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Published:February 23rd, 2007 05:24 EST
U.S. Navy, One Time Exemption on Chief's Exam For a Few E-6s

U.S. Navy, One Time Exemption on Chief's Exam For a Few E-6s

By SOP newswire

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. John C. Harvey Jr. announced Feb. 20, a one-time exemption to approximately 650 first class petty officers currently serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Horn of Africa for the Spring 2007 advancement cycle.

The original policy, announced in NAVADMIN 290/06, was intended to allow Sailors to focus on their important jobs in support of the global war on terrorism. Under the policy, Sailors were offered an option of taking an early or a late exam, with the results backdated to the date the exam would have been administered had these Sailors remained in the area of their permanent duty assignment.

After several months of feedback following implementation of these initiatives, policy-makers determined the best interest of these particular Sailors was to reevaluate the policy.

We`ve received feedback from all over the fleet and all levels of the chain of command, " Harvey said. Everyone knows we are trying to do the right thing by our Sailors and we will work to find a process that is fair to them and is in the best interest of the Navy as well. The most important thing is to not disadvantage one Sailor, who is performing this very important job overseas. "

Harvey said that although this one-time exemption from the written exam will enable these petty officers to participate in the upcoming chief petty officer selection boards, his staff is working on a policy to correct the entire process in the near future.

Chiefs have a unique advancement process with the exam preceding a board, " Harvey said. Even though we can back date results of a test and convene special boards, there was no replacement for the time in rank lost- sometimes up to 18 months- for these future chief petty officers. While this is true for all ranks, it is especially vital at the E-7 level. "

While Sailors serving on ships and in other regions also face challenges in studying for exams, the exemption is not meant as a relief from a challenging situation, but rather relief from a policy that inadvertently disadvantaged a small number of Sailors.

For more information, see NAVADMIN 037/07 at www.npc.navy.mil.

For related news, visit the Chief of Naval Personnel Navy NewsStand page at www.news.navy.mil/local/cnp/.

From Lt. Justin Cole, Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs