Bees to Badges
5 things you need to know to convert from a Seabee rating to a Master-at-Arms
Let's face it. Some rates are hard to advance in. CNP's Bees to Badges retention program provides Seabees an opportunity to cross-rate to Master-at-Arms.
Take the Seabee's Engineering Aide (EA) rate, for example. The Navy only advanced ONE first class petty officer off the March 2015 exam, a 100 percent improvement to last cycle's zero percent advancement. To say the EA advancement chances are slim is an overwhelming understatement.
Enter the Bees to Badges program, a Chief of Naval Personnel (CNP) initiative for Seabees to apply for conversion to the Master-at-Arms (MA) rate prior to their CWAY window.
The goal of this program is to balance the overmanned Seabee community while simultaneously supporting the expected steady growth of the MA rating. This is a voluntary program, and it allows active duty Seabees to apply for conversion outside of Soft Expiration of Active Obligated Service (SEAOS) or Projected Rotation Date (PRD) window, very helpful if the Seabee wants to stay in.
The Seabee's security, small arms and crew-served weapons skill sets are in line with the MA skill sets, providing for a smooth transition to the rate.