Promote Proven Sailors First

Butler, Mark
February 2005
U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings;Feb2005, Vol. 131 Issue 2, p57
Conference Proceeding
The article discusses the effects of promotion in the U.S. Navy through the advancement exam. Every year many sailors are promoted who lack proven performance and have done nothing more than complete their time in rate. Virtually all commands insist all eligible sailors take the advancement exam if they are time-in-rate eligible. The result is some sailors who are being promoted because of knowledge from books and training but without proven performance on the flight line or in the engine room. When sailors who are not proven performers advance, they take billets from sailors who have demonstrated ability and in some cases they prevent more experienced sailors from advancing.


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