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In case you've missed it, the Navy announced some time ago their decision to eliminate Rating Titles. This decision was not well received, and as a consequence, on 21 Dec 2016 the Navy reversed themselves. Here is part of the Navy news release:

"Navy Leaders Bring Back Rating Titles"

From CNO Public Affairs - WASHINGTON

On Dec. 21, the Navy announced that effective immediately, Sailors may continue to be addressed by their Rating Titles.

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Admiral John Richardson, with the support of Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Steve Giordano, made the announcement in NAVADMIN 283/16. 

"Our Navy needs to be a fast-learning organization - that includes Navy leadership," Richardson wrote in the NAVADMIN. "The Design for Maintaining Maritime Superiority states that our most junior teammate may have the best idea and that we must be open to capturing that idea. We have learned from you, and so effective immediately, all rating names are restored." 

"The SECNAV, MCPON and I, along with other Navy leadership, have had the opportunity to speak with thousands of Sailors during our travels throughout the fleet. The feedback from current and former Sailors has been consistent that there is wide support for the flexibility that the plan offers, but the removal of rating titles was unnecessary and detracted from accomplishing our major goals."

Ed: For further details click here: http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=98240

Art Tilley MT2 (Editor)

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After spending 4 years in the Navy and 3 years on the Little Rock, I attended college and went to work for the Chevron Corporation, in management capacities.  It appears the same thing happened in our Navy that occurred several times with Chevron.  Unfortunately, the SecNav and higher authority, asked questions after they made the decisions.  They should have asked the questions before they made the announcements.  I am glad they acknowledged their errors.  A thank you to shipmate SecNav Mabus and his staff!
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