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Reserve and FTS E-8 and E9 Advancements Hold Steady

by MC1 Mark D. Faram, Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs
02 March 2020





Senior enlisted selection season kicked off March 2, at Navy Personnel Command as the Fiscal Year 2021 selected reserve and reserve full time support E-8 and E-9 selection board convened in Millington, Tenn.

The board will review the records of 3,124 eligible E-7s and E-8s at both paygrades across the two communities for a total of 331 chances to move up.

As a whole, this year’s crop of quotas and resulting opportunity to advance is positive and within long-term averages at all levels.

In the selected reserve, the chance to advance increased overall, due to an increase in quotas coupled with a drop in the number of eligible Sailors.  

This year saw lateral movement at the senior enlisted level in both communities with the execution of the newly created command master chief ratings. The result was only a slight impact on advancement numbers when this year’s retention, losses, and authorizations were factored in.

In all, the selected reserve saw the movement of 27 billets to command master chief and one to command senior chief.

In the FTS community, 63 billets converted to command master chief while 15 moved to command senior chief.

“Those ratings had to be created within the existing manpower requirements of the Navy Reserve, as the size of these two paygrades are controlled by law, not policy,” said Capt. Angela Katson, head of enlisted plans and policies for the Chief of Naval Personnel. 

“We are taking more of a holistic approach to advancement that causes us to consider impacts at all paygrades and this mindset helped us deal with this challenge.” 

At E-9, 474 SELRES Sailors are competing for 60 quotas for a 12.66 percent shot at moving up over last year’s 8.05 percent. At E-8, 1,833 eligible Sailors are competing for 195 vacancies, a 10.64 percent chance to move up an over two percent rise from last year’s 8.28 percent.

Those percentages are both above the selected reserve nine year average of 10.18 at E-9 and 10.92 at E-8.

In the reserve full time support community advancements to E-9 are seeing a slight increase in opportunity, while E-8 advancements are having a slight drop in opportunity.

The slight rise at E-9 was the result of a rise in both eligible Sailors and quotas with 127 senior chief’s competing for 29 quotas. This puts their chances to net a second star over their chief’s anchors at 22.83 percent. That’s an increase from last year’s 21.70 shot to move up when 106 Sailors were competing for 23 vacancies and above the 10-year average of 19.42 percent.

The chance for FTS to put on a senior chief’s star took a slight dip this year with 690 Sailors are competing for 47 quotas and a 6.81 chance to move up. That’s down from last year’s 7.665 shot at moving up. Though a drop in both quotas and eligible Sailors led to the decline, the end result is only slightly below the 10-year average of 7.19 percent.  

“It’s important to note that the FTS community is relatively small,” Katson said. “As a result, small changes in numbers can result in larger movement in opportunity both up and down from cycle to cycle.”

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