Millington, Tennessee - Command career counselors and command career development teams are required to conduct quality Career Development Boards (CDB) to include properly documenting them in the Career Information Management System (CIMS), Navy leadership said today.

The command master chief, chief of the boat, senior enlisted leader and the command career counselor team are critical focal points for career development initiatives within the command to include properly conducting CDBs.

"Career Development Boards don't just benefit the Sailor and the command's mission, but also the leadership," said Master Chief Navy Counselor (SW/SCW/AW) Jake Brady, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) command career counselor. "CDBs help the chain of command learn more about the Sailor, what motivates them, their family needs, goals in life, and it shows the Sailors we truly do care about them."

CDBs are required within 30 days of reporting, at 12 months on board, and every 12 months thereafter. CDBs may also be conducted for other reasons such as Career Waypoint decisions, requesting special programs, commissioning programs, advancement, high-year tenure, or by request of the Sailor.

"Every career counselor in the Navy should be pushing their career development teams to be using the Individual Career Development Plan (ICDP) from CIMS," said Brady. "The next time the Sailor has a CDB, the leadership can then review past goals, gauge the Sailor's progression, and counsel accordingly."

Many tools are available to career counselors to assist with the use, function and support of CIMS. The "5-Tip Series" of user aids cover a variety of helpful information to use CIMS effectively. Additional reference guides, tutorials, "How Tos," and instructions are available at www.npc.navy.mil under the Career Info/Career Counseling tab. Additional information can be found in the Navy Retention & Career Development Program (OPNAVINST 1040.11D) and the Career Counselor Handbook (NAVPERS 15878K).