What’s New in the FY22 O6 Promotion Board Materials?

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This article is a more detailed breakdown of all the FY22 O6 board material I posted a few days ago.

The Precept

This looks fairly standard to me, except they inserted this page to emphasize the new policy that you can’t discuss opting out of promotion boards or taking a break for the Career Intermission Program:

Merit Reorder Slides

Here is what I would note from the merit reorder slides:

  • To quote, “strict adherence to the career progressions depicted in the slides is not a prerequisite for promotion.” In other words, if your career has not followed these paths, please don’t get too stressed about it.
  • Depending on your rank and career stage, I’d use this slide to guide your future decisions. This is what the promotion boards are looking for…

Community Brief

  • To quote, “strict adherence to the career progressions depicted in the slides is not a prerequisite for promotion.” In other words, if your career has not followed these paths, please don’t get too stressed about it.
  • I’ve done a detailed breakdown of the new career path in this post already, so I’d read that if you want more interpretation of the slides below, which are completely new this year due to the updated career path:

The Convening Order

Here is what is new in the FY22 O6 convening order:

  • The new maximum promotion opportunity for all boards is 95%. This came from the 2021 NDAA.
  • The percent to select went from 91% down to 90%.
  • The text on page 2 under “Fully Qualified” and page 4 under “Additional Considerations” has been completely updated. In brief, it now emphasizes knowledge of Great Power Competition (GPC) and the INDOPACOM AOR, professional education (JPME, et.), continual performance improvement, operational employment, character, and diversity. I think this is consistent with the recent push emphasis on JPME and being operationally relevant.
  • Page 9 has a paragraph about not disadvantaging anyone whose fitrep was adversely impacted by COVID.

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