Story by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Susan Damman
PACIFIC OCEAN – Sailors assigned to USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) observed Women’s Equality Month with a celebration in the forecastle, Aug. 29.
Stennis’ Multicultural Heritage Committee organized the event, which highlighted the accomplishments of women throughout history who struggled for equality.
“This is a celebration of how far we’ve come from the stigmas of what a woman should be, where she belongs, and what she should know,” said Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Laketta Hampton, from Houston, one of the guest speakers. Attendees said they learned a lot of interesting facts about remarkable women.
“I feel like it was an important event for all women and even men to see what women have done, how they effected change, went through adversity,” said Ship’s Serviceman Seaman Arrington Jenkins, from Arlington, Texas, and a Multicultural Heritage Committee member. “A lot of people don’t realize the stuff [women] have done.”
The climax of the ceremony was a Battle of the Sexes-style game show, with trivia about women’s achievements. Capt. Mike Wettlaufer, Stennis’ commanding officer, assisted on the bonus question, answering correctly that Adm. Michelle Howard is the Vice Chief of Naval Operations.
Wettlaufer also gave the concluding remarks, telling the story of Army and Navy nurses who served in combat zones in the Philippines during World War II.
Women in the military often don’t wish to be recognized for what they perceive as just doing their jobs, said Wettlaufer, but they serve as important role models to the next generation, showing what it is possible to achieve.
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Story by MC2(SW) Marcus L. Stanley
PACIFIC OCEAN — The guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) completed Composite Training Unit Exercise/Joint Task Force Exercise (COMPTUEX/JTFEX), earning a ready-for-deployment certification from U.S. Third Fleet, Aug. 27.
COMPTUEX/JTFEX provides a realistic exercise to train and assess staffs and units in joint, integrated and advanced-level mission skills in support of a deployment certification.
“Chung-Hoon is the first ship from Hawaii to take part in a fleet exercise of this magnitude since the early 2000s,” said Cmdr. Tom Ogden, Chung-Hoon’s commanding officer. “Meeting all the requirements of anti-submarine warfare, Chung-Hoon worked as an escort for aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis, providing multi-warfare defense.”
Over the past four weeks, Chung-Hoon saw a variety of scripted, unit-specific training and battle problems and was able to measure its ability to react to unpredictable operational situations while working with the John C. Stennis Strike Group as a single force.
“We learned lessons across the board,” said Capt. Robert Chadwick, commander, Destroyer Squadron 21. “In a comms denied environment, it’s very important that your subordinates understand command direction.”
In simulated and real-world scenarios, learning to operate and meet mission requirements without direct lines of communication is a challenge the strike group had to learn to cope with.
“We spent a lot of time ensuring the guidance we put out made it clear there was no question what the commander’s intent was,” said Chadwick. “I trust those commanding officers to go out and execute that intent.”
Pre-deployment exercises such as COMPTUEX/JTFEX give strike groups the needed operational experience to accomplish the mission America requires of them.
“Through careful coordination and planning, we were tested through multiple scenarios,” said Ogden. “We were able to employ every asset in Chung-Hoon’s warfighting capabilities. Our Sailors executed at a very high level, and moving forward we are confident in Chung-Hoon’s role within the strike group.”
Usually operating independently, “Hawaii’s Destroyer” played an essential role in its integration with the strike group, providing a top-tier mission asset.
“Chung-Hoon’s upgraded anti-submarine warfare suite, put [the ship] on the forefront of the subsurface battle throughout COMPTUEX and JTFEX,” said Christopher Danley, Chung-Hoon’s operations officer. “Combat Information Center watchstanders found themselves more on watch than off as they employed Chung-Hoon’s weapon systems to their maximum capability, defending the strike group from submarines.”
The successful completion of COMPTUEX/JTFEX brings Chung-Hoon a step closer to deployment.
The USS John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group (JCSSG), or Carrier Strike Group 3, includes: USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9, Destroyer Squadron 21 (DESRON 21) of which Chung-Hoon is a part, and the guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53).

