29 Sailors were promoted aboard the US Navy’s Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) through the Meritorious Advancement Program (MAP) during an all-hands call, July 18.
The Command Advancement Program, established in 1978, was renamed to MAP in October 2014. MAP allows command leaders to recognize and reward Sailors for their superior job performance. After much review and deliberation, MAP packages are sent to the commanding officer, who advances the top Sailors already performing work at the next pay grade.
Sailors selected for immediate advancement are no longer required to take the advancement exam, freeing up time that would otherwise be used for studying. Instead, that time will be allocated toward learning the responsibilities associated with their new ranks.
This marks the first occasion where Stennis has promoted Sailors under MAP, which is covered in Navy administrative message (NAVADMIN) 141/15. Commanding officers will set the program’s performance standards by selecting their best Sailors while aligning with the September exam cycle, allowing MAP to be factored in when determining advancement quotas, minimizing over promotion and ensuring future advancement opportunities exist.
The MAP season, from July 1 to Sept. 30, is the only time when commands can meritoriously advance eligible Sailors.
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