Navy announces FY19 CPO Selections

The Navy’s most celebrated season begins today.

Enlisted sailors who have waited their careers for this now are eagerly anticipating seeing their name on the list of nearly 4,700 selected chiefs — and pinning on the anchors that let them enter the mess.

It’s a unique moment not only for the Navy, but the American military.

“Today culminates many years of dedicated service ― blood, sweat and sacrifice ― to the nation you’ve served and the sailors you’ve led,” said Fleet Master Chief (SW/IW/AW) Russ Smith, the interim Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy.

“The anchors you will soon wear represent a tremendous and solemn privilege as this selection is not a reward for the service you have rendered, but rather a recognition that you are ready for greater responsibility and more accountability.”

The chance to attain those anchors rose for the third year in a row. The Navy counted about 18,600 eligible first class petty officers competing for the 4,704 openings — a one-in-four chance to join the goat locker.

At just over 25 percent, up from last year’s 23.6 percent shot, it’s the best advancement opportunity to E-7 over the past five years.

The chief of naval personnel convened the fiscal 2019 chief petty officer selection board on June 25.

It;s the largest and longest board conducted by the service annually.

Next comes initiation, several whirlwind weeks that culminate in the Sept. 14 pinning day for all new Navy chiefs.

But if your name is on the list today, it’s your moment to savor. You made it. But the interim MCPON wants you to start prepping for hard work.

“Use this time to reflect on your good fortune, and also to steel yourself for the monumental task that lies ahead!” Smith said. “Our Navy will depend on you to ensure we maintain our competitive advantage and remain the world’s most well-trained, combat ready force. Hooyah, Navy chiefs!”

Congratulations to all newly selected chief petty officers!











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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