Navy Reinstates Officer Board Photo Requirement

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From Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs

Oct. 29 (NNS) — Official photographs will once again be displayed for all officer promotion selection boards, according to a Navy message, released Oct. 29.

This policy change came about due to board feedback. Boards overwhelmingly found the photo to be useful in evaluating officers’ ability to fulfill the Title 10 requirements for promotion to the next grade.

Effective with the release of NAVADMIN 265/18, the requirement to maintain an official full-length officer photograph remains in accordance with Military Personnel Manual (MILPERSMAN) 1070-180 – Officer Photographs. A change to MILPERSMAN Article 1070-020 – Officer Official Military Personnel File (OMPF) – will reflect the reinstatement of the requirement to display the photo during officer selection boards.

The Navy had eliminated the requirement to display photos for officer selections in 2016, but the requirement for officers to maintain an official photo in their records remained unchanged. The point of contact for photo submissions to the OMPF is Navy Personnel Command’s Records Management and Policy Division. Sailors can contact them through the MyNavy Career Center Contact Center by calling 1-833-330-MNCC (6622) or via e-mail at

For more information, read NAVADMIN 265/18 at

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5 thoughts on “Navy Reinstates Officer Board Photo Requirement

    Barry said:
    October 29, 2018 at 19:30


    Doesn’t make sense……if they pass there BCA, pass their PRT…then why is this necessary???

    We already have a recruiting issue where most people aren’t even eligible to enlist or apply due to a medical condition…….


    Jonathan said:
    October 30, 2018 at 08:19

    Does anyone know how old can a photo be? It is my understanding that as long as it is in your current rank and updated warfare devices/ribbons then you should be good but I’ve also heard “within a year” as well??? Thanks….


      Joel Schofer, MD, MBA, CPE responded:
      October 30, 2018 at 18:22

      The requirement is to have a photo in your current rank within 90 days of promoting. Getting it within the last year and with the full/updated ribbon rack is my advice and probably others as well, but the photo can be old if you don’t want to update it. As long as it is in your current rank, you meet the requirement.


    bookem said:
    November 2, 2018 at 13:42

    How is a photo ” useful in evaluating officers’ ability to fulfill the Title 10 requirements for promotion to the next grade” ? Sounds like judgement based on looks…..


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