Talent Management Task Force and eNAVFIT NAVADMIN
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//
MOAA Post – Service Secretaries Want to Shake Up the Military’s Personnel System
I belong to the Military Officers Association of America because they lobby for our benefits in DC and they do a great job keeping me up-to-date on what is going on with our benefits and careers. In this post they tell you about how the…
Service Secretaries Want to Shake Up the Military’s Personnel System
Promotion Board Changes
The following is from a PDF document created by RDML(s) Swap, Chief of the Medical Service Corps, and adapted for the Medical Corps with permission. Her unedited PDF is here:
Talking Points #33 AZ IZ Stamps
Promotion boards are an integral part of how the Navy identifies the best and most qualified officers to lead in the future. Promotions are an expectation of future potential, not a reward for past performance. Every Medical Corps officer plays an important role in developing our next generation of leaders to include preparation for promotion boards. It is incumbent on our senior MC officers to understand the promotion selection process and be familiar with changes to the system, so appropriate mentoring can be performed.
ALNAV 050/15 released on 12 June 2015 outlines new talent management initiatives introduced by the Secretary of the Navy. New initiatives include changes in officer promotion processes to ensure the best and most fully qualified officers are promoted with consideration for current abilities and talents, rather than placement in a particular promotion zone. Therefore, beginning in January 2016, Above Zone (AZ) and Below Zone (BZ) stamps on officer records will no longer be used for records reviewed on promotion boards. These stamps were indicators on the Officer’s Summary Record (OSR) that highlighted the officer’s status within the zone.
- Beginning in January 2016, AZ and BZ stamps will no longer be placed on records reviewed in “the tank” (which is the promotion board room at PERS).
- AZ records will be reviewed with In Zone (IZ) records as conducted previously, minus the AZ stamp.
- A separate BZ review will still be conducted to review records warranting further consideration.
- Any BZ record selected for further review will be added to the crunch records reviewed in the tank. All BZ records identified for complete review will have no identifying BZ stamps and will be reviewed twice to ensureconsistent appearance among all of crunch records.
- Promotion zone eligibility will continue to be released via NAVADMIN in December of each year.
TALKING POINTS FOR MENTORSHIP SESSIONS
- Removal of the AZ/BZ stamps from the board view is to ensure the selection of the best and most qualified officer and that officers are promoted with consideration for current abilities and talents, rather than placement in a particular promotion zone.
- This initiative does not change the requirement for the OSRs to be stamped with “Letter to the Board”.
- It is still the officer’s prerogative on whether to submit a letter to the board.
- All officers should engage a mentor or senior leader to review their record prior to coming in zone, to identify issues/challenges that may require attention.
- If there are items in an officer’s record that need to be addressed/explained (regardless if BZ, IZ or AZ), it is recommended that a letter to the board be submitted addressing the issue.
- Officers who have previously failed to select may choose not to submit a letter to board if the record is in good order and has no items requiring attention.
HOW DOES THIS CHANGE THE GAME?
These are my comments now, and not RDML(s) Swap’s. First, I think this might make it a little easier to promote if you are AZ. Second, it also might make it easier to promote if you are BZ. In other words, don’t put off fixing your records just because you are BZ. Make sure you go to Joel Schofer’s Promo Prep and update your record if you are BZ, IZ, or AZ as soon as possible.
Sailor of 2025 Talent Management Initiatives
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.