Those sailors will be eligible for advancement under the new Meritorious Advancement Program, which has allowed fleet sailors to be handpicked for advancing up the petty officer ranks by their commands. The redesigned spot advancement program gives skippers more say over sailors' careers and was overseen by the chief of naval personnel, who has also ordered the no-test advancements to expand to shore-duty commands.
Vice Adm. Bill Moran has met with manpower planners and enlisted leaders to ensure that the expanding no-test advancements don't undermine progress in unclogging overmanned ratings.
Chief of Naval Personnel, Vice Adm. Bill Moran announced his intention to expand no-test advancements to shore duty sailors last fall, but today, he announced his initial plan to make it happen — hinting if it goes well that more quotas could come.
In addition, he's listened to fleet and manpower advisors and has put in a few extra controls to ensure the program doesn't over man certain ratings and pay grades — long a concern of community managers under the old Command Advancement Program.
The changes came out of working groups of senior enlisted sailors led by MCPON's leadership mess last fall after season one wrapped.
These master chief's surveyed the fleet for feedback after season one wrapped up last fall, making recommendations to for adjustments for adjusting and expanding advancements under MAP.
"This year is all about the expansion to shore, and we'll execute our plan and again evaluate how it worked out as we plan again for next year and determine if we want to make additional adjustments," Moran said. "I don't expect this to be the last turn we take on it, either."
No-test advancement spots
- E-4: 1,124 with 86 percent sea duty.
- E-5: 936 with 85 percent sea duty.
- E-6: 1,021 with 58 percent sea duty.
Quotas by unit identification code can be found here.
"We're starting small with the shore-duty quotas so we can assess the impact on manning and also retention," Fleet Master Chief (AW/SW) April Beldo said in the phone interview. "It still represents about 10 percent of total advancements — that's what we want right now as we assess the impact of the program."
"I hear that a lot from sailors as we move around the fleet — both as all hands call questions and when I'm talking one-on-one," he said. "I just want sailors to know that it's just not the truth — but by accounting for all advancements together we ensure that we keep opportunity rolling on both the [Navy-wide Exam] and through MAP."
"This cycle, we're going to restrict the number of quotas for 18 rates out of the 270 we have in the three MAP paygrades," Moran said, referring to new rules that will make it harder for COs to spot advance sailors in restricted rates.
"It's a relatively small number in the grand scheme of things," Moran continued. "It's only in there to modulate so we're not going wildly above manning levels."
Another 33 in the reserve full-time support will also be restricted.
"We'll allow commanding officers who really want to advance someone in those rates to apply through their [chain of command]," Moran said. "There will be a negotiation with the community mangers in Millington to look at the total picture — we're going to allow some, but not all, and it will depend on the number of requests."
"If only a few are being asked for in a given rate, we may well grant waivers to all," he said. "On the other hand if we see forty come in, we may have to turn down a lot of them because we can't afford to overman a rate and cause ripple effects down the road."
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- Active Component: AME1, AWF1, AWO1, AWV1, BM1, CTM1, EO1, GSM1, MR1, SH1, UT1, AWF2, AWR2, CSS2, GSM2, MR2, SH2 and STS2.
- Full-Time Support: AME1, AO1, AS1, ATI1, ATO1, AZ1, CS1, ET1, IT1, NCC1, PR1, AME2, AS2, ATI2, AZ2, EM2, ET2, PR2, AO3, AWF3, ET3 and PR3.
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General detail sailors in the Professional Apprenticeship Career Tracks program are also eligible for MAP if they:
- Have at least 12 months-time at onboard their permanent duty station.
- Meet the required time-in-rate requirement for advancement to E-4 as of Jan. 1, 2017.
- Have an approved quota for rating designation, provided that designation is not in an 'A' School required rating.
"Every time we take an action, we should be predicting an outcome and assessing ourselves against that prediction at the end of the cycle to see if we got the desired effect," he said. "As ratings continue to stabilize, then I think we might be able to go higher or we could find out we need to dial back at some point — I'm not fixed with the number but I think it should be based on the data and the results we get in terms of retention."
"Right now I have a lot of faith in our board process, and that needs to be the primary means by which we select our chief petty officers," Moran said. "That said, we might explore broadening the categories of people that can be advanced through MAP to include chief petty officer [selected] on a more local level — but that would be something we'll continue to explore as we examine the effect of MAP and the expanding MAP on the entirety of the fleet."
Quotas by Unit Identification Codes (UIC) are posted on the MAP web page at: http://www.public.navy.mil/bupers-npc/career/talentmanagement/Pages/MAP.aspx.
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.