USA: Guantanamo Bay First Class Petty Officers Take the Next Step

First class petty officers stationed at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba took the chief petty officer Navy-wide advancement exam, Jan. 17, in hopes of taking the next step of achieving the rank of chief petty officer.

The Navy administers the chief petty officer exam once a year for qualified Sailors.

If first class petty officers pass the exam and make it to the selection board they will then need to ensure the selection board is reviewing their most up-to-date personnel record.

“The time to worry about checking their record is not after the taking the exam, but at all times,” said Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Command Master Chief Ross Cramer. “But it’s our job as a leader to make sure our Sailors have the knowledge to know what to look for when checking their records.”

Sailors can log in to www.bol.navy.mil to review their Official Military Personnel File and check for any errors or missing documentation. Common errors they need to check for are breaks in evaluation continuity, missing awards and any missing qualifications they have achieved. Packages must be received by NPC customer service center by April 22, for the Reserve E7 board and May 28 for active component board. Service members should review NAVADMIN 294/12 for further information.

 “With today’s technology and the ability to check their records at all times there is no excuse for it not to be accurate. If a Sailor going up for chief can’t check his own record accordingly and continuously, how can we expect him to check the records of the Sailors that work for them,” said Cramer.

Naval Today Staff, January 18, 2013

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