Admiralty Order 1102-17

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Admiralty Order 1102-17 was issued February 20, 2011 by the First Lord of the Admiralty. It details the procedures for conduct and composition of Promotion Boards.

Order Text

To: All Officers and Enlisted in the Royal Manticoran Navy, Marine Corps and Army
From: Admiral of the Fleet, Lord Sir Martin A. Lessem, KCR, GS, First Lord of the Admiralty, Duke, New Scania
Re: Promotions Boards (Admiralty Order 1102-17)

This Admiralty Order supersedes Admiralty Order 0801-07.

This Admiralty Order will specifically detail how Promotions Boards are constituted, when they meet and what criteria they use to evaluate a candidate. It will augment the information in the Membership Handbook, and in the case of disagreement, this Admiralty Order takes precedence. Navy Ranks will be used exclusively throughout, but the Rank Code and Number will be given to ease conversion to other Branches.

Enlisted Promotions Board

The Enlisted Promotions Board convenes for Enlisted Promotions for Chief Petty Officer (E-7), Senior Chief Petty Officer (E-8), Master Chief Petty Officer (E-9) and Senior Master Chief Petty Officer (E-10). A Commanding Officer may issue a Brevet Promotion to Chief Petty Officer (E-8) but it must be confirmed within three months by this Promotions Board.

The Enlisted Promotions Board will meet every other Month starting in February. This meeting can be conducted either via online means or via Phone. A Special Enlisted Promotions Board will be convened once a year. Please see the Special Promotions Boards section.

The composition of the Enlisted Promotions Board will be as follows:

  • Chair – First Lord of the Admiralty
  • Admiralty Member – Seventh Space Lord (BuSup)
  • Senior Fleet/Corps/Army Commander – This is the Commander of the Fleet/Corps/Army in which the Enlisted member is assigned (If more than one branch has promotion eligible members, all relevant personnel will be present).
  • Senior Non-Commissioned Member – A Non-Commissioned member of the appropriate Branch will be invited to participate. This member should be as close to the Rank being promoted to as possible.
  • Junior Officer – A Lieutenant Senior Grade (O-3) or lower not in the chain of command above the Enlisted Member(s) up for promotion
  • Junior Enlisted Member – An enlisted member between Petty Officer 3rd Class (E-3) and Chief Petty Officer (E-7) not in the chain of command beneath the Enlisted Member(s) up for promotion

The board should always consist of an odd number. In the event that there are enough Branches involved to make the number even, one Branch will be moved to the next cycle. A vote to confirm a promotion must always be a majority vote (e.g. 2 to 1). In the event a vote does not confirm a promotion, the Enlisted member must wait three months for re-submission.

Warrant Promotions Board

The Warrant Promotions Board convenes for all Warrant Officer Promotions.

The Warrant Promotions Board will meet the first month of every Quarter starting with January. This meeting can be conducted either via online means or via Phone. A Special Warrant Promotions Board will be convened once a year. Please see the Special Promotions Boards section.

The composition of the Warrant Promotions Board will be as follows:

  • Chair – First Lord of the Admiralty
  • Admiralty Member – Seventh Space Lord (BuSup)
  • Senior Fleet/Corps/Army Commander – This is the Commander of the Fleet/Corps/Army in which the Member is assigned (If more than one branch has promotion eligible members, all relevant personnel will be present).
  • Senior Officer – A Lt. Commander (O-4) up through Captain Junior Grade (O-6a) of the appropriate Branch will be invited to participate.
  • Junior Officer – A Lieutenant Senior Grade (O-3) or lower not in the chain of command above the Member(s) up for promotion
  • Second Junior Officer – A second Lieutenant Senior Grade (O-3) or lower not in the chain of command above the Member(s) up for promotion

The board should always consist of an odd number. In the event that there are enough Branches involved to make the number even, one Branch will be moved to the next cycle. A vote to confirm a promotion must always be a majority vote (e.g. 2 to 1). In the event a vote does not confirm a promotion, the Member must wait two Quarters for re-submission.

Officer One Promotions Board

The Officer One Promotions Board convenes for all Promotions for Lieutenant Junior Grade (O-2) and Lieutenant Commanders (O-4).

The Officer One Promotions Board will meet every other Month starting in February. This meeting can be conducted either via online means or via Phone. A Special Officer Promotions Board will be convened once a year. Please see the Special Promotions Boards section.

The composition of the Officer One Promotions Board will be as follows:

  • Chair – First Lord of the Admiralty
  • Admiralty Members – Second Space Lord (BuPlan) & Fifth Space Lord (BuPers)
  • Senior Fleet/Corps/Army Commander – This is the Commander of the Fleet/Corps/Army in which the Member is assigned (If more than one branch has promotion eligible members, all relevant personnel will be present).
  • Senior Officer – A Lt. Commander (O-4) up through Captain Junior Grade (O-6a) of the appropriate Branch will be invited to participate.
  • Junior Officer – A Lieutenant Senior Grade (O-3) or lower not in the chain of command above the Officer(s) up for promotion
  • Second Junior Officer – A Lieutenant Junior Grade (O-2) or lower not in the chain of command above the Officer(s) up for promotion

The board should always consist of an odd number. In the event that there are enough Branches involved to make the number even, one Branch will be moved to the next cycle. A vote to confirm a promotion must always be a majority vote (e.g. 2 to 1). In the event a vote does not confirm a promotion, the Member must wait three months for re-submission.

Officer Two Promotions Board

The Officer Two Promotions Board convenes for all Promotions for Lieutenant Senior Grade (O-3) and Commanders (O-5).

The Officer Two Promotions Board will meet every other Month starting in January. This meeting can be conducted either via online means or via Phone. A Special Officer Promotions Board will be convened once a year. Please see the Special Promotions Boards section.

The composition of the Officer Two Promotions Board will be as follows:

  • Chair – First Lord of the Admiralty
  • Admiralty Members – Third Space Lord (BuShips) & Sixth Space Lord (BuTrain)
  • Senior Fleet/Corps/Army Commander – This is the Commander of the Fleet/Corps/Army in which the Member is assigned (If more than one branch has promotion eligible members, all * relevant personnel will be present).
  • Senior Officer – A Lt. Commander (O-4) up through Captain Junior Grade (O-6a) of the appropriate Branch will be invited to participate.
  • Junior Officer – A Lieutenant Senior Grade (O-3) or lower not in the chain of command above the Officer(s) up for promotion
  • Second Junior Officer – A second Lieutenant Senior Grade (O-3) or lower not in the chain of command above the Officer(s) up for promotion

The board should always consist of an odd number. In the event that there are enough Branches involved to make the number even, one Branch will be moved to the next cycle. A vote to confirm a promotion must always be a majority vote (e.g. 2 to 1). In the event a vote does not confirm a promotion, the Member must wait three months for re-submission.

Officer Three Promotions Board

The Officer Three Promotions Board convenes for all Promotions for Captain Junior Grade (O-6a) and Captain Senior Grade (O-6b). For all other Branched this is the O-6 only.

The Officer Two Promotions Board will meet every other Quarter starting with January. This meeting can be conducted either via online means or via Phone. A Special Officer Promotions Board will be convened once a year. Please see the Special Promotions Boards section.

The composition of the Officer Three Promotions Board will be as follows:

  • Chair – First Lord of the Admiralty
  • Admiralty Members – First Space Lord & Fourth Space Lord (BuComm)
  • Senior Fleet/Corps/Army Commander – This is the Commander of the Fleet/Corps/Army in which the Member is assigned (If more than one branch has promotion eligible members, all relevant personnel will be present).
  • Senior Officer – A Commander (O-5) up through Captain Senior Grade (O-6b) of the appropriate Branch will be invited to participate. This person *must* hold a command of their own.
  • Junior Officer – A Lieutenant Commander (O-4) up through Captain Junior Grade (O-6a) not in the chain of command above the Officer(s) up for promotion. This person may have held a command of their own or served as a Junior Staff Officer (Director Level)
  • Second Junior Officer – A second Lieutenant Commander (O-4) or Lieutenant Senior Grade (O-3) not in the chain of command above the Officer(s) up for promotion.

The board should always consist of an odd number. In the event that there are enough Branches involved to make the number even, one Branch will be moved to the next cycle. A vote to confirm a promotion must always be a majority vote (e.g. 2 to 1). In the event a vote does not confirm a promotion, the Member must wait two Quarters for re-submission.

Flag Promotions Board

A Flag Promotions Board shall be convened for every Flag Promotion of Rear Admiral (F-2) and higher.

The Flag Officer Promotions Board will meet every other Quarter starting with April. This meeting can be conducted either via online means or via Phone. A Special Officer Promotions Board will be convened once a year. Please see the Special Promotions Boards section.

The composition of the Flag Officer Promotions Board will be as follows:

  • Chair – First Lord of the Admiralty
  • Branch Commanders (Quarter 2) – First Space Lord and Marshal of the Royal Manticoran Marine Corps
  • Branch Commanders (Quarter 4) – High Admiral of the Grayson Space Navy and Marshal of the Royal Manticoran Army
  • Senior Fleet/Corps/Army Commander – This is the Commander of the Fleet/Corps/Army in which the Member is assigned (If more than one branch has promotion eligible members, all relevant personnel will be present).
  • Senior Officer – A Rear Admiral of the Green (F-2) up through Admiral of the Red (F-4) of the appropriate Branch will be invited to participate. This person *must* hold a command of their own.
  • Officer – A Captain Junior Grade (O-6a) up through Commodore (F-1) not in the chain of command above the Officer(s) up for promotion. This person may have held a command of their own, or served as a Staff Officer.
  • Junior Officer – A second Captain Junior Grade (O-6a) up through Commodore (F-1) not in the chain of command above the Officer(s) up for promotion.

