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Temporary (Spot) Promotion to Lieutenant Commander 
(Not to be confused with "Frocking" officers.  Select the link for information on "Frocking".)

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 FY19 Spot Billet List or the O-5/O-6 FY19 Spot Billet List Addendum.  
(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 released until after the results of the board are released.


FY-19 4th Quarter Spot Board will convene on 25 Jul 2019.

FY-19 3rd Quarter Spot Board has adjourned. Waiting on results to be Senate confirmed.

FY-19 2nd Quarter Spot Board has adjourned. The Senate has confirmed the results.  FY19 2nd Qtr Scroll.

FY-19 1st Quarter Spot Board has adjourned.  The Senate has confirmed the results.  FY19 1st Qtr Scroll. 

FY-18 4th Quarter Spot Board has adjourned.  The Senate has confirmed the results.  FY18 4th 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 1-833-330-MNCC or email questions to 


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