FY-08 CHAPLAIN CORPS SELECTIVE EARLY RETIREMENT (SER) BOARDS

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SUBJ/FY-08 CHAPLAIN CORPS SELECTIVE EARLY RETIREMENT (SER) BOARDS// 


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AMPN/REF A IS NAVADMIN 252/07 CORRECTED COPY// 
RMKS/1.  REF A ANNOUNCED THE 10 DEC 07 CONVENING OF FY-08 CHAPLAIN 
CORPS CAPTAIN AND COMMANDER SER BOARDS AND SPECIFICALLY IDENTIFIED THE 
ELIGIBILITY ZONES.  TO ENSURE NAVY CHAPLAIN CORPS END STRENGTH IS 
PROPERLY BALANCED WITH REQUIREMENTS, THE CONVENING OF SER BOARDS IS 
NECESSARY AS A FORCE SHAPING TOOL. 
2.  THE AUTHORITY TO CONVENE SER BOARDS IS CONTAINED IN 10, U.S.C. 
SECTION 638. 
3.  EXEMPTION FROM SER:  BY LAW, AN OFFICER WHOSE NAME IS ON A LIST OF 
OFFICERS RECOMMENDED FOR PROMOTION, OR IS TO BE INVOLUNTARILY RETIRED 
UNDER ANY PROVISION OF LAW DURING THE FISCAL YEAR IN WHICH THE SER 
BOARD IS CONVENED OR DURING THE FOLLOWING FISCAL YEAR (STATUTORY 
RETIREMENTS IN FY-08 OR FY-09), OR HAS BEEN APPROVED FOR VOLUNTARY 
RETIREMENT MAY NOT BE CONSIDERED BY THE BOARDS. 
ADDITIONALLY, OFFICERS MAY NOT BE CONSIDERED FOR EARLY RETIREMENT MORE 
THAN ONCE IN ANY FIVE-YEAR PERIOD.  CHAPLAIN CORPS OFFICERS WHO WISH TO 
EXEMPT THEMSELVES FROM CONSIDERATION BY THE FY-08 SER BOARDS MAY DO SO 
BY REQUESTING A VOLUNTARY RETIREMENT DATE OF 1 OCT 08 OR EARLIER. 
4.  PROCEDURE FOR VOLUNTARY RETIREMENT:  VOLUNTARY REQUESTS FOR 
RETIREMENT TO EXEMPT A CHAPLAIN CORPS OFFICER FROM CONSIDERATION BY THE 
FY-08 SER BOARDS MUST BE RECEIVED BY COMMANDER, NAVY PERSONNEL COMMAND, 
OFFICER RETIREMENTS BRANCH (PERS-4822) BY 27 NOV 07 AND APPROVED PRIOR 
TO THE CONVENING DATE OF THE BOARD.  WHILE REQUESTS FOR RETIREMENTS 
EFFECTIVE AFTER 1 OCT 08 WILL BE ACCEPTED; THESE REQUESTS WILL NOT BE 
APPROVED UNTIL AFTER THE SER BOARD RESULTS ARE APPROVED IN JAN 08, AND 
THESE OFFICERS WILL REMAIN ELIGIBLE FOR CONSIDERATION BY THE FY-08 SER 
BOARDS.  ONCE A RETIREMENT REQUEST IS APPROVED, IT CANNOT BE WITHDRAWN 
WITHOUT THE APPROVAL OF THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY.
5.  CHAPLAIN CORPS OFFICERS SELECTED BY THE SER BOARD WILL BE 
INDIVIDUALLY NOTIFIED, AFTER THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY APPROVES THE 
BOARD RECOMMENDATIONS, WHICH IS ESTIMATED TO BE IN JAN 08.
6.  EACH CHAPLAIN CORPS OFFICER SELECTED FOR EARLY RETIREMENT IN
FY-08 MUST, BY LAW, BE RETIRED, IF RETIREMENT ELIGIBLE, UNDER ANY 
PROVISION OF LAW UNDER WHICH HE OR SHE IS ELIGIBLE TO RETIRE, ON THE 
DATE REQUESTED BY HIM OR HER AND APPROVED BY THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY, 
WHICH SHALL NOT BE LATER THAN THE FIRST DAY OF THE SEVENTH CALENDAR 
MONTH BEGINNING AFTER THE MONTH IN WHICH THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY 
APPROVES THE REPORT OF THE BOARD WHICH RECOMMENDED THE OFFICER FOR 
EARLY RETIREMENT.  ASSUMING A JAN 08 APPROVAL OF SER RESULTS BY THE 
SECRETARY OF THE NAVY, SELECTED OFFICERS MUST RETIRE IF RETIREMENT 
ELIGIBLE, NOT LATER THAN 1 AUG 08, OR ON THE DATE REQUESTED BY THE 
OFFICER AND APPROVED BY THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY, BUT NOT LATER THAN 
THE FIRST DAY OF THE SEVENTH CALENDAR MONTH AFTER THE SECRETARY OF THE 
NAVY APPROVED THE SER BOARD?S RECOMMENDATION.
7.  PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION LIMITATIONS WILL BE IMPOSED FOR THOSE 
OFFICERS ELIGIBLE FOR SER.  PROCEDURES OUTLINED BELOW APPLY ONLY TO 
THOSE OFFICERS IN THE SER ZONE WHO ARE SCHEDULED TO ROTATE AFTER 1 JAN 
08.  OFFICERS SCHEDULED TO ROTATE PRIOR TO 1 JAN 08 WILL EXECUTE THEIR 
ORDERS, WHETHER LOCATED OVERSEAS OR IN THE CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES 
(INCONUS).
     A.  OFFICERS INCONUS IN RECEIPT OF COST ORDERS DIRECTING 
DETACHMENT BETWEEN 1 JAN 08 AND 1 MAR 08 WILL BE NOTIFIED BY THEIR 
DETAILER IF ORDERS ARE NOT TO BE EXECUTED.
     B.  OFFICERS WHO ARE IN OVERSEAS AREAS IN RECEIPT OF COST ORDERS 
FOR AN INTRA/INTER THEATER OR CONUS MOVE WITH DATE OF ESTIMATED 
ROTATION BETWEEN 1 JAN 08 AND 1 MAR 08 HAVE TWO
OPTIONS:
         OPTION 1:  EXTEND OVERSEAS UNTIL APPROX 15 APR 08.
         OPTION 2:  EXECUTE THEIR CURRENT ORDERS.
     C.  OFFICERS OVERSEAS WITH DATES OF ESTIMATED ROTATION OF
1 MAR 08 OR LATER AND SELECTED FOR SER WILL CONTINUE IN THEIR PRESENT 
DUTY ASSIGNMENT UNTIL THEIR MANDATORY RETIREMENT DATE, UNLESS EARLIER 
RETIREMENT IS REQUESTED AND APPROVED.  NAVY PERSONNEL COMMAND AND 
PARENT COMMANDS WILL ATTEMPT TO ACCOMMODATE INDIVIDUAL DESIRES OF 
RETIRING OFFICERS.
     D.  OFFICERS ELIGIBLE FOR SER WHO ARE OVERSEAS, AND ARE AWAITING 
ARRIVAL OF FAMILY MEMBERS, MAY WANT TO CONSIDER DEFERRING FAMILY MEMBER 
MOVES UNTIL SER RESULTS ARE KNOWN.
     E.  THESE GUIDELINES ARE IN EFFECT UNTIL BOARD RESULTS ARE 
APPROVED.  ONCE SER RESULTS ARE APPROVED, INDIVIDUAL DECISIONS CAN BE 
MADE REGARDING TRANSFER DATES, PERMISSIVE TEMPORARY DUTY AND LEAVE.  
DUE TO THE SHORT TIME AVAILABLE FOR OFFICERS TO PLAN FOR TRANSITION TO 
RETIREMENT, COMMANDS ARE ENCOURAGED, WITHIN OPERATIONAL CONSTRAINTS, TO 
BE AS FLEXIBLE AS POSSIBLE IN AUTHORIZING PERMISSIVE TEMPORARY DUTY, IN 
ADDITION TO TERMINAL LEAVE, TO ASSIST OFFICERS MAKING THIS CHANGE. 
SPECIAL CONSIDERATION IN THIS REGARD SHOULD BE GIVEN TO OFFICERS WHO 
ARE NOTIFIED OF SER WHILE IN OVERSEAS ASSIGNMENTS OR WHILE DEPLOYED AT 
SEA. 
LIMITED EXTENSIONS ON ACTIVE DUTY MAY BE AVAILABLE FOR OFFICERS 
SELECTED FOR RETIREMENT WHILE STATIONED OVERSEAS OR THOSE DEPLOYED FOR 
MORE THAN 90 DAYS BETWEEN THE PERIOD OF NOTIFICATION AND THEIR 
MANDATORY RETIREMENT DATE.
8.  COMMANDER, NAVY PERSONNEL COMMAND, OFFICER RETIREMENTS BRANCH
(PERS-4822) PERSONNEL ARE AVAILABLE TO ANSWER GENERAL QUESTIONS AT
(901) 874-3178/DSN: 882. 
9.  SER IS NEVER A STEP WE CONSIDER LIGHTLY, HOWEVER, GIVEN OUR CURRENT 
GRADE IMBALANCE, IT IS A NECESSARY ACTION WE MUST TAKE FOR THE LONG-
TERM HEALTH OF THE COMMUNITY.  THE NECESSITY FOR FY-08 SER BOARDS MAY 
BE ELIMINATED, OR THE NUMBER OF SELECTEES REDUCED, IF ADDITIONAL FY-08 
CHAPLAIN CORPS CAPTAINS AND COMMANDERS REQUEST VOLUNTARY RETIREMENT.
10.  WE WISH TO MINIMIZE OUR SER REQUIREMENTS WHILE CONTINUING TO MEET 
OUR STRENGTH GOALS.  FOR THOSE CHAPLAIN CORPS OFFICERS CONSIDERING 
VOLUNTARY RETIREMENT IN FY-08, I STRONGLY URGE YOU TO SUBMIT YOUR 
REQUESTS IMMEDIATELY, SO WE CAN MORE ACCURATELY PLAN OUR FORCE 
STRUCTURE FOR FY-08.
11.  RELEASED BY VADM J. C. HARVEY, JR., N1.//

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