Recently, I had the opportunity to discuss an important health initiative with Marine Corps Master Gunnery Sgt. William Mahoney, Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel & Readiness and the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, and Navy Command Master Chief Terry Prince, Senior Enlisted Advisor for the Defense Health Agency, going on within the Department of Defense (DoD). The initiative, “Operation Live Well”, now celebrating its one year anniversary, helps focus members of DoD on healthy living and beating tobacco use.
The topic is of major importance to those of you seeking enlistment. Many of you do not currently have a routine of fitness, some of you are battling weight issues, and a few of you use tobacco products which impedes your progress toward success. Remember, while at boot-camp, (Read the rest of the article…)
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Lately, well, actually, over the past few months, I have been getting a growing number of applicants, and even some recruiters, telling me via comments in the blog, social media, or via email that they are waiting on their local commands and MEPS to inform them to whether their police involvement and/or medical condition will allow them to move forward with their processing. This is actually a normal part of the processing.
The medical prescreening issue:
When an applicant has a “yes” answer on their medical prescreening form, DD Form 2807-2, Medical Prescreen of Medical History Report, the corresponding medical records must be submitted to the MEPS for review. MEPS personnel will respond with one of a few options, either, eligible to process, permanently disqualified, temporarily disqualified (usually a timeframe will be given as to how long the disqualification will be in place), or that more medical documentation is required.
What isn’t normal is having to (Read the rest of the article…)
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Although I didn’t see it this way while I was in, one of the beautiful things about being in the Navy is the regular physical exertion required to stay in shape and the periodic weigh-ins you had to pass in order to stay in. Once I retired, I ceased doing any regular exercise, and I certainly stopped trying to maintain in-service weight standards. The result? Not good.
Six years into retirement and I tipped the scale at more than 40 pounds that of which I left with. I really didn’t notice the weight gain; I mean, you look in the mirror everyday — the change is so gradual that you just don’t see it. Sure, the scale keeps telling you, but what does it know, I still look as good today as I did yesterday! (Read the rest of the article…)
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It has been over a decade when I was on the phone with one of my Chief Petty Officers who worked a couple of hundred miles from our headquarters. Most of the specific conversation during the call has long since left my memory bank, but the overall content of the call, and what occurred afterwards, will be with me forever.
It was a Friday afternoon, and information was passed to me that a relatively new check-in to our command was believed to be either wearing really bad cologne or he may have had alcohol on his breath when the person saw him that morning.
During the call, I do remember the Chief admitting that he had a couple of drinks the night before, but he didn’t feel there was any way he was inebriated by the time he got to work that morning. We continued our conversation and I asked him if he would voluntarily meet with the command’s Drug and Alcohol Program Advisor (DAPA) on Monday. He agreed; I actually remember him sounding like he was looking forward to it. I hung up the phone with him saying the same thing I said to every Sailor, “Drive Safe”.
I don’t recall what time of the day it was, but I received a phone call at home that Sunday. The Chief (Read the rest of the article…)
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Every once and a while, I will publish a guest post from Sailors or Future Sailors who like to write and have their works put out for all to see.
Today, I would like to introduce ETSA Slebodnik with his first essay, “Anger: Us and Them.”
“Anger: Us and Them”
ETSA Slebodnik, D.V. USN
Everyday it creeps into our minds like a parasite. It finds a way in, finds a corner and slowly spreads. Taking away from our family, our job, and our own joy. Replacing all the goods things in life with hate, resentment, pain, and regret. This parasite that lives off of our own misery is “Anger.”
Pick your poison on how you get it. Some punk in your class, losing the promotion you bust your guts for, your own cowardice. Makes no difference how it gets in you, the (Read the rest of the article…)
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Today, pause for a moment in memory of the 17 Sailors lost during the October 12, 2000, terrorist attack on USS Cole(DDG-67) in Aden, Yemen.
Along with those who lost their lives or injured, the memory I have of that day is the heroic way the crew fought to save their ship. A testament to their leadership and training. Never forget.
Thirty nine Sailors were injured by the blast; the following is Chief Taitt’s personal account of that day’s events. (Read the rest of the article…)
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The knife shakes in his hand. He moves the small three inch blade slowly down his arm. He’s rehearsing this. The cold steel of the blade slowly scrapes back up his arm as his tears fall onto his pale forearm.
