94 STAT. 2852
10 USC 614.
Post, p. 2856.
Number of officers.
PUBLIC LAW 96-513—DEC. 12, 1980
and having in view both the special fitness of officers and the efficiency of his armed force.
- '§614. Notice of convening of selection boards; communications
with boards "(a) At least 30 days before a selection board is convened under section 611(a) of this title to recommend officers in a grade for promotion to the next higher grade, the Secretary concerned (1) shall notify in writing the officers eligible for consideration for promotion of the date on which the board is to convene and the name and date of rank of the junior officer, and of the senior officer, in the promotion zone as of the date of the notification, or (2) shall issue a general written notice to the armed force concerned regarding the convening of the board, the names of the officers eligible for consideration by the board as of the date of the notification, the convening date of the board, and the name and date of rank of the junior officer, and of the senior officer, in the promotion zone as of the date of the notification. "(b) An officer eligible for consideration by a selection board convened under section 611(a) of this title may send a written communication to the board, to arrive not later than the date the board convenes, calling attention to any matter concerning himself that the officer considers important to his case. The selection board shall give consideration to any timely communication under this subsection. "§615. Information furnished to selection boards "The Secretary of the military department concerned shall furnish each selection board convened under section 611(a) of this title with— "(1) the maximum number, as determined in accordance with section 622 of this title, of officers in each competitive category under consideration that the board may recommend for promotion to the next higher grade; "(2) the names of all officers in each competitive category to be considered by the board for promotion; "(3) the pertinent records (as determined by the Secretary) of each officer whose name is furnished to the board; "(4) information relating to the needs of the armed force concerned for officers having particular skills; and "(5) such other information and guidelines as may be necessary to enable the board to properly perform its functions. "§616. Recommendations for promotion by selection boards "(a) A selection board convened under section 611(a) of this title shall recommend for promotion to the next higher grade those officers considered by the board whom the board, giving due consideration to the needs of the armed force concerned for officers with particular skills, considers best qualified for promotion within each competitive category considered by the board. "(b) The Secretary of the military department concerned shall establish the number of officers such a selection board may recommend for promotion from among officers being considered from below the promotion zone in any competitive category. Such number may not exceed the number equal to 10 percent of the maximum number of officers that the board is authorized to recommend for promotion in such competitive category, except that the Secretary of Defense may authorize a greater number, not to exceed 15 percent of the total number of officers that the board is authorized to recommend for promotion, if the Secretary of Defense determines that the needs of