MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- Career development boards (CDBs) are a critical tool leaders can use to help Sailors zero in on excellence, said Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Mike Stevens during a visit to Millington, Tenn., Feb. 25.
"My 'Zeroing in on Excellence' initiative focuses on three areas; developing leaders, good order and discipline, and controlling what we own. CDBs are an excellent opportunity for Sailors to receive personalized mentorship and career guidance from their already experienced leadership. It is also an opportune time for Sailors to take control of what they own by setting personal goals to make plans for any future educational training and development," said Stevens.
During a board, the career development team reviews watchstanding qualifications, continued education goals, advancement, short- and long-term career objectives, Fleet Ride-Perform-to-Serve milestones, rating manning and Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) scores with the Sailor.
The career development program is designed to improve the ability of Sailors to achieve their professional goals and positively impact their desire to remain on active duty or transition to the Navy Reserve. Feedback from the Fleet indicates Sailors like the formal career counseling from experienced leaders.
Leaders use CDBs to discuss the priorities of the Sailor and align them with to the needs of the Navy.
"CDBs are very informative and helpful. They give me options, and an idea of what the best moves are to keep my career going in the right direction," said Quartermaster 2nd Class Dionna Stephens, assigned to Naval Station Everett.
In some cases, CDBs may be the only times a Sailors gets an opportunity to ask and receive career guidance from a panel of experts.
"CDBs help me accomplish my goals by showing me an example of someone who has already achieved their own goals. By talking to a senior Sailor about my career, I can take advantage of their lifetime of experience and wisdom, and use it in accomplishing the goals in my own life," said Yeoman 3rd Class Justin Angelakis assigned to Naval Station Everett.
The CDBs are scheduled by the command career counselor, but the command master chief is overall responsible for the program. CDB minutes should be routed up the chain of command to the commanding officer with a copy provided to the Sailor and board members (can be electronic), and a copy retained in CMC files. Career counselors are required to log the information in Career Information Management System (CIMS).
"Active involvement of the chain of command is the key element to a successful career development program," said Stevens.
The involvement keeps the current and future commands informed of the Sailor's progress and career goals.
CIMS is available to all shore commands with Internet access and on board 150 ships using CIMS Afloat on the Navy Standard Integrated Personnel (NSIPS) server.
CDBs are required for all Sailors upon reporting to a command - after six months on board, at 12-months on board and at 12-month intervals thereafter. Official guidance is contained in OPNAVINST 1040.11C. When the Sailor's career desires are recorded in CIMS it becomes part of a permanent record that can follow the Sailor throughout his or her career.
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