Enlisted promotions, up through the rank of Chief Petty Officer (E-7), are handled by your Commanding Officer. The E-7 promotions, after consultation with the Senior Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (RMN), Senior Chief Petty Officer of the Grayson Navy (GSN), and Sergeant Major of the Army (RMA) to ensure appropriateness of the selected candidate, as per Naval Directive 15SE-02. These promotions are still required to meet the criteria and requirements for promotion laid out in Admiralty Order 1701-01. Regular audits will be performed on all E-7 promotions by BuPers at least once every six months. Any individuals failing to meet the requirements during an audit will be reverted to their original rank.
Promotions to senior chief petty officer (E-8), master chief petty officer (E-9), and senior master chief petty officer (E-10) [plus E-11 for the RMA] are done by written recommendation of the commanding officer, plus the candidate’s academic record and time in grade (TIG) verification submitted to the enlisted promotion board who will either approve or not approve the promotion. Saganami Island Academy may promote enlisted personnel up to and including the rank of SMCPO, within the guidelines established for promotion of those personnel who, due to location, are unable to join a “meeting crew” and recommend the academic ribbons earned.
After the initial Monarch’s Warrant is awarded, further warrant promotions are done by written recommendation of the Commanding Officer, plus the candidate’s academic record and TIG verification submitted to the FLA, who will make the final decision concerning the promotion.
For Ensigns: A Commanding Officer may submit a promotion recommendation to their Fleet Commanding Officer requesting that the Ensign be promoted directly to Lieutenant Junior Grade without submitting it to the Promotion Board. These promotions are still required to meet the criteria and requirements for promotion laid out in Admiralty Order 1701-01. Regular audits will be performed on all Lieutenant Junior Grade promotions by BuPers at least once every six months. Any individual failing to meet the requirements during an audit will revert back to their original rank. All other officer promotion requests through Captain Junior Grade are sent to BuPers to be directed to the proper Officer Promotion Board. Promotion requests are submitted by the candidate’s Commanding Officer, and, must include the following: the written recommendation of the Commanding Officer, a summary of the candidate’s academic record (usually provided by the Sixth Space Lord), and Time in Grade (TIG) verification. Endorsements by other Senior Officers who know the candidate and can attest to their qualifications for promotion are not only recommended, but, are encouraged to be included in the candidate’s promotion package. The proper Officer Promotion Board will be convened by BuPers and all promotion packages received by the deadline will be submitted. The Officer Promotion Board will approve or not approve the promotion.
Initial promotion to Flag rank is done “By Appointment”. This means that a billet exists that the member will be filling, that the indicated Flag rank is required. In accordance with the appropriate Admiralty Order and Naval Directives, all promotions to Flag rank require that the member has completed the required academic courses for that rank and are brevet promotions until such time as the member has served in that billet for at least one year.
Promotions within the civilian ranks are handled a little differently. There are currently two main civilian tracks: Espionage or Ambassadorial. Four more civilian ranks fall under the umbrellas of the two main tracks, or, in some cases, be a track of their own.