Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (AW) LaTunya Howard, Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs Office
MILLINGTON, Tenn. – Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) (SS/SW) Rick D. West recognized that chiefs are not made in six weeks said a Navy official Feb 8.
“The CPO 365 program is the method the MCPON has granted the chief’s mess to train first classes in preparation for their selection and their grooming to become future chief petty officers,” said Senior Chief Fire Controlman (SW) Steven Pochop, Navy Personnel Command (NPC) detailer and CPO 365 phase one coordinator.
In a message to the chief’s mess, MCPON West outlines the need for CPO 365. “I see the need to embrace and execute a process that provides training beyond our mess to all first class petty officers (FCPO) throughout the year for, as I am sure you agree, every FCPO is actually a prospective chief petty officer (PCPO),” said West.
The initiative went Navy-wide in 2010.
The three phased, year-long development and training will test the PCPO or selectee mentally, physically, personally and professionally. General guidance was established and released by MCPON in 2010, with additional notes this year about lessons learned from the first cycle. Command master chiefs are the overseers of the program.
CPO 365 phase one begins in September for all first class petty officers. This phase is used to build a foundation for the year-long cycle. It fosters team building, community service and describes the expectations and accountability that come with the donning of anchors.
Phase two begins when board results are released and builds upon what was started in phase one by preparing board-eligible Sailors for their transition.
Phase three, induction, is the final training period. This phase readies the future chief to lead Sailors and become an active member of the CPO’s mess.
Training topics for CPO 365 include Navy heritage, Navy policies and procedures, equal opportunity guidance, sponsorship and indoctrination, Fleet and Family Service Center programs, Perform-to-Serve, the enlisted retention board, career development boards and physical fitness and nutrition.
“We want to ensure that new chiefs and all first class leadership continue to guard those programs and educate our junior Sailors about their importance,” said Pochop.
Commands seeking to establish their own CPO 365 program can review the MCPONs 2011-2012 CPO 365 guidance.