We would not dream of promoting sailors to chief petty officers based solely on their potentials or their ability to take tests. Twice a year, however, we promote tens of thousands of sailors who lack proven performance and have done nothing more than complete their time in rate. Among these are thousands of new airmen, seamen, and firemen who were fortunate enough to enter the Navy as E-2s or even E-3s. When compared to an airman who has been in a squadron since reporting as an E-I right out of Class A school, an artificially advanced airman does not hold a candle to the more traditional airman who is qualified at many different skills.
Nobody Asked Me, But Promote Proven Sailors First
by Master Chief Machinist's Mate Mark Butler, U.S. Navy