BUMED Inspector General Medical Corps Officer – O5/O6

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The Medical Corps position on the Inspector General team is available. The position description is here.

Rank Requirement: 0­5/0­6
Desired Report Date: ASAP

Those officers interested should submit packages (CV/BIO/contact info/Detailer concurrence) to CAPT Christopher Quarles (contact info in the global address book) no later than close of business 18 Jan 2018.

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

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The FY19 promotion board NAVADMIN was recently released. 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 #5 from the NAVADMIN, which says:

5. In-zone and above-zone eligible officers in the grades of lieutenant, 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 a signed written letter, emailed to: NPC_Officer_SELBD_Elig_Waivers.fct (at) navy.mil or mailed to:

Commander, Navy Personnel Command (PERS-802)
5720 Integrity Drive
Millington, TN 38055-0000

The request must be received by PERS-80 not later than 30 days prior to the convening date of the board.

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.

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 either read the Promo Prep or get the FY19 lineal list. Or you can use this document from PERS.
  2. If you wish to be considered for promotion to LCDR, CDR, or CAPT, so what it says above. Send the letter simply requesting this. You can find templates or letters to the board here or here. It can probably be a very short letter. There is no need to be verbose.
  3. If you have questions, I’d contact Officer Promotions via phone at 1-866-U-ASK-NPC. Their webpage is here.

FY18 Senior Executive Medicine Slate

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The FY18 Senior Executive Medicine Slate has been released. To see it, go to this website (but make sure you select your e-mail certificate when logging on):


Are We Getting New FITREPs in 2018?

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I’ve been hearing about new FITREPs for at least a year now, but very few hard details or timelines are available. Here is a Navy Times article about it:

New in 2018: All new evals and fitreps

The most telling sentence is, “Officials are still hammering out details, but the Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. Robert Burke told Navy Times that he wants a transition in place soon.”

2017 on MCCareer.org – A Review

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Thanks to all of you who have made 2017 a successful year for MCCareer.org.  Here is a recap of 2017:

  • Total Website Views –  86,019 (up from 43,673 in 2016 and 10,870 in 2015)
  • Total Visitors – 32,541 (up from 18,373 in 2016 and 3,705 in 2015)
  • Posts Published – 185 (up from 133 in 2016 and 69 in 2015)
  • Joel Schofer’s Promo Prep – 3,091 views (up from 2,100 views in 2016)
  • Joel Schofer’s Fitrep Prep – 1,793 views (new in 2017)
  • Total Income – Negative $99 (the cost of the site for the year, same as last year)
  • Total Hours Spent On It – Hundreds! (same as last year)

Here are the top 10 posts/pages that weren’t the announcement of a promotion list (which are always very popular):

  1. Joel Schofer’s Promo Prep
  2. Useful Documents
  3. Joel Schofer’s Fitrep Prep
  4. LCDR Fitreps – Language for Writing Your Block 41
  5. Useful Links
  6. Personal Finance
  7. Consolidated Special Pays
  8. About Me (who knew I was so popular and interesting?)
  9. Career Consult & Record Review
  10. What are AQDs and How Do You Get Them?

Thanks for your support!

Special Pays Update from the Medical Corps Chief and Surgeon General

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Here’s a message about the special pays from the Medical Corps Chief (RDML Pearigen) and the Navy Surgeon General (VADM Faison):

From: “Pearigen, Paul RDML USN NAVMED WEST SAN CA (US)”

Date: December 27, 2017 at 11:33:05 CST


Medical Corps Specialty Leaders:

Through email, newsletter, and other mechanisms, the MC Chief staff and I have kept you up-to-date on the ongoing issues related to transition to Consolidated Special Pays and, in particular, the challenges and problems DFAS has encountered in executing this in a timely and accurate manner for those officers from medical and other communities eligible for these pays.

The staff of BUMED Director, Total Force, in particular, Mr. Marin and his team in Special Pays, have worked diligently to assist and prod DFAS in getting this right, as well as to support the officers in your community as this conversion proceeds.

I know this has been, at a minimum, an inconvenience for our active duty physicians–and for some a financial hardship based on their expectations with respect to timing and associated commitments they may have entered. They deserve better, and it is not enough for us to simply say it is DFAS’s responsibility and out of our control.  BUMED and the MC Chief’s staff continue to work this aggressively, including name-by-name efforts at resolution; the current status has been detailed for you in recent communications from the MC office.  Thank you all for your patience and assistance in getting through this very rocky special pays program transition year.

I am forwarding the below message from the Surgeon General, which I ask you to further forward to your specialty community.

Thanks, and with respect,

Paul D. Pearigen, MD, MMM, CPE, FAAEM
Commander, Navy Medicine West
Chief of the Navy Medical Corps (M00C1)


Navy Medicine Team,

It has come to my attention that many of you have been directly impacted by the challenges DFAS Cleveland is having with processing special pays resulting in lengthy processing delays, errors in the rates DFAS is paying in addition to overpayment of Incentive Pay. In previous years, the individual Services were able to make these payments but they now must be processed by DFAS, resulting in delays of up to four months.

As background, Consolidated Special Pays were directed by the 2008 NDAA. As such, DoD was given 10 years to implement the change which ends in January 2018.  However, ASD(HA) did not authorize the Services to convert until fiscal year 2017. I fully realize the financial impact this is having on you and your families.   We are committed to doing everything possible both here at BUMED and working with DFAS to address this situation. I am personally
engaged on this and working this closely with our team. The BUMED Total Force team has been proactively working this issue on your behalf by engaging directly with Navy Manpower and DFAS Cleveland. Mr. Bill Marin, BUMED
Special Pays Program Manager, visited DFAS Cleveland in November to simplify the process and reduce the time it takes for DFAS to process and pay Medical Special Pays. In the meantime, DFAS also assigned additional personnel to focus on reducing the backlog.  BUMED has and will continue to process all actions received.

Additionally, we are personally engaging the Director of DFAS who will continue to work this for you. Likewise, the BUMED team and I are committed to keeping you informed as updates become available on this issue. If you have
any immediate questions or concerns that need to be addressed, please contact the BUMED Navy Medical Special Pays Program at usn.ncr.bumedfchva.mbx.specialpays-bumed < at > mail.mil.

Very respectfully,

SG Sends

C. Forrest Faison III, M.D.
Surgeon General, U.S. Navy
Chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery