In the early 1970s, in the wake of lessons learned in Vietnam, the Navy created the Chief of Naval Education and Training. Thirty years later, that command morphed into the Naval Education and Training Command.
Though charged with supervising the training and education of Navy personnel, its charter does not cover the full range of activities involved in training, educating, and developing nearly one-third of all new ensigns.
A full 70 percent of ensigns are commissioned from a combination of Navy ROTC and Officer Candidate School. NROTC units report to a civilian GS-15 who reports to an admiral, who reports to another admiral, who reports to a third admiral, who then reports to the Chief of Naval Operations. The Navy OCS-accession process operates under a different supervisor, a Navy captain, who reports independently to this admiral-to-admiral-to-admiral-to-CNO chain.