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CNP Powers Up Advanced Technology Suite To Improve Selection Board Process

Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. J.C. Harvey cuts the ribbon commissioning the new Electronic Military Personnel Records System technical refreshment (EMPRS-TR) at Navy Personnel Command. EMPRS-TR is used to conduct promotion and selection boards. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Ken Ingram
by Maria Yager
Chief Mass Communication Specialist
Millington TN (AFNS) Oct 16, 2007
With a snip of the scissors, the Chief of Naval Personnel streamlined the process of selecting the Navy's future chiefs, officers, and even astronauts, during a ribbon cutting ceremony, Oct. 10. Vice Adm. John C. Harvey Jr. and Rear Adm. Edward "Sonny" Masso, commander, Navy Personnel Command/Deputy Chief of Naval Personnel, visited the selection board center at Navy Personnel Command (NPC) to launch the newest version of the Electronic Military Personnel Records System, known as EMPRS-TR. The TR represents the technical refreshment the system has undergone.

"It gives me great pleasure to be here to dedicate the EMPRS Tech Refresh project. The people in this room have put in a great effort in bringing this massive system on-line. Your efforts have improved system response time, reliability, maintainability, and our security posture. You have provided a much needed service to the Navy selection board process," said Harvey.

First introduced in 1995, EMPRS is used to conduct promotion and selection boards here. It allows board members to access a Sailor's Official Military Personnel File.

These documents are stored electronically and can be viewed from one of the 220 work stations in the selection board center. More than 100,000 records are reviewed annually during board proceedings. The technical refreshment is the first major upgrade to the system since its inception.

NPC conducts promotion and selection boards 50 weeks out of the year. These boards include promotions for officers and chiefs, selection boards for test pilots and Seaman to Admiral applicants, limited duty officer/chief warrant officer in service procurement and even NASA astronaut screening. The largest is the active-duty E-7 board with more than 20,000 eligible candidates whose records will be reviewed through EMPRS-TR.

"The system we use to conduct promotion and selection boards must be dependable and provide the capability to comply with statutory records retention requirements. EMPRS-TR provides this platform and ensures the Navy's ability to meet these requirements now and in the foreseeable future," said Chris Zaller, branch head, at NPCs selection board support section. Statutory boards are promotion boards required by law, he added.

More than 100 military, civilian and contract personnel support EMPRS-TR and the selection board process.

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