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  2. (CNN)The commanding officer, executive officer and senior non-commissioned officer of the USS Fitzgerald are due to be removed from their duties for cause amid the fallout surrounding the deadly collision between the USS Fitzgerald and a cargo ship off the coast of Japan on June 17. "They will be detached from the ship for cause, which is, we've lost trust and confidence in their ability to lead in those positions and they will not return to the ship," Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. William Moran told reporters at the Pentagon late Thursday. http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/17/politics/uss-fitzgerald-leadership-removed/index.html
  3. Yesterday
  4. I know exactly how you feel man. I just know you feel it more because you been trying longer than me. I have 5 years left to retirement. People say the same things to me. Why didn't he make it? Junior sailors making it before me, people who don't care to make chief still making it. I did back to back sea duty, have everything the precepts and convening order said. Had the highest advancement rate to chief my rate has ever seen this year and still got the N. I have looked at my record and the only thing I can see is my overlapping evals from when I made first. That was corrected by sending a memo to PERS, its in my actual record. So I don't know what else I need to do. I have MP, EP from this new command I am at, my last command was P, MP, MP. I have seen people make it with back to back Ps and back to back MPs. IMO the selection process is flawed...
  5. That is a good idea. Here is what I ended up using for mine. If anyone wants to use pieces. I used someone who was SOY last year and was selected this cycle as a template for this writeup. This also was changed ever so slightly as I ran out of room on NavFit so had to change the wording slightly, but this is the meat of what I put. Petty Officer XX is an absolute SUPERSTAR onboard the XX. He continues to be a model Sailor who infuses the Navy's Core Values to all who cross his path and demonstrates the leadership and foresight to be a stellar Chief TODAY. -OUTSTANDING DECKPLATE LEADER: As the training coordinator, he led 155 students through their qualification process at XX. Under his direct supervision, he ensured the 59 staff personnel maintained the students on track for qualification dates. Constantly sought out by students for mentoring through both personal and professional issues in their day-to-day experiences. -SKILLFUL MANAGER: As EWS Over-instruct, assisted in the qualification of 10 sea returnees in initial EWS qualifications. His willingness to stay and help others has positively influenced the performance of his crew accumulating an extra 150 hours this year. His work ethic and steadfast drive attributed to over 155 qualified Nuclear operators with <1% attrition. -EXCEPTIONAL WATCHSTANDER: Hand selected as primary EDPO for the Pier Side Extended Maintenance Availability and Containment System Testing, as well as, EWS for complex evolutions such as cooldowns. Volunteers to stand watch during complex evolutions and has yet to meet a challenge he cannot overcome with superior performance and planning. Petty Officer XX will be a welcome addition to the CPO quarters and has my highest personnel recommendation for advancement. Promote him now!!
  6. Well I can do you one better, I will just copy and paste some of the stuff I put on my eval this year. Maybe it can give you ideas, but don't run with it, I am in the same boat as you and I didn't get selected yet. But you never know what can help people... SAILOR DRIVEN. His personal dedication to the professional development and retention of his Sailors fostered a productive working and training environment which resulted in 18 advancements, the selection of one JSOQ, two BJOQ's, 100% divisional EAWS and 13 ESWS qualifications, 27 departmental EIWS qualifications, and three re-enlistments. -DECKPLATE LEADER. As Command Duty Section Leader, led 147 FCPO's and 331 Junior Sailors across 11 departments in 236 qualifications and manning of 2,592 watch stations, to safeguard the physical integrity of the ship abroad and homeport. -LEADER AMONG PEERS. As CPO 365 Phase 1 Boat Team Leader, led 18 FCPO's in the execution of classroom training on naval history and heritage increasing knowledge on CPO history in preparation of CPO Phase II.
  7. No I learned that, the failure dropped off this year for that person so that is probably why. I actually have a bullet on my eval for 365, it reads exactly like this : Leader Among Peers. As CPO 365 Phase 1 Boat Team Leader, led 18 FCPO's in the execution of classroom training on naval history and heritage increasing knowledge on CPO history in preparation of CPO Phase II. I am slowly moving on and already started working on my eval and EOT award. Started studying the for exam so I can get my ticket next year.
  8. Yeah, with my Death Star eval 1of1 MP I didn't think I had a chance.
  9. I thought we might have passed by each other in the SoY contest, but I went through Pacific
  10. (CNN)An active-duty US Navy commander pleaded guilty Tuesday in a major corruption scandal involving a Singapore-based defense contractor. http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/15/us/us-navy-singapore-bribery/index.html
  11. A U.S. Navy civilian support ship will officially become a warship in Bahrain on Thursday. The USNS Lewis B. Puller (T-ESB 3) will transition to the USS Lewis B. Puller (ESB 3), a warship capable of carrying out new offensive missions in the Middle East. The ship will conduct mine counter-measure missions and Special Operations missions, according to a U.S. Navy official. http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/navy-turning-usns-puller-warship-middle-east-n793336
