Why the Navy is Using Photos for Promotion Boards Again

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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.

3 thoughts on “Why the Navy is Using Photos for Promotion Boards Again

    Michael said:
    November 10, 2018 at 07:27

    I know plenty of folks that look good in uniform but are miserable at physical fitness….folks can be slim and trim but cant do 10 pushups.


    Anne said:
    November 10, 2018 at 16:50

    Your ability to perform physically is noted in those fitreps which the board reviews. PRT failures are clearly noted. Seems as though this has potential for more confusion.


      Joel Schofer, MD, MBA, CPE responded:
      November 10, 2018 at 17:06

      During the only board I’ve done with photos, we were only using them to look for warfare devices that weren’t on the record. Obviously you don’t know what people are thinking about the photos and not saying out loud.


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