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Reserve Officer Promotion Selection Boards


PERS-801 sponsors all statutory reserve officer promotion selection boards for selection to the rank of O6 and below.  Pers-80 does not sponsor administrative reserve boards, such as the Command/Non-Command Board (also known as the "Apply Board"), Reserve LDO/CWO In-service Procurement Board, or TAR Re-designation Board.  Please contact the Reserve Personnel Management Department (PERS-9) or the Reserve Officer Community Managers (BUPERS-351) for more information on these boards.
The August promotion message has been released, NAVADMIN 144/24.       

Per Secretary of Defense guidance, the display of official photographs to officer promotion selection boards has been prohibited.  Please refer to NAVADMIN 247/20 for more information and requirement to maintain an officer photograph in the official service record.  Do not include photographs in letter to the board submissions.

Per NAVADMIN 220/19, Electronic Submission of Selection Board Documents (ESSBD) is the preferred method of submitting a Letter to the Board (LTB).

To utilize ESSBD, candidates must access the document services application through MyNavy Portal (MNP) at or the BUPERS Online (BOL) main menu.  If required, an ESSBD Users Guide is available on the NPC Selection Board Support web page accessible through the left hand menu.  A submission status of “Accepted” or “Auto-Accepted” indicates the documents were received.

Per the National Defense Authorization Act for 2018, LTBs submitted to statutory officer promotion boards must be received by Navy Personnel Command not later than 2359 (central time) 10 calendar days prior to the convening date of the respective board.  Generally, administrative boards will follow, at a minimum, the statutory officer deadlines.  Deadlines for submission to other boards will be listed in the convening announcement for those boards.  In either case, if the board for which you are attempting to submit a LTB cannot be found in the ESSBD drop down menu, the deadline for submission to that board has passed.  Submitters are cautioned to not wait until the deadline date to submit LTBs via ESSBD or other available avenues.

If ESSBD is unavailable, LTBs for officer promotion selection boards may be submitted to the MyNavy Career Center (MNCC) in accordance with the selection board NAVADMIN and MILPERSMAN 1420-010 via postal mail or encrypted e-mail to   Additionally, the annual notice of convening for officer promotion selection boards (NAVADMIN 292/22) will provide the most up to date information on communicating with the board.  Please do not send communications with officer promotion selection boards to your detailer or other PERS code.  If you do, you risk your correspondence getting lost or being received too late for the board.  Also, you must use your full 10-digit DoD identification number (preferred) or full nine 9-digit SSN (if directed) on your cover letter and any document that does not already contain it.  

Encrypted emails containing LTB packages shall be sent to  To ensure more efficient processing and for internal tracking purposes, a recommended subject line of your email is "CUI - Promotion Board Package: Active-Duty [Rank][Line/Staff] Board, FY-YYXXX" (where YY represents the last two digits of the fiscal year of the selection board and the XXX represents the actual 3-digit board number and you insert the appropriate parenthetical information).  FY-25 Board Schedule.  You must encrypt your email due to PII policy. If you send from a .mil e-mail address, you should digitally sign your e-mail.  Per MILPERSMAN 1420-010, cover letters must be signed with a wet (pen) or CAC signature that displays DoD ID number. 

Many questions about boards can be answered on our Helpful Information or Board Preparation links to the right. There is also some valuable information on the General Board Information pages.  For other questions concerning Reserve Officer Promotion Boards or to check the status of your LTB submitted via postal mail or encrypted e-mail, please call the MyNavy Career Center (833) 330-MNCC (6622) or DSN 882-6622) or Email:

NOTE:  Board membership will no longer be released until after the results of the board are released.

NOTE: Requests to defer promotion consideration (opt out) should be directed to BUPERS-31 as explained in NAVADMIN 113/24 and the Promotion Selection Board Deferment (Opt Out) Guidance.  Do not direct these requests to PERS-802. 

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