Story by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James S. Lyon
PACIFIC OCEAN – The Sailors of John C. Stennis Strike Group (JCSSG) completed Composite Training Unit Exercise / Joint Task Force Exercise (COMPTUEX/JTFEX), Aug. 27, earning a ready-for-deployment certification from U.S. Third Fleet.
The exercise tested JCSSG’s crew and assets on their ability to operate together as a strike group through a challenging series of simulated events.
“Across the board everybody got better,” said Rear Adm. Ron Boxall, commander, JCSSG. “We learned what everyone needed and communication improved.”
COMPTUEX/JTFEX is about combining different elements of the strike group and throwing challenges their way that require cooperation between units.
“It’s an integrated exercise,” said Boxall.”It’s the first time we’ve really come together in a complex tactical environment.”
JCSSG’s flagship, USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), served as the command center for the exercise, allowing Boxall and his staff to oversee participating units: Destroyer Squadron 21 (DESRON 21) and its ships, USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110), USS Stockdale (DDG 106) and USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93); Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9 and its commands, Strike Fighter Squadrons (VFA)s 14, 41, 97 and 151, Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 112, Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 133, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 14, Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 71, and Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30; and USS Mobile Bay (CG 53).
Part of the exercise included working with decreased communication capabilities, allowing the strike group to practice in strategically austere situations.
“In a comms denied environment, it’s very important that your subordinates understand command direction,” said Capt. Robert Chadwick, commander, DESRON 21. “We spent a lot of time ensuring the guidance we put out made it clear there was no question what the commander’s intent was, and I trust those commanding officers to go out and execute that intent.”
The strike group Sailors have been living a rigorous training schedule in preparation for the upcoming deployment, with some earning notable historic and personal achievements.
Stennis caught its 150,000th arrested landing, or trap, Aug. 22. The ‘Gear Dogs’ of the ship’s air department maintain the wires and VFA-97’s Lt. Wayne Irons, from Valley Springs, Calif. caught the wire in the squadron’s F/A-18E Superhornet number 302. “Being a part of the history and heritage of the ship feels good,” said Irons.
Every Sailor had a part to play in the exercise. A junior Sailor standing aft lookout kept the strike group safe during a simulated danger.
“I was on watch, and I saw a green light,” said Boatswain’s Mate Seaman Bryan Diaz-Padilla, from Orlando, Fla. “I thought it was unusual, so I went to report it. I hurried up to the bridge to make sure that contact got reported and all the information was passed.”
The green light was a flare, which feigned a torpedo in the water, and Diaz-Padilla’s diligence allowed Stennis to conduct evasive maneuvers, outwitting the simulated threat.
The strike group accomplished challenging simulations based on real-world surface, air, undersea, strike, and electronic attack scenarios.
“The goal of this COMPTUEX was to challenge us,” said Boxall. “It gave us more confidence to operate in an incredibly stressful, high threat environment.”
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Story by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Susan C. Damman
PACIFIC OCEAN – Behind heavy, closed doors and bathed in dim, blue light is one of the busiest rooms aboard USS Stockdale (DDG 106). The Combat Information Center (CIC) bustles with subdued activity, lowered voices and watchstanders deep in concentration. They monitor air, surface and subsurface contacts on consoles around the room and communicate with other ships in the strike group 24 hours a day.
CIC is the central nervous system of the ship, gathering sensory information from various radars, sonar, and other systems; processing and evaluating that information; and disseminating it to the bridge and other ships in the strike group.
The Sailors aboard Stockdale are undergoing Combined Training Unit Exercise and Joint Task Force Exercise (COMPTUEX/JTFEX), the final step in certifying the John C. Stennis Strike Group to deploy. The ship has run through a variety of scenarios designed to test every aspect of the crew’s ability to respond throughout the approximately five-week exercise.
Stockdale Sailors have trained continuously during the past year, but COMPTUEX/JTFEX has increased the pace in CIC. Now that they’re operating with other ships in the strike group, there are a lot more moving pieces for the CIC team to track and monitor.
“Aircraft are in the air,” said Operations Specialist 1st Class Daniel Lara, from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. “A lot of surface contacts are out. So now [CIC personnel] are having to do what they were trained to do at a much faster, much more intense, longer duration than they’re used to.”
The Tactical Action Officer (TAO) is the director of CIC. The TAO works with the different warfare coordinators to identify air, surface, and subsurface contacts. If those contacts are involved in hostile or suspect tracts, they work to come up with how to best handle the situation.
“For COMPTUEX, we’ve really put everything together and executed what it is we’ve been practicing for so long,” said Lt. Brad Bowen, one of Stockdale’s TAOs, from San Diego. “Over the past year we’ve been doing a lot of training exercises working by ourselves, and now we have the opportunity to work with the entire strike group.” Everybody in CIC plays a role, from the TAO to the newest watch stander.
“It’s not a single person mission,” said Bowen. “We have to incorporate every watch stander and make sure that they know exactly what’s going on and why they’re important and what they bring to the fight.”
The lessons learned during COMPTUEX/JTFEX has paid dividends for many of the Sailors, especially those who haven’t deployed with the strike group before. Watchstanders who recently earned their qualifications are putting what they’ve learned to good use.
“I’ve learned a lot,” said Operations Specialist 3rd Class Alexendria Klosterman, from Okeana, Ohio. “I’ve gotten so much better at my job.”

