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MCPON on Hand as Navy Convenes Senior Enlisted Continuation Board 

By Chief Mass Communication Specialist (SW) Maria Yager


MILLINGTON, Tenn. – Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON)(SS/SW) Rick West visited Navy Personnel Command (NPC) Sept. 21 to give opening remarks at the first ever Senior Enlisted Continuation Board.


“This board has been talked about now for several months. The word is out there.

We’re looking for folks who want to serve our Navy everyday in a capacity which honors honor, courage and commitment -- our core values of who we are,” said West.


Announced in January in NAVADMIN 030/09, the board is a performance-driven review of master chiefs, senior chiefs and chiefs with more than 20 years of service and three years time in grade.. Candidates not selected for continuation will transfer to the fleet reserve or retire by June 30, 2010.


While not all-inclusive, some factors that that may negatively impact chiefs include documented misconduct and substandard performance including "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, and documented administrative or personnel action for misconduct, such as DUI/DWI, spouse or child abuse.


“I think the continuation board will also reinvigorate the chief’s mess and just make us much stronger. It will help us accomplish what we need to accomplish as we move forward,” said West. While new to the enlisted ranks, NPC already conducts continuation boards for officers.


This year’s enlisted board will review 5,686 records including 3,234 chiefs, 1,678 senior chiefs, and 774 master chiefs over the next few weeks. Commanding officers with personnel not selected for continuation will be notified via personal message so they may personally and confidentially notify the members. A list of personnel selected for continuation will be released in November.


“This is a performance-based board. There are no numbers associated with it. It is about performance,” said West.


Exemptions to the fiscal year 2010 (FY-10) Senior Enlisted Continuation Board include Sailors with approved fleet reserve/retirement dates effective on or before June 30, 2010, those selected for advancement by the FY-10 senior and master chief boards, personnel selected for command senior chief/master chief by the FY-10 board, Safe Harbor participants and personnel with orders to or serving in the first two years of an overseas DoD area tour at the time of the board convening date. DoD area tours in the U.S. and Washington D.C. are not exempt.

Additionally, personnel holding a nuclear, special warfare boat operator, special warfare operator, explosive ordnance disposal technician or diver enlisted classification code, plus fleet, force and command master chiefs are exempt from the board.


More information is available in NAVADMIN 211/09, which should be read in conjunction with NAVADMIN 030/09 and 096/09 available at


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