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    My skipper just called, I MADE IT!
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    Haven't had a chance to check in... THE STREAK IS OVER!! I got the S!!!!
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    I was just notified! I'm a select.
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    I GOT THE S!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    That was weird. It was saying I was suspended for awhile so I couldn't log on. I figured it was because I kept pressing F5 and @Tony got mad haha. Anyway...I GOT THE "S"!!!!!!!!
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    I just found out I was SELECTED!!! ITC (SEL)
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    Everyone can now resume hitting refresh on your browsers all day. Good luck!
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    Looks like I made it...I got the "S"...AOC(SEL)!!!!!!! I owe a lot to this forum...thank you for all of the help!!!! Congrats to the others that were selected!!!!
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    Ok, so I would like to share some gouge I got last year. Let me give you a brief background on me so that this makes sense. Two commands ago I left as the #2 EP (periodic) in my command. I had been an extremely successful LPO in three different positions during my time there. My duty was shore based, but I was deployable. I was very successful on my deployments and was a division chief at a MALS unit overseas in Japan. I had been attending college for 5 years and at the time was 6 or so classes away from my bachelors. Career counselor, lots of volunteerism, Joint service, 7 NAMs, well above CO's average with normal upward progression with sustained superior performance. I then transferred to Recruiting Duty where I flew out the gate as the Rookie Recruiter of the year, then LPO of a recruiting station the following year. I had all the blocks I had the opportunity to check filled with a few that I still had plans to pursue when offered the opportunity. My evals were solid. About 50 chiefs looked at my evals and had little to no critiques. I got the "N" last year and about went through the roof. I ended up contacting a Master Chief who had sat the board and sent in my package to him to review and tell me where I went wrong. He said, number one, that he wished there were more quotas and that it was extremely difficult to rack and stack. He said that having to move a person worthy of Chief to the no select pile was one of the hardest things he had ever had to do, but that it was a necessity. He began to tear my package apart, which really pissed me off, by asking a thousand questions about it. He asked... Why don't you have your MOVSM when you have all this volunteerism? It was all documented, I didn't know I needed it if it was already there. Why don't you have a degree with all of this college in your record? I had to switch to a BS due to degree completion timeline requirements at my school. Why didn't you write that in your LTB? Why didn't you have this qual at this command? I was deployable and my command wouldn't support it because I could leave at any time. Why didn't you write that in your LTB? I didn't see PPME in your record. Why? I haven't got to that yet, it is on my list of things to do. Why weren't you the division LPO? Again, I was deployable, so I was unable to hold that position. Why didn't you write that in your LTB? Why weren't you in QA? Deployable. Why didn't you write that in your LTB? These were just a few of the questions that were asked, but they went on and on... This is what I lost... I missed out on 10 or so points for a MOVSM that would have taken me a whole hour to write and route. I missed out on 10 or so points for an associates degree by skipping it and going for my BS. I missed out on points for quals I was ineligible to get. I missed out on 10 or so points for PPME because PPME is worth the same as an Associates Degree!!! This is what I learned... If I had written in my LTB the reasons for all of this I would have received points and then some. Let me splain... If I would have explained the issue with the college, I may have received points and possibly more because I was so close to my BS. I should have sent in my transcripts with an explanation. If I would have explained the qual issue, I would have probably received more points for my other accomplishments that I did do because I was unable to do the things they were looking for. Finally, it's all about the points. Sadly, they "grade" your package. This means that they assign a point value for everything that they find and deduct points for negative things they find. Unfortunately, they are bound by these rules. Even though I was super successful leading, mentoring and guiding Sailors; I had an impact everywhere I went; I worked on personal and professional development, the points got me in the end. So I saw people on the list that I knew, that did not work as hard for their Sailors and their Command as I did, get picked up for Chief. Even though I slaved countless nights working on my degree, it was for not in the end. Let me be clear. I am not crying. I picked myself up, dusted off and began to address the issues he brought up. I always told myself that I wouldn't be that guy who had 100 quals and did nothing with them, well I threw that theory out the window. I got my MOVSM, PPME, Addressed the issues in the LTB, accomplished other things and left my recruiting command as the #3 (periodic). I hope I make it this year, but if I do not, I know that it isn't because I am not deserving of Chief, it is because I didn't attain enough points to be competitive enough. It's about points points points. Get everything you can. Explain things in your record. Don't worry about sending in too many enclosures or that your LTB explains too much. In a nutshell, anything you think would count as points, or if you want them to see it, or know why about something, include it in your LTB. This may be redundant for most of you, but it was an eye opener for me. I hope this helps someone...
