The NAVADMIN that announced the FY17 promotion boards is out. The full NAVADMIN can be found here:
The dates of the promotion boards are:
- 2 FEB 2016 – Staff Corps Captain
- 22 MAR 2016 – Staff Corps Commander
- 10 MAY 2016 – Staff Corps Lieutenant Commander
The promotion zones are:
"The Secretary of the Navy has authorized the release of the following list indicating the names, Active-Duty List numbers and dates of rank of the Senior in-zone, Junior in-zone and Junior officer eligible for consideration for promotion in each competitive category as of the date of this NAVADMIN. In addition, those officers on the Active-Duty List and in the same competitive category who are senior to the Senior in-zone officer listed in their category are considered above-zone and are also eligible for consideration."
CAPTAIN Medical Corps (210X) Senior in-zone - CDR A. J. Vanderweele Jr. 022444-50 01 OCT 2010 Junior in-zone - CDR M. P. Shusko 022908-50 01 SEP 2011 Junior eligible - CDR R. S. Montgomery 023324-37 01 SEP 2013 COMMANDER Medical Corps (210X) Senior in-zone - LCDR J. M. Montgomery 035607-00 01 OCT 2010 Junior in-zone - LCDR E. B. Rizo 037423-12 09 SEP 2011 Junior eligible - LCDR A. M. Cuellar 039165-00 01 SEP 2013 LCDR Medical Corps (210X) Senior in-zone LT J. M. Raunig 106784-00 05 OCT 2010 Junior in-zone - LT A. C. Buchholz 111950-00 22 SEP 2011 Junior eligible LT A. C. Alex 124244-00 12 SEP 2013 If you want to prepare for your upcoming promotion board, read: Joel Schofer's Promo Prep Guidance - 25 OCT 2015
Assuming you are at least in zone or above zone, the answer is yes if:
- You are above-zone and wish to be considered for promotion. You will be considered whether you send a letter or not, but you should always send a letter to demonstrate interest in getting promoted when you are above zone. In general, you should try to get letters of recommendation from the most senior members who know you well enough to discuss your contributions to the Navy and why you should get promoted. For example, it is probably better to get a letter from an O6 who knows you well than to get a letter from an O8 who does not. Your specialty leader is always a solid choice as a letter writer if you are unsure who to get one from.
- You are reporting to a new command before the FITREP cycle and your Commanding Officer is willing to write a positive letter about your contributions to your new command.
- You have issues in your record or career that require explanation or amplifying information. For example, you want to tell the promotion board how promotion to the next rank will allow you to do something you can’t do at your present rank, like screen for XO. If there are any gaps in your military service or any new information not on your FITREPs, these may need explanation as well.
- You have to make corrections/additions to your record (like missing or illegible FITREPs, awards, academic or professional achievements, etc.) but you either don’t have time to update them the standard way or your have tried without success.
THINGS TO REMEMBER
There are a few things to keep in mind:
- After the board is finished, anything you sent is discarded. You cannot permanently update your record by sending documentation to the board.
- By law, a letter to the board must be considered. In other words, if you don’t want the board to discuss a topic, don’t mention it in a letter. If there is adverse information in your record, sending a letter discussing it may help if you have amplifying information to add. Then again, if it is something they might not have noticed, sending a letter discussing it ensures that they will notice it!
- Your Commanding Officer usually should not write a letter if he/she has done a FITREP on you, as his/her opinion should be reflected in the FITREP.
- They are usually not recommended if you are in-zone unless there is a reason to send a letter listed above. Do not send one just for the fun of it.
- Keep the length of letters to a minimum – one page or less – as boards have to read everything that is sent to them.
- Do not send copies of publications.
- Only the service member can send the letter on his/her behalf. In other words, if you have a letter from an admiral, you need to send it to the board. Don’t have the admiral’s aide send it because it will just get shredded and will not be briefed to the board.
- Your letter must arrive no later than the day before (2359) the board convenes.
HOW DO I WRITE/SEND THE LETTER?
The promotion boards for FY17 are rapidly approaching, so I wanted to briefly discuss who makes up the promotion boards and how to get on one.
