Sailors take a Navy-wide advancement exam on the mess decks of the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). (MC2 Kenan O'Connor / Navy)
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The Navy’s personnel experts are weighing changes to the way the service picks its best petty officers to advance.
They are considering a shake-up to the advancement formula, known as the final multiple score, which factors in everything from evaluation scores to advancement tests to awards. How do you think the advancement system should be changed?
Do you think the current system favors sailors good at their jobs or those who participate in many collateral duties?
Should it factor in deployments, so those with more fleet experience get more points? Or provide more points for those with multiple warfare qualifications?
Is it fair that petty officers get points for holding college degrees? And why doesn’t a sailors fitness scores factor in at all?
Navy Times wants to hear your ideas about how to improve advancements. Please send your thoughts and suggestions to staff writer Mark D. Faram (firstname.lastname@example.org). And be specific. Your comments may be featured in an upcoming article.