Frequently Asked Questions

Can you describe the statutory promotion board changes regarding zone stamps?

ALNAV 050/15 released on June 12, 2015 outlines new talent management initiatives introduced by the Secretary of the Navy. New initiatives include changes in officer promotion processes to ensure the best and most fully qualified officers are promoted with consideration for current abilities and talents, rather than placement in a particular promotion zone. Therefore, beginning in January 2016 (FY17 statutory promotion boards), Above Zone (AZ) and Below Zone (BZ) stamps on officer records will no longer be used for records reviewed on promotion boards. These stamps were indicators on the Officer’s Summary Record (OSR) that highlighted the officer’s status within the zone. Promotion zone eligibility is typically released via NAVADMIN in December of each year (NAVADMIN 281/15 pertains for FY17 active duty promotion boards).

What’s the process to earn a subspecialty code?

The Supply Corps community values training, education and experience within our three primary lines of operation – Supply Chain Management, Acquisition, and Operational Logistics. As a community, we track this expertise through subspecialty codes (SUBSPECs) and SUBSPEC suffixes. SUBSPECs are attained through education (i.e. NPS, 810/811, etc.) or through experience. Significant experience is met by serving 18 or more consecutive months in a subspecialty coded billet or a billet using the Critical Skills Requirements (CSRs) of a related subspecialty. Individual commands, as the owner of each billet, determine billet coding based on the duties and responsibilities associated with that job. If you are in a billet that is not coded for a particular SUBSPEC, but feel that you should receive the applicable SUBSPEC, contact the Career Counselor for a record and policy review prior to formally submitting a request for a subspecialty.

The Navy uses SUBSPEC suffixes to annotate each officer’s proficiency within that specialty.

In our community, we typically see SUBSPEC progression in three ways:

  1. S→R: an officer who holds an S coded SUBSPEC completes a subsequent tour of 18 or more consecutive months in a coded billet in the same subspecialty area (e.g., NACO internship followed by DCMA payback)
  2. P→Q: an officer with a Navy-funded master’s level education completes a subsequent tour of 18 or more consecutive months in a coded billet in the same subspecialty area (e.g., 837 Financial Management program at NPS followed by NAVSUP N8 payback)
  3. G→F: an officer with a non-Navy funded master’s level education completes a subsequent tour of 18 or more consecutive months in a coded billet in the same subspecialty area (e.g., self-funded MBA followed by WSS Phila IWST billet)

Officers who attain a non-Navy funded MBA will typically receive a 3000P SUBSPEC upon submitting transcripts to NPC. In order to align your MBA to a Supply Corps primary line of
operation, you should ensure that the coursework of your degree aligns with the requirements of the requested SUBSPEC as outlined in the NPS Educational Skills Requirements

March/April 2016