  12. Last week
  13. I made it with two MPs in a row. anything is possible.
  14. What region are you at, the only thing they are kicking my butt in is pushups. Oh well and if I am honest my memory.
  15. @HawkISback I definitely did not prepare myself for this high level of exercise I am regretting that decision everyday but hey I don't give up. A note on how some people make it that you wouldn't expect while others believe they are deserving of being advanced bit getting the N; IMO titles mean nothing without the results to back them up. You can have zero titles and still be able to show leadership. It truly is about what your junior sailors produce that make you advance. I have a Bachelors Degree, did it help in getting me advance yes however, it was not a deciding factor but merely a filler. Don't get hung up on EP,MP, and Ps. The board knows that not everyone can have an EP. They see beyond the cookie cutter sailors they want who have shown Sustain Superior Performance consistently.
  16. Another thing for everyone, you have to be ready physically for the initiation. I am a CFL and this has some challenges for me. Start now or be prepared to be called out.
  17. It can feel like that, but if anyone was going to be blackballed it would have been me. Have you had a CDB with your CMC yet? How many years do you have in?
  18. Was the failure there while you were onboard, if so what did they do to overcome it. On the 365 peice, was your involvement leading training or attending? Are you sure the board had the opportunity to see that in your record?
  19. Earlier
  20. ARABIAN GULF (NNS) -- For many Sailors and Marines, the military is great for on-the-job training. They work around the clock throughout the ship in different technical fields from welding to photography. With the United Service Military Apprenticeship Program (USMAP), service members can attain tangible proof to show their next employer how much experience they gained working in their various fields aboard the ship. USMAP offers apprenticeships for most rated Sailors. The program works with the Department of Labor (DOL) to provide nationally recognized apprenticeship programs which result in journeyman-level certificates of completion for members of the sea services. During their apprenticeship, service members document hours performing the duties associated with their job in the military. The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) has 813 Sailors aboard with completed apprenticeships and 720 who are currently working on their certifications. "The DOL offers programs like this in the civilian sector as well, only you have to pay for it," said Chief Navy Counselor Desiree Rivers, from Everett, Wash. "USMAP, however, does not cost a Sailor anything. It is completely free." The apprenticeships available coincide with the work service members are already doing on a day to day basis. Each certificate has a certain amount of hours required for completion and once the hours required are completed and the certificate is received, it gives Sailors a leg up in the Navy and against their civilian counterparts. "Inside the Navy, it shows your chain of command that you can start something and finish it on your own time without supervision," said Rivers. "When you separate from the military and you're writing your resume for a new job, your resume is going to have that certification on it, so the benefits of the program are twofold." Machinery Repairman 1st Class Carmen Vescio, from Fulton, N.Y., received his USMAP certificate in 2012. "In the Navy, if you do it step-by-step it will give you the tools to be great at your job by helping you with your in-rate knowledge; helping you with your advancement exam, while also furthering your career," said Vescio. Vescio was advanced to first class petty officer within five years of being in the Navy, and said that it was because of everything he learned while also working on his apprenticeship. "For people like myself, this program is huge," said Vescio. "We get to get out of the Navy and jump right into a leadership position as a civilian instead of being the guy fetching the tools and having to learn how to use the machines." Vescio received his certificate after logging 9000 hours on the Inside Machinist apprenticeship. The Inside Machinist certificate relates directly to machinery work and repair. "I would have to work for years as a civilian to get my journeyman," said Vescio. "My time in the military counts as progress with my career on the outside as well. Why would you not use this program to your advantage?" By completing an apprenticeship program through USMAP, service members can save time and money by not having to complete them in the civilian sector. Working 40 hours a week allows someone to complete about 2,000 hours in one year. For service members underway or on deployment they are able to log even more than that, meaning an apprenticeship is attainable in a shorter span of time. With Nimitz being on deployment, the time spent while a Sailor waits to enroll is just time that they can't claim for their apprenticeship. There is no downside to the program since it is time already spent working. A Sailor can enroll in an apprenticeship by visiting https://www.usmap.netc.navy.mil and following the procedures on the website. Nimitz is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. While in this region, the ship and strike group are conducting maritime security operations to reassure allies and partners, preserve freedom of navigation, and maintain the free flow of commerce.