With his mind running wild and his eyes filled with tears and hate, he grits his teeth. He knows that it is coming soon. He’s planned this all day, almost looking forward to it in class. It is supposed to take all of the pain, the suffering, the frustration and hate.
Thoughts of his mother ring through his head. He remembers being a small child with his mom. He remembers holding her hand in the parking lot, and the love that he felt with that. He would look at her and smile. Love fills his heart.
Insanity instantly comes and rips out the love. He remembers her, his now ex-girlfriend. He remembers the pain that he’s caused her, and how she has now turned his entire family against him. My family no longer even wants me on this planet, he thinks to himself.
He removes the cell phone from his pocket and (Read the rest of the article…)
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Until I am too old to post them, the United States Navy Master Chief, Senior Chief, and Chief Petty Officer results (actual selection, not the board eligible list) will be posted here, each year, when they become available. For FY2012, the first time in at least 12 years, the active duty CPO results were released on a Monday.
Results will be delivered to the Member’s command triad (CO, XO, and CMC) via BUPERS Online the day before the NAVADMIN will be released.
Congratulations to all the Navy Chief Petty Officer selectees!
The complete FY-2015 Reserve Chief Petty Officer Results NAVADMIN 148/14
The complete FY 2015 Active Navy Chief Results NAVADMIN 178/14 (PDF)
The complete FY 2015 Active Navy Senior Chief Results NAVADMIN 130/14
The complete FY 2015 Active Navy Master Chief Results NAVADMIN 099/14
The complete FY-2015 Navy Reserve Master/Senior Chief Results NAVADMIN 083/14
The complete FY-2014 Reserve Chief Petty Officer Results NAVADMIN 213/13
The complete FY 2014 Active Navy Chief Results (PDF) NAVADMIN 193/13
The complete FY 2014 Active Navy Senior Chief Results NAVADMIN 164/13
The complete FY 2014 Active Navy Master Chief Results NAVADMIN 136/13
The complete FY-2014 Navy Reserve Master/Senior Chief Results NAVADMIN 130/13
The complete FY-2013 Reserve Chief Petty Officer Results NAVADMIN 257/12
The complete FY-2013 Active Chief Petty Officer Results NAVADMIN 232/12 (PDF Version)
The complete FY 2013 Active Navy Senior Chief Results NAVADMIN 192/12
The complete FY 2013 Active Navy Master Chief Results NAVADMIN 170/12
The complete FY-2013 Navy Reserve Master/Senior Chief Results NAVADMIN 129/12
The complete FY-2012 Active Navy Master Chief Results NAVADMIN 155/11
The complete FY-2012 Active Navy Senior Chief Results NAVADMIN 175/11
The complete FY-2012 Reserve Chief Petty Officer Results NAVADMIN 199/11
The complete FY-2012 Active Chief Petty Officer Results NAVADMIN 233/11 (PDF Version)
The complete FY-2011 UPDATED Active Navy Master Chief Results NAVADMIN 238/10
The complete FY-2011 Active Navy Senior Chief Results NAVADMIN 237/10
The complete FY-2011 Active Navy Chief Results NAVADMIN 269/10 (PDF)
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Contemplating our own death is something we humans do, we wonder how our life will come to an end. Some would argue that religion and the thought of an after-life were created only to ease our fear of the inevitable. We all hope for a peaceful, painless demise, perhaps to slip away while in a deep sleep without any indication of its coming. But, lets face it; most of us will feel the breath of the grim reaper just before our passing, and it will terrify us. If we find the breath to have been just a warning and the end didn’t come as expected, we claim some earthly luck or divine providence, and in our future we heed the warning by not repeating the action that put us so close to becoming worm food in the first place. However, today, we won’t be afforded the luxury of surviving death; today we will die. You see, regrettably, (Read the rest of the article…)
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>>>>>The FY-11 list; Congrats!< <<<<<
Congratulations to all the FY 2010 selectees! And I would like to send a special BZ out to all the Navy Counselor Chief Petty Officer - Career Recruiting Force (CRF)!
For the rest of the 2010 list here is a copy of the NAVADMIN (Read the rest of the article…)
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