PROMOTION SELECTION BOARD DEFERMENT OF CONSIDERATION FOR THE FY-21 PROMOTION SELECTION BOARDS FOR UNRESTRICTED LINE OFFICERS:
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SUBJ/PROMOTION SELECTION BOARD DEFERMENT OF CONSIDERATION FOR THE FY-21
PROMOTION SELECTION BOARDS FOR UNRESTRICTED LINE OFFICERS//
NARR/REF A IS TITLE 10 U.S. CODE SECTION 619, ELIGIBILITY FOR CONSIDERATION
FOR PROMOTION: TIME-IN-GRADE AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS.
REF B IS TITLE 10 U.S. CODE SECTION 14301, ELIGIBILITY FOR CONSIDERATION FOR
PROMOTION, GENERAL RULES.
REF C IS DOD INSTRUCTION 1320.14 (CHANGE 2), COMMISSIONED OFFICER PROMOTION
REF D IS SECNAVINST 1420.3, DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY COMMISSIONED OFFICERS
REF E IS TITLE 10 U.S. CODE SECTION 611, CONVENING OF SELECTION BOARDS.
REF F IS TITLE 10 U.S. CODE SECTION 14101, CONVENING OF SELECTION BOARDS.//
RMKS/1. In line with the Opt-Out initiative and with recent reforms of the
Defense Officer Personnel Management Act achieved under the Sailor 2025 line
of effort to modernize personnel management, this NAVADMIN announces the
opportunity for active component (AC) and full-time support (FTS)
unrestricted line (URL) officers to request to defer promotion selection
boards (PSB) consideration for the fiscal year (FY) 2021 PSB, and establishes
the policy implementation and procedural guidance for submitting a request.
2. References (a) through (c) authorize the Secretary of the Navy to approve
the request of an officer to defer promotion consideration by a PSB convened
under references (e) and (f).
Reference (d) delegates approval authority to the Assistant Secretary of the
Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs (ASN (M&RA)).
ASN (M&RA) may only approve a request if:
a. The basis for the request is to allow an officer to complete a
broadening assignment, advanced education, another assignment of significant
value to the Department of the Navy, or a career progression requirement
delayed by the assignment or education.
b. ASN (M&RA) determines the exclusion from consideration is in the best
interest of the Department of the Navy.
c. The officer has not previously failed selection for promotion to the
grade for which the officer requests the exclusion from consideration.
3. Eligible Officers. All AC and FTS URL officers who are eligible to be
considered as an in-zone or above-zone not previously considered, eligible
for promotion to lieutenant commander, commander, or captain in FY-21, who
meet one or more of the bases in paragraph 2a, may submit a request to defer
a. Examples of broadening assignments include, but are not limited to:
(1) White House Fellowship.
(2) Secretary of Defense Corporate Fellowship.
(3) Federal Executive Fellowships (e.g., politico-military and
(4) SECNAV tours with industry.
b. Examples of advanced education include, but are not limited to:
(1) Competitive education programs (e.g., Olmstead, Marshall, Rhodes,
(2) In-residence Naval Postgraduate School or Naval War College.
(3) Equivalent service institutions or in-residence civilian
c. Examples of another assignment of significant value include, but are
not limited to:
(1) Defense or naval attach.
(2) The personnel exchange program.
a. Requests shall include:
(1) A description of the broadening assignment, advanced education,
or assignment of significant value, or a career progression requirement
delayed by the assignment or education.
(2) Justification for requesting PSB consideration opt-out.
(3) An endorsement recommendation from his or her commanding officer
b. E-mail requests to Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS), Active
Community Managers (BUPERS-31) (email@example.com).
c. All requests must be received via e-mail no later than
7 November 2019.
d. Officers with assignments in excess of 12 months must annually
request to defer consideration for PSBs.
5. Staffing and review. Officer requests shall be reviewed by a panel of,
at a minimum, an Officer Community Management Branch
(BUPERS-3) URL community manager (for nuclear trained officers the Nuclear
Propulsion Program Manager, OPNAV N133, shall be included on the panel), a
Navy Personnel Command Career Management Branch (PERS-
4) officer detailer, and one additional officer, all senior to the officer
requesting to defer PSB consideration. The panel will forward its
recommendation to ASN (M&RA) via the community sponsor of the officer and the
Chief of Naval Personnel (CNP).
6. Recommendations of PSB consideration deferment requests will be based on
the service of an officer in a broadening assignment, advanced education, or
assignment of significant value, overall performance history, and ability to
complete career progression requirements. In-residence graduate education
has been established as a career path requirement for the most fully
qualified, due course officers in year group 2015 and beyond, which in the
future is expected to address most cases that the deferral policy is intended
for. Therefore, this policy is not intended to mitigate non-traditional
detailing but rather is intended for the rare exceptions to normal career
7. URL community sponsor review. The URL community flag officer sponsor for
requesting officers shall provide a recommendation concerning all PSB
consideration deferral requests to ASN (M&RA) via CNP. The community sponsor
should consider the documented performance history of the officer and ability
to provide future benefit to the Navy. For disapproval recommendations, the
community sponsor shall state the reasons for the disapproval recommendation,
which may include but are not limited to, too many off-track assignments,
performance issues, or failure to already screen for milestone prior to
8. CNP review. All recommendations to CNP shall include community flag
officer sponsor endorsements. CNP will review all relevant information and
recommendations and recommend approval or disapproval to the ASN (M&RA) for
9. Officers will be notified via letter of approval or disapproval of their
request no later than 20 calendar days before the proposed convening date of
the first PSB of the FY promotion cycle.
10. Officers who are approved for PSB deferment, but are subsequently
determined to be below-zone, will be considered below- zone by the PSB.
Officers selected for promotion after deferring PSB consideration will
establish a new promotion year group based on their resulting date of rank.
Those officers will be considered by future administrative and statutory PSBs
with the new promotion year group. The records of officers with approved
deferrals of promotion consideration will not be identified or made known to
any administrative or statutory PSB.
11. For additional details and application procedures and templates, visit
the MyNavy Portal website at https://my.navy.mil and then go to Career and
Life Events/Advancement and Promotion/Selection Boards/Active Duty
Officer/Information for Board Eligible Candidates and open the URL Promotion
Opt-Out link. The point of contact for this matter is Mr. Daryl Ballard who
can be reached at (901) 874-3698/DSN 882 or via e-mail at
12. This NAVADMIN will remain in effect until superseded or until
1 January 2020, whichever occurs first.
13. Released by Vice Admiral John B. Nowell, Jr, N1.//