Air Force Secretary Michael Donley approved the elimination of the Captain’s Central Selection Board, meaning that first lieutenants will no longer meet a promotion central selection board to make captain, announced service officials on Tuesday. The change, which takes effect immediately, returns the Air Force to the same promotion process that was in effect prior to July 2011, they said in a May 7 release. Accordingly, first lieutenants will now be informed by their chain of command if they are recommended for promotion to captain. “Senior raters will now provide a recommendation to promote or not to promote officers. All officers will get promoted unless their senior rater makes a recommendation of ‘do not promote,'” said Lt. Col. Colin Huckins, chief of the service’s promotions, evaluations, and fitness policy branch. The Air Force eliminated the boards “due to the significant amount of time and financial investment for a very small quality cut, which affected few officers due to high promotion rates,” states the release. The board’s rate was 95 percent, said the officials. (Washington, D.C. report by Capt. Candice Ismirle)
The U.S. supports “a stronger and more capable” European defense, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said during an Oct. 22 press conference in Brussels—but that defense should not duplicate the functions and capabilities of the NATO alliance.