The updated command/executive medicine instruction, form, and FY22 opportunities list are here:
Here is one Deputy Corps Chief’s attempt to boil it down to the essentials:
In brief, if you want to apply for an Executive Medicine position in FY22 you need to:
1. Read the BUMEDINST 1412.1C with CH-1 and CH-2.
2. Take a look at the FY22 opportunities.
3. Decide if you are interested, noting that on page 3 of the instruction it states, “Expectation is that command screened officers will be universally assignable and able to meet permanent change of station parameters.” It also states, “Rare exceptions may be considered.” In this group I’d include EFMP, dual active-duty co-location, and other similar situations. In addition, page 9 states, “Applicants who successfully screen are considered eligible for assignment to any executive medicine position within Navy Medicine…and if slated, will be assigned based on the Needs of the Navy. Officers who apply for command screening should do so with this in mind, and be willing to accept an executive medicine position for which they are slated.” If you have questions about what is possible and what is not, you need to communicate with me.
4. If you have not been command screened, you must submit the required documents to PERS-4415 by 15 JUN 2021. Instructions are in the BUMEDINST and the NAVMED 1412_1 (March 2021) form.
5. If you have already been command screened and you are a “banked officer” with AQD 2D1 (you probably know who you are) but you ARE NOT currently serving as a CO or XO, you need to make sure your officer record is up to date as your record will be reviewed at the command screening board (see page 9 of the instruction). You DO NOT have to submit an application to PERS, though. Just make sure your record is up-to-date. After the board, you will have to submit a Letter of Intent, CV, bio, CO’s endorsement, and NAVMED 1412_1 (March 2021) form to me by COB 30 JUL 2021.
6. If you have already been command screened and you are a “banked officer” with AQD 2D1 (you probably know who you are) and you ARE currently serving as a CO or XO, you will have to submit a Letter of Intent, CV, bio, CO’s endorsement, and NAVMED 1412_1 (March 2021) form to me by COB 30 JUL 2021.
7. Please note that the Letter of Intent can be the world’s most basic Letter of Intent.
If there are any questions, contact me. There is nothing like an instruction with 2 change transmittals to really generate questions.
If you need guidance updating your record for the screening board, go here.
The most important thing right now is the deadline of 15 JUN 2021 to be screened for command. In addition, we are encouraging people interested in operational command XO and CO positions to apply. These include Medical Battalions and Expeditionary Medical Facilities. We intend to do everything we can to put MC officers in these leadership roles. We MAY (note the emphasis) be using qualified CDRs as XOs for some of these units, so if you are interested in being an XO and are an O5, you are encouraged to apply.
Finally, no matter what we do, there are always updates to initial opportunity lists. If you see something you don’t think is correct, please let me know so we can figure it out. You may know something we don’t know.
If there are any questions, please let me know.