FITREPs

NAVFIT98A Issues on NMCI Computers

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Here is the issue and work around from Navy Personnel Command:

URGENT NAVFIT98A ISSUE WITH MICROSOFT ACCESS!!

It appears as though NMCI has implemented new network access restrictions that have negatively impacted NAVFIT98A functionality. From what NWIC/SPAWAR has determined, NAVFIT98A is unable to open the ACCESS database residing on a network server location. This is not a NAVFIT98A issue, it is an NMCI-driven privilege and/or permissions issue.

However, we have identified a workaround. For your NAVFIT98A to function properly, you must:

  1. Copy the NAVFIT98A ACCESS database file from the network and put it on the local machine’s hard drive.
  2. Launch NAVFIT98A and open the database file that was copied to the local machine’s hard drive and perform your NAVFIT98A-related work.
  3. Once you have completed your NAVFIT98A-related work, the ACCESS database file can be copied back to the original network server location for storage thereby enabling the next NAVFIT98A user to gain access to that data by repeating the steps outlined above.
    Until NMCI changes this new network privilege/permissions restriction, NAVFIT98A will only be able to open database files that reside on the local machine hard drive.

New Fitrep Instruction

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This NAVADMIN announces the new fitrep instruction and talks about the transition from NAVFIT98 to the new eNAVFIT system. Reading the NAVADMIN, it will take some time to see how the changes play out. Reportedly the eNAVFIT will hit the Reserves this month, but Active Duty in “early 2022.” As of when I’m typing this on 1 DEC 2021, the updated instruction isn’t posted on the website referenced (or at least it isn’t easy to find). A Google search did not locate it either.

Here is an info sheet about eNAVFIT:

I did note this section of the NAVADMIN that seems to be most relevant to those writing fitreps using an N code for a PFA:

    f.  Incorporates changes clarifying the use and what can be included in 
the comments section for the *N* code, Block 20, Physical Fitness Assessment 
Code, for pregnant service members. 
        (1) If using the *N* code because of pregnancy, no directed comment 
should be used in the performance comment section. 
        (2) Do not quote from medical reports or summaries and do not include 
comments pertaining to medical issues (physical and/or psychological, e.g. 
pregnancy, post-partum, etc.) that do not affect the members performance of 
duties and/or his or her effectiveness as a leader. 

There will be more to follow on this, I’m sure.

Talent Management Task Force and eNAVFIT NAVADMIN

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If you want the latest on the new fitrep system (to hit Active Duty early in 2022), read this NAVADMIN:

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RMKS/1.  Dominance of the maritime domain requires innovation and forward 
thinking.  With investments in platforms, weapons and technologies to meet 
evolving operational conditions, it is imperative that we invest in our most 
essential warfighting asset, our people.  Talent management and modern 
development approaches are required to attract, develop, train and retain the 
best and fully qualified Sailors in our Navy. 
 
2.  To meet this challenge Navy Personnel Command (NPC) has established the 
Talent Management Task Force (TMTF) to launch a series of Performance 
Evaluation Transformation and Talent Management (PET-TM) programs and 
initiatives.  The TMTF is divided into four talent management lines of 
operation:  Talent Development and Retention, Performance Management, 
Succession Planning and Career Development and Management.  The TMTF end 
state is to ensure effective Sailor development that retains the best and 
fully qualified Sailors, in the right assignments, to maximize the 
warfighting effectiveness of the Navy. 
 
3.  TMTF is working on five key PET-TM programs and initiatives briefly 
described below, which will be implemented in the coming months and years. 
    a.  eNavFit.  As a replacement to NAVFIT98A, this online and offline web-
enabled performance appraisal interface will be available for both connected 
and disconnected operations.  Access will be through BUPERS Online (BOL) and 
NPC document services to support online evaluation and fitness report 
drafting, routing, review and submission.  eNavFit will further serve as a 
bridge toward the larger long-term goal of a fully transformed performance 
evaluation system concurrent with the fielding of Navy Personnel and Pay 
System (NP2) full operational capability.  Leveraging TMTF collaboration with 
Fleet and TYCOMs, follow-on studies are in progress at Naval Postgraduate 
School to ensure future changes to the performance evaluation system are 
directly related to job performance.  Additionally, TMTF will study various 
attributes of an evaluation to include duration of reports, numerical grades, 
promotion recommendations and distinct rankings/breakouts. 
    b.  Update to BUPERSINST 1610.10F, Navy Performance Evaluation 
System.  An update to BUPERSINST 1610.10F incorporates the inclusion of 
eNavFit, rescinds administrative change requests to be submitted within two 
years of the performance evaluation end date, introduces the use of coaching 
skills to performance counseling conversations and mandates the completion of 
mid-term performance counseling. 
    c.  Mid-term performance counseling.  The initiative clarifies the 
requirement to conduct timely mid-term performance counseling, provides 
training, encourages the use of coaching behaviors and introduces the 
Military Individual Development Plan (NAVPERS 1610/19) and Mid-term 
Performance Counseling Checklist (NAVPERS 1610/20). 
    d.  MyNavy Coaching.  MyNavy Coaching is an initiative to build and 
sustain a coaching culture within the Navy.  MyNavy Coaching is focused on 
active listening, empathy and asking powerful questions for Sailors to engage 
in peer-to-peer coaching conversations. 
    e.  Navy Command Leadership Assessment and Selection Program 
(NCLASP).  NCLASP is an effort to create a more effective process to select 
future Navy leaders by including psychological assessments, cognitive 
aptitude tests, communication skills, and personality attributes known to be 
associated with effective leadership into the leadership selection 
process.  To date, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command, Naval Special Warfare 
and Naval Submarine Force communities have participated in NCLASP pilots to 
select future leaders. Lessons learned from these pilots will pave the way 
for a comprehensive roll out across other communities with a program tailored 
to the unique needs of each TYCOM while maintaining the gold standards of 
personnel selection science. 
 
4.  eNavFit will be the first PET-TM initiative to be released. 
eNavFit consolidates the functionality of NAVFIT98A into a web-enabled 
performance evaluation.  Sailors will be able to draft, electronically submit 
and sign performance evaluations for submission to the Sailors official 
military personnel file in a matter of days.  The functionality of eNavFit 
will improve report accuracy, timeliness and quality as well as reduce 
evaluation processing, submission errors and routing delays.  NPC will deploy 
eNavFit to the Reserve Component in December 2021 and deploy to the Active 
Component in early 2022.  BUPERSINST 1610.10F will be released soon and will 
include policy for eNavFit. 
 
5.  eNavFit has been designed for the following operational conditions. 
    a.  Connected operations.  For Sailors in a standard office environment 
with regular internet connectivity. 
    b.  Connected and disconnected operations.  For Sailors or commands that 
are underway or have limited internet connectivity. Sailors will be able to 
work offline and periodically upload and submit completed reports via BOL 
when connectivity is available. 
    c.  Disconnected operations.  For commands entirely offline with legacy 
ability to print, wet sign and mail completed reports to NPC. 
 
6.  Performance evaluation training materials, an eNavFit user guide and 
quick reference cards can be found via the NPC website at 
https://www.mynavyhr.navy.mil/Career-Management/Performance-Evaluation/ 
 
7.  For questions concerning any of these PET-TM programs and initiatives, 
contact the MyNavy Career Center (MNCC) at (833) 833- MNCC or via e-mail at 
askmncc(at)navy.mil. 
 
8.  This NAVADMIN will remain in effect until superseded or canceled, 
whichever occurs first. 
 
9.  Released by Vice Admiral John B. Nowell, Jr, N1.// 
 
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Are LT Medical Corps Fitreps Important? TL:DR = Yes

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Someone recently e-mailed me because they were having problems convincing their LTs that their fitreps mattered. Trust me, they matter.

The most important reason that they matter is because of changes made in the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act. Prior to NDAA 20, the Navy was allowed to promote to O4 with an all fully qualified standard. In other words, the promotion opportunity was 100%. Here is a history of the O4 promotion opportunity:

 FY10FY11FY12FY13FY14FY15FY16FY17FY18FY19FY20FY21FY22
O4100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%95%

As you can see, the opportunity decreased from 100% to 95% in FY22.

This means that it got a little bit harder to promote to O4, and a little more competitive. In other words, your fitreps as an O3 matter.

2021 Fitrep Prep Available

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The updated 2021 version of my Fitrep Prep for Medical Corps Officers can be found here. I was planning on putting it on Amazon as a free e-book, so I put it into the Amazon book template, but apparently you can’t list a book on Amazon for free. Oh well!

Download it on this page as much as you like (for free).

Throwback Thursday Classic Post – NOB Fitrep vs New Guy/Gal Promotable (P) Fitrep – Which is Better?

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Reader Question

I’m a LCDR MC officer. I’m new at my command and was passed over during my in-zone promotion board for CDR. My command is considering a NOB fitrep vs. a Promotable (P) fitrep. Do you have a recommendation on which fitrep will be more helpful for my promotion board?

Reader Poll

Here’s an image of the poll results:

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My Answer

In my experience, most physicians seem to prefer the NOB, but that’s not what the poll above says.

Personally, I don’t think it really matters very much. At the promotion board, both are easily explained and a getting a P as the new officer is expected, so it wouldn’t be a negative.

I would say that if you get a P you have already started the march to an MP and then (hopefully) an EP. If you take the NOB, then your next fitrep could be seen as your “new guy/gal P.”

This last point is why I’d prefer the P if it was me, but I don’t feel that strongly about it.