My E-Mail to the Promotion Board – Private or Not? Which is it?

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Today I e-mailed a letter for my upcoming O6 promotion board. To find the instructions on how to e-mail the board, I went to this page, which happens to be the PERS page on officer promotion boards. I noted the following:

To ensure more efficient processing and for internal tracking purposes, a recommended subject line of your email is “FOUO-Privacy Sensitive Board Package: Active-Duty [Rank][Line/Staff] Board, FY-YYXXX” (where YY represents the last two digits of the fiscal year of the selection board and the XXX represents the actual 3-digit board number and you insert the appropriate parenthetical information).

I added the bold over “Privacy Sensitive” above.

Like a good Sailor, I followed instructions…only to receive an e-mail reply (as confirmation that they received my letter) that said this:

*****PLEASE READ IMPORTANT BOARD INFO BELOW***** *****SENSITIVITY OF YOUR EMAIL MUST BE NORMAL ­ DO NOT MARK PRIVATE*******

Further down:

1. DO NOT send any e­mail marked as PRIVATE. We are UNABLE to view those e­mails you will need to RESEND your e­mail submission…

Just when you think you’ve got it all figured out. I guess I’ll be resending that e-mail tomorrow.

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