Promotion Boards

FY22 O4 and O5 Promotion Opportunities

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Here are the O4 promotion opportunities:

Here are the O5 opportunities:

Here are the convening orders where I got these:

Throwback Thursday Classic Post – All the Posts About Letters to the Board in One Place

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The question most people ask me is answered in these posts:

Should You Send a Letter to the Promotion Board?

Do You Still Need to Send the Above Zone Letter?

The bottom line is:

Pretend that you did not send a letter to the board, the board is over, and you were not selected for promotion. Are you going to be kicking yourself for not sending the letter? If the answer is yes or maybe, then send the letter. As long as you keep it short and sweet, there is no real downside.

Frankly, I think that when officers send letters to promotion boards they are often just making themselves feel better, and there is nothing wrong with that. You want to make sure that when the promotion board results come out, no matter what happened, you feel like you did everything you could to get promoted.

Letters to promotion boards have a new due date. You can’t send them the day before the board anymore:

Letters to Promotion Boards Now Due 10 Calendar Days Before the Board

If you know you are getting out of the Navy and really don’t care about getting promoted, you should read this post:

What is a “Don’t Pick Me” Promotion Board Letter? Why Would You Send One?

Have you been on active duty for less than 1 year? Read this:

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

You now need to use your DoD ID number and not your Social Security number on letters to the board. Read this:

Use DoD ID Number and Not Your SSN on Letters to the Board

You can now submit letters electronically:

Electronic Submission of Letters to the Board Now Available

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.

FY22 O6 Promotion Opportunities and the Documents Provided to the Boards

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The FY22 convening order is out:

The O6 promotion opportunities are:

  • DC – 90%
  • MC – 90%
  • MSC – 50%
  • NC – 50%

You can see the historical MC stats here:

In addition, here are all the documents provided to the promotion boards. When I have time, I’ll break them all down and analyze them, but I wanted to post them here for your reading pleasure:

Throwback Thursday Classic Post – What is a “Don’t Pick Me” Promotion Board Letter? Why Would You Send One?

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If you go to the Navy Active Duty Officer Promotions Page, you’ll find this at the bottom:

Sample “Don’t Pick Me” Letter to the Board

Removing the introductory portion, here is what the meat of this letter says:

1. Per reference (a), please remove my record from consideration by the FY-XX Active Duty (Grade) (Competitive Category) Selection Board.

That’s it. All it says to the promotion board is, “Don’t pick me.”

Why would or should a physician send a letter requesting NOT to be considered by a promotion board? Here are a few reasons:

  1. You know that you are resigning and will not be joining the Reserves – If you are just paying your time back and getting out, do your fellow officers a favor and remove yourself from consideration. It is hard enough to promote nowadays. Having one less person to compete with helps out those who are willing to stick around. Yes, if you are picked and get promoted soon enough you could get some extra pay for a little while before you resign, but I’d say the general karma of letting someone else get the promotion outweighs that small financial benefit.
  2. You are an O4 or O5 who is retiring but you know that if selected for promotion you won’t accept it – Why would someone not accept a promotion? Because a promotion to O5 or O6 obligates you for 3 more years if you intend to retire. And the Navy still isn’t letting anyone get out early. If you want to get out as fast as possible with a 20 year retirement, taking a promotion to O6 in year 18 means you must stick around until year 21 at least.

So…if #1 or #2 above are applicable, consider sending a “Don’t Pick Me” letter. And remember, they are now due 10 days before a board convenes (not 24 hours like before).

How to Get the FY22 Medical Corps Promotion Lineal List (Even Though You Don’t Really Need It)

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The spreadsheet with the FY22 O5/O6 promotion board zones can’t be posted publicly, but you can find it here as long as you have your CAC card:

It is posted under down the right side under “Career Management.” The O4 lineal list is delayed due to COVID.

P.S. If you are Medical Corps, you actually don’t need the lineal list to find out when you are in zone. Because the Medical Corps is DOPMA exempt, you can just use chapter 2 of the Promo Prep to figure out when you are in zone for promotion.

Throwback Thursday Classic Post – How to Be Considered for Promotion if You’ve Been on Active Duty for Less Than 1 Year

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The first FY22 promotion board NAVADMIN was released in December. 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 #8 from the NAVADMIN, which says:

8. In-zone and above-zone eligible officers in the grades of 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) 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-80 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 and in-zone and above-zone eligible line and staff corps officers in the grade of lieutenant commander, the request must be received by PERS-80 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 13 JAN 21 28 DEC 20 / 2359 CST
URL/RL Commander 16 FEB 21 16 JAN 21 / 2359 CST
Staff Corps Captain 1 MAR 21 29 JAN 21 / 2359 CST
Staff Corps Commander 3 MAY 21 2 APR 21 / 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 a PhD.

I recognize that due to COVID the above referenced NAVADMIN doesn’t deal with the O4 board and only is talking about the O5 and O6 boards, but you can expect that the same language will be in the NAVADMIN that talks about the O4 board when it is released, so consider this your early warning to think about this.

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 is to read Chapter 2 of the Promo Prep.
  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. Finally, contact PERS-802: Selection Board Eligibility Branch because I know people who did only #2 (sent a letter) and were not considered. Here’s what their website says:

If you have questions concerning promotion boards, eligibility for promotion boards, please contact the MyNavy Career Center at (833) 330-MNCC or

PERS-802, Branch Head: (901) 874-4537

Officer Active and Reserve Eligibility Section, Lead: (901) 874-3324

Enlisted Active and Reserve Eligibility Section (E7-E9), Lead: (901) 874-3217

  1. 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?