Personnel officials are weighing changes to the command advancement program. Here, Engineman 3rd Class Malcolm Price is frocked at a May 30 ceremony aboard littoral combat ship Freedom. (MC1 Cassandra Thompson / Navy)
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Most sailors move up via the Navy’s twice-a-year advancement cycles. But the Command Advancement Program offers another avenue.
The Navy is now looking to revamp the program, which allows commanding officers to instantly advance sailors — so long as they are eligible. CAP is only allowed in the fleet and at certain commands, such as Recruiting Command, Recruit Training Command and the frigate Constitution.
Navy Times wants to know what you think of the program. For example:
■ How does CAP work at your command? Do you feel that your CO uses it to advance the right sailors — or only those who get the most “face time”?
■ How would you like to the CAP program changed? Should it be expanded to all shore commands? Should it account for a larger or smaller portion of advancements?
■ Would you back a plan to restrict CAPs to the three months between advancement cycles? Or should it be twice a year, just like the cycles are?
Navy Times wants to hear what you think. Send your thoughts and suggestions to staff writer Mark D. Faram at firstname.lastname@example.org. And be specific: Your comments could be featured in an upcoming article.