A few readers have asked me why the Navy is using full length photos for promotion boards again. The official answer provided is:
This policy change is the result of board feedback received since the removal of the photograph requirement that the photographs and the board’s ability to assess the Title 10 requirements of an officer’s ability to perform the duties of the next higher grade.
Frankly, I had no idea what that really meant.
Then I read this article from Navy Times about the reinstitution of the photos. Here is what it says:
Vice Adm. Bob Burke, the Navy’s top uniformed personnel officer, changed course. He said selection boards wanted to appraise the appearance and physical fitness of officers submitting packages.
Appearance and physical fitness…now that makes more sense to me.