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Throwback Thursday Classic Post – The Book – Chapter 3 – Career Progression and Promotion Board Math

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Introduction

When you start your Naval career, the future is largely a mystery. As you progress in your career, things will crystalize, you’ll become wiser, and you’ll think, “It would have been nice to know all of this in the beginning.”

I’m going to try and tell you what you should have known about career progression and promotion board math from the beginning.

Career Progression

This diagram below demonstrates the typical career progression of a Medical Corps officer who has no prior service. Assuming you are not picked early for promotion, you typically promote every six years. You will become a Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) at approximately 6 years, a Commander (CDR) at 12 years, and a Captain (CAPT) at 18 years. I had no prior service, I have never been promoted early, and this is exactly the timing I experienced in my career.

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Along the left are the ranges of promotion opportunity for each rank from fiscal year 2010-2021. In each year, the promotion opportunity for LCDR has been 100%. In theory, if all the Lieutenants are suitable for promotion they can all be promoted to LCDR. When it comes to the promotion opportunities for CDR or CAPT, interpreting them is a touch more difficult because we have to talk about promotion board math.

Promotion Board Math

In Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19), people were very excited about a 90% promotion opportunity for the FY19 Staff Corps O6 promotion board. But it was easy to misinterpret this opportunity. It did not mean that 90% of CDRs were selected for CAPT.

Where Does the Promotion Opportunity Come From?

The short answer is from manpower projections. How many physicians are getting out or retiring? What is the current Medical Corps manning level for that rank? What are future needs anticipated to be? What is the size of the promotion zone? The answers to all of these questions determines the promotion opportunity and guide Navy Personnel Command (NPC) and the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED) when they are making their decision.

As you can see here, the promotion opportunity varies from year-to-year:

  FY10 FY11 FY12 FY13 FY14 FY15 FY16 FY17 FY18 FY19 FY20 FY21
LCDR 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%  
CDR 80% 80% 80% 80% 80% 70% 70% 65% 75% 85% 77%  
CAPT 80% 80% 80% 60% 60% 60% 50% 70% 80% 90% 81% 91%

Historical promotion opportunities for FY10-21.

But as you can see here, the percentage who are promoted from the in zone group is substantially lower:

  FY10 FY11 FY12 FY13 FY14 FY15 FY16 FY17 FY18 FY19 FY20 FY21
LCDR N/A N/A N/A 97% 89% 90% 93% 88% 85% 87% 91%  
CDR N/A N/A N/A 58% 66% 49% 53% 44% 40% 52% 53%  
CAPT N/A N/A N/A 55% 43% 47% 39% 34% 37% 41% 51% 53%

Historical percentage of in-zone candidates selected for promotion for FY10-21.

 

Promotion Board Zones

There are three “zones” for promotion – below zone, in zone, and above zone. Medical Corps officers are below zone for two years, in zone for one year, and above zone until they are either selected for promotion or get out of the Navy. A few people are usually picked early or below zone, but most people will not get picked until they are in or above zone.

FY19 O6 Promotion Board Math

In FY19, there were 74 CDRs in zone for promotion. To figure out how many officers can be selected for promotion, you have to multiple the zone size by the promotion opportunity. For example, if you take the 90% promotion opportunity everyone was excited about and multiply it by the zone size of 74, you’ll see that they could have promoted 67 CDRs to CAPT during the board:

90% opportunity X 74 people in zone = 66.6 (rounded up to 67) people they can pick for O6

These 67, though, were picked from CDRs who were below zone, in zone, or above zone. Usually, there is a small number picked from below zone, and a much larger number from the in zone and above zone categories. Here were the results:

FY19 O6

 As you can see, the 90% promotion opportunity only led to a 41% selection rate for those who were in zone. The remainder came from the below and above zone CDRs.

The Bottom Line on Career Progression

The typical career progression occurs with a promotion every six years, as detailed in the diagram below. The promotion opportunities listed, though, result in a much lower chance of getting picked when you are in zone because the selections come from those below, in, and above zone.

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Navy Times – Selection Boards to Resume in July, Navy Says

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I had previously announced this, but here is an article about it as well:

Selection Boards to Resume in July, Navy Says

2020 Update – What Should You Do If You Didn’t Promote?

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If you are particularly interested in this post, I’m sorry. You or someone you care about probably failed to promote. In reality, nowadays it is normal and expected to fail to promote to O5 and O6, so you have company. Here are my suggestions for those that fail to promote.

Try to Figure Out Why You Didn’t Promote

First, try to figure out why you didn’t promote. Because the promotion board members are not allowed to speak about your board, you’ll never actually find out why you failed to promote, but you can usually take a pretty educated guess if you talk to the right people (like me).

If any of these things happened to you, they are likely a main reason you didn’t promote:

  • Any PFA/BCA failures.
  • Legal issues, such as a DUI or any other legal trouble.
  • Failure to become board certified.

