Letters to the board
Live and learn…
You no longer use your social security number on letters to promotion boards. The middle of this webpage at PERS says:
Also, you MUST use your FULL 10 digit DoD identification number on your cover letter and any document that does not already contain it.
Here is the updated sample letter to a board from PERS.
Lots of people are asking me for templates for letters to promotion boards. Here is the exact letter in Word format that I sent to last year’s O6 board (minus my Xed out SS#):
You can also use these:
The question most people ask me is answered in these posts:
The bottom line is:
Pretend that you did not send a letter to the board, the board is over, and you were not selected for promotion. Are you going to be kicking yourself for not sending the letter? If the answer is yes or maybe, then send the letter. As long as you keep it short and sweet, there is no real downside.
Frankly, I think that when officers send letters to promotion boards they are often just making themselves feel better, and there is nothing wrong with that. You want to make sure that when the promotion board results come out, no matter what happened, you feel like you did everything you could to get promoted.
Letters to promotion boards have a new due date. You can’t send them the day before the board anymore:
If you know you are getting out of the Navy and really don’t care about getting promoted, you should read this post:
Have you been on active duty for less than 1 year? Read this:
You now need to use your DoD ID number and not your Social Security number on letters to the board. Read this: