How to Be Considered for Promotion if You’ve Been on Active Duty for Less Than 1 Year

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The FY24 promotion board NAVADMIN was released. If you are in-zone or above-zone for an upcoming promotion board but you’ve been on active duty for less than 1 year, you should read paragraph #8:

8. In-zone and above-zone eligible officers in the grades of chief warrant officer 2/3/4, lieutenant, lieutenant commander and commander, whose placement on the active-duty list is within one year of the convening dates of these boards, are automatically deferred unless they specifically request to be considered. The officer may waive this deferment and request consideration for promotion, in writing, emailed to NPC_Officer_SELBD_Elig_Waivers.fct(at)navy.mil or mailed to:

Commander, Navy Personnel Command (PERS-802)
5720 Integrity Drive
Millington, TN 38055-0000

For in-zone and above-zone eligible line officers in the grade of commander, the request must be received by PERS-802 not later than 2359 CST 15 days prior to the convening date of the respective board. For in-zone and above-zone eligible staff corps officers in the grade of commander, in-zone and above-zone eligible line and staff corps officers in the grade of lieutenant
commander and lieutenant, and in-zone and above-zone chief warrant officers, the request must be received by PERS-802 not later than 2359 CST 30 days prior to the convening date of the respective board. Specifically:

Selection To Convening Date Due Date / Time
URL/RL Captain 11 JAN 23 26 DEC 22 / 2359 CST
Staff Corps Captain 7 FEB 23 7 JAN 23 / 2359 CST
URL/RL Commander 14 FEB 23 14 JAN 23 / 2359 CST
Staff Corps Commander 1 MAY 23 31 MAR 23 / 2359 CST
Staff Corps Lieutenant Commander 1 MAY 23 31 MAR 23 / 2359 CST
URL/RL Lieutenant Commander 8 MAY 23 8 APR 23 / 2359 CST
Chief Warrant Officer 5/4/3/2 5 JUN 23 5 MAY 23 / 2359 CST

What does this mean and why would it apply to you? Maybe you had prior service, you went to medical school, and now you’re a senior LT who is in-zone for LCDR right away. Maybe you did a civilian NADDS residency and you are in-zone right away for LCDR. There might be other situations that would put you in this position, like getting time-in-grade credit for other experience.

If you believe you are in this position, here is what I’d do:

  1. Confirm you are in-zone or above-zone. How can you do this? The easiest way if you are MC is to read Chapter 2 of the Promo Prep. Or you can use your date or rank and the zones spelled out in this NAVADMIN. Or you can hunt down your Corps’ lineal list, which are floating around as they were released in mid-DEC (as they always are).
  2. If you wish to be considered for promotion to LCDR, CDR, or CAPT, do what it says above. Send the letter simply requesting this. It can probably be a very short letter. There is no need to be verbose.
  3. Also, here is a great article on this topic from the August 2018 Medical Corps Newsletter:

Do you know about OPT-IN requirements for promotion?

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