MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- Selection board season runs January through October and affects nearly every Sailor in the Navy. Taking the time to prepare in advance can relieve a lot of stress when your record goes before a board, Navy officials said Jan. 30.
About 20,000 first classes took the exam this month and from them will be those who are selection board eligible for chief.
Sailors can review their Official Military Personnel File (OMPF) online by selecting the "OMPF - My Record" link under the BUPERS Online (BOL) Application Menu Log available at https://www.bol.navy.mil.
"You should not wait until the last moment to prepare your record for review by a selection board," said Capt. Donald May, director, Officer and Enlisted Career Progression Division. "Assume, if you are a first class, that you are going to be selection-board eligible and look at your record now. Then when the list comes out, and you are on it, you'll be ahead of the curve."
It is still possible to update your OMPF prior to the board commencing if you discover something is missing.
"In FY-13, Navy Personnel Command scanned 4,424,817 images into OMPFs," said Kathy Wardlaw, director, Records Management and Benefits Division, NPC. "In spite of that volume, routine documents are normally ingested into the OMPF in about 30 days. Award certificates can take between 4-8 weeks depending on the availability to validate the award with the Navy Department Awards Web Service (NDAWS). Awards must be entered into NDAWS prior to being submitted to NPC. If not, we cannot validate them or enter them in the OMPF."
If you are unable to get your awards updated in NDAWS in time to update your OMPF then that is the time to provide a letter to the board.
"Sailors who have any missing, new, or additional information, like recently obtained qualifications, degrees and awards to be considered that are not in their OMPF may submit them to the board via a letter to the board," said May. "Letters to the board, commonly called selection board packages, must be received by the NPC Customer Service Center by Apr. 28 for Full Time Support (FTS) and Canvasser Recruiter (CANREC) Selection Board Eligible candidates and by June 2 for active component selection board eligible candidates."
All correspondence should be on plain white paper, paper clipped (no staples, binders, folders or tabs), and submitted under a cover letter to the president of the board. The candidate's full name and social security number must be affixed and legible on all documents submitted.
Use of special handling mail (certified or registered) is not advised due to significant delays in handling. Third party correspondence not submitted by the candidate will not be presented to the board.
The FTS/CANREC E7 Selection Board is scheduled to convene May 19 and the active-component selection board is scheduled to convene June 23.
The active component chief petty officer board is the largest selection board conducted in the Navy and typically lasts four weeks.
After the selection board reviews the records of all eligible candidates and selects the best and most fully qualified Sailors based on the precept, their results are forwarded to the Chief of Naval Personnel for final approval.
More information can be found in NAVADMIN 288/13 for active component/FTS/CANREC and NAVADMIN 306/13 for SELRES and under the "Boards" tab available at www.npc.navy.mil.
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