There are other things that could happen to you that make it difficult but not impossible to promote. They include:

  • You have not been operational or deployed at all, or you have done so much less than your peers. The FY21 O6 convening order emphasized that everyone needs to be operational.
  • Coming into zone while in you were in GME.
  • Having non-observed (NOB) fitreps before the board, such as those in full-time outservice training.
  • Spending too much time in the fleet as a GMO, Flight Surgeon, or UMO. This is mostly because it causes you to come into zone for O5 while you are still in GME, and is more of a problem if your residency is long.
  • Never getting a competitive early promote (EP) fitrep. Many officers who fail to select have never had a competitive EP fitrep in their current rank. This can be because they were stationed places without competitive groups and they get 1/1 fitreps, or it can be because they were in a competitive group and did not break out and get an EP. To me this is the #1 ingredient to promote…competitive EP fitreps. If you don’t have them, you are really up against it.
  • Receiving potentially adverse fitreps. This most commonly happens when you are at an operational command and your reporting senior is not someone who is used to ranking Medical Corps officers, although it could happen for other reasons (like your reporting senior felt you deserved this type of fitrep). The most common situation would be if there is a competitive group of 2 officers but both are given must promote (MP) fitreps instead of 1 getting an EP and the other the MP. When both get an MP, it reflects poorly on both officers unless the reason for this is CLEARLY explained in the fitrep narrative, which it often is not. The other thing that happens is that a reporting senior gives you a 1/1 MP instead of a 1/1 EP. If you are ever getting a 1/1 fitrep, make sure you get an EP. You should consider getting a 1/1 MP an adverse fitrep. If there is no way around this, often because the reporting senior has a policy that they don’t give newly promoted officers an EP, make sure that this policy is clear in the fitrep narrative.
  • Having a declining fitrep. Mostly this happens when you go from getting an EP to an MP on your fitrep under the same reporting senior. If it is because you changed competitive groups, like you went from being a resident to a staff physician, that is understandable and not a negative. If you didn’t change competitive groups, though, make sure the reason you declined is explained.
  • Making it obvious to the promotion board that you didn’t update your record. The most obvious ways a promotion board will know you didn’t update your record is if your Officer Summary Record (OSR) is missing degrees that you obviously have (like your MD or DO) or if many of the sections of your OSR are either completely blank or required updating by the board recorders. Remember that although promotion board recorders will correct your record for you, anything they do and any corrections they make are annotated to the board. While a few corrections are OK, you don’t want a blank record that the recorders had to fill in. It demonstrates that you didn’t update your record.

Who Actually Promotes?

So who actually promotes to O5 and O6? In general, the officer who promotes has:

  • Achieved board certification.
  • Spent time in both a military treatment facility and in the operational setting.
  • A demonstrated history of excellence as an officer. In other words, whenever they are in a competitive group, they successfully break out and get an EP fitrep. Being average is just not good enough anymore.
  • No PFA failures, legal problems, declining fitreps, or potentially adverse fitreps.
  • Updated their record, and if they previously failed to select they reviewed their record with their Detailer and actively worked to improve it.

What Do You Do If You Failed to Promote?

Realize that it is not the end of the world. Based on the recent promotion board statistics (which you can get in the Promo Prep), most officers were passed over for O5 or O6, but a large number of the officers selected were from the above zone group.

If you do nothing, you will continue to get looked at by promotion boards until you retire, resign, or are forced out of the Navy. There is no limit to the number of chances you get to promote and your record will be evaluated for promotion every year. That said…

You need to try to promote. Consider sending a letter to the promotion board. What do you say in this letter? First, briefly state that you want to be promoted and to continue your career in the Navy. Second, explain what a promotion would allow you to do that you can’t do at your current rank. Answer the question, “Why should they promote you?”

For example, if you want to be a Department Head at a large military treatment facility (MTF), a senior operational leader, or a Residency Director (or whatever you want to do), tell them that you need to be promoted to be competitive for these jobs. The Navy wants to promote leaders. Make it clear to them that you are a motivated future leader.

Try and get letters of support to attach to your letter. These letters should be from the most senior officers who can personally attest to your value to the Navy. In other words, it is probably better to get a letter from an O6 who knows you well than a 3 star who doesn’t. If you are not sure who to ask for letters, ask those more senior to you or your Detailer for advice. Your Specialty Leader is always someone to consider if he/she knows you well and can speak to your contributions to the specialty and Navy.

Have your record reviewed by your Detailer, Specialty Leader, other trusted senior advisor, or by me. Because of promotion board confidentiality, you will never know the reason(s) you did not promote, but most of the time experienced reviewers can come up with an educated guess. They’ll often find things that you were not even aware of, like potentially adverse fitreps, or information missing from your record. My promo prep document will help you as well.

