2018 Marine Technician Selection Boards reflect balanced representation

Navy News / January 16, 2018

By Commander Luc Tremblay

To prepare the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) for the future fleet, and based on the results of a comprehensive Occupational Analysis, the Marine Technician (Mar Tech) occupation was stood up on July 1, 2017. Mar Tech is composed of sailors from four legacy trades: Marine Engineer (Mar Eng), Electrical Technician (E Tech), Hull Technician (H Tech) and the Naval Reserve’s Marine Engineering Systems Operator (MESO). 

In order to address concerns regarding career progression within this newly established occupation, an in-depth review of Selection Board processes and Scoring Criteria (SCRIT) was conducted by both Director Military Career 2 and Director Naval Personnel and Training. The aim was to ensure that Selection Boards would be conducted in a fair and transparent manner, and to ensure that a balanced representation of competitive candidates from each of the legacy occupations was presented. The results of this review were briefed to Vice-Admiral Ron Lloyd, Commander RCN, prior to the start of the 2018 Selection Boards.

The Regular Force Selection Boards for the newly formed Mar Tech occupation were held in October 2017. The membership for each ranked Selection Board included a member from the legacy occupations (Mar Eng, H Tech and E Tech); separately, Naval Reserve Mar Tech Selection Boards were conducted using MESO legacy criteria. Before each Selection Board, the Board membership – which was comprised of individuals with previous Selection Board experience – were briefed on a range of potential issues that could present as they conducted a single Mar Tech Board with files created from legacy occupations.

The Mar Tech SCRIT was devised simply to assess the Personnel Evaluation Report (PER) as presented. The Selection Board members were guided by the strength of the scores and comments in support of those values in determining the scores to assign in the file assessment. The direction to the Board was to score the PERs at face value in how the performance/potential related to the standard for the rank in each legacy occupation. If at any time there was uncertainty with regard to an individual’s file, the Selection Board members were prepared to err in favour of the member.

The SCRIT was “occupation blind” to ensure that promotions would not unfairly favour any one legacy occupation over the others. In addition, all fully qualified personnel in each rank level received the same points for said legacy qualifications, ensuring fairness across the legacy occupations.

VAdm Lloyd noted there has been, understandably, some apprehension and concern from those affected by the creation of this new occupation. “Following a detailed briefing of the results from the Director Naval Personnel and Training on 15 December, I am confident in stating that the 2018 Selection Boards were conducted in an absolutely unbiased manner and that the promotions for 2018 reflect representation from all four legacy occupations,” he said. “The Selection Board results, which will be briefed at the Career and Occupation Management visits in Halifax and Esquimalt, will show that there was fair and balanced representation of each legacy occupation at all rank levels for the 2018 promotion year.”

Fair and adequate representation for the sailors of the legacy occupations that now compose the newly-created Mar Tech occupation was required to maintain the health of this occupation and to allow the RCN’s technical trades to continue to function efficiently and maintain fleet output and readiness. Overall, the Mar Tech Selection Board results reflect a similar number of promotions (combined) to those of 2016 and 2017 in each of the legacy occupations, at each rank. Accordingly, no one has been privileged in their evaluations.

“I am pleased that the measures put in place ensured that no one was disadvantaged during the Selection Board process,” stated VAdm Lloyd.


2018 promotions forecast 4 0 2 6
2017 promotions 4 2 4 10
PO2 to PO1   ER HT ET  Total
2018 promotions forecast 6 6 6 18
2017 promotions 8 2 6 16
MS to PO2   ER HT ET  Total
2018 promotions forecast 0 7 2 9
2017 promotions 23 1 3 27
LS to MS   ER HT ET  Total
2018 promotions forecast 8 6 3 18
2017 promotions 13 2 2 17


2018 promotions forecast 1 3 3 7
2017 promotions 3 3 3 9
PO2 to PO1   ER HT ET  Total
2018 promotions forecast 4 4 4 12
2017 promotions 8 2 6 12
MS to PO2   ER HT ET  Total
2018 promotions forecast 8 5 6 19
2017 promotions 5 1 4 10
LS to MS   ER HT ET  Total
2018 promotions forecast 3 4 3 10
2017 promotions 10 3 3 16

Table: 2018 Mar Tech Promotions Forecast

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“DYK: In the Top 10 for all rank bands, there are 60 Marine Engineers, 54 Hull Technicians and 56 Electrical Technicians, which is consistent and fair, reflecting historical numbers.”

“DYK: Over the last three years, the promotions to Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class have been well distributed, representing the following legacy occupations: 25 Marine Engineers, 15 Hull Technicians and 18 Electrical Technicians.”

“DYK: For forecasted promotions from Petty Officer 2nd Class to Petty Officer 1st Class (East and West) in the Mechanical sub-occupation, there are an equal amount of Marine Engineers in the Top 10.”

“DYK: Over the last three years, there has been a healthy number of promotions from Master Seaman to Petty Officer 2nd Class (East and West), which is representative of the legacy populations (33 Marine Engineers, 14 Hull Technicians and 11 Electrical Technicians).”

“DYK: Fair representation of legacy trades in the combined Top 10 for East and West Coasts (11 Marine Engineers, 11 Hull Technicians and five Electricians).”

“DYK: Marine Technician Selection Boards took into consideration Naval Reserve MESO legacy qualifications for those who recently transferred into the Regular Force. Out of 34 MESO Component Transfers, 5 were merited in the Top 20 across all rank bands.”