The Navy conducts boards for advancement, special programs or other unique opportunities. Serving on one of these boards is a very important and rewarding experience that can enhance anyones Navy career.
Boards vary in size with as little as five members to as large as 180 members.
Serving as a board member or recorder provides a unique opportunity to see how theÂ process works, said CDR Elizabeth S. Hostetler, Director, NPC Officer Career ProgressionÂ Branch, PERS-480. Members get to use their experience and background to help pick theÂ Navy’s future officer and enlisted leadership and leave an important legacy for the Navy.
Recorders also get an invaluable perspective on how a board views and briefs eachÂ persons record and selects Sailors for promotion and administrative milestones. They seeÂ how important fitness reports and evaluations are to the process, how better to prepareÂ those reports and evaluations, and how to spot and address potentially confusing or non-standard events in their record, she said.
There are two types of boards: statutory and administrative. Statutory boards are governedÂ by federal law and include officer promotions and officer continuation boards. AdministrativeÂ boards are governed by Navy policy and include enlisted advancement boards and commanding officer screening boards.
Both types of boards have their own sets of rules and regulations that must be followed.Â Policy for officer statutory boards is dictated by SECNAVINST 1401.3A, and must meetÂ requirements set down in U.S. Code, Title 10. Each member is appointed by the Secretary of the Navy and must be in a grade higher than the officers under consideration by the board.
Administrative boards are not dictated by law, but instead are governed by OPNAV andÂ BUPERS instructions.
Both types of boards are held to the same high standards, said Hostetler. GreatÂ care is taken to ensure the membership is diverse, including community mixture, geographicÂ diversity and experience.
A complete list of the requirements, guidelines, and standards for boards of both types canÂ be found in U.S. Code Title 10, SECNAV and OPNAV instructions, and board precepts.Â Precepts are listed for each board at http://www.npc.navy.mil/Boards.
A precept provides specific board guidelines and standards. The Secretary of the NavyÂ signs the precept for officer statutory boards and the Chief of Navy Personnel signs mostÂ administrative board precepts.
Serving on a board is a big responsibility. Potential board members are charged withÂ preserving board information from the moment they are officially notified they have beenÂ chosen to sit on a board.
Sailors must have complete confidence in the absolute integrity of the board process, saidÂ Hostetler. They work hard and understand that there are always more qualified and eligibleÂ Sailors than there are opportunities for advancement. However, they must be certain theyÂ will be given the same fair and equitable consideration as their shipmates.
For more information on boards go to http://www.npc.navy.mil/Boards and scroll down to theÂ type of board you are interested in.
By JOC Teresa J. Frith, Navy Personnel Command Communications Office