Bubblehead, tirelessly scouring the Net for any and all news submarine-ish, found this little note on the Navy’s official site.
The Fiscal Year ’07 active-duty commander line promotion selection board was disbanded Feb. 21 after it was discovered that written material not specifically approved by the Secretary of the Navy for distribution to board members was made available to selection board members, both prior to and during the selection board.
Rear Adm. David Gove, commander, Navy Personnel Command, has convened an investigation into the issue. The officer who sent the unapproved material has been relieved, pending the outcome of the investigation.
These boards are run rather tightly because of the implications on people’s careers–folks get pretty persnickety about doing it right because the ramifications of sloppy procedure are painful when whoever gets the short end of the stick figures it out. (It’s bad enough to have some people make it and some not, and being a human enterprise it’s not perfect–adding extraneous stuff is worse.)
Well, cancelling a board in progress is definitely not normal. I’d love to hear the back story on that one. I’d also guess that this will delay the results of said new promotion board just a touch. (And a lot of others, most likely, until the perturbations settle out.)
While Bubblehead’s at it he mentioned the submarine department head board results now available on the Web, unlike the painfully secretive (to the point of not getting the information to the right people at the right time) list of exec and skipper selectees. I don’t have any news on it–right now, I live in a joint job in a hole in the ground, and yanked the 1120 eject handle really really hard a couple of months ago, so I’m out of the loop. As a matter of fact, the board fracas completely missed us.
My take on the DH results publishing? Probably a feeler like Pers-42 did in 2000 for about fifteen seconds (and LTs are easier to start with) before the whining started.
(By the way, Bubbles doesn’t know this, but I’m working right now with more than one JO who was positively influenced by him in his active duty previous life, including one who’s convinced he’s commissioned because of the recommendation letter Bubbles wrote for him. It’s all about influence, and looks like our Bubbles had it in spades as far as these LTs are concerned. Good on ‘im.)
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