COMPOSITION OF THE BOARDS
The promotion boards consist of five voting members, and at least three of them are required to have board experience. Someone is designated the senior member or board president. In addition, there is always a line officer on medical corps boards, and this is one reason you can’t use medical abbreviations on your FITREPs without explaining what they mean. That line officer could be the one briefing your record and he/she may not know what AHLTA, STEMI, DM, or CVA mean. The remainder of the board will be filled by a diverse group of officers. There will always be at least one woman on the board and one minority, although the same person could meet both of these requirements. In addition, there will be a geographic dispersion including at least one member from outside the continental US (OCONUS).
The board recorders are the officers who review your record for a week before the board members arrive and the board convenes. There will be a head recorder as well as assistant recorders and they will all be from CONUS. In other words, you cannot serve as a board recorder if you are stationed OCONUS because it just costs too much money for travel.
HOW DO I GET ON A PROMOTION BOARD?
This one is simple as you just have to e-mail your Detailer and ask. Keep in mind, though, that the demand to be on a board far outnumbers the spots that exist. When I was a Detailer I had a folder in my Outlook e-mail where I put everyone who wanted to be on a board, and there were between 50-100 names in there. During the 15 months I served at PERS, I only had to contribute about 10 names for a board. With the requirements related to board composition that we discussed above, opportunities may only be present for officers meeting these requirements.
Navy physicians who participate in the FAP & NADDS programs often get promoted off of the reserve list. Here is the ALNAV for promotion to LCDR. If any of your friends are on the list, let them know as they often don’t even realize it:
UNCLASSIFIED// ROUTINE R 021500Z SEP 15 FM SECNAV WASHINGTON DC TO ALNAV INFO SECNAV WASHINGTON DC CNO WASHINGTON DC CMC WASHINGTON DC BT UNCLAS ALNAV 067/15 MSGID/GENADMIN/SECNAV WASHINGTON DC/-/SEP// SUBJ/FY-16 NAVY RESERVE LIEUTENANT COMMANDER STAFF CORPS SELECTIONS// RMKS/1. I am pleased to announce the following Staff Corps Officers on the reserve active-status list for promotion to the permanent grade of Lieutenant Commander. 2. This message is not authority to deliver appointments. Authority to effect promotion will normally be issued by future NAVADMINS requiring NAVPERS 1421/7 preparation and forwarding of documents to PERS-806. 3. Frocking is not authorized for any Officer listed below until specific authorization is received per SECNAVINST 1420.2A. 4. For proper alphabetical order read from left to right on each line. The numbers following each name to the right indicate the relative seniority among selectees within each competitive category. Members are directed to verify their select status via BUPERS On-Line. Medical Corps Aquino Theodore Lee 0005 Bower Paul Edgar 0013 Crosby Mark Isaac 0002 Fitzgerald Steven Matt 0001 Freeman Brian Lee 0007 Kaminsky Michael Edwar 0011 Kulzer Matthew Henry 0008 Mallick Ronobir Ranjan 0003 McCord Caitlin Meghan 0015 Menger Richard Philip 0019 Morrisonponce Daphne P 0016 Philipp Sarah Kathleen 0006 Pride Keth Mackenzie 0012 Pulos Nicholas Alan 0018 Schneider Eric Peter 0004 Stockslager Steven Gre 0010 Thorpe Mary Arbuthnot 0017 Tran Diepdenise Ngoc 0020 Werner John Kent Jr 0014
Here are the overall stats. Keep in mind that the promotion opportunity was 100%, meaning that all fully qualified candidates could have been selected for promotion:
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Here they are broken down by specialty:
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Here are 3 documents of interest to MC officers:
There are some exciting and interesting initiatives underway to modernize the Navy’s personnel system. There have been many articles on this in Navy Times. Here is one article recently released by the Military Officers Association of America.
In addition, here are some slides that describe this initiative:
The changes that physicians should be aware of, some already finalized and others representing potential changes, are:
- Pay and bonus changes that would reward individual talent rather than treat everyone the same.
- A removal of promotion zones. No longer would records be stamped as below-zone, in-zone, or above-zone during promotion boards. This would switch to a system that rewards talent and milestones rather than longevity. It would allow those that progress faster to promote faster and no longer have to “wait their turn” as well as remove the stigma that some feel is associated with being above-zone.
- Expansion of opportunities to diversify your career. Examples include an expansion of the career intermission program and fellowships providing officers with the opportunity to spend some time in civilian industry so that they can bring best practices back to the Navy.
- An information technology (IT) investment in a new, more transparent personnel management system. Ideas I have heard mentioned include eliminating all of the various computer systems that exist and consolidating them into one so that you don’t have to update your record in 20 different ways. An assignments system has also been mentioned that would allow officers to see all the billets available and apply for the ones that they want, giving commands the ability to pick which officers they want.
- Improved co-location policy. I have no details on this one, and right now I feel the detailers do a pretty good job co-locating dual active duty couples, but others may disagree.
- Changes to the physical fitness assessment/body composition assessment (PFA/BCA), which were detailed in this NAVADMIN. This includes expanded fitness center hours.
- Changes to the maternity leave policy, detailed in this NAVADMIN, and expanded child development center hours.
Keep in mind that while some of these changes have been released already, like the PFA/BCA and maternity leave policies, the rest are works in progress. I think it is interesting, though, to see that the DoD and Navy leadership are interesting in modernizing our personnel system and management. As a detailer who writes orders on a DOS-based system, I can assure you that modernization is sorely needed.
Now that the FY16 O5 promotion board results have been released and I’ve had a chance to review a number of officer records, here are my O5 promotion board takeaways. If you’d like to review the statistics, click here:
Promotion Board Takeaways
If these things happen to you, you are very likely never going to promote to O5:
- Any PFA/BCA failures.
- Legal issues, such as a DUI or any other legal trouble.
- Failure to become board certified.
There are other things that could happen to you that make it difficult but not impossible to promote. They include:
- Coming into zone while in GME. There were people who promoted while in GME, but those lucky few broke out in large competitive groups before or during GME. Those who have non-observed (NOB) fitreps before the board, such as those in full-time outservice training, tend not to promote.
- Spending too much time in the fleet as a GMO, flight surgeon, or UMO. This is mostly because it causes you to come into zone while you are still in GME, and is worsened if your residency is long.
- Never getting a competitive early promote (EP) fitrep. Many officers who fail to select for O5 have never had a competitive EP fitrep as an O4. This can be because they are stationed places without competitive groups and get 1/1 fitreps, or it can be because they were in a competitive group and did not break out and get an EP.
- Receiving potentially adverse fitreps. This most commonly happens when you are at an operational command and your reporting senior is not someone who is used to ranking medical corps officers, although it could happen for other reasons (like your reporting senior felt you deserved this type of fitrep). The most common thing would be if there is a competitive group of 2 officers but both are given must promote (MP) fitreps instead of 1 getting an EP and the other the MP. When both get an MP, it reflects poorly on both officers unless the reason for this is CLEARLY explained in the fitrep narrative, which it often is not. The other thing that happens is that a reporting senior gives you a 1/1 MP instead of a 1/1 EP. If you are ever getting a 1/1 fitrep, make sure you get an EP. You should consider getting a 1/1 MP an adverse fitrep. If there is no way around this, often because the reporting senior has a policy that they don’t give newly promoted officers an EP, make sure that this policy is clear in the fitrep narrative.
- Having a declining fitrep. Mostly this happens when you go from getting an EP to an MP on your fitrep under the same reporting senior. If it is because you changed competitive groups, like you went from being a resident to a staff physician, that is understandable and not a negative. If you didn’t change competitive groups, though, make sure the reason you declined is explained.
- Making it obvious to the promotion board that you didn’t update your record. The most obvious ways a promotion board will know you didn’t update your record is if you don’t have a photo in your current rank, your officer summary record (OSR) is missing degrees that you obviously have (like your MD or DO), or if many of the sections of your OSR are either completely blank or required updating by the board recorders. Remember that although promotion board recorders will correct your record for you, anything they do and any corrections they make are annotated to the board. While a few corrections are OK, you don’t want a blank record that the recorders had to fill in. It demonstrates that you didn’t update your record.