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    'Twas the night before CPO Results are out when all thought the house Not an FCPO was sleeping, not even their Chief. The SBE candidates were waiting, pulling out their hair, In hopes the next day their CO would call, and their name was there. The FCPOs all snuggled all snug in their racks, Visions of anchors and combo covers danced in their heads. My spouse waiting in anticipation, and kids in their beds, All seattled in for the hopeful last day of Dixie caps. When outside my curtain rack rose such a clatter, The FCPOs rose to see what's the matter. Away to the nearest 1MC speaker they rushed, Listening intently telling everyone HUSH! Red lights a glistening, FCPO faces a glow, Listening to the CO list of names of those were were selected to the BIG SHOW! When What to my wondering ear should hear, the faint tune of Selectees singing a tune, The class song as it's known Anchors Aweigh, the long wait since June. I can see it now, like the hall of fame, why is the skipper talking so slow, The CO called my name who do I call? What do I do? Where do I go? This time only comes once a year, don't forget those who got you here, Sailors, Chiefs, mentors, spouses, remember how you got here. To the soon to be Chiefs, CONGRATULATIONS! to those of you left, practice patience, Lead, teach, guide, and mentor. I promise you someday you will get your anchors.'
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    Now that we have the clarification that will lead some to the selection to Chief, and others...on to Job that often goes under appreciated I would like to clarify a few things..... Don't loose what you have earned, celebrate this weekend with your family, your spouses or significant other. Remember, if it wasn't for them we ALL wouldn't be there putting in the long hours, day in and day out. While we sit and mentor our Sailors and dedicate the extra hours to develop our them, it is our spouses who are fighting the good fight at home. Dishes, laundry, messy diapers, picking up kids at school, cooking, cleaning and are ready to greet you with a smiling face when you get home regardless of how their day went (day in and day out). Regardless of selection or not, take a moment to think of those who have coached you, guided you, led you (and allowed you to lead). The previous sentence applies to your leaders, 2nd/1st or a Chief AND YOUR SAILORS! THIS is what should allow you to pick yourself up after the dust has settled and that "N" grows old. Get back to the deckplates and keep on keepin on! Those Sailors are watching and waiting. It was a FCPO that really was my first impression on what it means to be a leader....in my day you didn't see the Chief unless the SHTF. Now to my previous statement "under appreciated". BYFAR MY HARDEST JOB IN THE UNITED STATES NAVY WAS SERVING AS A FIRST CLASS PETTY OFFICER. Yes, there are those few Chiefs who forget what it meant to be a FCPO/LPO, BUT BY FAR it is the Sailors who have no idea the immense amount of responsibility YOU have as a FCPO.You are the CORNERSTONE of the navy. You set the standard, you set the tone. I try to impress this upon my FCPO's, if you don't understand why I say something, why I want it done this way, come tell me, talk to me. A conversation between a Chief and a FCPO should be that of a conversation between leaders, peers. YOU ARE A CHIEF IN TRAINING! Take this upcoming weekend, reflect on your career, appreciate your family and most of all, THANK YOU for all that you all do as FCPO's, and CONTINUE TO LEAD FROM THE FRONT!
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    Just got called in CO office. Selected!!!! Now for season at recruit training command...
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    I am new to the forum as a registered user, but I have read it for years. It is interesting seeing the numerous posts from respective members stating their entire "Triad" is out of pocket. This leads me to believe the Triad message and manner of distribution varies from NOSC to NOSC. I am basing this from my own experience last year, where I learned my NOSC sends out a message to every Chief, or at least every Triad under the NOSC notifying them of every CPO select under the NOSC. In my situation, I was waiting in an airport gate about to fly home for the weekend when I received two congratulatory text messages from a Chief and a Senior Chief. One I had deployed with before he made chief and the Senior, I had worked with and served under going back to when he was still a PO1 and later my SEL in one of my units. At the time, I was so exhausted from the six month TDY I was on with weekly flights, that I had completely forgotten the message was due to come out. I was not serving with either Chief at the time, and one did the return to Active Duty deal, and was 4 hours away from my NOSC in a school, while preparing and awaiting orders to where he would return to the Fleet. Both received the same email from the NOSC. Needless to say, I was psyched and immediately called my wife to tell her the news, but since the message was internally delivered or from the Triad, I was not going to share it with anyone else until it was public. As I was waiting for my plane to board my mind was racing about what was in store for me. I thought about what I had accomplished in the Navy then being told I made Chief, I began to question myself as to whether I was up to the task and I don't mean by way of indoctrination or CPO Phase II or any of the activities associated with being selected. I started thinking hard about what it really means to be a Chief, and the many that had inspired me over the years. I wondered if I would be able to hold myself to the same standard or higher, how would I improve the careers of sailors junior to me and meet the expectations Officers I would serve under. I wondered what improvement to my performance I needed to make as a Chief and more importantly, how I would sustain that performance, before I would feel worthy. I have always held myself to a higher standard than the standard those hold me to. The next thing I thought about, which I guess is funny, is how much it was going to cost me to purchase the required uniform items, I know it is expensive. Finally, my plane began to board and as I stood in line, I received a call from one of the Chiefs that sent me the text message, the Senior Chief, and when I answered, the next thing I heard was "I am so sorry". He sounded really deflated and bad. It turns out that the PO that sent out that broadcast message out to the Chief's or Triad's under the NOSC, did a cut and paste of spreadsheet that included those who were selected as well as those who were not selected and as you all know, most messages are received by mobile devices today and that formatting of the spreadsheet got really messed up on the mobile devices of the two Chief's that reached out and it looked as if I was selected when in actuality, I was not. I felt worse for Senior than I did for myself, and I recovered immediately. I told him was completely understandable and that he wasn't the only one who reached out to me. I then sent a message to the Chief in school awaiting orders back to the Fleet and he couldn't believe and said he would open his email when he got back to his quarters that afternoon, and he later sent me a follow up apologizing. During the flight I had a missed call from my SEL and I was never did get him on the phone that night, but I have a feeling he too got the message on his mobile device and probably had it wrong as well. Apparently, this master message that goes out from my NOSC usually only lists those who made it and that is what added to the confusion, the pasting of the spreadsheet malformed the columns and rows containing the "S"s and "N"s. I didn't take an oath dependent upon being selected as Chief some day and that Sailor's Creed we all memorized so long ago? Well, that is rate agnostic and all about being a Sailor first. As far as I was concerned nothing was lost, but everything was still there to gain and it was time to go back and keep doing what we do. My reason for sharing this experience is for those who may be concerned they won't find out their results when they should because their Triad being on leave; there is a good chance someone outside of your Triad has the results and it just may not be a bad thing waiting until you see it in black and white on BOL, under your own record, with your own eyes. If it isn't your year, take time and reflect on everything you have achieved, if it bothers you, don't let it show and channel that disappointment into a positive foot forward working hard at your goal and keep on it. If the time comes to retire or move on and you haven't made it, go with your head high and be proud of what you have accomplished, because you belong to a very select category of Patriot of which less than 1 percent of the population today does - YOU SERVED. Wishing all of you the best on being selected!
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    I got that "S".. ITC(SEL)!!!!
