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Rather than establish a new Chief Petty Officer Academy, the Navy should take a hard look at the high-quality chiefs emerging from a time-honored initiation process—one that works just fine, thank you.
Late each summer, all Navy chief petty officers undertake a most honorable and daunting task—training their relief. Chiefs perform this task year-'round, but late summer brings the special opportunity to train chief selectees. With much effort, diligence, and preparation, the collective Chiefs' Mess executes CPO Initiation.1 This transitional period for thousands of proud Sailors has become an honored ritual, and its continuation is critical to the long-term success of the Navy.