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Petty officer advancement winners, losers

Opportunities by rating, paygrade

May. 19, 2014 - 07:50PM   |  
Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier George Washington stand at attention during a frocking ceremony in the ship's hangar bay in December. Overall advancement took a 4.3 percent dip this cycle.
Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier George Washington stand at attention during a frocking ceremony in the ship's hangar bay in December. Overall advancement took a 4.3 percent dip this cycle. (MC3 Paolo Bayas/Navy)
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The petty officer advancement lists will hit the fleet later this week, but fewer sailors will be moving up as the advancement rates drop from record highs.

With advancement overall taking a 4.3 percent dip, some rates came out of the cycle better than others, according to the active-duty advancement quotas released Monday. Here are some of the big winners and losers from this cycle.

The winners

With retention flagging, special operators advanced at 100 percent across the board, as did special warfare boat operators. Explosive ordnance disposal sailors advanced at a 40 percent rate to second class and at 100 percent to first class.

Submarine Electronics technician in the nuclear field also advanced at close to 100 across the ranks — at E-5 you could avoid getting promoted if you tried, but it was wide open at E-6 — however, their compatriots in the surface Navy advanced closer to Navy-wide averages.

Operations specialists continued their cakewalk to E-5, advancing 100 percent to third class, and around 50 percent to second class. But E-6 remains a hurdle for the rate, advancing only 71 of the 947 test takers this cycle. That is, however, an uptick from last cycle when only 67 advanced to first class.

Cytologic technician interpreters fared well in groups four, three and two to first class, advancing anywhere from 50 to 100 percent of their test takers to first class, but had a tougher road to second class across the groups, promoting fewer than 35 percent. All four groups made third at 100 percent.

The losers

The ship’s serviceman rating, already miserable for advancement, was even worse this cycle. Only 29 of more than 500 test takers made third, and chances only slightly improved for E-5 and E-6 candidates — rates that were worse across the board from last cycle.

Ship’s servicemen are being offered early outs this year, according to the eligibility list..

Docs also suffered another rough cycle with hospital corpsmen advancing at a 9 percent rate across the ranks. HMs had the easiest time making third, but still only advanced a mere 11.53 percent of test takers.

Operators in the naval aircrewman rate took a beating, with none of the 197 test takers making first class, and 15 of 100 making second. (The lone test taker for third was advanced.) NWOs are over-manned according to NPC, and some are being offered early outs.

Recently-advanced musicians will remain as elusive as endangered Sumatran tigers in the first half of 2014. Still suffering for billet cuts, only 16 musicians advanced this cycle across the ranks, out of 204 test takers.

Sailors in the mass communications specialist rating took a hit this cycle. The advancement to third dropped all the way from 90 percent last cycle to nine percent this cycle. The rates to second and first class also took a dive, dropping to nine and 18 percent respectively.

Staff writer Mark D. Faram contributed to this report.

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