Naval Base Guam Hosts Chief Board Package Training
SANTA RITA, Guam – Sailors E6-E8 from Guam commands received training on submitting chief board packages at The Big Screen theater on U.S. Naval Base Guam April 17.
NBG Chief Navy Counselor (AW/SW) Bridgett Austin coordinated the event in an effort to assist Sailors who may need guidance with their submissions.
“My hope and purpose was for Sailors that are not administrative savvy or they are not mentally prepared because this is the first time they are up for chief, they need to get the education from someone who actually sat (on) the board (so) they can get advice and answers.”
Command Master Chief (CMDCM) (AW/SW) Robert Burton, of U.S. Naval Hospital (USNH) Guam, has sat in both advancement and continuation boards and taught Sailors the submission process, and discussed how screening boards at Navy Personnel Command (NPC) evaluate them.
“The training is just going over the board process and making the first classes feel comfortable with the process and understand the process,” he said. “There is a lot of anxiety over this because it is a career thing and it matters a lot. You need to have someone who actually sat in the board to give this brief because people tend to listen to a messenger more who’s actually been there.”
Some tips Burton offered was for Sailors to keep their records up-to-date, double check their information to ensure there aren’t duplicates of files and to log on to the Bureau of Naval Personnel to find out exactly what is required in their package.
“Gather all that information and make sure you put it all in the right format and that you don’t put too much,” he said. “The thing is to sell the relevant information and determine what that is.”
He added that he is happy to give recommendations to those who want their packages reviewed.
“This training is very insightful,” said Yeoman 1st Class (EXW) Annaaileen E. Moncrief from Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) Guam. “I have been to three to four previous trainings to this in preparation for the board and every time is something different that I pick up from, but this training came from someone who actually sat in the board so it is a different perspective and I really enjoyed it.”
Moncrief encouraged Sailors who are sending in their packages to go over their evaluations and make sure there are no duplicates and detractors such as missing documents.
Per NAVADMIN 294/12 the fiscal year (FY) 2014 active Chief Petty Officer Selection Board is scheduled to convene June 17 and NAVADMIN 006/13 states FY 2014 Reserve and Full-Time Support CPO Selection Board is scheduled to convene July 22.
Fiscal year 2014 packages must be received by NPC customer service center by May 28 for active component E7 board and July 1 for Reserve and Full Time Support (FTS) E7 board.
For more information, visit the NPC Selection Boards web page at http://www.public.navy.mil/BUPERS-NPC/BOARDS/Pages/default.aspx or call the NPC CSC at 1-866-U-ASK-NPC.
To learn more about NBG, visit www.cnic.navy.mil/guam.
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