Ten chief petty officers aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) stood at attention as friends, family and colleagues pinned senior chief anchors upon their collars during a frocking ceremony held in the ship’s hangar bay June 18.
Frocked Sailors receive the right to wear the insignia and assume the responsibilities of their next pay-grade but do not receive pay of their new grade until actually promoted.
The Career Compensation Act of 1949 created the pay-grades of senior chief and master chief to recognize the heightened level of knowledge that each chief possessed.
“These individuals haven’t only been selected for the advanced responsibilities of being chief petty officers and taking care of their Sailors on the deck plates, but they’ve demonstrated that capability to an extreme,” Capt. Daniel Grieco, commanding officer of Theodore Roosevelt, told the attending the frocking ceremony. “Due to that, the Navy has recognized just how fantastic of a job they have done, and, as a result, they’ve placed a star on top of their anchor.”
Press Release, June 19, 2014; Image: Wikimedia