So who actually promotes to O5? In general, the officer who promotes to O5 is:
- Board certified.
- Finished GME early enough that they had time to break out with a competitive EP fitrep as a staff physician.
- Has a demonstrated history of excellence as an officer. In other words, whenever they are in a competitive group, they successfully break out and get an EP fitrep. Being average is just not good enough anymore.
- They have no PFA failures, legal problems, declining fitreps, or potentially adverse fitreps.
- They have updated their record, and if they previously failed to select they reviewed their record with their detailer and actively worked to improve it.
Congratulations to the following officers who were selected for promotion to LCDR:
Medical Corps Abitria Richard R 0003 Afuhleflore Chantal Na 0044 Aleid Haydar Mohali 0034 Algert Daniel B 0104 Algert Lesley Paz 0068 Anderson William Charl 0198 Armstrong Cody Chance 0015 Aukstuolis Kestutis An 0139 Aurigemma David F 0073 Aurigemma Kristen Dian 0097 Bailey Mary Mercedes 0191 Baker Neal Jordan 0150 Baquir Angelo B 0087 Bauer Matthew Paul Per 0148 Bayly Terrence D 0083 Benjaminson Jeremy Eva 0178 Bermudez Daniela Janel 0157 Bilbao Michelle Cifone 0170 Boni Benjamin Daniel 0177 Boucher Jeromy Travis 0028 Brandon Elise Cooper 0137 Brock Marie Elizabethn 0149 Brown Taylor Adam 0055 Bruce Timothy Peter 0197 Buckley Kerry L 0053 Buckley Ryan Thomas 0041 Buckley Sarah Basha 0152 Bullard Susan Ashley 0036 Burbanodelara Patrick 0138 Burgess Matthew Daniel 0037 Butler Nathan Henry 0102 Butler William Jason 0029 Buttolph Amelia Harris 0205 Bylund William E 0084 Carter Kristopher Ever 0115 Cassleman Kristi Linne 0188 Chang Allen Duanhsu 0162 Chi Benjamin B 0096 Cochran Grant K 0063 Cole Geoffrey John 0057 Corrado Richele Lynn 0027 Cripe Paul 0079 Cruz Chris Albert 0146 Darling Nicholas Andre 0200 Davis Christopher Alan 0108 Dean Daniel Joseph Jr 0174 Deboer Derek Lee 0082 Degeus John Benjamin 0094 Delacruz Andrea Faye 0156 Derevianko Victoria Ma 0105 Digeorge Nicholas Will 0169 Douglas Brigham Lee 0193 Elek Steven IV 0172 Engkulawy Jennifer Kar 0163 Evans John Keith II 0180 Faught Sara Kathryn 0144 Fiaseu Kaycee Rose 0204 Filipescu Radu 0020 Flowers Lynn Morrissey 0155 Fofi Stephanie Marie 0145 Frasier Samuel Dennis 0208 Gage Michele M 0086 Ganacias Karen Gayle 0192 Garciasalas Alejandro 0093 Gaylord Bethany Kay 0117 Generoso Judith Cather 0130 Gillespie John W 0075 Gilman Luke Anthony 0132 Gower Jonathan Robert 0066 Graham Jennifer Nicole 0107 Greene Tatiana Morales 0186 Gutweiler Alex August 0025 Haight Sean Patrick 0175 Hall Kent Michael 0190 Hamersley Erin Rae Spa 0206 Hastings Todd Glen 0154 Hauck Heather Noelle 0095 Hauff Niels M 0050 Healy Mae Wu 0129 Hemerly Nathan James 0173 Henebry Andrew D 0046 Henry Sadie Mar 0004 Hodell Evan Mel 0014 Hoffman Marshall Mathe 0062 Hogan Patricia Elisabe 0142 Holleman Kevin Troy 0168 Holzhouser Jamon Aaron 0016 Jain Ankush Kumar 0171 Jardonaites Michelle D 0090 Jaskiewicz