#NavyAnswers: Chief Petty Officer Training Process

The Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert and the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Mike Stevens held a Worldwide Navy Birthday All Hands Call on Oct. 11. CNO and MCPON were able to answer multiple questions that had been emailed in advance or asked that day from the live computer chat function. In order to continue the conversation we’ll post the other questions received with responses that will be provided by leadership from various commands.
A taped version of the All Hands Call.

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Michael D. Stevens speaks to the current class of the Navy’s Senior Enlisted Academy (SEA) in Newport, R.I. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Thomas L. Rosprim/Released)


Chief Petty Officers
 are a liaison between junior enlisted Sailors and commissioned  officers. They are charged with training not only enlisted Sailors but junior officers as well. The Chief is required to be a fountain of wisdom, the ambassador of good will, and the authority on personnel relations as well as the technical expert. “Ask The Chief” is a household word in the Navy.

Question: I heard and understand your answer to CPO 365 and absolutely agree with training your replacement. I also believe that we still need to incorporate an induction period focused on the newly selected Chiefs. However, there have been many Chiefs through the community that seemed concerned that the 6 week CPO Induction will be going away. Is this true? Is this something that you see on the horizon? If so or not, what are your thoughts on this process?

Answer: CPO 365 is an evolving process just as its predecessors have been for 119 years. We will always look for ways to improve it and to make it reflective of our Fleet’s commitment to develop sound, principled enlisted leadership. Any changes to CPO 365 will be engineered and implemented with Fleet input, and factor in both our heritage and our CPO professional standards. It will remain a year-round, steady-strain approach to training PO1s for the responsibilities that come with wearing CPO anchors.
MCPON Mike D. Stevens, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy