Skip to comments.U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer initiation ill-advisedly abolished
Posted on 01/17/2013 12:20:18 PM PST by Kenika
What has the U.S. Navy done? Will it prove harmful, or will it even matter in the grand scheme of things? My prediction is that this will exponentially increase the number of glorified managers in the Navys senior enlisted ranks.
In the aftermath of the Tailhook incident at the Las Vegas Hilton
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My uncle, a WW2 Flying Chief, died this past year. I am sure he would have a lot to say on this subject and nothing in support of the change. He often remarked he loved being in a position wherein he had the respect of both “his men” and those whom he served under.
Of all our services, it appears that the Navy is the most politically correct.
One would think they’d be trying to make up for Carter and McCain - a task which would take at least a millenia.
How about a clue of what this is about?
“Bill Randall is a retired U.S. Navy Master Chief.”
Not only that, I relieved him in 1992 as the COMSIXTHFLT Meteorologist. He has run for Congress in Raleigh, NC and is one hell of a man and shipmate!
I hope he runs again, when the time comes. He is one of those goshdarned conservative minorities that the left hates.
Thank you. I’d say more about sloppy and lazy posters. But then WE are the the lazy ones who can’t just click a link.
Former CPO (HMC/FMF) who retired as a LCDR. Made Chief off the ‘87 selection board and was in the last initiation that really was a wild and crazy free-for-all. After that year, the Navy gradually began trying to “clean up” the initiation process, as the Master Chief in the article notes. I’ve seen this one coming for a loooong time. Ever since G.W. Bush made Mike Mullen CNO back in 2005, and then CJCS in 2007, the heat being put on the Navy Chief community has been building.
Mullen was no field operator, out there slinging lead in a rife company, but a surface warfare type. And fairly liberal to boot, plus a politician. CPOs that didn’t see him coming from over the horizon line missed a huge warning flare being shot into the air.
Now Navy Chiefs are what? Without the initiation and the process you go through to earn those anchors what’s to set the CPO apart from a Navy E6 or a SNCO in the other services? I spent many years on the “green side” (Marine Corps, as a Hospital Corpsman and then as a commissioned officer), and even over there “the Chief” was THE chief and everybody knew it. Now? Meh...
My Dad didn’t make Chief, but he was one proud Lieutenant wearing his Good Conduct Medal. I only made E4 and my oldest Son got out an E6.
Not a very well-written article. The writer needs to present the "five W's" early on.
Current MCPON (Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy) watered down the new chief initiation ceremony. A new chief "select" goes through an "induction" lasting several weeks before they get to pin on their anchors. The final day consists of an all-night, very physically rigorous affair. The MCPON eased up on this last day event stating something along the lines that exhaustion leads to poor judgment.
Not the first time it's happened. Alcohol was banned from initiation ceremonies years ago. Not surprising either. In today's navy, it has become very easy to torpedo your career and the MCPON knows this.
These guys need to remember to give readers a hint of why they need to visit a site.
Alcohol was banned from CPO initiations? Now that’s going waaaaay over the line. ;-)
What about “the box?” “Truth serum?” Goldfish? Defense attorneys? Anything left?
The article bemoans the loss of “time honored tradition” - well, how about the Navy’s new “work clothes?”
Why does a sailor need blue cammies?
I went through the first round of uniform changes in the ‘70s. Really hard to keep the black suit looking good stored in a sea-going locker aboard a sub.
BTW, Chiefs can do as they please in my book. They ran the navy.
I was in a thread yesterday where the OP was griping that no on was replying regarding the contents of the article. I told her that since she didn't include any of the relevant points in her little 10 word thread, then why should we discuss them?
Short of my marriage and the births of my two boys, CPO Initiation was the best thing that ever happened to me. Sincerely saddened with this news. Where have all the good men gone?
Thanks for posting. Very interesting discussion and especially the comments. Reminds me of my father-in-law becoming a Shellback in WWII. Real big deal. It does appear that several parts could have been altered to consider the New Navy rather than throw everything in the crapper. If you have time the video about USS Forrestal tragedy is exceptional. There walked some real heroes and patriots to the core. May their sacrifice not be forgotten.
>>Why does a sailor need blue cammies?
So “man overboard!” will be almost impossible to find?
I don't know about the other services but today's Navy is as politically correct as any college campus. I tried my hand at college during the 1990s at the height of the PC era, enlisted a little later in life ten years ago and the environment is about the same.
Behavior that was sanctioned, if not encouraged 10-20 years ago will now get you a quick ticket home. My WWII vet, LCDR retired grandfather is probably rolling over in his grave to see what his beloved navy has become. Even the chiefs I know who have 18-20 under their belt can't believe the changes they've seen over their careers. As my current OIC put it, this is now the "make my day" navy as in "Go ahead. Just try something stupid!"
If you're a sailor who likes to get drunk in port and bang hookers, you'd better watch your back. They're not sweeping misbehavior under the rug like they used to. That's no joke.