The latest E-8 selection board convened Monday with a mandate to select 1,445 of 12,010 eligible chief petty officers to pin a senior chiefís star over their anchors.
The chance to get picked this year is 12.03 percent, down from the 14-year high of 13.62 percent chance at last yearís board, according to figures released Tuesday by the chief of naval personnel.
The senior enlisted selection rates are down-ticking from record highs, but still remain elevated: This yearís opportunity is identical that of two years ago. And itís still the best shot at senior chief ó the Navyís toughest enlisted rank to crack ó in 17 years.
Thirty-two ratings will advance at a level at or above the Navy-wide 12.03 average. Advancement chances in the other 56 ratings will fall below that mark.
The reason for the decline: 248 fewer quotas are available this year.
It could have been much worse, but for a corresponding drop of 421 eligible chiefs competing for those chances, resulting in the overall drop in opportunity.