Because of NAVADMIN 137/20 and the increased focus it put on education in fitness reports, I updated Joel Schofer’s Fitrep Prep. The new portion is on page 15 and spells out the new requirements for block 41, which are spelled out below in detail, but later in the NAVADMIN it says in brief:
(2) For Block 41 (Comments on Performance), document professional military education, off-duty education and other educational and learning achievements pursued during the reporting period.
It also says this about promotion boards:
We will also update selection board precept and convening order guidance to direct board membership to review and brief specific education and learning contributions found in the official service records of eligible personnel, and to consider these documented accomplishments across the career of an individual when deliberating the best and fully qualified selection criteria. Statutory and administrative selection board presidents will be held accountable for ensuring compliance with this guidance in respect to board processes.
You better make sure you do some of this stuff and put it in your block 41, which I think would include CME/continuing education, JPME, Master’s degrees, service schools, and just about any other education related to your position that you do.
Here’s the detailed/longer portion of the NAVADMIN about fitreps:
3. To support these goals, and in conjunction with MyNavyHR efforts to integrate education effectively into Sailor 2025 talent management initiatives, FITREPs will include specific comments regarding education, learning and support for a learning culture. This requirement will allow us to identify, select and reward those officers who have demonstrated the commitment and ability to learn, as well as those who encourage and support the learning of others, by placing them into positions of influence at the tactical, operational and strategic levels. a. Reporting Seniors must document: (1) All personal achievements in education and learning that contribute to a culture of continuous learning, improved knowledge and warfighting effectiveness at both the individual and unit level. Resources include: (a) Resident and non-resident professional military education coursework, (b) Professional and academic qualifications and certifications, (c) Civilian education coursework, (d) A personal reading program that includes (but is not limited to) selections from the Chief of Naval Operations Reading List, (e) Participation in discussion groups and military societies, (f) Publishing in national security or military journals, and (g) Involvement in learning through new technologies. For purposes of this NAVADMIN, military societies are organizations that exist specifically to support education, training and professional development of personnel in a given community. The definition of military societies does not include associations intended to promote the morale or general well-being of Service Members. (2) Individual commitment to intellectual growth in ways beneficial to the Navy, including rigorous self-assessment and efforts to improve: (a) Leadership, (b) Decision making, (c) Creativity, (d) Analytic ability, (e) Commitment to ethics, (f) Geopolitical awareness, and (g) Understanding of emerging military technologies and complex military operations. (3) The effort of the individual to support the continuing education of subordinates they command or supervise. (4) The degree to which the officer continued to assess self, develop professionally, improve current skills and knowledge and acquire new skills. (5) The extent to which these achievements increase the breadth and depth of warfighting and leadership aptitude.