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Z-Gram #9; dated 14 August 1970

Meritorious Advancement in Rate of Superior Performing Career Petty Officers

R 141728Z AUG 70
FM CNO (Z- 09)

TO NAVOP

UNCLAS BASEGRAM //N01430//
MERITORIOUS ADVANCEMENT IN RATE OF SUPERIOR PERFORMING CAREER PETTY OFFICERS

1. THE NAVY ENLISTED ADVANCEMENT SYSTEM IS A SOUND SYSTEM AND IS GENERALLY RECOGNIZED AS ONE WHICH IS FAIR AND EQUITABLE. EVEN THE BEST OF SYSTEMS, HOWEVER, HAVE SOME LIMITATIONS. I AM CONCERNED THAT THERE MAY BE A SMALL NUMBER OF PETTY OFFICERS WHO ARE OBVIOUSLY SUPERIOR PERFORMERS BUT WHO HAVE NOT BEEN ADVANCED IN RATE EVEN AFTER FIVE OR MORE EXAMINATION ATTEMPTS. THESE PETTY OFFICERS HAVE DEMONSTRATED BY CONTINUED SUPERIOUR PERFORMANCE THAT THEY ARE QUALIFIED FOR ADVANCEMENT TO HIGHER RATE AND THAT THEY MERIT SPECIAL ADVANCEMENT CONSIDERATION.

2. I HAVE REQUESTED THAT THE CHIEF OF NAVAL PERSONNEL DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT AN ENLISTED ADVANCEMENT PILOT PROGRAM WHICH PERMITS MERITORIOUS ADVANCEMENT OF SUPERIOR PERFORMING PETTY OFFICERS. ESSENTIALLY THIS PROGRAM PROVIDES THAT A SMALL NUMBER OF ADVANCEMENTS BE SET ASIDE FOR MERITORIOUS ADVANCEMENT TO FIRST CLASS PETTY OFFICER AND CHIEF PETTY OFFICER OF QUALIFIED PETTY OFFICERS. COMMANDING OFFICERS MAY NOMINATE CONSISTENTLY OUTSTANDING PERFORMERS FOR MERITORIOUS ADVANCEMENT TO THESE PAY GRADES. A SELECTION BOARD WILL BE CONVENED TO CHOOSE THE BEST QUALIFIED FROM AMONG THOSE NOMINATED. I MUST EMPHASIZE THAT ADVANCEMENT UNDER THIS PROGRAM WILL BE LIMITED TO HIGH QUALITY, TOP PERFORMING PETTY OFFICERS.

3. SPECIFIC DETAILS AND PROVISIONS OF THIS MERITORIOUS ADVANCEMENT PROGRAM WILL BE ISSUED BY THE CHIEF OF NAVAL PERSONNEL.

BT

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Transcription note: Original message does not include signature block.

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Published: Tue Sep 20 07:20:28 EDT 2016