Congratulations to all sailors tacking on a crow!
The fall 2013 petty officer advancement list is out and 21,374 active-duty sailors are advancing.
The chief of naval personnel released the list early Tuesday. Overall, the chance to advance across all three paygrades was down slightly — 27.71 percent, down a bit more than a percentage point from the 28.94 percent who moved up in the spring.
But in a decade that has seen wild swings in advancement opportunity, officials point out the chance to move up this fall remains strong.
For those looking to enter the petty officer ranks, opportunity to make E-4 decreased from 43.77 percent last cycle to 40.23 percent, a drop of 3.54 percentage points.
Opportunity also dropped for those seeking to make E-5 — 1.45 percent to 25.06, down from 26.51 percent this past spring.
But opportunity to make E-6 got a little better — 19.20 percent, up from 17.46 percent last cycle.
There were 80,493 sailors who took the exams this year. For those who didn’t make it this cycle, chin up: Navy personnel officials say they expect advancements to stay at roughly this level over the next couple of cycles, though individual ratings and paygrades might fluctuate.
Reservists moving up to E-6 saw their chance to advance increase to 8.7 percent, up from 6.5 percent last cycle, according to a news release from the Navy Reserve. Prospective E-5s had a 15.1 percent chance to move up, compared with 11.5 percent from the spring.
Only incoming E-4s in the Reserve a rougher road compared with last cycle — 32.5 percent advancement opportunity, down from 35.4 percent. That’s mainly because of an increase in sailors eligible to move up, according to the release.