Jennifer Ly 0185 Jing Ling 0006 Johns Michael Wayne 0045 Karris Bianca Cabrera 0133 Khoo Di 0052 Kilimentmihaileanu Iul 0021 Kuckel Daniel P 0035 Kunkel Scott Alan 0196 Lafferty Casey Elizabe 0176 Lagrew Joseph Edward II 0099 Larsen Eric Christian 0012 Lawson Scott Michael 0122 Le Joseph An 0141 Le Tuvien 0195 Lee Blair C 0120 Lehmann Benjamin John 0143 Lewis William A 0030 Lipscomb Kathryn Ann 0118 Lomeli Matthew Charles 0164 Lopez Lance Anthony 0140 Lopreiato Joseph O 0128 Love Christopher Scott 0010 Mak Heather Kimberly 0136 Maliakel Paul G 0064 Mancusiungaro Andrew E 0043 Manosalva Rodolfo Enri 0158 Marquardt Joseph Phili 0165 Marshall Michael Thoma 0060 Maruszak Mary Brigid 0187 Mathew Manoj 0026 Mathurin Jean Gilnord 0024 Mattingly John C 0072 McClure Robert Ian 0007 McCullough Jeremy Davi 0189 McDonnell John Carroll 0167 McPeak Lesley Armbrust 0061 Melzer Jonathan M 0089 Meunier Nicole Jean 0069 Michel Eric Brian 0121 Michel Shannon Scully 0127 Monson Michael James E 0166 Munoz Beau Jeffrey 0031 Myles David Eric 0201 Naff Jessica Lynn 0011 Navarro Carlos Alberto 0048 Nelson Mikal John 0042 Nieves Maria Lizette 0005 Obrien Brendan Stephen 0077 Oladipo Olamide Johnso 0135 Olson Erik Joseph 0051 Osborne Todd Graham 0013 Overbey Jamie Kathleen 0147 Owens Steffanie Michel 0100 Pannier Aaron Granvill 0092 Partovi Christopher Re 0032 Perrinez Phillip Rober 0113 Perry Alexandra V 0088 Peterson Brandon Rober 0119 Powers Michael F 0159 Prokop Michael Aaron 0184 Reynders William Josep 0116 Roberson Nolen F 0080 Roden Christopher Dona 0183 Ross Warren Leslie 0111 Russell Matthew Craig 0008 Ruttenberg Todd Michae 0101 Santiago Gabriel F 0049 Sardina Jonathan Micha 0181 Sasovetz Scott Joseph 0059 Schonau Jesse Taylor 0207 Scully Stephenie Ashle 0058 Seeger Daniel Bradley 0123 Shanahan Erik Edmond 0071 Siebenaler Joseph Fran 0179 Siegel Joseph Aaron 0039 Simmons Brett Patrick 0112 Singer Jacob Emerson 0040 Skeehan Christopher Do 0134 Smith Jennifer Lauren 0085 Snow Ryan William 0161 Solis Ana Lidia 0023 Sone Peter Lee 0056 Songer Adam G 0081 Speicher Matthew Vanst 0199 Staeheli Gregory R 0047 Stange Christopher Jam 0203 Stanila Vlad Vasile 0022 Stapleton Robert Edwar 0202 States Leith Jason 0182 Steele Helen Marie 0194 Stein Loretta Lindsay 0125 Stonegarza Kristi Kim 0009 Stratton Michael Slade 0151 Stromberg Ines Haruni 0131 Talise Paul C 0076 Taylor Jacob Marshall 0038 Toupin Brian 0103 Trevino Ruth Ann 0124 Uber Ian Chauncey 0067 Valadao Jason Matteo 0018 Wagner Kari Lynn 0110 Wagner Scott C 0106 Waite Kenneth Barry Jr 0126 Wallace James D 0078 Walsh John C 0074 Waterman Adam Thomas 0070 Westbrook James Wesley 0017 Wheelan Ann Victoria 0019 Wildi Jonathan Douglas 0160 Wilson Jessica Ann 0098 Wilson Kevin F 0114 Wolf Michael E 0054 Wooldridge Bryan Edmun 0109 Zelinskas David John 0153
People really enjoyed seeing the FY16 CDR promotion stats and I got requests for the same stats for the CAPT promotion board. Here they are:
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