Navy to Convene Full-Time Support Boards in August

Story Number: NNS090609-05Release Date: 6/9/2009 3:50:00 PM
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From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The chief of naval personnel announced that a selective early release from active duty (SERAD) board for full-time support (FTS) commanders and a selective retention board for FTS captains will convene August 10.

The commander SERAD boards and the captain selective retention boards are utilized by the FTS community to ensure the correct balance of seniority, experience and skills are retained within the force while meeting retention and attrition goals.

"By maintaining our top performers in the senior ranks, the Reserve community creates a solid umbrella of mentorship for junior Sailors," said Vice Adm. Dirk Debbink, chief of Navy Reserve. "That, in turn, enhances our ability to recruit lieutenants and lieutenant commanders into the FTS community and creates enough mid-career officers that we maintain operational capabilities today and the best senior leaders of tomorrow."

The SERAD board will consider commanders in the promotion year groups of FY05 and FY06 for mandatory retirement at 20 years of active service. Officers selected for early release from active duty will be required to retire by September 2010 or when they reach 20 years of active service, whichever is later.

The captain inventory is mandated by Congressional law and maintained by the annual selective retention board, which will consider captains promoted in FY08 for service beyond three years time in grade and captains promoted during FY05 for service beyond five years time in grade.

The commander board is being re-established, after a two-year intermission, as detailing and manpower requirements align with the demand placed on the force by individual augmentee assignments. The board will reduce the commander overage by approximately 10 percent.

Currently, the commander inventory is 125 percent of FY10 requirements, with an excess of 85 officers, and captain inventory will reach 118 percent of FY10 requirements, with an excess of 24 officers. Both the commander and captain boards, along with other measures to include de-coupling the running mate system, will gradually reduce inventory overages.

"Force stabilization across all communities - officer and enlisted, active and Reserve - is instrumental to maintaining a ready naval force that meets mission requirements and preserves advancement opportunities for our top performers," said Vice Adm. Mark Ferguson, chief of naval personnel.

FTS officers are Reserve officers who administer full-time support in support of military forces around the world.

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