He is taking his First Class Petty Officer test tomorrow – for the third time. He moved up so quickly to E-5 (less than three years service) but now his rate, or to you non-military types, his JOB rating is closed up. In other words there may be 18000 AZ’s in the Navy, but there is only 100 positions open in E-6. AKA First Class Petty Officer. He has tested three times and was passed over for numerous reasons, including the “sailors of the year” etc at other bases. He has a few “Early Promote” on his reviews, and a few “Must Promote” on his record, but yet, he still has not advanced. He has been told typical waiting time from E-5 to E-6 in his rate is five years. Either way, he continues to do an excellent job and has received quite a few nods, medals, and one “Commendation from the Rear Admiral of the Lincoln Battle Group for excellency in service as Safety Petty Officer of Electronic Air-Warfare Squadron ABC-###.” Apparently as Safety Petty Officer in charge of making sure everyone was disaster-ready be it natural or warfare attack. His squad was the first and ONLY one to pass the safety inspection on the first go-around.
Basically my point is only partial-braggart…I am just trying to say I know how hard he works. He doesn’t brag – I actually get formal letters from his commanding officers~! I had no idea about the commendation until I got a letter from the ship!!! I just am asking for your prayers that he get’s this promotion. He’s certainly been humbled by the passing-up, even after the “early promotes” where he SHOULD have been promoted. It’s the job, it’s the Navy, it’s the military – period.
Just asking for your prayers that he’ll get it this time. He could use the up-lift in spirits and the “atta-boys” a military promotion brings. We could also use the extra $$ as we are on baby number four.
Thanks guys! God Bless.