Do everything you can to get “early promote” or “EP” fitreps. This is largely accomplished by continually striving for positions of increased leadership. You need to get a job that has historically led to a promotion while keeping in mind that the new MC career path emphasizes that all need to be operational.

As a LCDR who got passed over for CDR, try to get one of these jobs and excel at it (this list is not exhaustive and these positions are not the only path to CDR, but they are a good start):

  • Assistant Program Director
  • Division/Department Head
  • Fleet Surgical Team (FST) Specialty Staff
  • Global Health Engagement (GHE) Staff Officer
  • Group/Senior Flight Surgeon (FS)
  • Medical Battalion Specialty Staff
  • Medical Executive Committee (MEC) Member
  • Regimental Surgeon
  • Senior Undersea Medical Officer (UMO)
  • Ship or Group Senior Medical Officer (SMO)
  • SMO/Medical Director

If you are a CDR who got passed over for CAPT, try to get one of these jobs and excel at it:

  • Assistant Specialty Leader or Specialty Leader
  • Chief Medical Officer (CMO)
  • Director/Large Department Head at a NMRTC/MTF
  • Division/Group/Wing Surgeon
  • FST Officer-in-Charge (OIC) / CATF Surgeon
  • GHE, Headquarters, or Navy Personnel Command (PERS) Staff
  • Group UMO
  • LHA/LHD/CVN SMO
  • MEC Chair
  • Program Director
  • Senior GHE Billet

Meet with your chain-of-command. After you’ve been passed over is not the time to be passive. You need to sit down with your leadership and get an honest assessment from them of how you’re doing and what they would recommend continuing to advance your career. You may not like what you hear, but it is better to find out early if they don’t think you’re doing a good job or that you are unlikely to break out on your fitreps. That way you can try and put yourself in a better situation by changing commands.

Things You Should Not Do

In addition to the above list of things you should do, there are a few things you should not do:

  • Do not lie in your letter to the board. In other words, don’t tell them you want to do Executive Medicine if you don’t really want to. Your record reads like a book, and if it tells a story that is contrary to what your letter says, this is unlikely to help you and may hurt you.
  • Do not send long correspondence. Promotion boards have to read everything sent to them, and a long letter may not be appreciated. Keep it brief and to the point.
  • Do not ask your current CO to write you a letter to the board if they’ve done an observed fitrep on you. His or her opinion about you should be reflected on that fitrep, so they don’t need to write you a letter. If they’ve never given you an observed fitrep or there is some new information not reflected on prior fitreps, they could either write you a letter or give you a special fitrep. Ultimately it is up to them whether they do either of these or none.
  • Do not discuss anything adverse unless you want the board to notice and discuss it. This issue comes up frequently and people will ask me for advice, but ultimately it is up to the individual officer. The one thing I can guarantee is that if you send a letter to the board and discuss something adverse, they will notice it because they will read your letter! If you think there is a chance the adverse matter will get overlooked, it is probably better not to mention it and keep your fingers crossed.

Never Stop Trying

Those are my tips for those who find themselves above zone. Most importantly, if you want to promote, NEVER STOP TRYING. You can usually stay in as a LCDR for 20 years, and I personally know of people who got promoted their 9th look!

Promotion Boards Restarting – O4/O5 Combined Board on 6 JUL

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A combined Staff Corps O4/O5 board will begin 6 JUL 2020. The original deadlines for letters to the board remain the same, so you can’t send updated letters. In addition, the records used at the board will be as of the date the board was originally scheduled.

