You may have noticed that there has been a change to the way the Supply Corps details commanding officer assignments. The foundation for this change was prescribed by the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) in OPNAV Instruction 1412.14 issued in June 2012, which set minimum standards required to serve in command. The CNO mandated that to be eligible for command, officers will at a minimum complete an oral board and be screened via a formal administrative selection board. Additionally, the OPNAV Instruction required each community to establish an instruction formalizing their command ashore qualification process. In accordance with this guidance, NAVSUP Instruction 1414.1, “Supply Corps Officer Requirements for Commander Operational/Command Ashore and Captain Major Command Ashore Assignment,” was issued in November 2012.
In January 2014, the Chief of Supply Corps signed out a revision to the “Supply Corps Officer Commander Operational/Command Ashore and Captain Major Command Ashore Assignment Instruction,” NAVSUPINST 1412.1A. This instruction expanded on the original NAVSUP instruction and formalizes officer prerequisites and the processes that must occur before Supply Corps commanders and captains may be selected for and assigned to a command ashore assignment.
The process for Supply Corps officers to screen for commander and captain command ashore begins with submission of a reporting senior nomination letter certifying the officer has at least one formal warfare designation, completed at least two Supply Corps operational tours, earned a subspecialty in at least one Supply Corps line of operation, and completed Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) Phase I. Once formally nominated by the reporting senior, officers must then successfully complete an oral board and be designated as “eligible” to screen for command ashore. Commanders and captains previously selected by the Commander Operational Board are exempt from having to submit a reporting senior nomination letter and the oral board requirement.
Commanders will have a total of three screens for O-5 command. The first two screens are the officers commander operational looks; the first being the year following the officers selection to commander and the second being two years following the officers selection to commander. Any officer selected for commander operational duty is automatically selected for commander command ashore. The third command ashore screen takes place immediately following the officers second commander operational screen and during the same board. All officers selected during the third screen are selected for commander command ashore only.
Captains will have their first year of eligibility to screen for command two years after selection to the rank of captain and their final screen in the fiscal year of completion of the officer’s 26th year of commissioned service. For most captains, this will result in four consecutive captain major command looks.
All eligible full time support (FTS) commander selects and commanders not in-zone for captain will be screened during the Commander Operational/Command Ashore Board; and all eligible FTS captain selects and captains not within three years of statutory retirement will be screened during the Major Command Ashore Board held the year prior to the FTS command billet rolling. Selected Reserve (SELRES) commander selects, commanders, captain selects and captains eligible for command are selected and slated during the Navy Reserve National Command and Senior Officer (O5/O6) Non-Command Billet Screening and Assignment (APPLY) Board.
The commander and captain command ashore boards will designate selects as well as qualified-insufficient opportunities (QIO). The QIO designation is used to identify officers that would have selected for command if there were additional opportunity. QIOs will be published as part of the board results and QIO status will expire after three years for commanders and one year for captains. The number of selects for both boards will be based upon the number of command billets rolling the following detailing cycle. All selects should expect to go to command the next year unless not available to be detailed due to a PCS constraint (e.g. Navy/Joint time requirements). If unavailable to be detailed, that selectee will enter a situational bank and will be assigned to command at the earliest possible opportunity. In this circumstance, a QIO would then be used. A QIO may also be used if a command requires a specific skill, such as contracting or fuel, but none of the selectees have the specific skill set.
So, what are the commands available to Supply Corps officers? Here as published in OPNAVNOTE 5450 and Policy Decision Memorandums (PDM) 001-14 and 002-14, are the approved Supply Corps commander and captain command billets.
DCMA San Diego*
DLA Distribution Bahrain
DLA Distribution Pearl Harbor
DLA Distribution Puget Sound
DLA Distribution Sigonella
DLA Distribution Yokosuka
DLA Energy Pacific (Guam)**
DLA Troop Support Pacific
EOD Expeditionary Support Unit ONE (Commander Operational Billet)
EOD Expeditionary Support Unit TWO (Commander Operational Billet)
NSWG ONE Logistics and Support Unit (Commander Operational Billet)
NSWG TWO Logistics and Support Unit (Commander Operational Billet)
NSWG THREE Logistics and Support Unit (Commander Operational Billet)
Priority Material Office
Navy Cargo Handling Battalion ONE
(FTS /3107 Billet)
Navy Cargo Handling Battalion FIVE (SELRES/3105 Billet)
Navy Cargo Handling Battalion EIGHT (SELRES/3105 Billet)
Navy Cargo Handling Battalion TEN (SELRES/3105 Billet)
Navy Cargo Handling Battalion ELEVEN (SELRES/3105 Billet)
Navy Cargo Handling Battalion THIRTEEN (SELRES/3105 Billet)
Navy Cargo Handling Battalion FOURTEEN (SELRES/3105 Billet)
Center for Service Support
DCMA East Region*
DCMA Northern Europe*
Defense Enterprise Computing Center***
DLA Distribution Norfolk
DLA Distribution San Diego
DLA Energy Pacific**
FIRST Navy Expeditionary
(FTS /3107 Billet)
FIFTH Navy Expeditionary Logistics Regiment
FOURTH Navy Expeditionary Logistics Regiment
Naval Sea Logistics Center
NAVSUP Business Systems Center***
NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center Bahrain
NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center Jacksonville
NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center Norfolk
NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center Pearl Harbor
NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center Puget Sound
NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center San Diego
NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center Sigonella
NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center Yokosuka
Navy Supply Corps School
SECOND Navy Expeditionary
* Contracting (1306Q/R & APM/AC3) skill set required
** Fuel (1307Q/R) skill set required
*** Information Technology (6201X/1309X) skill set required
It is important to keep in mind that selection for command is very competitive. If you consider that all commander operational selects are also commander command ashore selects, in addition to those officers selected for command ashore only, the selection rate for commanders that can be assigned to command is roughly 35 percent. However, commanding officer billets only comprise about five percent of the total commander billets in the Supply Corps. The selection rate for captain command will be around 15-22 percent depending on the year, whereas captain commanding officer billets comprise about 16 percent of the total captain billets in the Supply Corps.
If you have the goal of holding command in your career, you need to fully understand the qualification and selection process, and manage your career accordingly. Ensure your record is up-to-date and good luck on selection for command!
By Cmdr. Shawn Triggs, SC, USN; Assistant to the Director of Supply Corps Personnel