Busting Myths about the O-4 Board
By Commander Todd Cimicata, U.S. Navy
The results are in, and the standard array of data has been released to show that, in stark contrast to last year’s (Fiscal Year 2015’s) results, the numbers of new lieutenant commanders were within historical norms. Upon closer inspection, however, that does not seem to be the case. There is a large disparity among the unrestricted lines in above-zone (AZ), in-zone (IZ), and overall selection rates, and uncomfortable numbers of aviators have received severances and seven months to “clean out their lockers.” It is clear that something has shifted, that last year was unique, and that there has been little official explanation as to why.