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News - 2011
Career Development Board Compliance Rate Improves 

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- According to Navy leaders, more commands conducted career development boards (CDB) in fiscal year 2010 than in previous years.

The total number of CDBs at the end of fiscal year 2010 was 139,699.

This is an increase of more than 300 percent since 2005, when the first complete year of CDBs were documented in the Career Information Management System (CIMS).

"Command master chiefs and command career counselors, along with the career development team, are being more proactive," said Senior Chief Navy Counselor (SW/AW) Mark Rush, Navy counselor rating technical advisor, Bureau of Naval Personnel.

"There is now a system in place that tells commands the different types of CDBs to conduct and when to have them. It makes the process constant rather than sporadic," said Rush, attributing the increase to command engagement.

In accordance with the enlisted retention and career development instruction, OPNAVINST 1040.11C, CDBs are required for all Sailors upon reporting to a command, after six months on board, at 12 months on bboard and at 12-month intervals thereafter. By conducting these boards on schedule, the Sailor's career desires are recorded in CIMS and become part of a permanent record that can follow the Sailor throughout their career.

"We previously used local databases. CIMS is allowing command leadership, up to the bureau level, to track who is doing the job of conducting CDBs and who is not," said Rush. "This ensures Sailors are informed and commands maintain accountability."

Typical topics covered during a board include watch-standing qualifications, continued education goals, advancement, short and long-term career objectives, Perform-to-Serve and Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery scores. Leadership can use CDBs to learn the priorities of the Sailor.

CIMS is available to all shore commands with Internet access and on board 150 ships using CIMS Afloat on the Navy Standard Integrated Personnel System server. The primary function of CIMS is to assist career counselors with tracking, conducting and documenting CDBs.

The command master chief, chief of the boat, senior enlisted leader and the command career counselor team are the focal points for career development initiatives within the command.

"CDBs are the right thing to do," said Rush. "It keeps the Sailor on track with their career long and short term goals ,and it's a leadership tool for retaining our best and brightest."

For more information on CDBs, you can read the instruction available at


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