PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- Several groups of prospective Chief Petty Officers (CPO) from Gulf Coast-area commands visited the Navy Advancement Center (NAC) at Saufley Field Aug. 28-30 as part of their transition training from petty officer first class to CPO.
The Commanding Officer of the Naval Education and Training Professional Development Center (NETPDC), Capt. Kertreck Brooks, kicked-off the training by stressing the important role the new chiefs will have with their Sailors.
"I'm standing here today as the commanding officer of NETPDC because I had outstanding chiefs to guide and help me throughout my career," said Brooks. "As a junior officer in a squadron, my division chiefs were directly responsible for keeping me out of trouble, keeping our aircraft in the air and allowing us to meet our mission. Even now as a CO, I'm still learning from them. When the chief selectees pin on their anchors, they will be leading by example and shaping the fleet of the future."
Brooks' current chiefs, senior chiefs and master chiefs at the NAC serve as Military Exam Leaders, and during the tour, provided the chief selectees with detailed insight into the exam and advancement process - including exam construction, preparation and factors that combine for a Sailor's final multiple score.
Cryptologic Technician Technical 1st Class Caleb McGrath, an instructor at the Information Warfare Training Command at Corry Station, said when he becomes a chief he will be counted-on to know the details of the advancement process.
"It was great to get the exam development information straight from the horses' mouth. The procedure the advancement center uses for grading 300,000 per year is impressive, and to be able to see the Scantron machine that individually grades each one, puts it all into perspective," said McGrath. "When my Sailors have a beef with the tests, I now can explain the process. The time spent today at the advancement center was well worth the trip."
Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Launching and Recovery Equipment) Cassie Poepoe, NAC's military exam leader, coordinated the selectees' visit and encouraged them to consider returning as exam subject matter experts (SME).
"We depend on our Fleet SMEs to determine the content of the E4-E7 rating advancement exams," said Poepoe. "They've been given the details of the advancement center and process today in their selectee training, but they can build on that knowledge by returning to the advancement center and playing a vital role in the exam construction process."
NETPDC, located at Saufley Field Pensacola, provides products and services that enable and enhance education, training, career development, and personnel advancement throughout the Navy. Primary elements of the command include the Navy Advancement Center, Navy Voluntary Education and the Resources Management Department.
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