New Masters in Health Administration Executive Clinical Leadership Track

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There is a new program for officers who want to pursue a Masters in Health Administration while on active duty.  The program is described in this white paper, and the Navy point-of-contact for the program is CAPT Lynn T. Downs.  I don’t usually put people’s contact info in public posts, so just check the global e-mail directory for her e-mail address if you have questions.

Of note, to apply for this program you must do so through the Graduate Medical Education Selection Board.  You can read about my thoughts on advanced degrees here:

Could a Masters Degree Get You Promoted?

BUMED Admin & Recruiting Fellow Position Available

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Here is the position description.  If you’re interested contact your Detailer or Specialty Leader.



The Navy Medical Corps Chief’s Office (M00C1) provides oversight and guidance to Navy physicians currently serving in the Active and Reserve Component, to include practice and performance, manpower, direct healthcare support for the Navy Medicine Enterprise and operating forces, graduate medical education (GME) training, and medical student and physician recruitment. The Navy Medical Corps Chief’s Office ensures continuous alignment with Navy Medicine strategic goals.  The Medical Corps Administrative and Recruiting Fellow serves as the direct interface between the Navy Medical Corps community and the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED), Navy Recruiting Command, and other entities external to Navy Medicine by providing direction and professional advice on recruiting health care professionals for the Department of the Navy. The Corps Chiefs Office is located at Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, 7700 Arlington Boulevard, Falls Church, VA 22042.


The Administrative and Recruiting Fellow shall:

– Direct, coordinate and act as a subject matter expert on all matters regarding the Health Professional Scholarship Program (HPSP) selection process, including granting of age or Grade Point Average (GPA) waivers for students applying for HPSP.

-Plan, design, develop, evaluate and regularly update the HPSP Candidate Selection Process Standard Operating Procedure (SOP).

-Serve as the HPSP Board President at regularly scheduled HPSP Board Meetings.

-Serve as the senior facilitator for HPSP Board Member training on access to HPSP candidate application packets as well as the review, scoring and selection of candidates for Navy Medicine.

-Develop and maintain a listing of all Navy Physician volunteers to conduct HPSP candidate interviews.

-Liaison with Navy Recruiters and provide support and/or Navy Medicine physician volunteers at local college events and pre-med health fairs.

-Plan, develop and coordinate with field recruiters about HPSP, the HPSP selection process, medical school admissions process and the Graduate Medical Education (GME) admissions process in conjunction with Navy Recruiting Orientation Unit.

-Direct and provide consultation for Navy Medical Corps outreach and establish meetings as needed in conjunction with the Navy Medicine Diversity Office and/or other federal entities to discuss Navy Medicine opportunities with local colleges (to include, but not limited to, pre-medical societies, health fairs, career fairs and counseling fairs).

-Collaborate with field recruiters and Navy physicians to increase networking capabilities and extend the reach and advertising of Navy Medicine within the United States.

-Provide clear and concise advisory and ad hoc support to internal and external customers, including, but not limited to: Corps Chiefs, Specialty Leaders and Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS); higher authority inquiries; tri-service and Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs).

-Provide consultation for code action officers in meeting both the mission and goals of the Surgeon General and the Corps Chief’s Office.

-Actively participates as a subject matter expert in Medical Corps risk management case review panels.

-Actively participate in Navy Medical Corps Professional Review Boards.

-Direct, coordinate and process Navy Medical Corps Conference Travel Requests via the BUMED Conference Approval Process.

-Serve as a subject matter expert to Medical Corps Specialty Leaders and quota managers on all aspects of the BUMED Conference Approval Process.

-Support the Medical Corps Chief’s Office in all activities related to the complex and diverse mission of this office.


-Experience with recruitment, retention, and public speaking.

-Networking skills, written and oral communication skills.

-Experience in formulating and implementing organizational change.

-Knowledge of Navy Medicine policies, procedures, and instructions.

