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Performance Evaluation Update for Lieutenants 


Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (AW) LaTunya Howard, Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs Office

MILLINGTON, Tenn. – An interim change to the Navy Performance Evaluation and Counseling System Instruction BUPERSINST 1610.10C, outlined in NAVADMIN 219/11, was released July 19, by the Chief of Naval Personnel (CNP). 

“In view of leadership’s continued focus on performance, the Navy is implementing stricter limits in the ranking of lieutenants,” said Cmdr. Elisabeth Stephens, deputy director, Restricted Line/Staff Detailing and Special Placement Division. 

Effective with the Jan. 31, 2012, periodic evaluations, lieutenant force distribution rules will change to the following: 

  • Early Promote recommendation limit will remain at 20 percent.
  • The combined Early Promote and Must Promote recommendations must not exceed 60 percent. The Must Promote recommendation may be increased by one for each Early Promote quota not used.

The forced distribution policy for lieutenants changed in 1998 with NAVADMIN 276/98, allowing unlimited MP. 

“There are three key reasons the Navy allowed unlimited MPs for lieutenants,” said Stephens.  To the junior officer, a ‘Promotable’ recommendation was perceived as damaging to future promotions.  Secondly, junior officers could focus on earning qualifications instead of competing with peers.  The last point was the belief that competitive ranking of officers, who have not met minimum service requirements, has a negative impact on retention.”

The policy resulted in 97 percent of lieutenants being ranked as EP/MP during the January 2009 fitness report cycle.

According to Stephens, the change in policy provides a mechanism for controlling performance inflation and identifies top performers early for selective detailing and selection board purposes. 

The interim change will be followed by an official change in the next revision of BUPERSINST 1610.10C.
For more information, read NAVADMIN 219/11, call the NPC Customer Service Center at 1-866-U-ASK-NPC, 1-866-827-5672 or email at



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