2017 Milestone Billet Slate Released (Chief Medical Officers, OICs)

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Here is the 2017 Milestone Billet slate for Chief Medical Officers and Officers-in-Charge:

FY17 Milestone Slate

All of My Fitrep Writing Resources

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Someone recently sent me a blog comment asking for more resources to use when writing their fitness reports.  Here is one blog post that has everything in it that I’ve created so far:



This video lecture has been watched 690 times in less than a year and a half:

Basic Anatomy of a FITREP



How to Find Out Your Reporting Senior’s Fitrep Trait Average

LCDR Fitreps – Language for Writing Your Block 41

Tips to Improve Your Concurrent FITREP

The Top 5 Critical FITREP Mistakes



NAVFIT98 Block 41 Word Spacing Template – I didn’t create this one, but it is very useful.  Thanks to whoever did!

Fitrep Instruction – BUPERSINST 1610.10D – Navy Performance Evaluation System

Multiple “Alternative” Billets Available

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The Detailers have started advertising all of the “alternative” (my word) billets in an Excel spreadsheet that they periodically send out to the Specialty Leaders and post on the Detailing portion of Milsuite.  Here is the latest edition:

OCT 16 Medical Corps Opportunities

The positions advertised include:

Naval Recruiting Command
Naval War College
Inter-American War College
Indonesian Naval Command and Staff College
BUMED Readiness and Health Action Officer
Director, Defense Hearing Center of Excellence
BUMED Chief Medical Officer
AME/FS for Newport Aviation Clinic/New Accessions
LIMDU Coordinator for the NAVY
Southern Command Surgeon

FY17 CO/XO Slate Released

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Here is the 2017 CO/XO slate for those who haven’t seen it:

FY17 CO/XO Slate

Intern Specialty Leader Position Available – O4-O6

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Navy Medicine Intern Specialty Leader

Remember that “Specialty Leader” has historically led to a promotion to CAPT…

Intern Specialty Leader Position Description

POSITION VACANCY.  The Navy Medicine Intern Specialty Leader (SL) is responsible for the administrative coordination of all Navy Medicine post-graduate year 1 (PGY-1) trainees and reports to the Navy Surgeon General via the Corps Chief’s office. Intern SL is a collateral duty; provider administrative discounts are negotiated at the command level.

LOCATION. Eligible candidates must be assigned or have orders to a CONUS MTF with PGY-1 trainees.

POSITION DESCRIPTION.  Roles and responsibilities of the Intern Specialty Leader include but are not limited to:

  • Provide advice and counsel to Navy Medicine leadership on matters concerning scoring, placement, and training of PGY-1 Graduate Medical Education trainees.
  • Provide expertise for effective policy decisions to support and ensure graduating PGY-1’s are ready to assume the responsibility of serving as a General Medical Officer, Flight Surgeon, or Undersea Medical Officer or enter residency training at the conclusion of PGY-1 training.
  • Collaborate with Specialty Leaders, Navy Graduate Medical Education, BUPERS, Medical Corps Accessions, USU and GME leaders at respective training facilities to ensure a successful PGY-1 Graduate Medical Education Selection Board process.
  • Attend Medical Education Policy Council meetings either in person or via video-teleconference.
  • Mentor medical students and PGY-1’s regarding career opportunities and challenges.
  • As SL, serve as panel chair at Joint Graduate Medical Education Selection Board for Navy Transitional Interns.


  • Board-certified physician with a strong clinical and medical education background. Fleet/operational experience is preferred but not required.
  • Expertise gained through diverse management/leadership positions such as a Division Officer, Department Head, Program Director or Command Intern Advisor.
  • A strong interest in providing advocacy for all Navy PGY-1 programs across Navy Medicine.
  • A working knowledge of Graduate Medical Education administration and a solid understanding of professional development, education and training.
  • A track record of superior performance in previous positions.
  • Excellent military bearing. No recent PFA failures.

Applications are open to qualified Navy Medical Corps (O-4/O-6).  The length of assignment is 36 months with projected selection Dec 2016.  Target interview dates late November, with a decision by December 2016.

