Every year on September 16th, the Chief Petty Officer Selectees are Pinned and are then authorized to assume the title and wear the uniform of a Chief Petty Officer. The new chiefs are wearing their new Khaki uniforms for the first time. To those not familiar with the Navy their is a big distinction between their new uniforms, worn by the senior enlisted and those worn by the junior enlisted. Their new uniform becoming identical to that of an officer's uniform except with different insignia.
Advancement into the Chief Petty Officer grades is the most significant within the enlisted Naval ranks.
Since we are attached to a reservist squadron, although we are active duty, our ceremony was held on September 17th.
They Marched in...
Stood at attention...
They were pinned by friends, family and mentors...
Then they were almost Chiefs...
Their hats were placed by their sponsors, the bell was rung, and they were announced for the first time by their new title as Chief and were welcomed into the Chief's mess.
The new Chief!
We then headed over to the F troop, the Chief's Club.
With the new title the Chiefs will gain new privileges, including access to the Chiefs club on base. They will also be afforded separate dining and living areas, and on any Naval vessel large enough their will be rooms off limits to anyone who is not a chief (including officers) except by specific invitation. The navy refers to this as the Chief's mess, or you may hear it referred to as the "goat locker".
I had no idea what it meant to make Chief, until my husband made it.
I am so proud of my husband and happy to be a Chief's wife!