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Z-Gram #19; dated 04 September 1970

Below Zone Percentage Limitation Suspended

R 042140Z SEP 70
FM CNO (Z-19)

TO NAVOP

UNCLAS //N01421//
BELOW ZONE PERCENTAGE LIMITATION SUSPENDED

1. BASED ON VIGOROUS SUPPORT BY OUR SECRETARY OF THE NAVY, THE PRESIDENT RECENTLY SIGNED AN EXECUTIVE ORDER WHICH SUSPENDS THE LEGAL LIMITATION ON THE PERCENTAGE OF OFFICERS IN THE NAVY WHO MAY BE RECOMMENDED FOR PROMOTION FROM BELOW THE PROMOTION ZONE. PRIOR TO THE SUSPENSION THE NUMBER OF BELOW ZONE SELECTIONS TO THE GRADES OF LIEUTENANT COMMANDER THROUGH CAPTAIN WAS LIMITED TO NOT MORE THAN 5 PERCENT OF THE NUMBER OF SELECTIONS AUTHORIZED TO THE GRADE CONCERNED. WITH THE REMOVAL OF THE STATUTORY LIMITATION THE BELOW ZONE PERCENTAGE LIMIT WILL BE ESTABLISHED BY ADMINISTRATIVE ACTION. THE PERCENTAGE HOWEVER WILL NOT EXCEED 15 PERCENT FOR ANY GRADE. THE PREROGATIVE TO SELECT UP TO THE AUTHORIZED PERCENTAGE WILL OF COURSE REMAIN WITH THE BOARD. THE LINE CAPTAIN SELECTION BOARD WHICH IS IN SESSION HAS BEEN AUTHORIZED BY SECNAV TO SELECT UP TO 15 PERCENT FROM BELOW THE ZONE. THIS IS ANOTHER STEP FORWARD IN THE NAVY’S PROGRAM TO RECOGNIZE HIGH PERFORMANCE THROUGH VISIBLE ACCELERATED PROMOTION OPPORTUNITY. E. R. ZUMWALT, JR., ADMIRAL, U.S. NAVY, CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS.
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