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  1. Making E-8 gets slightly tougher

    The latest E-8 selection board convened Monday with a mandate to select 1,445 of 12,010 eligible chief petty officers to pin a senior chief's star over their anchors.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  2. Delta Company soldiers march to the field at Army Officer Candidate School. Army

    Switching services could be your best shot at OCS

    Michael Heller knew that if he was going to move up, he had to get out.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  3. The Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine West Virginia. It is unclear whether female enlisted sailors might serve on ballistic-missile subs as well as attack boats. MC2 Ashley Hedrick/Navy

    Navy surveys female sailors for sub duty

    A survey meant to gauge interest among enlisted women for submarine service is going out to the fleet.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
  4. Reserve and FTS master chief, senior chief selectees announced

    Personnel officials released the names of Navy Reserve and full-time support sailors chosen for senior chief and master chief as part of the latest board on Monday.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  5. Making master chief gets a little tougher in latest cycle

    An eligible senior chief's shot at making master chief just got a harder for the first time in five years, according to new data released Tuesday.

    • Apr. 1, 2014
  6. Adm. Jon Greenert, chief of naval operations, answers questions during a Feb. 25 editorial board with Navy Times. Alan Lessig / Staff

    CNO predicts steady manning levels, outlines plans to shelve some ships

    The Air Force is looking to send home more than of 20,000 airmen this year. And the Army likely will be forced to slash four times as many soldiers in coming years.

    • Mar. 9, 2014
  7. Expert offers 7 last-minute tips for your test

    March means spring, college basketball brackets — and advancement tests.

    • Mar. 8, 2014
  8. E-6 exam postponed for nearly 70 sailors

    Nearly 70 sailors in the National Capitol Region slated to take Thursday's E-6 exam will get a few extra weeks to study due to a delay, a personnel official told Navy Times Wednesday night.

    • Mar. 5, 2014
  9. A good exam score could be even more important for sailors trying to make E-4. Here, a sailor takes the third class petty officer advancement test aboard the carrier Carl Vinson in September. MC3 George M. Bell/Navy

    Experts bust 5 advancement exam myths

    Sailors love scuttlebutt, and at just about every command, ashore and at sea, it ferries myths around the passageways about everything from Navy regs to the ship's schedule. Advancement exams are no different.

    • Mar. 1, 2014
  10. A row of sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan participate in the E-6 advancement exam. An expert on taking exams says proper study techniques are the best way to attain good scores. MCSA Benjamin C. Jernigan/Navy

    7 tips for acing promotion exams

    The clock is ticking. The spring 2014 advancement exams start in less than a month and for those hoping to earn a crow or put on your next petty officer chevron, it's time to hit the books.

    • Feb. 22, 2014
  11. Senior enlisted academy shakeup

    The Navy's Senior Enlisted Academy will start ramping up this year, with the goal of doubling its output of graduates.

    • Feb. 10, 2014
  12. Scores on exams could be de-emphasized in future advancement calculations for more senior sailors, but would count for more in junior petty officer advancements. Some Navy Times readers said they wanted the tests ditched entirely, while others wanted to modify the focus of the questions. MC3 George M. Bell/Navy

    Weight of tests, evals, more would change under advancement plan

    Sailors have griped forever that the advancement rules reward bookworms and penalize gearheads.

    • Feb. 3, 2014
  13. BMCS Don Gore served more than 40 years before retiring at the end of 2013. Courtesy of BMCS Don Gore

    Commentary: Career advice from a 42-year veteran

    I recently retired from the Navy after more than 42 years of service on active duty and in the Reserve.

    • Jan. 25, 2014
  14. Enlisted openings for 2014 on the crew of the frigate Constitution include a Navy counselor, yeoman and culinary specialist, all E-6s. Peter D. Melkus/Navy

    History help wanted: Frigate Constitution seeks sailors

    The Navy's floating history lesson wants you. Well, it wants three of you.

    • Jan. 15, 2014
  15. Command Master Chief Jesus Galura of the dock landing ship Germantown has been temporarily reassigned to Amphibious Squadron 11 by Capt. Heidi Agle, commodore of the squadron, the Navy said in a news release. Navy

    Japan-based amphib CMC relieved amid sex-assault investigation

    The top enlisted man aboard a Japan-based amphibious ship was removed from his position Tuesday as the Navy investigates allegations of sexual assault made by a female enlisted member of the ship's crew, the service announced.

    • Jan. 7, 2014
  16. Aviation ordnancemen from the aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush practice assembling bombs on the Office of Naval Research TechSolutions' improved weapons assembly station in Norfolk, Va., in September. The new stands offer improved ergonomics and works with existing assembly practices. John F. Williams/Navy

    New table may offer relief for AOs on back-breaking bomb duty

    An aircraft carrier's war-fighting mission demands a crew that can deliver bombs against the enemy with precision.

    • Dec. 8, 2013
  17. A sailor takes his chief petty officer exam aboard the aircraft carrier John C. Stennis last January. This year's exam will take place Jan. 14. MC2 Kenneth Abbate / Navy

    CPO exam bumped up in case of shutdown

    The chief petty officer exam has been bumped up two days to avert possible problems if a federal government shutdown were to occur again.

    • Dec. 6, 2013
  18. Fall petty officer names released!

    The fall 2013 petty officer advancement list is out and 21,374 active-duty sailors are advancing. The chief of naval personnel released the list early Tuesday.

    • Nov. 26, 2013
  19. Fall advancement quotas: Chance to advance dips slightly

    For 21,374 sailors hoping to move into or up the petty officer ranks, the wait is nearly over.

    • Nov. 21, 2013
  20. Reservists see slightly better chance to advance

    While active-duty sailors saw a dip in their chance to advance into and up the petty officer ranks, reservists got better news — 1,881 are set to advance to E-4, E-5 or E-6, and all but incoming E-4s saw a higher advancement opportunity than in the spring

    • Nov. 21, 2013
  21. A Navy military training instructor conducts a uniform inspection Nov. 13 at Training Support Center Great Lakes, Ill. Matt Mogle/Navy

    Navy: Mentors needed in the barracks

    Pushing boots as a recruit division commander is not the only assignment that allows you to train up the fleet's next generation.

    • Nov. 20, 2013
  22. Sailors and Marines line up in formation before an all-hands call on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship Boxer in September. The Navy said Oct. 25 it has no intention of using involuntary separations this year. MCSN Conor Minto/Navy

    Navy: No intention to involuntarily separate sailors in 2014

    Navy officials are insisting that involuntary separations of sailors would be unlikely this year, despite looming budget cuts.

    • Oct. 25, 2013
  23. New stress-control training will be mandatory for E-4s and above heading to sea. Here, a sailor scrubs the flight deck of the aircraft carrier Harry S. Truman, on deployment in 5th Fleet. MCSN Karl Anderson/Navy

    New pre-deployment training targets 'operational stress'

    If you're an E-4 or above and spinning up to deploy after Jan. 1, there's a new training topic on your plate: operational stress control.

    • Oct. 19, 2013
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