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NARR/REF A IS NAVADMIN 072/20, POSTPONEMENT OF SELECTION BOARD SCHEDULE.  
REF B IS NAVADMIN 121/20, SUPPLEMENTAL NUMBER TWO FOR E4 THROUGH E7 FEBRUARY 
2020 (CYCLE 106) SELECTIVE RESERVE AND MARCH
2020 (CYCLE 247) E4 THROUGH E6 ACTIVE-DUTY, FULL-TIME SUPPORT AND CANVASSER 
RECRUITER NAVY-WIDE ADVANCEMENT EXAMINATIONS.  
REF C IS NAVADMIN 245/19, FY-21 NAVY ACTIVE-DUTY AND RESERVE E9, E8 AND E7 
SELECTION BOARD MEMBERSHIP NOMINATIONS (CORRECTED COPY).  
REF D IS NAVADMIN 271/19, FY-21 ACTIVE DUTY AND RESERVE ENLISTED ADVANCEMENT 
SELECTION BOARDS FOR MASTER CHIEF AND SENIOR CHIEF PETTY OFFICER.
REF E IS NAVADMIN 031/20, FY-21 NAVY ACTIVE-DUTY AND RESERVE ENLISTED 
ADVANCEMENT SELECTION BOARDS FOR CHIEF PETTY OFFICER.  
REF F IS NAVADMIN 286 /19, NOTICE OF CONVENING FY-21 ACTIVE-DUTY NAVY 
PROMOTION SELECTION BOARDS (CORRECTED COPY).  
REF G IS NAVADMIN 287/19, NOTICE OF CONVENING FY-21 ACTIVE-DUTY NAVY OFFICER 
CONTINUATION SELECTION BOARDS AND ANNOUNCEMENT OF CONTINUATION POLICY.  
REF H IS NAVADMIN 305/19, NOTICE OF CONVENING FY-21 NAVY RESERVE PROMOTION 
SELECTION BOARDS.  
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RMKS/1.  This NAVADMIN announces the recommencement of promotion, 
advancement, continuation, milestone and other administrative selection 
boards that were postponed in line with reference (a) and will be convened at 
Navy Personnel Command (NPC).  After pausing administrative and statutory 
promotion boards to assess conditions and properly incorporate risk 
mitigation measures, we plan to recommence convening of selection boards at 
NPC in Millington, TN on 1 July with out-of-area participants.  In the 
interim, we have completed some smaller administrative boards via virtual 
means and in some cases using local area membership, and will continue to do 
so where appropriate. The revised schedule for officer promotion and 
associated continuation selection boards and enlisted advancement selection 
boards is provided below.  The schedule for community milestone and other 
administrative selection boards to be convened at NPC is available at 
https://www.public.navy.mil/bupers-
npc/boards/selectionboardsupport/Pages/FY21-Board-Schedule.aspx.
Some communities will execute their milestone and other administrative 
selection boards by virtual means or at locations other than NPC.  Refer to 
community announcements on your applicable community section of the NPC 
website at https://www.public.navy.mil/bupers-npc/Pages/default.aspx or 
contact your detailer for specific information concerning these boards.

2.  In line with reference (a), eligibility will be as of the original board 
convening date.  Official Military Personnel Files for use during the boards 
are captured as of the original board convening date.  Deadlines for 
correspondence to a board remain the same as originally set with the 
exception of the Reserve E-7 Board, which now has a deadline of 18 May 2020 
per reference (b).  The Reserve E-7 Board correspondence deadline was 
extended to compensate for delays in the Reserve E-7 eligibility.  In order 
to maintain a fair and impartial balance across the fleet, the remaining 
correspondence deadlines remain the same.  Should Service Member eligibility 
remain unclear, submit correspondence regardless.

3.  The health, safety and well-being of those supporting the selection board 
mission is paramount in a COVID-19 informed environment and precautions to 
protect all participants will be taken.  While all the planned COVID-19 risk 
mitigation measures are too numerous to detail in this NAVADMIN, collectively 
these prudent precautions are critical to the accomplishment of the selection 
board mission and apply in lieu of restriction of movement (ROM) protocols 
that would otherwise apply for essential travel prior to and following 
membership on a selection board.  Precautions include, but are not limited 
to, the following risk mitigation measures:
    a.  Minimizing risk to force by combining boards and recycling board 
membership across multiple boards to reduce travel requirements.
    b.  Phased convening of our largest boards to minimize number of board 
members within board spaces at any one time.
    c.  Modifying the boardroom and tank layout to maximize social 
distancing.
    d.  Self-assessment of individual health prior to travel, precautions 
during travel such as Service Members sourcing from locations that maximize 
the use of direct flights or individual ground transportation (POV or rental) 
where practicable, use of face coverings during travel and additional shuttle 
service runs with occupancy limits to/from the Memphis International Airport.
    e.  Revised protocols for entrance into board spaces that include COVID-
19 questionnaires, daily touchless body temperature readings and wristbands 
for rapid identification of cleared membership within board spaces.
    f.  Alternative meal plans, to include furnished breakfast, lunch and 
dinner to maximize social distancing and eliminate the need to depart Naval 
Support Activity Millington.
    g.  Additional cleaning services to maintain the highest standards of 
cleanliness within the dining facility, conference room (additional dining 
area) and all board spaces.
    h.  Additional personal protective equipment available to board 
membership as necessary.
    i.  Prominently displayed and adequately supplied hand-sanitizer 
throughout each board.

4.  FY-21 Active-Duty Officer Promotion Selection Boards (PSBs):
The postponed FY-21 PSBs to recommend officers in the Line and Staff Corps 
and chief warrant officers on the Active-Duty List (ADL) for permanent 
promotion to the grades of commander, lieutenant commander and chief warrant 
officer will convene as follows:
    a.  6 July 2020 - Staff Corps Commander and Lieutenant Commander
    b.  13 July 2020 - Unrestricted/Restricted Line Lieutenant Commander
    c.  1 September 2020 - Chief Warrant Officer 5/4/3

5.  FY-21 Active-Duty Officer Continuation Selection Boards will convene as 
follows:
    a.  Active-Duty Lieutenant Commander Staff Corps Continuation Selection 
Board will follow the Active-Duty Commander Staff Corps Promotion Selection 
Board.
    b.  Active-Duty Lieutenant Staff Corps Continuation Selection Board for 
eligible competitive categories will follow the Active- Duty Lieutenant 
Commander Staff Corps Promotion Selection Board.
    c.  Active-Duty Lieutenant Line Continuation Selection Board for eligible 
competitive categories with applicable additional qualification designators 
will follow the Active-Duty Lieutenant Commander Promotion Selection Board.
    d.  The Active-Duty CWO4/CWO3/CWO2 Continuation Selection Boards will 
follow the Active-Duty CWO5/CWO4/CWO3 Promotion Selection Boards.
    e.  Due to the delay in promotion boards, for those officers whose 
statutory retirement date falls prior to the expected announcement of officer 
promotion results, guidance will be provided in separate correspondence.

6.  FY-21 Reserve/Full Time Support (FTS) PSBs:  The postponed FY-21 PSBs to 
recommend reserve officers in the Line and Staff Corps and chief warrant 
officers on the Reserve Active-Status List (RASL) for permanent or temporary 
promotion to the grades of lieutenant commander and chief warrant officer 
will convene as follows:
    a.  1 July 2020 - Chief Warrant Officer 5/4/3
    b.  20 July 2020 - Unrestricted/Restricted Line Lieutenant Commander
    c.  31 August 2020 - Staff Corps Lieutenant Commander

7.  FY-21 Enlisted Advancement Selection Boards:  The postponed FY-
21 advancement selection boards will convene as follows:
    a.  Active-Duty E-9 and E-8 - Conducted in phases as follows:
        (1) Phase 1:  27 July  4 August 2020 (Members travel on 26 July 
2020).
            Ratings considered:  EM, MM, HT, DC, EN, GS, MR, ET, FC, FCA, GM, 
IC, STG, YN, YNS, MC, LN, CMDCM, PS, NCC, NCR and MU.
        (2) Phase 2:  4 August  14 August 2020 (Service Members travel on 3 
August 2020).
            Ratings considered:  CTI, CTM, CTR, CTT, AG, IS, IT, SO, SB, ND, 
EOD, MA, CE, CU, CM, EQ, UT, EMN, ETN, MMN, ETR, ETV, FT, MMA, TM, MT, STS 
and ITS.
        (3) Phase 3:  14 August  29 August 2020 (Service Members travel on 13 
August 2020).
            Ratings considered:  HM, RP, CS, CSS, LS, LSS, RS, ABE, ABF, ABH, 
AC, AO, AS, AZ, AD, AM, PR, BM, MN, OS, QM, AE, AT, AWR, AWS, AWO, AWV and 
AWF.
    b. Reserve and Full-Time Support (FTS) E-7  8 September 2020 (single 
phase).
    c.  Active-Duty E-7 - Conducted in three phases as follows:
        (1) Phase 1:  5 October  13 October 2020 (Service Members travel on 4 
October 2020).
            Ratings considered:  EM, MM, HT, DC, EN, GSE, GSM, MR, BU, CE, 
CM, EA, EO, SW, UT, MU, MC, RP, BM, MN, OS, QM, AE, AT, ET, IC and STG.
        (2) Phase 2:  13 October  24 October 2020 (Service Members travel on 
12 October 2020).
            Ratings considered:  ETR, ETV, FT, ITS, MT, MMA, STS, TM, CTI, 
CTM, CTN, CTR, CTT, NC, PS, YN, YNS, FC, FCA, GM, AC, AS, AWF, AWO, AWR, AWS, 
AWV, AZ, ABE, ABF, ABH and AO.
        (3) Phase 3:  24 October  7 November 2020 (Service Members travel on 
23 October 2020).
            Ratings considered:  EMN, ETN, MMN, AG, IS, IT, HM, AD, AM, AME, 
PR, CS, CSS, LS, LSS, RS, EOD, LN, MA, ND, SB and SO.

8.  Reference (c) announced the solicitation of enlisted selection board 
participants (Service Members and recorders) and provided eligibility 
criteria for serving.  The criteria of reference (c) continue to apply, but 
as the board dates have changed, the previously promulgated due dates for 
receipt of Service Member and recorder applications are no longer applicable.  
Sailors meeting the eligibility criteria and availability to serve as members 
or recorders for a board are strongly encouraged to submit applications as 
soon as practicable.  Board Presidents, Senior Enlisted Advisors, recorders 
and other specified board members will comprise a core group whose services 
will span the entire duration of a board.  The service of other board members 
will be required only for particular phase(s) of a board based on rating 
expertise and availability.
Refer to paragraph 7 above for the dates of the phases in which the various 
ratings will be considered.  Applicants must clearly state their availability 
in the application.  Details for application submission are provided in 
reference (c).

9.  Point of contact information for submitting enlisted advancement 
selection board nominations is as follows:
    a.  Mr. Bryan Gillentine at (901) 874-3223 / DSN 882.
    b.  Dr. Ruby Snowden at (901) 874-2209 / DSN 882.
    c.  Email:  PERS-805.fct(at)navy.mil.
    d.  General Board inquiries:  MyNavy Career Center (MNCC) at
(833) 330-6622 / askmncc(at)navy.mil.

10.  Navy leadership is committed to ensuring no Sailor is disadvantaged by 
the delay in any selection board convening or during the consideration of the 
record of any eligible Sailor by a board.  Although review, approval and 
Senate confirmation (where applicable) of board results cannot occur this 
year with traditional timing, selectees for promotion or advancement can 
expect to be assigned the original date of rank and receive any associated 
back pay and allowances warranted.  Enlisted advancement board results are 
expected to be approved and announced within 30 days after a board adjourns.  
Due to the additional reviews required following officer promotion boards, 
results are expected to be approved and announced by ALNAV approximately 100 
days after a board adjourns.  Efforts will be made to accelerate these 
processes.  Subsequent to officer promotion board approval and ALNAV release, 
Senate confirmation is required prior to promotion of active-duty commanders 
and lieutenant commanders.  Promotion authorizations and associated dates of 
rank will be announced via the existing monthly promotion NAVADMIN process.

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Throwback Thursday Classic Post – Did You Really Fail to Select for Promotion?

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If your name was not on the promotion list, you probably weren’t selected for promotion. There is, however, a chance that you actually were selected for promotion but your name was removed after the promotion board. Why would this happen?

After promotion boards there are some systems that are “scrubbed” to ensure that no adverse or reportable information exists for the officers selected by a promotion board or by an administrative board (the CO/XO/CMO/OIC board, for example). Here is a chart that shows you the systems that are checked:

Systems Scrubbed

As you can see, if you have problems with your security clearance, the Inspector General, Naval Criminal Investigative Services, or any legal issues, your name could be removed and your promotion put on hold. How do you tell if this happened to you?

First, go to BUPERS On-Line and click on the link for “Advancements/Selection Boards” as pointed out with the large arrow:

Advancements Screenshot

Now you should see a screen similar to this one:

Results screenshot

As you can see, I was a “SELECT” for O6. If you actually were a non-select for promotion you’d see a “N” where my “S” is. If you were “scrubbed” from the promotion list, you’ll see an “H” for HOLD.

If you don’t see anything, then you didn’t fail to select. You probably weren’t looked at by the board. This most often happens to people who trained in the NADDS program in civilian training programs and weren’t on active duty for a whole year.

If you are on hold, I’d contact your Detailer to try and find out why.

FY-21 Active Duty Captain Staff Corps Selections

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AMPN/REF A IS THE FY-21 ACTIVE-DUTY NAVY CAPTAIN STAFF CORPS PROMOTION 
SELECTION BOARD CONVENING ORDER.//

RMKS/1.  I am pleased to announce the following Staff Corps Officers on the 
Active-Duty list for promotion to the permanent grade of Captain.

2.  This message is not authority to deliver appointments.  Authority to 
effect promotion will normally be issued by future NAVADMINs requiring 
NAVPERS 1421/7 preparation and forwarding of document to PERS-806.

3.  Frocking is not authorized for any officer listed below until specific 
authorization is received per SECNAVINST 1420.2B.

