Navy's New CAP Policy-- 5 Things You Need to Know

Story Number: NNS141017-08Release Date: 10/17/2014 12:11:00 PM
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From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Earlier this year, the Chief of Naval Personnel announced updates to the Command Advancement Program (CAP) for active component (AC) and Reserve component (RC) and a shift from a calendar to a fiscal year timeline for CAP and Navy Recruiter Meritorious Advancement Program (NRMAP), starting Oct. 1.

These changes are based on Fleet feedback, empower the command triad to advance their top Sailors and are in alignment with ongoing performance-based initiatives.

CAP and NRMAP are intended to reward sustained superior performance, providing command triads further opportunities to advance their top Sailors. Quotas for CAP and NRMAP for eligible commands will be listed in a NAVADMIN that will be posted on

Here are five things you need to know about CAP:

1. CAP continues to provide commanding officers with the authority to advance eligible rated Sailors in recognition of their superior performance in paygrades E3, E4 and E5 to the next higher paygrade.

2. Beginning Oct. 1, CAP will shift from a calendar year program to a fiscal year program, with the period of observance from Oct. 1 through Sept. 30. The updated policy incorporates a CAP season, July 1 to Sept. 30. The CAP season is the only the time when commands can advance eligible Sailors under CAP.

3. The CAP season aligns with the Navy-wide advancement examination cycles, which allows CAP to be factored in when determining the number of advancement quotas each cycle. The CAP data helps to minimize over promotions thus ensuring future advancement opportunity exists.

4. COs continue to have the authority to set CAP performance standards and select their best Sailors. The Combat Meritorious Advancement program remains unchanged.

5. For Fiscal Year 2015, there will be a hold on CAP for Selected Reserve Sailors due to reductions in end strength and over-manning in multiple rates.

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Rear Adm. John Miller, commander of Carrier Strike Group 11, and Chief Information Systems Technician Jason Sabater pin 1st Class Petty Officer insignia on Information Systems Technician 1st Class Yesenia Yasay.
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