Requests should be for a rating that is
undermanned, Career Reenlistment Objectives
(CREO) Category 1, as defined in the most current
CREO NAVADMIN message. Requests from
members serving in a rating that is undermanned, or
who possess specialty skills or Navy Enlisted
Classifications (NECs) that are in short supply, will
only be considered when unique circumstances exist.
Commanding officers have the authority to
laterally change apprenticeships in paygrades E-1,
E-2, and E-3 within the Seaman, Fireman, and Airman
apprenticeships. For example, they could allow a
person to change from Seaman to Airman or Fireman
to Seaman. The commanding officer may authorize
such changes only under the following conditions:
The member requests a change.
A greater need exists in the requested
A valid billet exists within the command.
The member is fully qualified for the new
All other administrative changes in rate or rating
are authorized in one of the following ways:
1. Under special conversion programs (such as
SCORE), through formal schools.
2. By the Chief of Naval Personnel (PERS-815),
through a persons direct conversion or
successful competition in a Navy advancement
exam cycle or by in-service training.
A person who applies for a change in rating must
meet the following requirements:
Be a PO1 or below.
Have less than 12 years of active naval service.
Request a rating and paygrade that needs
additional personnel and appears on the open
Must have served a minimum of 24 months in the
present rating before becoming eligible for
conversion to another rating. This requirement
will be waived for those first term personnel
unable to receive an Enlisted Navy Career
Options for Reenlistment (ENCORE) program
quota in their present rating.
Satisfy all eligibility requirements for the rating
requested as defined in the Advancement
Meet the minimum Armed Services Vocational
Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) scores required for
entry into the school for the rating requested.
Have no non-judicial punishment or convictions
in civilian or military courts for the past 18
Be recommended by the commanding officer.
Q6. Commanding officers have the authority to
laterally change the apprenticeships of
personnel in what paygrades?
SELECTION BOARD ADVANCEMENTS
A board meets in March to select MCPOs and then
continues to select SCPOs. A separate board meets in
June to select new CPOs. At those times, the selection
board receives the records of candidates who have met
all of the requirements for advancement and have been
designated SELECTION BOARD ELIGIBLE (SBE).
The selection board then selects those candidates who
are the most qualified for advancement to CPO, SCPO,
The ESO should be familiar with the selection
process and should be able to answer the questions
For example, candidates may ask:
Why wasnt I selected? What are they looking for?
What does it take to be advanced? or How can I
improve my chances of being selected?
should guide candidates in their efforts to make
themselves SELECTION BOARD ELIGIBLE and to
improve their opportunities for selection.
Candidates who are selected can be justifiably
proud. At the same time, those not selected should not
be discouraged. Candidates should be encouraged to
continue to improve their selection chances by
determining their weakest traits and improving them.
The difference between being selected or not being
selected could be the result of that extra course the
It could also be the result of
qualifying as an enlisted specialist in aviation,
submarines, or surface warfare. The selection board is
responsible for selecting the well-rounded person, not
the person who concentrates on one singular area of
Composition of the E-7 and the E-8/9
Each selection board consists of a captain, who
serves as president, a junior officer, who serves as
recorder, and officers and master chief petty officers,