The board should always consist of an odd number. In the event that there are enough Branches involved to make the number even, one Branch will be moved to the next cycle. A vote to confirm a promotion must always be a majority vote (e.g. 2 to 1). In the event a vote does not confirm a promotion, the Member must wait three Quarters for re-submission.

Special Promotions Board

A Special Promotions Board will convene the Friday Night before the Annual Conference to consider all promotions submitted to it for that time period.

The composition of the Special Promotions Board shall be as follows:

  • Chair – Most Senior Admiral Present
  • Senior Officer – Second Most Senior Admiral Present
  • Junior Member – A Junior Officer or Enlisted Member

The board should always consist of an odd number. In the event that there are enough Branches involved to make the number even, one Branch will be moved to the next cycle. A vote to confirm a promotion must always be a majority vote (e.g. 2 to 1). In the event a vote does not confirm a promotion, the Member may be resubmitted in time for the next regularly constituted Promotions Board

The “Missing Man Rule”

In the event that a person of appropriate Rank cannot be found, the First Lord of the Admiralty may pick a replacement of any Rank based on availability. As the organization grows the need for this rule to be invoked should decrease.

Promotion Criteria - Normal

To be eligible for promotion, whether via board review or, for the lower Enlisted Ranks, promotion by Commanding Officer, the candidate must have the following:

  • The required Time In Grade
  • A Score of at least 70% on the qualifying exam
  • A minimum combined criteria weight of 80%
  • A Billet must exist for:
    • Enlisted Members being promoted to Chief Petty Officer (E-7) or higher
    • Warrant Officer being promoted to Chief Warrant Officer (W-3) or higher
    • Officers being promoted to Lieutenant Senior Grade (O-3) or higher

The weight of each will be as follows:

  • Time In Grade – 25%
  • Qualifying Exam:
    • 70% on Exam – 20%
    • 80% on Exam – 30%
    • 90% on Exam – 40%
    • 100% on Exam – 50%
  • Commanding Officer’s Recommendation:
    • Negative Recommendation, but App submitted – 5%
    • Neutral Recommendation – 20%
    • Good Recommendation – 25%
    • Excellent Recommendation – 35%

Using this scale, it is possible to get promoted with either a 70% or a Negative Recommendation. The personal disputes which are rampant in other organizations will not prevent a good Member from advancing, but that does require Time In Grade and a 100% score.

Promotion Criteria - Special

To be eligible for special promotion, whether via board review or, for the lower Enlisted Ranks, promotion by Commanding Officer, the candidate must have the following:

  • Be no more than half way outside the Time In Grade window
  • A Score of at least 90% on the qualifying exam
  • A minimum combined criteria weight of 90%
  • A Billet must exist for:
    • Enlisted Members being promoted to Chief Petty Officer (E-7) or higher
    • Warrant Officer being promoted to Chief Warrant Officer (W-3) or higher
    • Officers being promoted to Lieutenant Senior Grade (O-3) or higher

The weight of each will be as follows:

  • Time In Grade – 25% minus 2% for each Month outside the window for Enlisted Members and minus 5% for each Month outside the window for Warrant Officers and Officers.
  • Qualifying Exam:
    • 90% on Exam – 40%
    • 100% on Exam – 50%
  • Commanding Officer’s Recommendation:
    • Negative Recommendation, but App submitted – 5%
    • Neutral Recommendation – 15%
    • Good Recommendation – 30%
    • Excellent Recommendation – 40%

Promotions Criteria – Billet Assignment

Any Member who is promoted due to the Billet they are assigned to (e.g. Admiral of the Red for Seventh Space Lord or Rear Admiral of the Red for Commander Home Fleet) *MUST* complete all their required courses for that level within nine months. If they have not completed their courses in that time period, they will be demoted one rank per month, to the lowest for which they have completed a course. If they subsequently complete their courses, they may apply to have their billet rank re-instated. This will be solely at the discretion of the Appointing Officer.

Promotions Criteria – Submission Deadline

This is the deadline for how far in advance a Promotion Request must be received. They can be received before these times, but no later.

Enlisted – One month prior to the Promotion Board convening

Warrant – The last month of the preceding quarter.

Officer One – One month prior to the Promotion Board convening

Officer Two – One month prior to the Promotion Board convening

Officer Three – Second Month of the preceding quarter

Flag – Second Month of the preceding quarter

Special – Two weeks prior to the event

In Honour of the Queen!

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Issued by:
Admiral Lord Sir Martin A. Lessem, KCR, GS
First Lord of the Admiralty
Admiral of the Fleet
Duke, New Scania

See Also

Admiralty Order 1701-01 Promotion Boards - UPDATED

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