More than 17,000 Sailors on Fall Advancement List

Story Number: NNS091201-24Release Date: 12/1/2009 5:29:00 PM
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From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- More than 17,000 Sailors will see their names on the fall advancement list as the Navy prepares to release the E-4, E-5 and E-6 list in the next few days.

In his most recent podcast, released Dec. 1, Vice Adm. Mark Ferguson chief of naval personnel, discusses petty officer advancement and trends.

"It took a little bit longer to work through the numbers this time," said Ferguson. "We looked very carefully at a change in behavior that's taking place in the force. We are seeing significantly lower attrition and losses. More Sailors in the junior ranks are staying in the Navy."

Navy's unprecedented retention and record low attrition means fewer vacancies in the E-4 and E-5 rates for Sailors to advance and resulted in the first decline in overall opportunity in the last four exam cycles, changing from 24.53 percent last cycle to 19.86 percent this cycle.

"We're going to promote 3,300 Sailors to E-6, which equates to a rate that's slightly up at about 11 percent, or 1.5 percent [points] higher than the last cycle," said Ferguson.

For E-5s, Ferguson said 6,500 Sailors will be advanced across the Navy. That represents a slight decrease of about 2.5 percentage points from last cycle, but results in an overall advancement rate of about 19.5 in this paygrade.

"For the E-4s, where we have seen the most significant change in behavior, that advancement rate will be about 34.5 percent," said Ferguson. "This means 7,300 individuals will promote to E-4."

More junior Sailors are staying Navy, taking advantage of the comprehensive benefits that are available. As a result, 2,500 fewer E-4 vacancies were open for E-3s to advance to than would have been predicted based on historical behavior.

While the Navy continues to advance to vacancy it will also target the best and brightest for advancement, according to Ferguson.

"The quality of our force is extraordinary," he said, pointing out that the Navy is seeing positive trends with fewer boot camp losses and higher quality applicants coming into the Navy.

To listen to the complete podcast, visit

Advancement results will be posted on the Navy Personnel Command's Bupers On-Line Web page at

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12/6/2009 11:21:00 PM
I just recently finished up my tour in the Navy. I have to say that there are a lot of downfalls in the Navy, but there is much to be positive about. These sailors that made advancement is one of the positive aspects...but I can tell M Kennedy that I have to agree with "Anonymous" that your nephew isn't telling the complete truth. I'm the last person to give the Navy complete praise...but even they have to follow their own regulations.

12/6/2009 7:02:00 PM
I absolutely agree with the comments made by Anonymous from the Middle East. M Kennedy from Mississippi, I am currently stationed in Mississippi and I have been in the Navy for nearly 15 years. I am 100% positive that your family member had more than 10 days notice that he was going to be seperated from the Navy. As I tell my troops and my own two kids at home, there are always two sides to every story and don't always believe what you're told.

12/6/2009 2:14:00 AM
I have a problem with M Kenendy's response, all you have managed to do with your comments is take away from the joy of thsoe who do deserve to be promotted and who earned it. I am a sailor and I am here to tell you that your nephew is not giving you the whole story, I can understand your concern but I think your anger is pointed in the wrong direction. Your nephew knew more than ten days out that he was out of the Navy, maybe he is the one you should be angry with and be happy for the rest.

12/5/2009 1:15:00 AM
I cannot understand why someone would want their son not at his best health to be on a carrier where there is danger all around them. If my son wasn't physically ready I would gladly welcome him home.

12/3/2009 6:40:00 PM
ths is rediculous.How dare the Navy promote sailors to E-3,4,5,6's while unfairly booting out existg qualified sailors on administration.My nephew hs received his 10 day notice of separation frm the Navy on adminstratn whn it shld be MEDICAL. The Navy is NOT taking care of its own. they hv just abt killed him several times by misdiagnosing over the course of several yrs. finally,now diagnosed,they dont want to give his body time to heal and 1/2 the time dont allow him to go the doctor.

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Sailors take the fleet-wide E-4 advancement exam in the aft mess decks aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74).
Official U.S. Navy file photo of 090917-N-0673M-015 PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 17, 2009) Sailors take the fleet-wide E-4 advancement exam in the aft mess decks aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74).(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 3rd Class Kevin Murphy/Released)
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