Submission packets will include:

(1) Bio

(2) Letter of intent

(3) Curriculum vitae or resume

(4) Performance Summary Record

(5) Officer Summary Record

(4) Letter(s) of Recommendation (optional)

Submit completed package via email to Mr. Rogers Fluellen NLT 07 NOV 2016.

Interested candidates are encouraged to contact CAPT Carl Petersen if they have questions about the position.

Hardship Duty Pay-Tempo Reauthorized for Sailors

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WASHINGTON (NNS) — Today, the Navy announced a reauthorization of Hardship Duty Pay – Tempo (HDP-T) to help compensate Sailors for extended deployments and longer periods away from their homeport of more than 220 consecutive days.

The Department of the Navy’s HDP-T reauthorization proposal was approved by the Department of Defense for one year through Sept. 30, 2017. The pay was first authorized in Sept. 2014, for a two year period.

“The Navy is in high demand and is present where and when it matters,” said Vice Adm. Robert Burke, Chief of Naval Personnel. “Hardship Duty Pay – Tempo is designed to compensate Sailors for the important roles they continue to play in keeping our nation safe during extended deployments around the globe.”

Sailors will receive HDP-T on a prorated basis of $16.50 per day, not to exceed a monthly rate of $495, when they are operationally deployed beyond 220 consecutive days. There will be no differentiation in rates of HDP-T by paygrade or Active/Reserve Component status.

The New Blended Retirement System

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There has been a lot of recent activity surrounding the new Blended Retirement System (BRS), and I don’t intend to reinvent the wheel and explain the whole system to you when there are some nice resources that already exist:

DoD BRS 1 Page PDF Summary


DoD BRS Article and Video

Military OneSource BRS Frequently Asked Questions

What I intend to do is give you a bottom line recommendation if you have a choice about using the current retirement system or going with the BRS.

If you know you are going to resign before you are eligible for retirement, you should select the BRS.  Under the current system, you would get no retirement benefit, so that is a no-brainer.

If you are not sure how long you are going to stay in the Navy, you’ll have a tough decision to make.  I’d read the above resources but also check out this article that discusses how flawed the BRS is:

New Military Retirement System Has Major Flaw

If you know you are going to stick around long enough to be eligible for retirement, my personal opinion is that you should choose to stay with the current retirement system.  There are a few reasons for this:

  1. The BRS shifts risk from the government to you.  We buy insurance when there is a risk that we can’t bear ourselves.  People buy health insurance because a huge hospital bill could financially ruin them.  We buy life and disability insurance because if a breadwinner died or was disabled in our household we wouldn’t have enough money to continue our desired lifestyle.  The current government pension system is like retirement insurance. When it comes to retirement, the largest financial risk you run is that you outlive your financial assets.  Social security insures against that, but so does your military pension, which regular readers know I highly value.  Although the BRS has a pension as well, it is reduced, shifting more of this risk to you.
  2. Shifting risk to yourself is fine if you invest diligently and aggressively and the market earns a decent return.  The problem is that most people don’t invest diligently or aggressively and no one knows what the market return will be over the next 10, 20, or 30 years.  There are many people who lack the financial education they need (go here or here to get it) and invest in the Thrift Savings Plan but keep their money in the default option when you sign up, the G Fund.  There is nothing wrong with the G Fund and I have some of my own retirement assets invested in it, but it is not designed to earn a high return.  It is designed to not lose money and beat inflation.  In order to benefit from the extra TSP money that comes with the BRS, you have to earn a high return and will need to be smart enough to invest in something more aggressive than the G Fund.
  3. If you control your spending, live in a reasonable house, and drive a reasonable car, you can enjoy the higher pension of the old retirement system and fill up your TSP every year, enjoying the benefit of both worlds.  We have routinely saved 30% of our pre-tax income for retirement during nearly our entire Navy career, invested aggressively, and reaped the benefits.  And I have a retirement pension on top of that?!?!  It doesn’t get any better than that.