By Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs
MILLINGTON, Tenn. – The Chief of Naval Personnel (CNP) released NAVADMIN 096/09, March 31 which outlines criteria, board membership and defines exempt billets for the upcoming Senior Enlisted Continuation Board (SECB).
“The continuation board is part of our continued effort to optimize the quality of the force,” said Vice Adm. Mark Ferguson, Chief of Naval Personnel. The annual performance-driven review of master chiefs, senior chiefs and chiefs with more than 20 years of service and three years time in grade will be very similar to the continuation boards already in place for officers.
Board members will look for those master chiefs, senior chiefs and chiefs who have the ability to get positive results. Additional consideration will be given to senior enlisted leaders who achieve success through leadership and personal performance while fostering well trained enlisted and officer teams.
Documented misconduct and substandard performance are the primary reasons a Sailor would not be selected for continued service, according to the message. Examples listed in the NAVADMIN include “significant problems” or “progressing” promotion recommendations, declining performance from the same reporting senior, failure to maintain physical fitness assessment standards, military or civilian convictions, and non-judicial punishment.
Board member composition will be comprised of a flag officer president plus at least one captain from the surface, submarine and aviation communities as well as the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command. Captains will serve as panel heads while additional panel officers, typically O-3 and above, will assist panel heads in a manner similar to the enlisted advancement boards. Selected active-duty and full-time-support (FTS) force, fleet and command master chiefs will serve as board members, and selected active-duty and FTS master chiefs will serve as recorders.
Personnel with orders to, or serving in the first two years of an overseas or Department of Defense (DOD) area tour at the board convening date are exempt from the continuation board. Overseas duty is defined as type 3, 4 or 6 duty locations outside the 50 United States and the District of Columbia. Consecutive overseas tour (COT) and overseas tour extension incentive program (OTEIP) requirements will not exempt a Sailor from consideration by the board.
The fiscal year 2010 E7-E9 senior enlisted continuation board convenes Sep. 21 at NPC. Members not selected for continuation must transfer to the fleet reserve or retire no later than June 30, 2010.
Each candidate is responsible for ensuring their record is correct and up-to-date with their latest evaluations, awards and other appropriate information. Candidates may communicate with the continuation board by submitting a board package. Selection board packages provide candidates the opportunity to submit any missing documents from the sections of their records that are viewed by the continuation boards. Packages must be post marked no later than Aug. 17, 2009. Further guidance on submitting a board package can be found in the NAVADMIN 030/09.
More information is available in NAVADMIN 096/09, which should be read in conjunction with NAVADMIN 030/09 on the force stabilization page at www.npc.navy.mil/CareerInfo/ForceStabilization/ .