It is the delight of many people to be recognized at their place of work, and be rewarded for their effort and dedication. The reward mostly comes in terms of promotion and pay rise. However, in many cases, job satisfaction matters more than pays. This is mostly applicable at different jobs, and it is not different in the US Navy. Getting promotion to the post of Chief Officer in the naval services is a sign of recognition of the service given by the officers, and it is a privilege that many service men would like to have.
Within the Chief Officer’s position, there are different ranks, starting from the Chief Petty Officer, followed by Senior Chief Petty Officer, and finally the Master Chief Petty Officer. To become a Chief Petty Officer, and the subsequent ranks, it requires that an officer should have had subsequent amount of time in the service (at least 11 years); pass several evaluation scores as well as the special exams. In addition, the individual needs to be undertaken through a thorough peer review (http://www. military.
com/MilitaryCareers/Content/0,14556,Promotions_Navy_E7,00. html. ). To be promoted to the Chief Petty Officer, is one of the significant promotions to receive in the naval services. This rank means that the officer will have to take on more responsibilities in the administration of the Navy. Therefore, a selectee is taken through some series of steps by the other Chiefs, under an assigned Sponsor. Throughout the indoctrination period, the chiefs provided required guidance to the selectee. This period prepared the selectee for the initiation ceremony.
It is only those who underwent the initiation period, whether they have retired or are still in service that are allowed to attend the initiation of a new selectee. In the initiation period, a selectee had got a charge book in which any of the mistakes committed were documented, and thus punished by the kangaroo court. This was a normal procedure of the initiation which had to be undertaken. However, the initiation period was not a must, as a selectee had the right to decide to forego the procedure. With time, the initiation practices have been replaced with other new policies and procedures, which are generally induction processes.
However, there are many similarities between the new induction and the old initiation procedures. For more recognition, a promoted officer will be given a change of uniform to accompany the new rank and roles. The officer will also be given some privileges over the others; for instance, they will have different places as their home, and the dining areas. After the promotion, the Chief Petty Officer’s address turns to Chief and not just the name that he/she was initially referred by. This is both by those who are above or below his/her new rank.
It is the duty of the Chief Petty Officers to provide leadership and technical expertise in their regiment. However, the issue of leadership is what is mostly emphasized as their duty. Furthermore, it is the duty of all the chiefs to make sure that they give their juniors the required training. In carrying out their duties, Chief Petty Officers combine the rank and rating. Different abbreviations have been given to distinguish the ratings that exist. For instance, Quartermaster (QM), Boatswains Mate (BM) and Gunners Mate (GM).
These abbreviations for the ratings can also be combined by the rank of the chief so that they it can be easy to come across such initials as BMC, which means Chief Boatswains Mate. The officers can be mostly referred to by their initials during some formal communication, but it remains that they are all Chiefs, irrespective of their rating. The Chief Petty Officer is given a rating insignia that has a symbol of an eagle that has its wings spread wide, which is usually above three chevrons. However, this insignia is not worn on all the uniforms, but only on the blue and aviation uniform.
On the other uniforms, the officer puts on an insignia that has a fouled gold anchor. The uniforms of the chiefs are usually Khaki in color, what is completely different from what the junior soldiers puts on. In case a chief for whatever reason has committed a crime that warrants punitive actions that demands being demoted from the ranks they hold, it has to be decided by the martial courts. Once one becomes a Chief Petty Officer, there are privileges and responsibilities that come with the rank, in which the officer is highly expected to observe.
In this new position, an officer is expected to fulfill certain responsibilities towards the colleagues as it is expected that the others would do the same. This is what makes most of those who attain this position to be proud of the achievement they make. The US Navy missions that have to be accomplished and it is the duty of the chief petty officer to lead in the accomplishment of these missions. The officers are therefore expected to use their skills and knowledge in this venture.
Furthermore, it is the duty of the Chief Officer to ensure that the core values of the Navy are communicated to the sailors so that the entire operation of the Navy can be obtained successfully. It is also required that as a Chief Petty Officer, there is need to support the endeavors that are in the chain of command of the Navy, as well as those who are in the same rank and rate as the officer. After serving as a Chief Petty Officer, a navy officer can then be promoted to become a Senior Chief Petty Officer, then a Master Chief Petty Officer.
To get to these positions, the procedure is the same as when one is selected to be a Chief Petty Officer. When an officer gets to the rank of the Master Chief, the insignia has an eagle, which is white, with spread wings, with two inverted silver stars above it. The Dress Blue uniform of the master chief has a mark that indicates the rating that the officer is holding in the service. However, on the other uniforms, the insignia used is similar to the one used by the Chief Petty Officers, which has become universally accepted. In most cases, the Master Chief Petty Officer deals with technical aspects in their line of expertise.
At a time, these officers can enter into the programs of the commands, and thus receive more training especially in leadership areas that can make them become better command masters. At this moment, the chief has the duty of assisting the commanding officer in various fields. In essence, it is very privileged when one has worked hard to rise to the position of the Chief in United States Navy.
Navy Enlisted Advancement System – Chief Petty Officer (E-7), retrieved on 6th September 2008 from http://www. military. com/MilitaryCareers/Content/0,14556,Promotions_Navy_E7,00. html.