posted on April 01, 2009 00:06
The underlying requirement is for the board to “consider carefully, without prejudice or partiality, the record of every eligible officer.” Because of this, board members, who are not disclosed until after the board has convened, are tasked to give every eligible officer “fair and equitable consideration.” For example, each board receives “community specific and competency/skill-specific information” at the start of each board. The overriding standard, however, remains to promote the “best and fully qualified.” Other guidance, provided by the Chief of Naval Personnel, will set the specific percentage to select in each competitive category of Line, Unrestricted Line, and all other categories. For the FY-10 Captain selections, these percentages varied from 30 to 70 percent. This percentage is multiplied against the number of “In Zone” eligible officers to give the board an “Authorized number to select.” The selections may come from either the “Above” or “In Zone,” but the board may not exceed this number to select. Privacy is of utmost concern, and the board is cautioned never to disclose the “proceedings, deliberations, or recommendations” of the board.
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