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  1. 10 likes
    Ok, so I would like to share some gouge I got last year. Let me give you a brief background on me so that this makes sense. Two commands ago I left as the #2 EP (periodic) in my command. I had been an extremely successful LPO in three different positions during my time there. My duty was shore based, but I was deployable. I was very successful on my deployments and was a division chief at a MALS unit overseas in Japan. I had been attending college for 5 years and at the time was 6 or so classes away from my bachelors. Career counselor, lots of volunteerism, Joint service, 7 NAMs, well above CO's average with normal upward progression with sustained superior performance. I then transferred to Recruiting Duty where I flew out the gate as the Rookie Recruiter of the year, then LPO of a recruiting station the following year. I had all the blocks I had the opportunity to check filled with a few that I still had plans to pursue when offered the opportunity. My evals were solid. About 50 chiefs looked at my evals and had little to no critiques. I got the "N" last year and about went through the roof. I ended up contacting a Master Chief who had sat the board and sent in my package to him to review and tell me where I went wrong. He said, number one, that he wished there were more quotas and that it was extremely difficult to rack and stack. He said that having to move a person worthy of Chief to the no select pile was one of the hardest things he had ever had to do, but that it was a necessity. He began to tear my package apart, which really pissed me off, by asking a thousand questions about it. He asked... Why don't you have your MOVSM when you have all this volunteerism? It was all documented, I didn't know I needed it if it was already there. Why don't you have a degree with all of this college in your record? I had to switch to a BS due to degree completion timeline requirements at my school. Why didn't you write that in your LTB? Why didn't you have this qual at this command? I was deployable and my command wouldn't support it because I could leave at any time. Why didn't you write that in your LTB? I didn't see PPME in your record. Why? I haven't got to that yet, it is on my list of things to do. Why weren't you the division LPO? Again, I was deployable, so I was unable to hold that position. Why didn't you write that in your LTB? Why weren't you in QA? Deployable. Why didn't you write that in your LTB? These were just a few of the questions that were asked, but they went on and on... This is what I lost... I missed out on 10 or so points for a MOVSM that would have taken me a whole hour to write and route. I missed out on 10 or so points for an associates degree by skipping it and going for my BS. I missed out on points for quals I was ineligible to get. I missed out on 10 or so points for PPME because PPME is worth the same as an Associates Degree!!! This is what I learned... If I had written in my LTB the reasons for all of this I would have received points and then some. Let me splain... If I would have explained the issue with the college, I may have received points and possibly more because I was so close to my BS. I should have sent in my transcripts with an explanation. If I would have explained the qual issue, I would have probably received more points for my other accomplishments that I did do because I was unable to do the things they were looking for. Finally, it's all about the points. Sadly, they "grade" your package. This means that they assign a point value for everything that they find and deduct points for negative things they find. Unfortunately, they are bound by these rules. Even though I was super successful leading, mentoring and guiding Sailors; I had an impact everywhere I went; I worked on personal and professional development, the points got me in the end. So I saw people on the list that I knew, that did not work as hard for their Sailors and their Command as I did, get picked up for Chief. Even though I slaved countless nights working on my degree, it was for not in the end. Let me be clear. I am not crying. I picked myself up, dusted off and began to address the issues he brought up. I always told myself that I wouldn't be that guy who had 100 quals and did nothing with them, well I threw that theory out the window. I got my MOVSM, PPME, Addressed the issues in the LTB, accomplished other things and left my recruiting command as the #3 (periodic). I hope I make it this year, but if I do not, I know that it isn't because I am not deserving of Chief, it is because I didn't attain enough points to be competitive enough. It's about points points points. Get everything you can. Explain things in your record. Don't worry about sending in too many enclosures or that your LTB explains too much. In a nutshell, anything you think would count as points, or if you want them to see it, or know why about something, include it in your LTB. This may be redundant for most of you, but it was an eye opener for me. I hope this helps someone...
  2. 6 likes
    I went to a CPO package training event held by a CMC that has stood multiple boards and he brought up the "Member Data Summary" and "Enlisted Qual History" needing to be updated in our OMPF. At that time, I checked mine and saw that there was page 1 of 4 only out of the 4 pages that were supposed to be there for both of them. I had admin print out an updated copy for each of them and had it sent in around February this year. I know they say that they only update it every reenlistment, but it does me no good if it was done incorrectly. It posted the first week of June in my OMPF with all pages accounted for, updated, and good to go, just in time for the board to convene. There is a lot of important information listed in those to two items to include warfare, schools, NEC's etc.... I highly recommend everyone verifying theirs.
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    I bet I have checked, rechecked, and rechecked that recheck my record a hundred times. I have read every eval and dissected every word hoping they understand and interpret it the right way and don't view it negatively.
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    It's starting to get real on here now, if selected I won't mind being that busy cause I will have finally reached one of my major career goals.
