The FY21 O6 Promo Board Convening Order Emphasizes Operational Medicine and Readiness

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What better way to spend a Valentine’s Day evening when your wife is out of town than this…

There are some new things in the FY21 O6 convening order. Grab both the FY20 and FY21 below and let’s take a look page by page:

FY-20 O6 Staff Corps Convening Order

FY-21 O6 Staff Corps Convening Order

The Method to My Valentine’s Day Madness

I went through both convening orders and noted the pages in the FY21 order that represent a substantial difference from last year’s order. I focused only on impact on the medical community (MC, NC, MSC, DC). In other words, if something was different for the JAG Corps or Supply Corps, I didn’t highlight it. Any pages not highlighted are functionally the same.

Page 2 of FY21

  • The promotion opportunities changed:
    • Medical Corps went from 81% to 91%
    • Dental Corps from 89% to 90%
    • Medical Service Corps from 60% down to 50% (bummer)
    • Nurse Corps stayed the same at 50%

Page 8 of FY21

This is where the meat starts, the section entitled “Medical Community Considerations”:

The bold portions highlighted below are new from FY20:

Knowledge and proven performance/experience in a variety of settings including operational medicine, joint medical operations, and current garrison health care and fleet/FMF support is necessary.

Additionally, Navy Medicine greatly values joint experience and formal education, including JPME, with knowledge and experience in a variety of settings including joint medical operations and current garrison health care delivery and operational support initiatives.

Do you see a pattern here?

KEY MESSAGE – Navy Medicine is increasing its focus on fleet/FMF/operational support. Everyone needs to be operationally relevant to promote to O6.

Pages 9-10 of FY21

The following sentence is brand new:

Excellence in operational support settings should receive special consideration as Navy Medicine shifts greater focus to readiness and operational support.

Which brings me back to…

KEY MESSAGE – Navy Medicine is increasing its focus on fleet/FMF/operational support. Everyone needs to be operationally relevant to promote to O6.

Here is some more brand new stuff in bold:

Best and fully qualified officers for the rank of captain will be those with proven leadership experience who have demonstrated experience and expertise across the spectrum of military medicine, especially inclusive of operational experience and operational platforms. With Navy Medicine’s renewed focus on operational support and readiness, our future leaders must have shown leadership excellence in those activities.

Oh boy! I feel like I’m beating a particular drum…

KEY MESSAGE – Navy Medicine is increasing its focus on fleet/FMF/operational support. Everyone needs to be operationally relevant to promote to O6.

Read that again, people:

With Navy Medicine’s renewed focus on operational support and readiness, our future leaders must have shown leadership excellence in those activities.

MUST have shown. That’s a strong statement!

The Bottom Line

KEY MESSAGE – Navy Medicine is increasing its focus on fleet/FMF/operational support. Everyone needs to be operationally relevant to promote to O6.

2 thoughts on “The FY21 O6 Promo Board Convening Order Emphasizes Operational Medicine and Readiness

    Tim Brooks said:
    February 16, 2020 at 19:14

    Does this mean the future of mil Med leadership is not in the MTF? Is the CMO a milestone billet that should be re-thought? Should medical officers go to a shore- to sea- duty rotations?
    Just thoughts, but it looks increasingly like the path to O6 for junior MC officers will be different than those who currently hold the rank.

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      Joel Schofer, MD, MBA, CPE responded:
      February 17, 2020 at 13:02

      The next MC Newsletter will have an article on the new career path. CMO is still a milestone position that I think people will use to make O6, but you need to alternate between operational and NMRTC/MTF tours so that at the O5 and O6 promotion boards you’ve done at least one operational tour/deployment in your current rank. Camping at MTFs does not appear to be the way forward if you want to promote. Everyone needs to be operationally relevant.

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