US Navy Sets Course for Path to Chief Petty Officer

US Navy Sets Course for Path to Chief Petty Officer

The Navy announced guidance for the administration of the Cycle 218 Chief Petty Officer Advancement Examination and the Fiscal Year 2014 Active Chief Petty Officers (CPO) Selection Board via Navy message Sept. 26.

NAVADMIN 294/12 pertains to first class petty officers from the Full Time Support (FTS) and active component communities. Navy Selected Reserve (SELRES) exam dates and selection board information will be announced in a separate message.

The Navy will administer exams to active component and FTS Sailors Jan. 17, 2013.

Exam ordering timelines, eligibility criteria, deadlines for commands to confirm eligibility lists, waiver application procedures and special requirements are contained in the NAVADMIN. The message also outlines procedures and deadlines for submitting correspondence to the selection board.

Sailors should review their Official Military Personnel File (OMPF) for accuracy at

According to the message, the selection board will review the OMPF and performance summary record (PSR) parts I, II and III of all candidates as well as any items submitted by candidates. Each eligible candidate is responsible for ensuring their OMPF is correct and up-to-date with the latest evaluations, awards and other appropriate information.

Candidates may submit a letter to the board to provide any new information or missing information that is not currently in their OMPF.

Letters to the selection board for FTS CPO eligible candidates must be received by the Navy Personnel Command (NPC) customer service center by April 22, 2013. The FTS Selection Board is scheduled to convene May 13, 2013.

Letters to the selection board for active component CPO Selection Board eligible candidates must be received at NPC customer service center by May 28, 2013. The active component selection board is scheduled to convene June 17, 2013 and is the largest selection board held at NPC.

Letters to the board may be mailed or submitted electronically. Submission procedures and mailing addresses are outlined in the NAVADMIN. Communication to the board must originate from individual candidates; correspondence from the command or from any source other than the candidate to the president of the board will not be accepted or considered.

Naval Today Staff, September 28, 2012; Image: US Navy