Mark D. Faram is a former reporter for Navy Times. He was a senior writer covering personnel, cultural and historical issues. A nine-year active duty Navy veteran, Faram served from 1978 to 1987 as a Navy Diver and photographer.
The Navy's ongoing experiments in offering spot advancements to enlisted will continue for the second year in the senior enlisted ranks. This year, chief petty officers will get an extra shot at putting on E-8.