PORTSMOUTH, Va. (NNS) -- Twelve Sailors aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) received meritorious advancement through the command advancement program (CAP) during a frocking ceremony July 8 at Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Va.
The CAP program is offered to sea-duty personnel as a way to recognize superior performance while working in a rigorous operating environment. Sailors promoted through the program must meet all advancement requirements and cannot be a non-designated striker.
"It is another way to recognize good Sailors," said Chief Personnel Specialist (SW/AW) Chuck Bowman, from Truman's Educational Services Office. "There are Sailors out there who are really doing a great job, and it's an opportunity for the command to recognize them for their good job."
The command promotions resulted in one new petty officer first class, one new petty officer second class and 10 new petty officers third class.
"It definitely shows that when you work hard and continue to go out and push and give it all you have, you can be recognized," said Bowman.
Bowman explained that when a command advances Sailors it adds to it's leadership resources, which then aids in the training of other Sailors.
Master-at-Arms 1st Class (SW/EXW/AW) Juan C. Chavez, from Truman's security department, said being advanced is a great feeling, and he looks forward to leading from his new rate.
"I still want to do as much as I can do for the command," said Chavez. "I've been told throughout my career to take care of my ship, my shipmates and then myself, and then I'll be able to succeed, because you can't do it by yourself."
Although their new rank came unexpectedly in most cases, the newly advanced Sailors said they understood they must adjust to their new responsibilities quickly while continuing to perform at the level that helped them get promoted in the first place.
"I was not expecting to be chosen, but I was told that I was put in for advancement," said Chavez. "I applaud everyone who was put in for a CAP because it's a great honor. Those people are already performing as leaders, and that's why they were nominated."
The newly promoted Sailors say the frocking helps put them one step closer to reaching their long-term goals.
"This is a great thing for my career, and now I can't wait to make Chief or put a limited-duty officer package in," said Chavez. "I'm going to keep my same work ethic and keep pushing hard."
Bowman said Truman is able to advance up to 29 Sailors in 2011. The rest of the promotions are scheduled to occur at the end of the year following the results of the September advancement exams.
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