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Path to Chief Petty Officer Paved with Many Factors 

By Chief Mass Communication Specialist (SW) Maria Yager, Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs

MILLINGTON, Tenn. – More than 3,500 Sailors were selected to join the chief petty officer ranks when Navy announced on Aug. 1 the results of the fiscal year 2012 active duty chief petty officer selection board.

“This is just the beginning for those selected, starting a new journey in their military career,” said Navy Personnel Command Force Master Chief (AW/SW/NAC) Jon Port. “Much more will be expected of these Sailors as they step into a role of greater responsibility.”

The board convened on June 20 to review the records of 19,588 selection board-eligible candidates. The board was charged with reviewing pertinent sections from candidates’ official military personnel file which includes performance evaluations, awards and any correspondence the candidate submits to the board.

A precept instructs selection-board members to seek the best and fully qualified candidates, and instructs the board on which factors they may consider and which factors they may not consider when evaluating candidates.

“The most important selection criteria item is sustained superior performance in difficult and challenging leadership positions throughout their career but especially over the last five years,” said Port citing the precept. “That is the biggest item which determines selection.” 

Other factors the board considered include:

  • Educational, personal and professional development
  • Competency and skill information
  • Anti-terrorism and force protection
  • Language, regional and cultural experience
  • Naval Special Warfare and Navy Expeditionary Force experience
  • Special duty assignments: 
  • Collateral duties
  • Overseas and arduous duty

Additionally, the board was directed to give consideration to candidates who have displayed superior performance while serving in individual augmentee, Global War on Terrorism support assignments or overseas contingency operations assignments.

After the selection board reviews the records of all eligible candidates and selects the best and fully qualified Sailors based on the precept, their results are forwarded to the chief of naval personnel for final approval.  

“Selection to chief petty officer is a significant milestone that begins early in a Sailor’s career,” said Port. “Junior Sailors on the deckplates can look at the factors for selection as a guide; study, achieve excellence personally and professionally, diversify your assignments and seek additional duties that will broaden your experiences and contribution to the Navy and your shipmates.”

The precept is a written order signed by the chief of naval personnel, providing general and specific guidance to the selection board.

 The precept may be reviewed in its entirety in the enlisted selection board section at

The active-duty chief petty officer board is the largest selection board conducted in the Navy and typically lasts four weeks.


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