FY22 Milestone Note and Application Procedures

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Here are BUMEDNOTE 1410 and NAVMED 1410/1, both of which tell you how to apply for milestone positions. For the MC, that is Chief Medical Officer (CMO) and Officer-in-Charge (OIC). Other Corps include Director for Administration (DFA), Chief Nursing Officer, and Director for Dental Services:

The list of available positions is still being finalized, so I don’t have that yet.

Bottom line…do you want to promote to O6? Do you want a job that translates very easily to a leadership position in the civilian world when you get out? Do you want a job that will translate to an XO job? Milestones fit the bill for all of this.

In addition, we are encouraging CAPT and CAPT(s) to step up and apply for these positions as well, if interested. We need senior leaders for these roles.

If there are any questions, please reach out to me.

Finally, please see this note from our admin staff about hyperlinks not working in the PDF:

Just a heads up, a couple people now have asked about a “hyperlink issue” with the 1410. The URLs in the notice are correct; however, because Secretariat included hyperlinks and all the links are split on multiple lines, due to a PDF kink all links in the 1410 are adding “%20” at the beginning of each new line when you click or copy and paste.

To make it clear, here is how one split link appears when you click the hyperlink or copy/paste:

https://esportal.med.navy.mil/bumed/m00/%20m00c/pages/executive-medicine.aspx (you will get a 404 not found error if you go to this link)

And here is the actual URL as written in the notice (the correct URL):


We cannot change this. The URLs are correct as written and it’s a PDF glitch. To work around, personnel are advised to go to their browser window and type in the URL exactly as it appears in the notice (NOT click and NOT copy/paste). Alternately, they can delete any %20 that appears in the link if they still insist on click or copy/paste.

FY21 Milestone Note and Opportunities

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Here are the FY21 milestone note and opportunities, which include:

  • Chief Medical Officer (CMO)
  • Director for Administration (DFA)
  • Director of Dental Services (DDS)
  • Officer-in-Charge (OIC)
  • Senior Nurse Executive (SNE)

The deadline is 15 JUN, just as it is for XO and CO applications. The note details the application process.

The link on page 1 of the note is not working for me, but here is one that should work:


I would emphasize the following portions of the note to anyone interested:

1. Applicants are to “be universally assignable and able to meet permanent change of station (PCS) parameters. Rare exceptions may be considered. Officers that are unsure if they meet PCS parameters for a FY 2021 career milestone assignment should discuss with their detailer prior to submitting an application.”

2. “Applicants who successfully screen are considered eligible for assignment to any career milestone OIC, DFA, SNE, CMO, and DDS position. Consideration will be given for the categories selected on the application; however, if slated the assignment will be based on the “needs of the Navy.” Officers who apply for career milestone screening should do so with this in mind, and be willing to accept the position for which they are slated.”

FY20 Navy Medicine Milestone Billets and Application Procedures

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Here is everything you need if you want to apply for Chief Medical Officer, Officer-in-Charge, Director for Administration, Senior Nurse Executive, or Senior Dental Executive/Director of Dental Services:

BUMEDNOTE 1410 3 May 2019

NAVMED 1410_1 (5_2018)

FY20 Milestone Opportunities

Application deadline is June 1st.

BUMEDNOTE 1410 – Application Procedures for FY19 Career Milestone Screening Board

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Here are the documents you need in order to apply for Chief Medical Officer (CMO) and Officer-in-Charge (OIC) positions:


FY19 Milestone Opportunities

With superior performance in these positions, CMOs and OICs make O6. It is that simple. Plus, by applying for these positions you get to compete Navy-wide, not just at your command like many director-level positions like DMS, DSS, MEC Chair, etc.

In other words, if you are a senior O4, O5, or O6 who wants to assume leadership positions in Navy Medicine, this is your chance. Apply.

FY19 Promo Board Schedule

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You can find the FY19 promotion board schedule here.  Of note for Medical Corps officers:

Board #170 – Active O­6 Staff – 6­ Feb­ 2018

Board #265 – Active O­5 Staff – 27 ­Mar 20­18

Board #300 – Active O­4 Staff – 15­ May 20­18

Board #404 – Medical Dept Career Milestone Screen – 25 ­Jul 20­18

Board #405 – Medical Dept Command Screen – 25 ­Jul 20­18

Outside the Box Opportunities

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Here are the slides for a lecture on “Outside the Box Opportunities” that I gave at the 2017 Transition to Practice Symposium at NMCSD for all the graduating residents and fellows:

Outside the Box Opportunities

Topics covered include:

Here is a video podcast:

Navy Medicine FY18 Milestone Opportunities

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Here is a document that lists all of the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) and Officer-in-Charge (OIC) opportunities:

FY18 Milestone Opportunities

Here is the post with the application procedures:

FY18 Officer-in-Charge (OIC) and Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Application Information

OIC Application Deadline Extended to 8/31/15

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This NAVADMIN extended the deadline to apply for an Officer-in-Charge (OIC) position to 8/31/15:

NAVADMIN 175-15 – FY16 OIC Application

Here is the original BUMED Note that lists the positions available and gives you all the details:


FY16 Officer-in-Charge (OIC) Application Process Released

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As the promotion opportunities for making captain decrease, commanders need to seriously consider any leadership opportunities that come their way.  BUMED recently released the application procedures for fiscal year 2016 Officer-in-Charge (OIC) positions, which can be found here:


Only commanders or captains are eligible, but anyone junior to that should still read this note.  It will give them an idea of the qualities Navy Medicine looks for in its future leaders and allow them to steer their career path in those directions.