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Active Duty Officer Promotions

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Promotion selection boards originally scheduled to convene on or after 24 March 2020 have been rescheduled.  Eligibility and Letter to the Board due dates remain based on original convene dates published in NAVADMIN 286/19. Refer to NAVADMIN 144/20 for more information.

The October promotion message has been released, NAVADMIN 258/20.

Per NAVADMIN 265/18, the requirement to display officer photographs to selection boards has been reinstated. 

PERS-801 is the sponsor for all statutory officer promotion selection boards for ranks of O6 and below.  PERS 803 sponsors the Active Duty LDO/CWO In-Service Procurement Selection Board.

You will need to contact the appropriate sponsor (usually your detailer) for boards such as Command Screen, CO/XO, and Department Head.

Per NAVADMIN 220/19, Electronic Submission of Selection Board Documents (ESSBD) is the preferred method of submitting a Letter to the Board (LTB).

To utilize ESSBD, candidates must access document services through MyNavy Portal (MNP) at or the BOL main menu.  From the BOL main menu, select "Navy Personnel Command Document Services," Start Process, Selection Board and LTB.  On-screen instructions will direct the submitter thereafter.  Submissions should be prepared with attachments (if applicable), prior to initiating their LTB.  There is no save and return function between BOL sessions.  Submitters will receive an e-mail confirmation regarding the status of their submitted LTB.

ESSBD attachments must be in .pdf format and must not contain classified information, including any markings regarding the same.  LTBs and attachments containing such markings will not be presented to the board and may subject the submitter to disciplinary action.  ESSBD uses the 10-digit DOD identification number and should be included on attachments.  SSN does not need to be included on attachments.

Multiple LTBs to the same board will be accepted.  However, duplicate submissions, using ESSBD or other available avenues, are discouraged.

Users should receive a e-mail within 24 hours confirming receipt, but may also check the status of their submission by selecting "Get Submission Status" under ESSBD Start Process tab.

Submission and subsequent receipt acknowledgement for LTBs submitted via ESSBD or other means does not constitute confirmation of eligibility for the boards to which LTBs are submitted.  If required, a full visual user guide is available at

Per the National Defense Authorization Act for 2018, LTBs submitted to statutory officer promotion boards must be received by Navy Personnel Command not later than 2359 (central time) 10 calendar days prior to the convening date of the respective board.  Generally, administrative boards will follow, at a minimum, the statutory officer deadlines.  Deadlines for submission to other boards will be listed in the convening announcement for those boards.  In either case, if the board for which you are attempting to submit a LTB cannot be found in the ESSBD drop down menu, the deadline for submission to that board has passed.  Submitters are cautioned to not wait until the deadline date to submit LTBs via ESSBD or other available avenues.

If ESSBD is unavailable, LTBs for officer promotion selection boards may be submitted via postal mail or encrypted e-mail to the MyNavy Career Center (MNCC) as described in MILPERSMAN 1420-010, Communication with Officer Promotion Selection Boards.  Additionally, the annual notice of convening for officer promotion selection boards (NAVADMIN 304/18) will provide the most up to date information on communicating with the board.  Please do not send communications with officer promotion selection boards to your detailer or other PERS code.  If you do, you risk your correspondence getting lost or being received too late for the board.  Also, you must use your full 10-digit DoD identification number (preferred) or full nine 9-digit SSN (if directed) on your cover letter and any document that does not already contain it.   

Encrypted emails containing LTB packages shall be sent to  To ensure more efficient processing and for internal tracking purposes, a recommended subject line of your email is "FOUO-Privacy Sensitive Board Package: Active-Duty [Rank][Line/Staff] Board, FY-YYXXX" (where YY represents the last two digits of the fiscal year of the selection board and the XXX represents the actual 3-digit board number and you insert the appropriate parenthetical information).  FY-21 Board Schedule.  You must encrypt your email due to PII policy. If you send from a .mil e-mail address, you should digitally sign your e-mail.  Per MILPERSMAN 1420-010, cover letters must be signed with a wet (pen) or CAC signature that displays DoD ID number.

If sending a board package from a non-NMCI network (,, etc.), please visit to download the required mailbox certificate.  To download the cert (please note, you must be using MS Outlook with a CAC reader, including ActivClient software and have Internet Explorer or Netscape 7.x), go to, type in the e-mail address field, then click search.  Click the BUPERS link under last name.  Click on the link download certificate(s) as vcard.  Click software certificate for  Click the open button for the file download pop-up.  The certificate will then open.  Click save and close.  The certificate is then saved to the profile and can be used to send encrypted e-mail.

If you sent a letter to a board to the MNCC via postal mail or encrypted e-mail, please contact the MNCC to verify receipt at or 1-833-330-MNCC (6622) or DSN 882-6622.

Many questions about boards can be answered on our Helpful Information or Board Preparation links below. There is also some valuable information on the General Board Information pages.

For other questions concerning Active Duty Officer Promotion Boards, please call the MyNavy Career Center (833) 330-MNCC or Email:

NOTE:  Board membership will no longer be released until after the results of the board are released.

​NOTE: Requests to defer promotion consideration (opt out) should be directed to BUPERS-31 as explained in NAVADMIN  183/20 and the Promotion Selection Board Deferment (Opt Out) Guidance.  Do not direct these requests to PERS-802.


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