  5. 4 likes
    I am also on Instructor Duty. The main thing is that if you have a 9502 NEC, you need your MTS. Now I have heard time and time again that its pretty much a career ender if you don't get it, however we have also been told that the board understands time frames. If you have been at your command for a year or so its probably not going to look bad. For us, we HAVE to wait 6 months after our initial qualification in our first class (if you teach more than one) to go for your Instructor Evaluator and then MTS. Bottom line it takes nearly a year depending on when you do your sit through and when you can do your teach back and other items. But study study study! I have my MTS and I spent many nights going over notes mean while my wife was quizzing me. Use Quizlet (it's an APP on the iPhone and Android phones store). It's free and you can make your own study cards. In fact, if you search for MTS you will find many who have already built theirs and utilize them. I built a set to study with (very effective) and passed it to my coworkers. Next thing I know its going through all of the command and everyone is using it (the set I created). Not trying to brag just offering another very effective tool to accomplish your next task. If you need any help feel free to contact me!
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    Decided to finally stop lurking after about 2 1/2 weeks and join the fun! 5th time taking the exam, first time SBE. And I can honestly say I haven't been nervous about getting the S one ounce. All my career I've gone into every exam with the mindset of "if it's my time, I'll get selected." When I was a 2nd Class for 9 years before I put on 1st Class, but I didn't feel I was ready to be a first class for a long time. Once I felt like I was ready, I put it on after three exam cycles. Now I feel the same way about making Chief. From 2009 to 2013, I felt like I wasn't ready. Now I do, and I'm on exam cycle number three again. If I have the same luck as I did before, that will be great. If not, try again in January. I do have one question for the Chief's of the group.... If I do get selected, do I HAVE to transfer to another command or is it up to my command/detailer?
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    I just checked out of my command, so luckily I have a lot of PCS stuff to do, but this is definitely still on my mind at least most of the time!
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    Oh heck yeah! My chiefs always tell me "it's going to be tough and you will hate some aspects", but in all honesty, I won't care because it's so short lived in comparison to the rest of your career. At the end of 6 weeks you will be a welcomed addition to the biggest fraternity in the world, so sure, give me some taskings and yell at me. I'm game!
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    I agree with you, I was an instructor at the Weapons School on the East Coast and I loved it. it opened my eyes to so much information and got to meet so many different types of people. I was also able to get my MTS which is a really good thing. but probably one of the hardest quals that I have ever gotten.
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    I'd say the last 24 hours have definitely brought the forum to a new level as well. Saw lots of good discussion topics brought up from LTBs to submitting Items from NSIPS. This is why I LOVE this forum. so much knowledge and experience is here it is truly invaluable all the input one can find here!!
  11. 3 likes
    I've been lurking around here for the last 2 cycles just reading and scrolling and finally decided to make an account. God bless and best wishes to all those eligible!
  12. 3 likes
    My CMC just came back from the Senior Chief board and he was adamant about including it. His view was that it helps with grading the records.
  13. 3 likes
    This was really eye opening @Ordy. Thanks for this post. If I don't make it this year then this will definitely help for next time. I'm going to pass this info off to the boys as well!
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    Extremely eye-opening ordie brother! Hope you get that "S" this year. This is very helpful.
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    I'm not going to lie, I've been stressing a bit. I think this is the strongest my record has looked. I'm also nearing my 20 year mark, and being up nine times has definitely taken its toll on me. All I can do is wait it out like everyone else, continue to develop Sailors, and hope for the best, but be prepared for yet another N. Good luck to all of the SBE's out there!
  16. 2 likes
    look for the Navy newspaper and you will find what you seek.
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    AD Quotas are out!!! 19% for ITC. 1 % rise from last cycle. Tsk, tsk. Good luck to all of my brothers and sisters in here!
  18. 2 likes
    tic tic tic that's all I hear right now
  19. 2 likes
    Hoping 28th for us FTS...ready to find out so I can relax... COME ON "S"
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    Once in a while I'll go back and read a lot of the posts from the FY17 Chief Selection Board forum. It made it through 119 pages. Wow! Lots of great info! I wonder if this forum will be that long? Haha! Monday is almost here for us AD folks. I'm hoping the IT quotas go back up. Speaking of which, are there any of my IT brothers or sisters in here? Good luck to all of our FTS brothers and sisters in here. I hope y'all get that "S"!
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    29 June is my guess for FTS results
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    I'm excited. Its Friday.. and lets bring on those FTS results!!!
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    I haven't updated any forms from NSIPS :-/ My EVALS, education, awards (OMPF) and PSR all had the correct information, so I didn't think about it. One thing I did notice, when you pull the qual history on NSIPS it doesn't include qualifications from your local command. I'm in aviation and we use an online database, ASM, for all of our qualifications. That information uploads to NSIPS, but when you pull the report it doesn't put it on there. I emailed NSIPS and they said that's how the program was designed... all of my qualifications are listed in my EVALS and documented... hope that was enough.
