the best processes are in place for the Navy. Her sacrifice and service to the Navy and our nation will never be forgotten.

This new policy, which was named in her honor, establishes a standardized waiver process that affords a pathway to appeal medical waiver recommendations. A mechanism is now in place for the service representatives to pursue a second medical waiver review on otherwise qualified applicants.

When a second medical waiver review is requested, a Navy medical professional with delegated authority will evaluate the applicant’s capability to enlist or commission despite the fact that a disqualifying condition may exist. Disqualifying medical conditions are defined in Department of Defense Instruction 6130.03, “Medical Standards for Appointment, Enlistment, or Induction into the Military Services.”

This change standardizes the initial review process, ensuring all reviewers have access to the same information and are provided standardized training. This will result in decreased variability among medical reviewers and more robust reviews of all details associated with a case in pursuit of the most favorable determination.

Perhaps most importantly, the policy memo firmly states the surgeon general’s strong expectation, shared by all Navy leaders that the highest consideration should be afforded to those applicants currently serving in a deployable status.

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