  21. UNCLASSIFIED ROUTINE R 071453Z AUG 17 FM CNO WASHINGTON DC TO NAVADMIN INFO CNO WASHINGTON DC BT UNCLAS PASS TO OFFICE CODES: FM CNO WASHINGTON DC//N1// INFO CNO WASHINGTON DC//N1// NAVADMIN 192/17 MSGID/GENADMIN/CNO WASHINGTON DC/N1/AUG// SUBJ/OPTIMIZING SENIOR ENLISTED (E7-E9) ASSIGNMENTS// REF/A/MSG/CNO WASHINGTON DC/141332ZMAR14// REF/B/MSG/CNO WASHINGTON DC/251901ZAUG16// REF/C/MSG/CNO WASHINGTON DC/111604ZDEC02// REF/D/DOC/BUPERS/18JUL16// REF/E/DOC/COMNAVPERSCOM/13MAR15// REF/F/DOC/CNO/03MAY17// NARR/REF A IS NAVADMIN 058/14, INCREASED ENLISTED PERSONNEL DISTRIBUTION AUTHORITY. REF B IS NAVADMIN 190/16, SEA SHORE FLOW ENLISTED CAREER PATHS UPDATES. REF C IS NAVADMIN 395/02, TAR SEA SHORE ROTATION TOUR LENGTH REVISION. REF D IS BUPERSINST 1080.54, ENLISTED DISTRIBUTION AND VERIFICATION PROCESS. REF E IS MILPERSMAN ARTICLE 1306-141, VOLUNTARY SEA DUTY PROGRAM. REF F IS CNO POLICY DECISION MEMORANDUM (PDM) 001-17: SEA DUTY INCENTIVE PAY PROGRAM.// 1. This message announces changes to distribution policies for Active Component (AC) and Full Time Support (FTS) senior enlisted personnel (E7-E9). Effective immediately, these changes amplify previous guidance on early return to sea outlined in reference (a). 2. We operate in a dynamic environment and Sailors are our key advantage. Assigning Chiefs to our ships, submarines, squadrons, and other key operational and Fleet production units is vital to maintaining that advantage. With this in mind, sea shore flow and sea shore rotation in references (b) and (c) will be updated. Until then, all Chiefs (E7-E9) can expect assignment as set forth in this NAVADMIN. 3. Assignments for all enlisted supervisors, including those selected for advancement to Chief, will be reviewed and managed to maximize Fleet manning readiness. When detailing Chiefs, sea shore flow and sea shore rotation concerns will continue to be considered, but will be secondary to Fleet manning requirements. Additional factors that will be considered include recent deployment dates and dwell time, career progression, manning posture and Critical Navy Enlisted Classification Codes (CNECs) at both the current and projected commands. 4. Newly selected Chiefs should expect assignment to sea and operational billets as the new norm. Additionally, all Chiefs (E7-E9) may be considered for reassignment based on the following business rules: a. Chiefs assigned to unfunded billets in line with reference (d), b. Chiefs assigned to an activity in excess of supervisor Billets Authorized (BA), and c. Chiefs assigned to a BA requirement of a lower paygrade. Waivers may be granted on a case basis to support Fleet readiness requirements. 5. Chiefs in an assignment that fits one of the above business rules are encouraged to consider the Voluntary Sea Duty Program, reference (e), and the Sea Duty Incentive Pay Program, reference (f). Proactive action to manage career progression comes with potential benefits including geographic stability, the opportunity to negotiate for choice orders, and Sea Duty Incentive Pay for eligible ratings which can found at http://www.public.navy.mil/bupers-npc/career/payandbenefits/Pages/sdip.aspx. 6. For those identified for redistribution, COMNAVPERSCOM Placement Management Department (PERS-4013) will contact the command to notify them that a Chief was identified for redistribution. Every effort will be made to first reassign the Chief within the same TYCOM/BSO, but when that is not practical, the Chief will be assigned to the highest priority billet requirement of the MCA. The management and review of nuclear-trained supervisor assignments will be closely coordinated between PERS-403 and OPNAV N133. 7. This redistribution policy will lead to a more efficient assignment of senior enlisted leadership across the Navy. For assistance or further information, contact the Navy Personnel Customer Service Center at 1(866) U- Ask-NPC/DSN 882 or via e-mail at uasknpc(at)navy.mil. 8. This message will remain in effect until superseded or canceled, whichever occurs first. 9. Released by Vice Admiral R. P. Burke, N1.// BT #0001 NNNN UNCLASSIFIED//
  22. OCEANSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A Navy veteran has been arrested in Southern California for allegedly poisoning and maiming his neighbors' dogs, dousing them with acid and gouging one animal's eye. http://www.bakersfield.com/ap/state/navy-vet-arrested-for-alleged-dog-mutilations/article_45c7cfba-c1d5-5cfc-b57b-a996a9f73616.html
  23. WASHINGTON — A U.S. Navy destroyer carried out a freedom of navigation operation Thursday, coming within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built up by China in the South China Sea, U.S. officials told Reuters. The operation came as President Donald Trump’s administration seeks Chinese cooperation in dealing with North Korea’s missile and nuclear programs and could complicate efforts to secure a common stance. https://www.voanews.com/a/us-navy-ship-sails-near-china-artificial-islands/3979880.html
  24. Just my perception. Unfortunately, I can't prove or be proved right or wrong.
  25. You are misinformed. That does not how the board works.
  26. Good for you. I thought I had done the same but I guess not.
  27. TOKYO (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy on Tuesday said it will haul the guided missile destroyer severely damaged in a collision with a freighter in Japanese waters back to the United States for repairs as soon as September. http://www.businessinsider.com/r-us-to-haul-stricken-destroyer-from-japan-back-to-us-for-repairs-2017-8
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