  24. 2 likes
    I submitted a Career Summary Letter with my package. I had mixed reviews but ultimately it came down to me. This is what I sent in CAREER SUMMARY.docx
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    Hello all, I've been lurking on this forum for 3 years and decided to take the plunge. My question to all is this: how do I help my sailor through this tumultuous emotional roller coaster? I have told him putting on anchors is his goal and I support him 100%, but whether or not he looks and has the coveted "S" next to his name does not change how proud I am of him and what he has done for his family. His rank and goals are his and his alone. I remind him that as long as he listens to his mentors, follows the precepts and makes "board", then he has done what he can. This is his third time before the board and for some reason it gets worse every cycle. Thanks in advance!
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    I honestly hate when people say stuff like that for the simple fact that it gives you a slight boost of confidence and then you don't get picked up and everyone is left scratching their heads wondering why and you are left having to wait for your turn again.
  27. 1 like
    With the HYT increase and the call for 355 ships anyone else thinking the rates are about to open up, maybe not this year, but in the near future? FCA sitting at 30% not bad.
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    AD Chief Quotas FY18 AD Cycle 234 E7 Quotas.pdf
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    NCR- 37.17% 42 out of 113 hope I am one of the 42!!! good luck to everyone.
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    It's that time of year again. We're 16 pages deep! Glad to see I'm not the only one anxious. I can't wait for these AC quotas to come out. CMCS numbers(5) weren't too high this year but I'm still optimistic for the CMC numbers. Good luck to all waiting impatiently. AC/FTS and SELRES.
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    FTS results PLEASE hahahah.... I think being stuck on duty is making the wait drag even longer this year.... Good Luck to all the AD guys.... hopefully you guys see quotas this week!
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    Looks like not today - sad face
  33. 1 like
    I'm hoping the quotas come out today or tomorrow and our quotas show some love!
  34. 1 like
    I was told Wednesday.so just waiting.. I'm on leave so I'm ready to get this over with. 4th time for me..
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    Hope we see quotas today. Funny thing is I am not as stressed this year to find our results. Just waiting and my mind does not keep coming back this like it did the last 5 times up. Guess I have made peace with the process. Still hoping for the "S" this year and wishing everyone good luck. I am just going to give it to God and He will provide.
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    Board convenes today. Good luck shipmates.
  37. 1 like
    Not an IT, but I learned a lot from you guys getting my IW. You guys are underrated for all the stuff you do!
  38. 1 like
    Patiently? I wish I was but I am headed to 10 days of Scout Camp with the kids. 10 days! In the MO wilderness... Going to go crazy not being able to check everything. Bartle better be worth it this year....
  39. 1 like
    With the board starting up on Monday, I would like to wish everyone good luck in hopes of getting the "S".
  40. 1 like
    Good luck to all FTS brothers and sisters. Hope that the board was good to y'all this year and you get the "S". Hope that the results come soon.
  41. 1 like
    I'm hoping FTS results before the 4th..toward the end of June..
  42. 1 like
    That's some good information. I'm curious how that would play our if you're at a small unit with only 10 personnel and 2 Chiefs. Seems like three Chiefs would be a little much for 9 guys
  43. 1 like
    Your career summery format is legit. Way better than the one I sent to the board this year. If I don't make it this year, I will use your killer format. And either way, I will share your format with other sailors here at work. Nice job.
  44. 1 like
    This is the first time I've sent it, maybe I'll be fortunate enough to be selected lol
  45. 1 like
    I've heard so many rumors about PPME, JPME, USMAPS, and college degrees; I really don't know what to believe anymore.
  46. 1 like
    I have a boat load of self doubt. This being my ninth look, I'm so used to seeing the N that thinking that I could actually get the S seems far fetched at best. I know that I have a good shot and my evals and performance has constantly progressed in the last few years, but the feeling of not being good enough no matter how well I've done is hard to shake.
  47. 1 like
    No! I have days where i feel like I am in like flynn. Then there are days where I let self-doubt creep back in. I am selfish, I want to make Chief so I can go back to expeditionary commands. I feel like I can do the most good for the Navy in these austere environments. Hooyah sand sailor!
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    I understand that the process of phase 2 is necessary to, for a lack of a better phrase, prepare a Sailor to carry the weight of the anchors. If I am selected, I will be take everything with a grain of salt with the understanding that it was for a purpose.
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    Hard call? That's a no-brainer. Wife sick = get home. (assuming we're not talking about the flu) That's why I was force converted. The submarine force didn't care that my wife was gravely ill. I overcame, and carried my bubblehead work ethic to my new community. She's better now, and my Sailors are more competitive than any other department at my last three commands. You have to work with the hand you're dealt. I wouldn't change a single decision or go back and choose a different path - family is #1 period.
  50. 1 like
    Like you, I'm also at 17 years and I'm pretty stressed because I'm running out of next times lol. With that being said, I've been told to do the best you can wherever you are and things should work out. The board understands that everyone can't be LPO, especially in very large divisions with multiple FCPO's. SSP and Sailorization is king, regardless of your billet.
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