In late September, the Navy announced a major overhaul in how it classifies and addresses its enlisted sailors. As part of the restructure, the Navy eliminated the centuries old ratings system for sailors. The move replaced titles like Machinist’s Mate First Class and Boatswain’s Mate Second Class with an occupational specialty code and the generic address of Petty Officer.
The following is a selection of opinion pieces from the November issue of Proceedings and other outlets that discuss the service’s decision. Read More
Five sailors in 2006. US Navy Photo
This post has been updated with additional information from Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson.
After more than 200 years, the Navy is making a fundamental change in how it will address its enlisted sailors, according to a notification on the new policy obtained by USNI News. Read More
The following is a Sept. 29, 2016 NAVADMIN message outlining planned changes to the Navy’s enlisted personnel system obtained by USNI News. A previous version of this post featured a draft version of the message. Read More
Jennifer Miller and her fiancé AWS2 Thomas Fint. Photo Courtesy Jennifer Miller
SAN DIEGO, CALIF. – As missions go, this one was easy: Fly an MH-60S Knighthawk across San Diego Bay so the helicopter could be displayed at the WEST 2015 conference. Read More
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus reviews sailors Recruit Training Command (RTC) on Sept. 13, 2013. US Navy Photo
As I sat in my windowless office at the Washington Navy Yard on “lockdown” all day on Sept. 16 — unable to see or hear any of the mayhem that was occurring outside and also unable to assist, I felt helpless.
Carl T. Osburn
You would think that the affinity that Americans have for guns would make competitive shooting a more popular sport, but one of the nation’s greatest Olympians is largely unknown. U.S. Navy Capt. Carl Osburn won 11 Olympic medals with his rifle between 1912 and 1924. He held the record for most U.S. medals until swimmer Jenny Thompson surpassed him eighty years later in Athens.
A gold medalist at the 1920 games in Antwerp, the flamboyant sprinter previously served as a Marine field artillery officer in World War I. His defeat by Brit Harold Abrahams at the 1924 games was depicted in the 1981 film, “Chariots of Fire.” Paddock was killed in a plane crash during World War II while serving on the personal staff of Maj.Gen. William Upshur.