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The Benefit of Serving on
Selection 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

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 the
process works, said CDR Elizabeth S. Hostetler, Director, NPC Officer Career Progression
Branch, PERS-480. Members get to use their experience and background to help pick the
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 each
persons record and selects Sailors for promotion and administrative milestones. They see
how important fitness reports and evaluations are to the process, how better to prepare
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 governed
by federal law and include officer promotions and officer continuation boards. Administrative
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.
Policy for officer statutory boards is dictated by SECNAVINST 1401.3A, and must meet
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 and
BUPERS instructions.

Both types of boards are held to the same high standards, said Hostetler. Great care is
taken to ensure the membership is diverse, including community mixture, geographic
diversity and experience.

A complete list of the requirements, guidelines, and standards for boards of both types can
be found in U.S. Code Title 10, SECNAV and OPNAV instructions, and board precepts.
Precepts are listed for each board at

A precept provides specific board guidelines and standards. The Secretary of the Navy
signs the precept for officer statutory boards and the Chief of Navy Personnel signs most
administrative board precepts.

Serving on a board is a big responsibility. Potential board members are charged with
preserving board information from the moment they are officially notified they have been
chosen to sit on a board.

Sailors must have complete confidence in the absolute integrity of the board process,said
Hostetler. They work hard and understand that there are always more qualified and eligible
Sailors than there are opportunities for advancement. However, they must be certain they
will be given the same fair and equitable consideration as their shipmates.

For more information on boards go to and scroll down to the
type of board you are interested in.

By JOC Teresa J. Frith, Navy Personnel Command Communications Office