Let the frocking begin!

Across the fleet, commands are preparing to honor 18,052 sailors who will sew on the petty officer crow or add another chevron.

That’s because on Friday morning the Navy released the names of the sailors advancing to the pay grades of first, second and third class petty officer.

Earlier this year, 88,293 sailors passed their exams, marking them eligible to compete for the 18,052 quotas available this cycle.

That means a sailor’s chance to get ahead fell to roughly 20 percent, four percent below last year’s advancement rate.

The Navy traditionally announces petty officer advancements on the eve of the Memorial Day weekend.

Commands must now make sure that their sailors have completed the mandatory leadership development courses so that the petty officers can be frocked.

Frocking is a Navy tradition that allows sailors to assume their new grades — with the privileges and responsibilities associated with them — prior to their formal advancement dates.

But frocked sailors won’t draw their elevated pay until their official advancement dates, which will arrive in monthly increments over the next six months.

Do you or someone you know make the cut? Look for names on the Navy Times complete list of Active, Reserve and Full-Time Support Advancements here.

Congratulations to all selectees!