Officer selection officers take a quick break during the National Officer Selection Officer conference held in December. (Sgt. Bryan McDonnell/Marine Corps)
The Marine Corps has announced the fiscal 2015 officer selection board schedule for captains through colonels, as well as details of the requirements for selection at each rank.
Once the selection boards have completed their work, the colonel, lieutenant colonel and major boards will reconvene as continuation boards for lieutenant colonels, majors and captains, respectively. The boards retain strong officers, particularly those with in-demand skills or expertise, to serve past standard up-or-out service limits.
Boards will convene at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., on the following dates, according to Marine administrative message 352/13, signed July 16:
Colonel: Sept. 10, 2013.
Lieutenant colonel: Aug. 20, 2013.
Major: Aug. 27, 2013.
Captain: Feb 4, 2014.
The colonel through major boards will consider Marines above zone, in zone and below zone. In most years, however, including the past two, no Marines are selected from the below-zone population. Each zone is based on officers’ dates of rank and seniority. For details, refer to the MARADMIN, available online.
All active-duty officers in the appropriate ranks are eligible for the boards, although those with separation or retirement dates within 90 days of the board’s convening date will not be considered. Also, captains who are not U.S. citizens will not be considered for promotion to major.
Once the colonel selection board concludes and reconvenes as the lieutenant colonel continuation board, it will consider officers who have twice failed selection to colonel, have a mandatory retirement date between Aug. 1, 2014, and July 1, 2015, and serve in one of four high-demand military occupational specialties: 5803 military police officer 6002 aircraft maintenance officer; 7532 V-22 qualified pilot; or 8059 aviation acquisition management professional. Those selected for continuation will serve an additional three years, or until they hit either 31 years of total commissioned service or 62 years of age.
The major continuation board will consider those officers who will have fewer than 18 years of active-duty service on their planned date of removal, have failed selection to lieutenant colonel twice and are subject to involuntary discharge as a result. Those selected for continuation will serve on active duty through retirement at 20 years of active service.
The captain continuation board will consider captains who are prior enlisted and have more than 15 years of active service but will have fewer than 18 years of active service on the date of their planned removal. They must also have failed selection twice and be subject to involuntary discharge. Those selected for continuation will also serve through retirement at 20 years of active service.
Marines eligible for the boards should ensure their military records are complete and up-to-date, including a photo taken within the past year. Completing all required professional military education is critical to remaining competitive.■