during your career. The three phases are chief,
senior chief, and master chief petty officer. This
section will examine the roles and functions of
chief petty officers, senior chief petty officers,
master chief petty officers, and command master
chief petty officers.
CHIEF PETTY OFFICERS
Chief petty officers are the technical
authorities, experts, and supervisors within a
rating. CPOs have the technical expertise to
perform and supervise all tasks normal to their
rating. CPOs provide the direct supervision,
instruction, and training of lower rated personnel.
SENIOR CHIEF PETTY OFFICERS
Senior chief petty officers are the senior
technical supervisors within a rating or an
occupational field. SCPOs have the primary
responsibility for supervising and training enlisted
personnel oriented to system and subsystem
maintenance, repair, and operation, rather than
individual unit work. Based on wide-ranging
experience and specialized training, SCPOs
provide the command with a higher level of
technical and managerial expertise than is
expected at the E-7 level.
MASTER CHIEF PETTY OFFICERS
Master chief petty officers are the senior
enlisted petty officers in the Unites States Navy.
As such, MCPOs are vested with special command
trust and confidence extending to administrative
and managerial functions involving enlisted
personnel. Based upon experience, proven
performance, and technical knowledge necessary
for advancement to the grade of MCPO, members
of that rate within a command hold the senior
enlisted positions. They help to form and execute
policy within their occupational field or across the
full Navy spectrum.
COMMAND MASTER CHIEF
The title of command master chief does not
reflect a paygrade higher than E-9. Instead the
title identifies the MCPO who serves as the senior
enlisted adviser in setting command policies about
the morale, use, and training of all enlisted
personnel. As such, the command master chief
has direct access to the commanding officer.
Additionally, the command master chief is
responsible for carrying out established command
policy in specific areas as directed by the
commanding officer and the executive officer.
The command master chief takes precedence over
all enlisted members within a command.
THE SELECTION PROCESS
Military Requirements for Petty Officer Third
Class provided you with a basic explanation of
the Navys advancement system, requirements for
advancement, and advancement procedures.
The requirements and procedures for advance-
ment to chief petty officer are essentially the same
as for all other rates. However, to advance above
petty officer first class, you have an additional
hurdlethe CPO selection board.
When you are being considered for advance-
ment to CPO, you receive credit for how much
you have achieved in the areas of performance,
knowledge, and seniority. Your final multiple
score is generated from these three factors. If your
final multiple score is high enough, you will be
designated Pass Selection Board Eligible (PASS
SELBD ELIG). That means your name will be
sent to the Chief Petty Officer Selection Board,
a board charged with considering all eligible
candidates for advancement to CPO. This board
issues advancement authorizations for those
being advanced to CPO.
COMPOSITION OF THE E-7 BOARD
Each selection board consists of a captain who
serves as president, a junior officer who serves
as recorder, and officers and master chief petty
officers who serve as board/panel members.
Additionally, a sufficient number of assistant
recorders (E-7s, E-8s, or E-9s) ensure the smooth
handling and accounting of records. The exact size
of the board varies, but each board usually
consists of about 50 members. The recorder
divides the board members into panels. Each
panel is responsible for reviewing the records of
candidates in one general professional area; that
is, deck, construction, medical/dental, and so on.
Each panel consists of at least one officer and one
The Chief of Naval Personnel (CNP)
establishes a maximum quota for each rating and
gives the number of selection possibilities to each
panel. Each panel must fill the quota with the best
qualified candidates competing for advancement,
but must not exceed the quota. However, if a