US Navy CNP Announces Bees to Badges

Speaking at Naval Construction Training Center, the Chief of Naval Personnel (CNP) announced a new program that will improve Seabee advancement and retention opportunity while also meeting new requirements for the master-at-arms community, Jan. 20.

Vice Adm. William Moran, CNP, and Fleet Master Chief April Beldo, Moran’s senior enlisted advisor, laid out to Seabees the details of the program called Bees to Badges. It will provide Seabees the opportunity for conversion to MA prior to their Career Waypoints Reenlistment (C-WAY) window. The program’s goal is to balance an over-manned Seabee community while simultaneously supporting the need for more MA’s.

Moran said:

As our Seabee numbers have decreased, many top-notch Sailors had a hard time finding ways to stay on a viable career path that allowed them to utilize their expeditionary skillsets and “Can-Do” way of doing business.

Because Seabees have experience in security patrols and small arms they are more closely aligned with the MA mission than other communities. This rate conversion opportunity will be available for all active duty Seabees; however, it will focus on select ratings, year groups and will be managed closely by the community managers.

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