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The Chief Petty Officer

 


Seven Veteran chief petty Officers of the U.S.S. Pennsylvania of the United States Pacific Fleet prove the ancient adage: "men make the Navy"

Seven veteran chief petty officers of USS Pennsylvania of the United States Pacific Fleet prove the ancient adage: “Men make the Navy.” (NH 118954)


The earliest known use of the term “chief petty officer” dates back to 1776 onboard Continental Navy Ship Alfred, when the title “chief cook” was conferred upon cook’s mate Jacob Wasbie. This was an informal designation that noted Wasbie as the foremost ship’s cook, but was not officially recognized nor consistently used throughout the Navy.

The chief petty officer, as recognized today, was officially established 1 April 1893, when the rank “petty officer first class” was shifted to “chief petty officer.” This originally encompassed nine ratings (occupational specialties): chief master-at-arms, chief boatswain’s mate, chief quartermaster, chief gunner’s mate, chief machinist, chief carpenter’s mate, chief yeoman, apothecary, and band master. Chief petty officer could be either an acting (temporary) appointment, designated as PA, or a permanent appointment, designated as AA. The Career Compensation Act of 1949 created an E-7 grade that standardized pay for all chief petty officers, regardless of acting or permanent status. Acting status for chief petty officers was not eliminated until 1965. A 1958 amendment to the Career Compensation Act added two new pay grades, senior chief (E-8) and master chief (E-9), and created six new rating titles.

Today, there are three chief petty officer ranks: chief petty officer, senior chief petty officer, and master chief petty officer. Chiefs are recognized for exemplary technical expertise within their rating, superior administrative skills, and strong leadership ability. Most importantly, chiefs bridge the gap between officers and enlisted personnel, acting as supervisors as well as advocates for their Sailors.

Learn more about the rank of chief petty officer by exploring the links, below. 

 

History and Tradition of the Chief Petty Officer

Anomaly of the "Enlisted Officer"

Master Chief Petty Officers of the Navy

A Tradition of Change: CPO Initiatives to CPO 365 (pdf)

One Hundred Years of Leadership

History of the Chief Petty Officer Grade

History of the Chief Petty Officer Grade: 120 Years of Deckplate Leadership.

Chief Petty Officers' Uniforms U.S. Navy

United States Navy Chief Petty Officer Creed

United States Navy Chief Petty Officer’s Pledge

 

Z-grams

Z-Gram #9: Meritorious Advancement in Rate of Superior Performing Career Petty Officers

Z-Gram #80: MCPOs on E-8/E-9 Selection Boards

Z-Gram #120: Revised Master Chief Petty Officer of the Fleet/Force/Command Program

 

Blog Posts

Silent Professionals: History of the Rank of Chief Petty Officer

The U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer

Overcoming Hurdles – The Legacy of Master Chief Carl Brashear

Happy 122nd Birthday Chief Petty Officers!

Thank You Chief

MCPON William H. Plackett: A Focus on Leadership

MCPON Bob Walker Rises to Navy’s Top Enlisted Post and the Middle of the Road

MCPON Letter to the CPO Mess

 

Notable Chief Petty Officers

Master Chief Petty Officers of the Navy

Chief Petty Officer Recipients of the Medal of Honor

Master Chief Boatswain's Mate Carl M. Brashear

Master Chief April D. Beldo

Chief Gunner's Mate John Henry "Dick" Turpin

Force Master Chief Petty Officer of the Seabees James D. Fairbanks

 

Click here to learn more about Navy ratings and ranks.

 

Infographics


CPO Graphic (GRAY) Updated

Click to download an infographic on the history of the chief petty officer.


Published:Wed Mar 28 17:51:08 EDT 2018