Carl Vinson Sailors Prep for Advancement Exams


Story Number: NNS080221-15Release Date: 2/21/2008 3:10:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Candice Villarreal, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- Sailors assigned to USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) are hitting the books in preparation for the upcoming March cycle of Navy-wide advancement exams at Northrop Grumman Newport News shipyard in Newport News.

Sailors assigned to USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), "The Gold Eagle," are hitting the books in preparation for the upcoming March cycle of Navywide advancement exams at Northrop Grumman Newport News shipyard in Newport News.

With many departments on board facilitating at-work study sessions and the ship's Educational Services Office (ESO) offering assistance with exam eligibility worksheets and advancement information, "Gold Eagle" Sailors are allotted every opportunity for a successful March exam cycle.

"We have a lot of resources at our fingertips on board Carl Vinson," said Personnel Specialist Seaman Dave Wink, of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier's ESO division. "Study tools and Web sites have been passed along to the crew and time is set aside to study, so it's pretty much up to the individual Sailor now to ensure they make rank."

Personnel Specialist 1st Class (SW/SS) David Leggett, a member of the ship's ESO team, is doing his part to explain the details of the Navywide exam worksheet to eligible crew members.

"We explain just about everything so Sailors understand exactly how many points they're going into the exam cycle with," said Leggett. "But we also explain that just because they have a certain amount of points, this doesn't mean they don't need to study hard for the exam."

Over the past few months, many Carl Vinson Sailors have taken to a study routine in hopes of being promoted to the next rank, and with the help of some shipmates on board, many feel like they have a viable chance this time around.

"I'm just going to study until I don't feel I can possibly retain any more information," said Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class (SW) Michelle Adams. "I figure it will pay dividends in the long run."

For more news from USS Carl Vinson, visit www.news.navy.mil/local/cvn70/.

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