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    the board doesn't just look at all the PPMEs and so on that you have done. They also look at how many sailors you have lead and taken care of and all the numbers that come with that. Just remember you can have all the collaterals in the world but if you don't do anything with them then it doesn't mean anything. You can be an LPO or shift supervisor but how did you get to that point. Did you help your junior sailors or did you walk over people to get there. We have to look past what we have done and look at who helped us get to where we are. Off of soap box now.
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    Just saw this on my "Social Media" feed...
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    I can't even breathe right now !! Got the S!! First few phone calls down already. Many more to come.
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    I received word that I was Selected!! HTC (SEL)!!!!
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    Speculation of release to triad has taken its place, yeah you might have missed it. Even though there was some credible info (our forum got it first) that it would be next week by the 7th (turned out the 5th ), there were rumors still flying afterword about the 30th and 31st of Jul. Rumors were being reported that "Bigfoot had the results" all the way to "Aliens from outer space were doing the callout" It was like the republicans and democrats with one party in total denial that it could ever happen next week. Reasons being that it was a crime against humanity or that it could reduce life expectancy - stuff along those lines. Better heads prevailed from the opposite party that stated it would be next week and that "it is what it is" or words to that affect of the current calamity. At about the same time this week Tricare posted about expanded mental health care options which is posted in the medical benefits forum and of which Tricare, nor the Navy, nor the Pentagon would ever claim is related to a butt load of Sailors waiting for the Navy to release the results. (Since you said you may have missed it, please note that I kept the above as factual as possible.)
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    While it appears as if the chief results won't be coming out today, I just found out that I got selected for OCS!
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    Wanted to share something @Ordy posted: Ok, so I would like to share some gouge I got last year. Let me give you a brief background on me so that this makes sense. Two commands ago I left as the #2 EP (periodic) in my command. I had been an extremely successful LPO in three different positions during my time there. My duty was shore based, but I was deployable. I was very successful on my deployments and was a division chief at a MALS unit overseas in Japan. I had been attending college for 5 years and at the time was 6 or so classes away from my bachelors. Career counselor, lots of volunteerism, Joint service, 7 NAMs, well above CO's average with normal upward progression with sustained superior performance. I then transferred to Recruiting Duty where I flew out the gate as the Rookie Recruiter of the year, then LPO of a recruiting station the following year. I had all the blocks I had the opportunity to check filled with a few that I still had plans to pursue when offered the opportunity. My evals were solid. About 50 chiefs looked at my evals and had little to no critiques. I got the "N" last year and about went through the roof. I ended up contacting a Master Chief who had sat the board and sent in my package to him to review and tell me where I went wrong. He said, number one, that he wished there were more quotas and that it was extremely difficult to rack and stack. He said that having to move a person worthy of Chief to the no select pile was one of the hardest things he had ever had to do, but that it was a necessity. He began to tear my package apart, which really pissed me off, by asking a thousand questions about it. He asked... Why don't you have your MOVSM when you have all this volunteerism? It was all documented, I didn't know I needed it if it was already there. Why don't you have a degree with all of this college in your record? I had to switch to a BS due to degree completion timeline requirements at my school. Why didn't you write that in your LTB? Why didn't you have this qual at this command? I was deployable and my command wouldn't support it because I could leave at any time. Why didn't you write that in your LTB? I didn't see PPME in your record. Why? I haven't got to that yet, it is on my list of things to do. Why weren't you the division LPO? Again, I was deployable, so I was unable to hold that position. Why didn't you write that in your LTB? Why weren't you in QA? Deployable. Why didn't you write that in your LTB? These were just a few of the questions that were asked, but they went on and on... This is what I lost... I missed out on 10 or so points for a MOVSM that would have taken me a whole hour to write and route. I missed out on 10 or so points for an associates degree by skipping it and going for my BS. I missed out on points for quals I was ineligible to get. I missed out on 10 or so points for PPME because PPME is worth the same as an Associates Degree!!! This is what I learned... If I had written in my LTB the reasons for all of this I would have received points and then some. Let me splain... If I would have explained the issue with the college, I may have received points and possibly more because I was so close to my BS. I should have sent in my transcripts with an explanation. If I would have explained the qual issue, I would have probably received more