The chance to reach the Navy’s second highest enlisted pay grade slipped slightly this year.

Last year, 14 percent of eligible chiefs were selected to make senior chief, a 22-year high. This year, it fell to a 13 percent selection rate.

But those were still the third best odds to be selected over the past two decades, trailing only fiscal years 2019 and 2014.

The 20-year average is pegged at about an 11 percent selection rate.

Compare that to the 22 percent selection rate averaged by first class petty officers looking to make chief over the same span, or the 14 percent cut for senior chiefs vying for the master chief grade.

The E-8 selection board began its work on April 22 at the Navy Personnel Command in Millington, Tennessee.

For FY 2020, 12,764 eligible chief petty officers will compete for 1,653 quotas to move up.

Although the number of chiefs eligible for review fell by 500 this year, the board also faced a loss of 200 quotas

Navy Divers have the best chance to get ahead, if they’re rated as master divers.

This year, all 14 chiefs who are master divers will become senior chiefs.

That contrasts with the 116 other eligible Navy Divers in the non-master group. They’re competing for only seven quotas, which means only 6 percent of the pool will be advanced.

For 126 submarine-qualified culinary specialists and yeomen, however, there are no quotas for chiefs to advance this year.

Check out all the quotas here!

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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