Is it my imagination or has the promotion board process entered the realm of the ridiculous? The professionals who must select individuals from a field of incredible talent do a superb job. The problem appears to occur once the selection process has concluded. The entire post-selection approval process seems to be broken. For example, the Navy line commander promotion board met 11-24 March 1997. The list finally was released on 28 August-more than five months after the promotion board adjourned! Each year it seems that the time between the actual selection and the announcement increases. Last year's 0-5 selection board met during the same time frame and the promotion list was published 9 July 1997.
This problem is not limited to the Navy; the Army and Air Force have experienced similar delays. The Army's 0-5 board was delayed from October 1996 to March 1997. The list was not published until mid-August.