points for my other accomplishments that I did do because I was unable to do the things they were looking for. Finally, it's all about the points. Sadly, they "grade" your package. This means that they assign a point value for everything that they find and deduct points for negative things they find. Unfortunately, they are bound by these rules. Even though I was super successful leading, mentoring and guiding Sailors; I had an impact everywhere I went; I worked on personal and professional development, the points got me in the end. So I saw people on the list that I knew, that did not work as hard for their Sailors and their Command as I did, get picked up for Chief. Even though I slaved countless nights working on my degree, it was for not in the end. Let me be clear. I am not crying. I picked myself up, dusted off and began to address the issues he brought up. I always told myself that I wouldn't be that guy who had 100 quals and did nothing with them, well I threw that theory out the window. I got my MOVSM, PPME, Addressed the issues in the LTB, accomplished other things and left my recruiting command as the #3 (periodic). I hope I make it this year, but if I do not, I know that it isn't because I am not deserving of Chief, it is because I didn't attain enough points to be competitive enough. It's about points points points. Get everything you can. Explain things in your record. Don't worry about sending in too many enclosures or that your LTB explains too much. In a nutshell, anything you think would count as points, or if you want them to see it, or know why about something, include it in your LTB. This may be redundant for most of you, but it was an eye opener for me. I hope this helps someone...
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    He made it! He had me going too, came home and told me all about his friends who picked up and how many were made on the ship and how pissed he was he had to stay late to do a PA setup. FIVE MINUTES of me feeling terrible for him. Then he tells me he's messed with me long enough. So excited and proud of him!!
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    Had a great mentor, in fact almost all of us that could make it made it to his retirement. Can't wait to pickup Chief and have the same photo one day myself.
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    Ok so during awards quarters today, CO put out that Chiefs results would be out next week and that we would be receiving phone calls even if we made it or not. Going with the 3rd!!
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    Something to lighten the mood, saw this on FB today.
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    East Coast NSW - I made it!!! After the skipper notified me, he informed me my brother was on the phone call too. He is an Active Duty Chief/LDO selectee. I was shocked! My brother said congrats, and I asked how he pulled that off. The skipper said, "You will soon learn the power of the Chief Mess." Then they hung up. Couldn't have been a better notification.
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    Heard from a good source that the results will be released tomorrow. Good luck to everyone!
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    Finally got it. Thanks guys for the wealth of knowledge and support through this forum. Thanks Tony for keeping this thing running, and good luck to everyone in the future who did not make it. We all have been there and your time will come!
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    There's a poll going on in the PRT category of this forum regarding the new PRT message. The CDB poll will close Wednesday & I'll add another poll that same day. There will be a Triage station set up at 9AM in preparation for the 11 AM Triad release. We'll have a defibrillator & an HM on standby. That will be port-side. On the Starboard-side we'll have beer, milk & cookies and other refreshments for those still standing. All refreshments are free. However, to cover costs, the Triage station will have a small $99.99 plus taxes charge if you happen to pass out or are otherwise incapacitated. Good Luck!!
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    They reduced the time for LDO to make an actual difference between LDO and CWO. The retiring after 10 years as an Officer will make no difference because those selected will have their 20 years by the time they have qualified for officer retirement, or have 2 years to go at the most. They would have to reduce the TIS requirement much lower if they wanted to make a noticable difference. Anyway, not everyone knows they want to be a career Sailor by the end of their first enlistment. My experience is that most make that decision at the end of their second. Most Sailors are around 24 when they finish their first enlistment and aren't ready to plan the rest of their life. In the real world a lot of people are just starting their first job after college at that age. I think you are over simplifying things. Yes it is great if someone has the drive early on, but most don't. Higher Tenure exists to weed out the people who never get the message. There is more than one path to success in the Navy and one isn't better than the others. It's easy to rise to the top if you have a vision of what you want to accomplish and start early. But I know guys that didn't do the career thing at first because they wanted to focus on their In-Rate proficiency. Honestly I would rather serve with them then a bunch of people that are qual happy in search of the next chevron. Because if and when we go to war at sea they are going to be the ones that fight the ship not the Sailor who ahs 35 collateral duties and a bunch of watch quals they never actually stood.
