More than 300 Sailors at Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) have advanced to the next rate after taking advancement exams in September.
That was nearly double the number of the previous advancement cycle in March.
“Navywide, advancement increased this cycle,” said Navy Career Counselor Theresa Aguayo of the NBVC command. “More and more, Sailors are advancing when they’re supposed to.”
The next advancement exam for E-4 to E-6 Sailors will be given in March.
“For Sailors who didn’t advance, the time to start studying is now,” Aguayo said.
Navywide, the advancement rates after taking September exams were 46.4 percent for E4s, 31.5 percent for E5s and 19.5 percent for E6s.
All petty officer selectees are required to take Petty Officer Selectee Leadership Training classes before being frocked. This year the First Class Petty Officers Association and chief petty officers led the training for all commands basewide to attend.
Following the graduation from leadership training, commanding officers frocked the newly selected at their commands.
Frocked Sailors are authorized to wear the rank of the next higher pay grade and take on the attendant responsibilities, but they do not receive pay for that rank until their official date of promotion, which happens in three increments throughout the fiscal year.
NBVC’s frocking ceremony was held Monday, Dec. 3, with 28 Sailors being frocked with their new rank.
Among them was BU3 Kristin Kowing, whose father, Richard, flew in from Melbourne, Fla., for the ceremony. Newly retired from Delta, he wore his pilot’s uniform to pin the insignia on his daughter.
“I asked him to,” Kowing said. “Otherwise, he’d probably show up in flip-flops and shorts.”
Grinning, her father nodded in agreement.
Capt. Larry Vasquez, commanding officer of the base, and Command Master Chief Thomas Cyr pinned several selectees personally.
“Of all the things I do in a year, this is probably the best,” Vasquez told the selectees and their families.