Use Career Development Boards to Improve Advancement

Story Number: NNS120731-18Release Date: 7/31/2012 3:51:00 PM
A  A  A   Email this story to a friend   Print this story
From Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- With the release of Active-Duty Chief Petty Officer Selection Board results July 31, approximately 4,400 Sailors have embarked upon a rigorous induction season.

"While it is a high point for those Sailors selected for chief petty officer, the active and Reserve board's typically review records of more than 19,000 first class petty officers, which means a lot of Sailors will not be selected, and that is very disappointing to some Sailors," said Navy Personnel Command Force Master Chief (AW/SW/NAC) Jon Port. "The chain of command must communicate with those Sailors who did not get selected."

According to Port, command leadership should assist Sailors not selected by conducting a career development board (CDB). A CDB provides Sailors the opportunity to discuss their career progression, the health of their rating, and their short and long-term goals for the future.

"CDBs provide all enlisted Sailors the opportunity for optimal development of their professional skills, both military and technical, thereby enhancing unit readiness, job satisfaction and ultimately the retention and advancement of our Sailors," said Port.

Together, Sailors and their chain of command can review the Sailor's record and identify ways to improve competitiveness in the future.

"Leaders should look at what the Sailor can do to gain more authority and responsibility in their current position to become more competitive, discuss the health of their rating and of course make sure the Sailors accomplishments are properly documented in their record," Port said.

According to Port, it is equally important to consider those qualifications or milestones a Sailor should possess but potentially did not attain.

"If we are straightforward yet supportive with our Sailors, they stand a much greater chance of following the advice given by their chain of command and ultimately attaining that next pay grade," he said.

"I was extremely disappointed when I didn't get selected last year because I felt like I was doing all I could," said Yeoman 1st Class Shontay Bond, a Full Time Support Reservist assigned to Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. "After, I had a CDB and listened to the advice my chiefs had to give."

Bond, who is waiting for the results of the Reserve Chief Petty Officer Selection Board, has since gone on to finish her college degree. She sought additional ways to demonstrate leadership abilities by organizing community service projects for her command. She rotated her collateral duties and took orders to a joint service command to increase her career versatility.

Bond, who recently volunteered for an individual augmentee assignment, said she took the information from her CDB to heart.

"It gave me the extra pat on the back I needed to move ahead and to not give up," said Bond.

CDB training and individual career development plan worksheets are available from the Navy Personnel Command Web site.

For more information visit

For more news from Navy Personnel Command, visit

Personnel Specialist 1st Class Theodore L. Metcalf assigned to the Fleet and Family Support center on Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka takes the chief petty officer advancement exam.
120119-N-ER662-032 YOKOSUKA, Japan (Jan. 19, 2011) Personnel Specialist 1st Class Theodore L. Metcalf assigned to the Fleet and Family Support center on Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka takes the chief petty officer advancement exam. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Matthew Cole)
January 19, 2012
Navy Social Media
Sign up for email updates To sign up for updates or to access your subscriber preferences, please click on the envelope icon in the page header above or click Subscribe to Navy News Service.