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    Got my "S" !! as always I really appreciate this board for helping me sweat out the agony of yes or no every time I'm up for something.
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    Just got off the phone with the CO/CMC, kinda awkward "ITC Shepherd, how may I help you Sir or Ma'am?" "This is the Skipper, you referred to yourself incorrectly Senior Chief Select!" lol
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    what a great forum. connections everywhere! hope everyone sticks around regardless of the outcome here in a few days...there is a ton on knowledge and experience on tap here that can only help to better our Sailors and ourselves.
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    Just as a reminder. Now is a great time to work on stuff to put on your eval. and think about what to include in your letter to the board. However, don't let studying slip into the background. You can be the greatest sailor in the world. But, it does nothing to help you if you don't make board to begin with. Studying benefits you not only with the exam, but day to day operations now and after you make it.
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    One quick thought on the day before selection results... the rhetoric in here is beginning to amp up. A lot of people are talking about how they will react if they don't get selected. To me this throws a caution flag in the air. I used to joke that it was a hat trick, but I know the truth. The system is fair. Very fair. We are graded on our merits, our contributions to our commands, Sailors and missions. If we are already preparing ourselves for the "N," then there is something that we are hiding. Some sort of short fall, neglect or missed opportunity in our career is probably the culprit. I will have been through this cycle 6 times come 1100 tomorrow. I used to throw hissy fits over not being selected and became cynical at times. What I can tell you helped me the most, was something my Chief told me... She said, "AO1, I know you didn't make it this year. That sucks. But you need to look at the big picture. You are almost finished with your Bachelors degree. If you serve to 20 and never make Chief, no one will know or care the rest of your life. When your shipmate says, "I have the watch," and you go and put in your job application, are you going to put down that you were a Chief? No! You are going to put down your qualifications, your bachelors degree, your management experience or whatever you have gleaned from the Navy with 20 years of honorable service to your country as icing on the cake. You need to take care of you shipmate!" I no longer look at rejection as a failure, but an accomplishment. I know it sounds silly, but I now look back at all I accomplished the year prior and look forward to what I will accomplish in the future. The Navy is great! I love it, I wish I could stay forever, but ... my shipmate will take my watch someday and all the little customs and courtesies will be a memory. I would love to make Chief. But I would also love to start another semester in College this September. Spend time with my wife and kids this summer. Get this ship ready for MPA/AMI etc... Start looking at what life is going to be like out there in the hippie civy world. I still have a lot I need to accomplish before I leave in four years and I am not going to spend a moment of it crying about something that is not a failure. Failure is quitting and I have NEVER done that. Falling short is a learning experience, not a failure and I will fall short many times in my future. Good luck to all! Especially my Ordies!!! IYAOYAS!
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    I don't think anyone is going to get much sleep tonight, the good thing about being west coast is that I don't have to wait til 11 to find out my fate.
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    Got tired of lurking....onboard now! Hopefully good new comes to a lot of us eagerly awaiting the results.
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    ****************WARNO******************* My command said they have Intel suggesting a release tomorrow. I questioned them as to no warning msg from all hands. But they seemed to believe it. They are a small mess and not prone to mess with me. However, I'm taking it with a grain of salt. Any others hearing this?
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    Got that S!!! Thanks god for this forum!!!
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    I was giving one of my guys grief for getting a donut without sharing. My CMC walked in and told me to step outside. I made it!! God is good!!!! I stepped back in and told my guy, oh how quickly the tides have turned. hahahah Still praying for all of you who haven't heard anything yet!!
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    All though (unbeknownst to us) our fates have all ready been decided, I wish all my Brother's and Sisters the best of luck! May we see that coveted "S"! And for those of us who don't, remember NAVY CHIEF, NAVY PRIDE!
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    I really don't think that's how it works for LDO/CWO. But I could be wrong.
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