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Why the Navy is helping out 400 senior chiefs

from Navy Times

With next year's master chief selection boards just four months away, Navy officials have put a one-year hold on a mandate that would have prevented roughly 400 senior chiefs' records from being reviewed for advancement. The requirement is simple. Anyone advanced to senior chief, starting in Fiscal Year 2017, is required to have graduated from the Navy Senior Enlisted Academy — or an equivalent service school — to be eligible for advancement to E-9. Nearly 1,700 sailors advanced to senior chief that year, but the capacity at the Newport, Rhode Island, school hasn't been large enough to meet demand, and officials decided to waive the requirement for the upcoming boards. more

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