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:
- Copy the NAVFIT98A ACCESS database file from the network and put it on the local machine’s hard drive.
- Launch NAVFIT98A and open the database file that was copied to the local machine’s hard drive and perform your NAVFIT98A-related work.
- 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.
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 (2) Do not quote from medical reports or summaries and do not include comments pertaining to medical issues (physical and/or psychological, e.g. pregnancy, post-partum, etc.)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.
If you want the latest on the new fitrep system (to hit Active Duty early in 2022), read this NAVADMIN:
UNCLASSIFIED// ROUTINE R 241616Z NOV 21 MID600051218314U FM CNO WASHINGTON DC TO NAVADMIN INFO CNO WASHINGTON DC BT UNCLAS NAVADMIN 267/21 PASS TO OFFICE CODES: FM CNO WASHINGTON DC//N1// INFO CNO WASHINGTON DC//N1// MSGID/GENADMIN/CNO WASHINGTON DC/N1/NOV// SUBJ/TALENT MANAGEMENT TASK FORCE AND ENAVFIT// 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.// BT #0001 NNNN UNCLASSIFIED//
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:
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.
What ever happened to the new fitness report system? This article says they are targeting a DEC 2021 rollout:
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?
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?
Here’s an image of the poll results:
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.
Here’s a link to this article:
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