Temporary (Spot) Promotion to Lieutenant Commander
(Not to be confused with "Frocking". For frocking questions call (901) 874-4127)
10 U.S. Code § 5721 authorizes the temporary (spot) promotion of certain line LTs to LCDR under regulations prescribed by SECNAV, when they possess a skill in which the Navy is critically short and are serving in a billet designated to be held by a LCDR and require such a skill. SECNAVINST 1421.3L sets policy and procedures.
Spot promotion boards are held quarterly. To be eligible for consideration an officer must:
(a) possess a critical skill, as determined by SECNAV (Specified Designators)
(b) have a minimum of two years in grade, computed from their date of rank as LT, when the board convenes
(c) be serving in, or ordered to, one of the engineering or NSW billets specifically listed on the FY18 Spot Billet List
(d) have at least one year remaining to serve in the qualifying billet (may request extension of PRD or on active-duty), unless already on a select list for promotion to LCDR
(e) be recommended for spot promotion by their CO (Ensure CO’s endorsement is received by your detailer 4 weeks prior to board convening date.) Sample Letter
Review your OMPF, OSR, and PSR at least three months prior to the convening of the board.
Mailing address for letters to the board president (LTB): Spot Board Address
Board notifications and results will be released on this page. Officers cannot be promoted until either they report to the billet or the Spot Promotion list has been Senate confirmed whichever is later. Promotion documentation will be provided when you contact your detailer to provide check-in/arrival date at Spot billet.
NOTE: Board membership will no longer be published until after a board has adjourned.
FY-19 1st Quarter Spot Board will convene on 18 Oct 2018.
FY-18 4th Quarter Spot Board has adjourned. Waiting on results to be Senate confirmed.
FY-18 3rd Quarter Spot Board has adjourned. The Senate has confirmed the results. FY18 3rd Qtr Scroll.
FY-18 2nd Quarter Spot Board has adjourned. The Senate has confirmed the results. FY18 2nd Qtr Scroll.
Allow approximately 3 months for release of results and one additional month for Senate confirmation. Please contact your detailer for board results.
Again, officers cannot be promoted until they have reported to the billet AND the Spot Promotion list has been Senate confirmed.
For questions regarding Spot Board eligibility, nomination, results, or subsequent spot promotion, please contact your detailer. For all other questions, the NPC Customer Service Center is standing by to help! Please call 1-866-827-5672 or email questions to UASKNPC@navy.mil.