Reader Question/Poll – NOB Fitrep vs New Guy/Gal Promotable (P) Fitrep – Which is Better?

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Reader Question

I’m a LCDR MC officer. I’m new at my command and was passed over during my in-zone promotion board for CDR. My command is considering a NOB fitrep vs. a Promotable (P) fitrep. Do you have a recommendation on which fitrep will be more helpful for my promotion board?

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My Answer

In my experience, most physicians seem to prefer the NOB. We’ll see what the poll above says, though.

Personally, I don’t think it really matters very much. At the promotion board, both are easily explained and a getting a P as the new officer is expected, so it wouldn’t be a negative.

I would say that if you get a P you have already started the march to an MP and then (hopefully) an EP. If you take the NOB, then your next fitrep could be seen as your “new guy/gal P.”

This last point is why I’d prefer the P if it was me, but I don’t feel that strongly about it.

2 thoughts on “Reader Question/Poll – NOB Fitrep vs New Guy/Gal Promotable (P) Fitrep – Which is Better?

    Brian K said:
    August 13, 2019 at 05:53

    Unless you’re a one of one. Hopefully they weren’t considering giving you a one of one P vs the NOB. The 1 of 1 P is the kiss of death.

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    CAPT Greg Schluter, CHC, USN said:
    August 13, 2019 at 13:20

    Joel,

    I have been one of one my entire career, that’s why I voted for the NOB. In the scenario, I was assuming that the last observed report was strongly written and above the Reporting Senior’s Cumulative Average. I was also hoping that the FOS was a fluke and that the next board would see it differently. I would concentrate on getting letters of recommendation at this point.

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