The Navy on Friday released today the names of the 1,456 active-duty sailors tabbed to get a star above their chief's anchors and crows.

The 1,456 (quotas tally) selects were picked in April from a field of of 12,741 eligible chiefs and petty officers, for an making this year's opportunity a 11.4 percent chance to pin on new anchors, down from 12 percent last year.

THE COMPLETE LIST OF NAMES

It was down from last year's 12 percent opportunity. It's the second year in a row the shot at advancing dropped for what is statistically the hardest enlisted rank to make.

But The opportunity to advance is still good and still above the 10-year average of 11.2 percent, personnel officials say.

Those selected have a right to be proud, as making senior chief, through the years, has been statistically the toughest rate to achieve in the enlisted force.

In fact, the chance to make E-9 this year has narrowed. But those up for master chief had a 12.3 percent shot, nearly a percentage point higher than the senior chief rate., which dropped, but this year, the gap did narrow a bit, but the 12.29 chance to make master chief is still about a percentage point higher than 11.4 shot at senior chief.

Congratulations to all the new senior chief selectees!

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.

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