It is time to take a new approach to the enlisted base pay system. The current pay table has been incrementally changed so many times that it has developed numerous inequities. It rewards time in service (TIS) over time in rate (TIR)—especially for those who promote later than their peers. Those promoting later than their peers have to jump proportionately higher with each selection to catch up with those who have promoted years ahead, and who have been serving in positions of greater responsibility for years longer. Consider two sailors who entered active service the same day. One was selected for master chief with 27 years of time in service; another who has been serving as command master chief was advanced at the 17-year point, ten years before. Each will make the same base pay, despite the fact that the latter is ten years senior to the former.