-Familiarity with higher level/adult education techniques.

-Familiarity with Microsoft Office products, MilSuite, Enterprise Knowledge Management (eKM), Defense Travel System (DTS); and use of common office equipment.

-Possess clinical expertise.


The Administrative and Recruiting Fellow is directly responsible to and reports to the Deputy Chief of the Medical Corps, BUMED.  The Recruiting and Administrative Fellow has no direct supervisory responsibilities.


The incumbent will be guided in the performance of duties by instructions, policies and procedures of the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery.  Other guidelines may include: (1) DOD and OPNAV Instructions; (2) The Joint Commission Standards; (3) pertinent state and federal laws; (4) TRICARE and (5) OPNAVINST 1520.39.


The selection process for the HPSP Scholarship is complex and requires a Board President that is aware of how to access and critically appraise applications and select appropriate candidates.

The Medical Corps Chiefs Office is a very dynamic and high-tempo administrative environment.  The incumbent needs to be able to adjust to a wide array of tasks, concepts and duties in support of the Corps Chiefs Office.  This work environment requires a unique, adaptable individual with a variety of administrative and personal skills as well as the ability to forge strong intra and interdepartmental relationships.


As an assignment in the largest and most complex officer Corps in Navy Medicine, the scope of this position is both organizationally global and tactical to the level of the individual officer.  The effect of this position is far reaching in terms of the sustainment, changing nature, and future growth of the Navy Physician community, as well as the success full career development of individual navy Medical Corps officers.

Operation Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal Announced

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If you’ve served in Iraq or Syria as part of Operation Inherent Resolve you will receive the Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal.  The award is retroactive to June 15, 2014, and is for service members based in Iraq or Syria, those who flew missions over those countries, and those who served in contiguous waters for 30 consecutive days or 60 nonconsecutive days.  Details here:

Carter Announced Operation Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal

New Military Colocation and Single Parent Assignment Policy

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Navy Personnel Command recently updated MILPERSMAN 1300-1000 – Military Couple and Single Parent Assignment Policy.  Here is an article that discusses the updates/changes, which include:

  • Instead of opting in, the Sailor can decide to opt out.

In the past, a Sailor had to request collocation during each orders negotiation.  Now Sailors will submit a one-time request that will remain in effect until the Sailor tells their detailer otherwise.  If a Sailor chooses not to be collocated, they contact their detailer and negotiate appropriate orders.

  • A flag officer review is required when detailers can’t collocate dual-military families.

To ensure Navy Personnel Command has done everything possible to accommodate dual-military collocation, the Assistant Commander, Navy Personnel Command for Distribution will review instances where the Navy cannot support collocation for any reason other than when a Sailor chooses to opt out.

The bottom line is that dual military families will usually get colocated anyway, but they should probably read this MILPERSMAN in detail, route the NAVPERS 1301-85 to request colocation, and follow-up with their Detailer.

Chief, Medical Logistics Division, Defense Health Agency – O6 Only

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If you are interested in this position, contact your Detailer:

Chief, Medical Logistics Division

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Facilitates standardization of the demand signal in order to optimize the purchasing of medical supplies, health care technology, and services
  • Executes MEDLOG Shared Services per approved Coordinated Concept of Operation (CONOPS)
  • Executes Defense Medical Materiel Program responsibilities per DODI 6430 .02
  • Chairs the Defense Medical Logistics Proponent Committee (DMLPC), the joint governing body for DoD Medical Logistics.
  • Co-Chairs the Defense Medical Logistics Supply Chain Council (DMLSCC) 06 Board which serves as a collaborative forum to facilitate and integrate the development of strategic and operational relationships, capabilities, performance standards, and system integration necessary for effective and efficient medical supply chain support across DOD.
  • Develops a shared strategic direction and vision for the DHA medical logistics functions and programs; Coordinates with Service Medical Logistic Chiefs from the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps as well as the Defense Logistics Agency, FHP&R, and the Joint Staff for the management and development of tri-service medical logistics initiatives .
  • Oversees a headquarters staff of approximately 46 employees (total force); Interacts with other DHA functional areas as the medical logistics business functional representative; prepares and delivers senior-level briefings; Manages and coordinates development, implementation, and compliance oversight of DHA initiatives to improve efficiency and effectiveness of Military Health System (MHS).
  • Establishes reporting requirements for DHA Supply, Equipment , and MEDLOG Services Initiatives and prepares, analyzes, and makes recommendations regarding initiative performance to the DHA Director and DHA leadership .
  • Directs the DHA Medical Logistics staff engaged in the planning and execution of business process reengineering initiatives, management of enterprise actions collection, and analysis of initiative performance data.
  • In coordination with the Services, DLA, DMLPC Principles, coordinates the development and implementation of process improvements for medical logistics; Participates in development of DHA guidance necessary to implement OASD (HA) policies associated with standardization and purchasing of medical supplies; Participates in development of DHA strategies and guidance for management of authoritative data.
  • Coordinates with counterparts in the Services and other Federal agencies to establish a collaborative network that fosters unity of and optimization of DoD purchasing power; Coordinates with non-DoD medical logistics organizations to assess ‘best practices’ in medical logistics.
  • Advises the DHA Director on all aspects of medical logistics; Serves as DHA MEDLOG representative to DoD and Federal work groups and committees.

Experience and Required Grade:

  • Grade of O-6 (any specialty) but must have significant knowledge of knowledge of and experience with medical logistics and operations.
  • An advanced degree in a relevant field.
  • Eligible to obtain a Top Secret security clearance.



Fleet Seminar Program NAVADMIN Released

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There are many ways to get Joint Professional Military Education I (JPME I).  You can do it on-line, via CD-ROM, by attending a war/service college full-time (cheat sheet here), or by attending a distance learning program where you live.  This last option, run by the Naval War College, is called the Fleet Seminar Program.

In brief, you attend class once/week from September to May.  Once you are done with all three courses, you have JPME I.  And if you complete 9 additional credits in a concentration area you can get a Masters degree from the War College without ever having to attend it full-time.

Here is the application information:

2016-2017 Fleet Seminar Program NAVADMIN

FY17 O5 Promotion Opportunity Decreased to 65% for Medical Corps

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The FY17 O5 Staff Corps Promotion Board just concluded.  Here is the convening order and here is the board membership.

Of note, all CDR hopefuls should read the convening order because that is the document that explains what the board was looking for when selecting people for CDR.  The language is very similar to the O6 convening order that I already broke down in detail in this post, so I won’t do that again.  The major takeaway is that the promotion opportunity was down to 65%.  Here is the historical trend taken from Joel Schofer’s Promo Prep:

  FY08 FY09 FY10 FY11 FY12 FY13 FY14 FY15 FY16 FY17
LCDR 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
CDR 80% 80% 80% 80% 80% 80% 80% 70% 70% 65%
CAPT 80% 80% 80% 80% 80% 60% 60% 60% 50% 70%

Promotion opportunity.  This percentage is multiplied by the zone size to give the number of officers to be selected for promotion.  For example, if the promotion opportunity is 60% and there are 100 officers in-zone, then 60 will be selected for promotion.  This 60, however, may come from officers who are below-zone, in-zone, or above-zone.  For example, maybe 50 of the 60 are in-zone, and 10 are above-zone.  That is why the percentage of people in-zone who are selected for promotion is always lower than the promotion opportunity.  See below…

  FY08 FY09 FY10 FY11 FY12 FY13 FY14 FY15 FY16 FY17
LCDR Average of 94% (best data I could find) 97% 89% 90% 93%
CDR Average of 62% (best data I could find) 58% 66% 49% 53%
CAPT Average of 60% (best data I could find) 55% 43% 47% 39%

Actual percentage of in-zone candidates selected for promotion.