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  1. A Coast Guard forcewide survey is designed to get enlisted members' feedback on their day-to-day work, which will inform the effort to update exams and advancement courses. PO3 Peter Brown/Coast Guard

    Enlisted training overhaul in the works in Coast Guard

    Coast Guard leaders are looking to overhaul enlisted professional education, but they first want to hear what Coasties want.

    • Oct. 25, 2014
  2. Chief Boatswain's Mate (SW) Nikita Bibbs is piped aboard the chief's mess of the cruiser San Jacinto in a Tuesday ceremony aboard the battleship Wisconsin. Mark D. Faram / Navy Times

    19-year sailor makes chief on final try

    For Nikita Bibbs, Tuesday offered a new beginning after thinking his career was over.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  3. Navy leaders recall the chiefs who shaped them

    On Sept. 16th, 3,794 sailors will don the coveted rank and anchors of a Navy chief petty officer — a lifetime goal for many.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  4. Capt. Michael Wettlaufer, above, CO of the carrier John C. Stennis, promotes sailors to first class petty officer via the command advancement program on Sept. 3. New PO3 Purnell Richardson, left, is greeted by Capt. Patrick Shea of the cruiser Gettysburg during a 2011 CAP ceremony. MC Ignacio D. Perez / Navy

    Navy overhauls spot promotions

    Thousands more sailors will soon be eligible to advance without the hassle of an advancement exam, and make the move up to 12 months early.

    • Sep. 14, 2014
  5. Chief petty officer selectees meet with the retired Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Jim Herdt at the Senior Enlisted Academy in Newport, R.I., on Aug. 8. Sailors who want to advance to chief should take steps now to improve their chances. Lindsay Church/Navy

    Tips from the insiders on advancing to chief

    It's one of the hardest jobs that chief petty officers have — counseling their E-6s who didn't select for chief petty officer.

    • Aug. 23, 2014
  6. Almost 8,000 chiefs face the ax

    Almost 8,000 senior enlisted must go before a continuation board later this year, which will determine whether they can continue to serve or must retire.

    • Aug. 17, 2014
  7. Chief-selects head to their pinning ceremony aboard the flight deck of the dock landing ship Pearl Harbor in 2013. Before prospective E-7s can advance, they must go through a 'post-board scrub.' MC3 Samantha J. Webb/Navy

    Post-board scrubs ensure eligibility for advancement

    If you're picked for advancement or promotion by one of the Navy's many annual selection boards, big Navy will no longer look at your physical fitness record before giving you its stamp of approval — that will now be up to your command.

    • Aug. 16, 2014
  8. Vice Adm. William Moran, chief of naval personnel, has lunch with sailors Aug. 9 aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). MC3 Margaret Keith / Navy

    Navy personnel chief: No more enlisted retention boards during his tenure

    The Navy's top personnel officer said the two enlisted retention boards, which booted 2,946 sailors, fixed overmanning problems, but he also admitted it sowed mistrust in the ranks that persists.

    • Aug. 10, 2014
  9. The 2011 enlisted retention boards separated 2,946 sailors, many of whom were mid-career sailors looking forward to retirement. The attorney for 300 of those sailors wants the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on whether their rights were violated. Lance Cpl. Laura Y. Raga/Marine Corps

    Booted sailors set sights on Supreme Court

    A group of 300 sailors separated by the 2011 enlisted retention boards is taking its case to the nation's highest court.

    • Aug. 9, 2014
  10. Congratulations, chief! The 2015 selection board results

    The career aspirations of 3,794 first class petty officers were given a huge shot in the arm today as the Navy released the names of the sailors chosen to become chiefs by the 2015 selection board.

    • Aug. 6, 2014
  11. Chiefs list coming next week

    The wait is nearly over for more than 16,000 first class petty officers eager to see if they made chief.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
  12. A panel of three judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld the Federal Claims Court's decision to dismiss the legal challenge to the 2011 ERB by 300 former sailors. Navy

    Judges dismiss booted sailors' appeal

    Three hundred former sailors suing forcompensation from or reinstatement in the Navy after being booted by the deeply unpopular 2011 enlisted retention boards lost their appeal, likely closing the book on their challenge.

    • Jul. 27, 2014
  13. 'Broadside' cartoonist Jeff Bacon, a retired Navy oceanographer, often makes light of how the brass respond to their forecasters.

    Navy's weathermen celebrate 90 years

    They have been knocked down from ship's company to ship riders.

    • Jul. 27, 2014
  14. Naval aircrewmen (mechanical) up for E-6 last cycle had an advancement chance of less than 4 percent. Here, AWF2 Fred Johnson inspects cargo pallets at Biggs Army Airfield in El Paso, Texas. MC2 Daniel Young/Navy

    As billets drop, board convenes to set future of troubled ratings

    Between 2005 and 2009, Navy officials converted all naval aircrewmen into five service ratings, but manning and advancement challenges have officials rethinking part of that move and have led them to set up an advisory board to consider their options.

    • Jul. 26, 2014
  15. Reserve, FTS chief petty officer list released

    Active-duty sailors weren't the only ones facing a more difficult path to make chief this year.

    • Jun. 27, 2014
  16. Command Master Chief (AW/SW) Roy Carter was fired Tuesday from his post as enlisted leader of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 70. Navy

    Deployed squadron CMC sacked for poor performance

    The command master chief of a helicopter squadron has been fired for poor performance while the unit was in the Persian Gulf, Naval Air Force Atlantic said Tuesday.

    • Jun. 24, 2014
  17.  Staff

    Chance to make chief dips; 3,923 spots up for grabs

    The latest chief petty officer selection board began its work Monday picking who will be next to move into the chief’s mess in the coming year.

    • Jun. 24, 2014
  18. 6 CAP fixes sailors want

    Sailors have a love/hate relationship with spot promotions.

    • Jun. 22, 2014
  19. About 2,000 sailors a year move up via the Command Advancement Program. Here, Information Systems Technician 1st Class Yesenia Yasay gets pinned after her 2009 CAP advancement while serving on the aircraft carrier Nimitz. MC3 Patrick Heil/Navy

    Pushing for more spot promotions

    If you're afleet sailor, your skipper can show up unexpectedly at morning quarters and spot advance you to the next petty officer rank — a surprise that brings many shouts and tears.

    • Jun. 9, 2014
  20.  Staff

    E-8 selections released

    Here is a list of the sailors selected for promotion to senior chief:

    • Jun. 4, 2014
  21. Moving up faster

    Seniority no longer gives sailors much of anedge when it comes to making rate.

    • May. 26, 2014
  22. Spring 2014 petty officer list released

    Over 19,000 sailors will advance this cycle as opportunities drop from historic highs.

    • May. 23, 2014
  23. 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

    Petty officer advancement winners, losers

    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.

    • May. 19, 2014
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