4.  For proper alphabetical order read from left to right on each line.  The 
numbers following each name to the right indicate the relative seniority 
among selectees within each competitive category.  Note:  An (*) by the name 
indicates the selectee was merit reordered to the top of the promotion list 
in accordance with reference (a).  Members are directed to verify their 
select status via BUPERS Online.
                             Medical Corps
Ayala Marco Antonio          0045  Baldwin Andrew James         0062
Baldwin Thomas Michael       0033  Barna Michael M              0042
Bonaparte Kenneth Owur       0016  Brown Zachary Wade           0065
Dainer Hugh M                0011  Deaton Travis Granger *      0001
Diallo Hamma A               0030  Endicott Todd John           0067
Foster Christin Michel       0013  Freitag Gregory H Jr         0026
Fu Diana C                   0031  Gaconnet Cory Paul           0022
Gada Satyen M                0037  Galifianakis Alexander       0046
Galindo Roger M              0019  Gertner Jeffrey Wayne        0047
Granados Adolfo Jr           0032  Gregg Marion Anderson        0059
Grote Heather Juliann        0020  Hammer Noa Christopher       0052
Hickey Bradley William       0048  Hudson Arlene J              0014
Hudson Kerry Ann             0049  Johnson Jeffery Chad *       0003
Johnston Mickaila J *        0004  Kavanaugh Michael J          0068
Kearns Michel J *            0002  Kleyensteuber Brian Th       0041
Kotora Joseph G              0070  Kuskowski Leonard Jose       0009
Lam Alan Stephen             0058  Lamb Shannon Vanderpas       0051
Lee Rachel U                 0039  Leonard Elizabeth Anne       0044
Longwell Jason Jon           0069  Mai Vinh Q                   0027
Mancuso Wendy Gaza           0028  Matiasek Matthew Russe       0053
Matthews Karlwin J           0007  Mercado Michael Gasmen *     0005
Nguyen Josephine Cam         0043  Nguyen Mark Minhduy          0008
Nipper Thomas Willi II       0056  Osullivan Shauna Franc       0050
Parker Austin L              0036  Peterson Joel N              0029
Peterson Lisa Adelaide       0025  Pittner Douglas E            0038
Platz Timothy Alan           0054  Polk Travis M                0034
Praske Steven P              0017  Reimann Carolyn Ann          0023
Richter Kenneth Edwin        0063  Rivera Lisa Katherine        0061
Shaw Corey Ammon             0066  Singley Jeffrey W            0015
Smith Wayne R *              0006  Sprosty Michele Elizab       0035
Steely John Hugh             0024  Tiller Michael Mason         0018
Tracy Heather J              0057  Waters Sonya Nwannette       0010
Weis David A                 0012  White Sharese M              0021
Wilkerson Rashad Clift       0060  Wisniewski Paul John         0055
You David Mong               0064
                             Dental Corps
Anderson William Micha       0009  Bahrani Yasir Fouad          0007
Brown Cecilia Millicen       0013  Buss Kathleen Dawn           0012
Caraveo Sherry Angelic *     0001  Cragen Bart Marvin           0010
Draude Jeffrey A             0015  Erickson Kristi Ellen        0008
Fox Patrick James Jr         0006  Koontz Gregory Leonard       0016
Liu Garin Michael            0005  Merchant Keith Roshana       0004
Neal John Jeffrey            0014  Stefanos Sennay Mussie       0002
Welch Rasha Hanna            0003  Weldon David Scott           0011
                             Medical Service Corps
Bailey Jerry J               0007  Carter Willie Dexter         0008
Coon Scott Darwin            0006  Corpus Noel Mendoza          0012
Gilliard Richard Jr          0014  Grande Michael John          0005
Jamerson Matthew Hunte       0011  Kelly William Edward         0004
Lauby Melissa D Hiller *     0002  Lowe Michael Arthur          0003
Mcmahon Robert Tho III       0009  Milavec Stacie Ann           0013
Morlock Marcy Marita *       0001  Wilfong Erin Renee           0010
                             Judge Advocate General's Corps
Chockley Phillip A           0006  Hamon Philip John            0009
Josephson Elizabeth H        0007  Myers Amanda Rodrigue        0002
Obert Steven R               0003  Pascucci Peter P             0010
Pasieta Katherine Shep       0005  Pohanka Mary Beth            0004
Stormer Ryan                 0008  Tang Angela J                0011
Werner Daniel                0001
                             Nurse Corps
Basford Kenneth Ross         0009  Belcar Karen Ann             0013
Boyer Phillip Andrew *       0002  Conrardy Julie Anne          0003
Dickerson Charles E          0011  Ferguson Bridgette Dia       0014
Garner Kathryn A             0006  Gray Karen Marie             0007
Gryn Eric C                  0005  Keith Christopher Doug       0010
Loe Mathew R                 0008  Oboza Salee Jane P           0004
Rice Daniel Franklin         0012  Tillmon Susan Marie *        0001
                             Supply Corps
Anderson Ryan Paul           0037  Andrews Sean Mark            0007
Baker Donald Edward          0025  Bowmer Mark S *              0002
Brown Patrick William        0029  Buczkowski Christopher       0036
Capper Keith Alan *          0004  Edwards Stefan               0019
Erno Vincent V               0015  Haney Dale Allan             0020
Hoak Ronald Leroy II         0016  Holdorf Peter J              0034
Huber David James            0032  Jackson Kenneth Joseph       0021
Koch Carl W                  0035  Leblanc Shani Sharee         0013
Madson Cass Kotte            0022  Mihalik Craig Andrew         0014
Miller Frank D               0030  Newell Christopher Ala       0028
Pavlik David Wright          0031  Perry Ryan Matthew           0008
Pestar Joseph Charl Jr       0027  Peth Joseph Heinrich         0026
Rivera Allen                 0011  Rodebush David William       0018
Tamayo Phoebe Ubina          0009  Trout James A                0033
Uribe Juan Carlos            0012  Wahlgren Kristian Lowe *     0003
Walker Shannon Wayne *       0001  Wallace Alexander III *      0005
Williams Melissia Andr       0024  Williams Michelle Mari       0006
Wilson Daryl M               0017  Wright Glenn Allan           0010
                             Chaplain Corps
Amedick Michael David        0004  Anderson John G              0010
Baker Michael Ray            0008  Berrens Matthew Karl         0009
Coates Stephen M *           0001  Dinkins David Duane          0003
Ianucci Thomas Anthony       0005  Moore Robert Anthony         0011
Riley William Sylveste       0006  Rodriguez Santiago           0002
Wheeler Dennis Michael       0007
                             Civil Engineer Corps
Adams Jeremy P               0015  Allen Dean Edwin *           0002
Carey Ryan Philip            0017  Carroll Frank Wilson         0014
Coggins Chris Michael        0008  Crosby Jason A               0006
Dasher Bobby Don Jr          0005  Kubic Charles Brian          0012
Litteral Andrew Lee          0011  Obeirne Michael K            0003
Paul Brent C                 0007  Santiago Angel Luis *        0001
Senthill Atiim Donald        0013  Solina Constance Lynne       0016
Wienrich Susanne Marie       0004  Willey Allen E               0009

5.  Released by the Honorable James E. McPherson, Acting Secretary of the 
Navy.

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Navy Rolls Out Officer Promotion Dashboard on MyNavy Portal

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From Cmdr. Erik Wells, Sea Warrior Program (PMW 240) Public Affairs

Arlington, Va. (NNS) — The newest features of MyNavy Portal (MNP) allow officers to better manage their promotion and lets all Sailors better communicate with MyNavy Career Center through a new chat feature, released Apr. 4.

The Officer Promotion Dashboard provides helpful links and checklists to navigate the selection board process for both active and Reserve officers. The dashboard can be found under the Advancement & Promotion Career and Life Events section of MNP and is organized to provide officers support during the pre-and-post promotion process.

“The checklists will walk officers through the process prior to the board meeting and after the results are released,” said Jeff Bowell, principal assistant program manager for the Sea Warrior Program (PMW 240) who led the development of this new MyNavy Portal capability. “We have specific checklists for officers who are selected for promotion and for those officers who were not selected.”

Bowell said preparation is key when presenting before a selection board and sometimes critical information may be missing from an officer’s record. By following the checklists, officers can ensure they are presenting an accurate and complete record to board members.

In addition to the checklists, the Officer Dashboard provides a connection to BUPERS Online (BOL) to submit a letter to the board or an official photograph. Officers will also have the ability to view their Official Military Personnel File (OMPF) data and their lineal/precedence number. The selection board results will also be available through the Officer Dashboard.

Sailors will also find two new features to help them better interact with MyNavy Career Center. The first one is an updated chat feature. A green chat icon now appears at the bottom of each page that connects Sailors directly to customer service representatives at MNCC.  This chat feature allows Sailors to get help with HR-related questions that don’t require sharing personal information, such as date of birth or Social Security Number. It is available 24/7/365. The second function allows Sailors to track and monitor the trouble tickets they have submitted to MNCC.

“We’re committed to improving the Sailor experience by enhancing and incorporating a more robust interaction on MyNavy Portal so Sailors can efficiently manage their career from this one location,” said Bowell. “These latest updates continue us on the path of making MyNavy Portal the single point of entry for Sailors to manage all their human resource needs.”

The Sea Warrior Program (PMW 240) is the provider of choice for MyNavy HR IT solutions. The program office works directly with MyNavy HR to strengthen our Navy Team through IT and business solutions for Navy human resource management and personnel readiness.

Throwback Thursday Classic Post – How to Evaluate the Promotion Potential of a Billet/Position

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Recently I advertised the USUHS Commandant position. A reader asked:

Any thoughts on whether you think this is a position that would make an O5 competitive for O6?

This is a common issue. A position is advertised, but you want to know if it will help get your promoted to O5 or O6 if you take it. Here is how I’d evaluate that situation.

First, you need to contact the incumbent in that position now, if possible. You’re going to need information that they have.

Now that you’ve contacted that person, you need to ask them some questions:

  • Did they or anyone before them promote to O5/O6 while they were in the position or shortly thereafter? In other words, has taking the position led to promotion for those who’ve already done it? If the answer is yes, that is telling and indicative that the position advances people’s careers. If the answer is no, you should probably look elsewhere for a career advancing position.
  • How large is their competitive group on their fitreps? You want a position with a large competitive group so that you can perform well and break out to the right with MP and EP fitreps. Competitive EP fitreps are probably the #1 most important ingredient for successful promotion, so if the position has a small competitive group or leads to a 1/1 fitrep, it would be a mark against that position’s potential to get you promoted.
  • Were they able to get EP fitreps? They might not tell you this, but if they are willing to give you this info it can help you gauge the potential for you to get EP fitreps while doing the job.
  • What do your mentors think about you taking the position? We all need mentors, and I always ask mine what they think when a potential position is in my crosshairs. If they don’t think it is a good idea, I usually pass on it.

That’s it. Those are the things I’d look at when trying to evaluate whether or not a position will help you get promoted. Most of the information needs to come from the incumbent or people who have previously done the job.