Story by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James S. Lyon
PACIFIC OCEAN – A surge of fine-tuned electromagnetic emissions streams over the horizon. Someone might imagine our adversaries waiting in confusion with a growing sense of dread and fear as their early detection systems and radars are disrupted.
Trouble is approaching in the form of EA-18G Growlers, their ALQ-99 pods actively jamming while anti-radiation missiles home in on radar sites.
“What we enable the strike group to do is get in unobserved and drop bombs,” said Lt. Erik Dippold, from Warren, Penn. “We protect people who pull triggers. Whether its guys on the ground kicking down doors in Afghanistan or … it’s the guys in these other ready rooms that have gone in to drop bombs on a bunker.”
The Wizard’s of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 133 fly the EA-18G Growler as part of the Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9 Shogun team embarked aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) denying, degrading and disrupting the electromagnetic spectrum. They exploit radar systems by deploying both kinetic and non-kinetic weapons in battle keeping our enemies from using their electronic equipment.
“Our job is to go out there and screw up the enemies plan to detect us and shoot at us,” said Dippold, “In order to do that we’ve gotta know what weapons and radars our adversaries are going to play against us. If we don’t prepare adequately, if we don’t know what the enemy is gonna bring to the fight or we don’t train adequately to defeat it, our guys are gonna get seen and shot down before they can get to the target.”
These capabilities and systems could not reach their full potential without the Wizards’ preparation and dedication, in maintaining the systems that make the magic happen.
“Working with ALQ-99s is a lot of physically demanding labor,” said Aviation electronics Technician 2nd Class Collete Sprenger from Poughkeepsie, N.Y. “We do everything by hand, and it’s intensive. Depending on how many people we have, it could range from five to 30 hours a week per pod.”
Tearing down and reassembling components is a fact of life when it comes to maintaining aircraft.
“The ALQ-99s are all hoist loads so it takes six people for every evolution,” said Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class Anthoney Prieto, from Sarasota, Fla. “There is a lot of teamwork involved. We don’t do any evolutions on this aircraft that are less than three people, so our shop is close.”
The Wizards’ tight-knit crew helps make this electronic attack squadron a high functioning unit.
“We wage electronic warfare from Stennis in the middle of the ocean, which gives us the ability to support our Shogun counterparts and our allies wherever and whenever we’re needed,” said Cmdr. Blake Tornga, commanding officer of VAQ-133, from Conrad, Mont. “This would not be possible without the dedicated professionals of the Wizard team.”
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Story by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan J. Batchelder, John C. Stennis Strike Group Public Affairs

PACIFIC OCEAN – The crew of the guided-missile cruiser named after the battle of Mobile Bay is keeping the spirit of Adm. David Farragut alive while underway for Composite Training Unit Exercise/Joint Task Force Exercise (COMPTUEX/JTFEX).

New chief petty officer selectees aboard USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) hosted a Battle of Mobile Bay presentation and commemoration on the ship’s mess deck, Aug. 5.

“My pride as a Sailor, as a chief, [along with] the amazing legacy of this ship and her crew swelled,” said Chief Master at Arms Jason Jones. “Our selects are top-notch, which is not only a reflection of them, but also of the leadership past and present onboard the mighty Mobile Bay.”

The rest of the crew appreciated the display of Farragut’s legacy, which culminated by the cutting of a cake commemorating the battle’s anniversary.

“I’m proud to say I’m on the Mobile Bay,” said Hull Technician 3rd Class Andrew Workman. “This is my first ship and I didn’t really know what to expect. Our captain is great; he’s all about the crew. It’s such a good command because everyone knows each other and we take care of one another.”

According to many, the crew of the Mobile Bay is what drives the ship and its mission forward. The tight-knit community showcases a unique command that works well together not only because they have to, but because they want to. Their ship’s motto, bearing and determination echo Adm. Farragut’s famous words during the Battle of Mobile Bay, “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!”

While underway for COMPTUEX/JTFEX, the Sailors of Mobile Bay have conducted many various evolutions. From damage control and aviation team drills, to numerous hours of flight quarters and live-fire exercises, the crew has stepped up and met every challenge the exercise has had to offer.

“I’m already away from my family on the East coast, so being underway is great,” said Workman. “I didn’t join the Navy to sit in port, I joined to go out to sea and have fun.”

Story by Ensign Davis Anderson, USS John C. Stennis Public Affairs

USS JOHN C. STENNIS, At sea. – Nearly 10,000 Sailors from the John C. Stennis Strike
Group (JCSSG), also known as Carrier Strike Group 3, are underway today off the coast of
Southern California, beginning the final phase of pre-deployment certifications: Composite Training Unit Exercise / Joint Task Force Exercise (COMPTUEX/JTFEX).
This exercise, which will increase in difficulty the further along they get, will test the
crews of JCSSG’s elements on their ability to operate as a strike group by running through
various simulations based on real-world surface, air, undersea, strike, and electronic attack scenarios.

“COMPTUEX/JTFEX is our graduation exercise,” said Rear Adm. Ron Boxall,
commander, JCSSG. “We are going to be challenged in all warfare domains, and we’ll come out of this a fully-trained team ready to meet maritime commitments anywhere our nation needs us.

If we do COMPTUEX/JTFEX right, we are going to be very tired by the end.”
JCSSG’s flagship USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) will act as the command center for the
exercise, allowing Boxall and his staff to organize the units participating, to include: Destroyer
Squadron 21 and its ships, USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 119), USS Stockdale (DDG 106)
and USS Chung Hoon (DDG 93); the Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9 and its commands, Strike
Fighter Squadrons 14, 41, 97 and 151, Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 112, Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 133, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 14, Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 71, and Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30; and USS Mobile Bay (CG 53).

“COMPTUEX/JTFEX is a dynamic exercise based, in part, on real-world situations and designed to bring the strike group together, turning us into a cohesive and effective fighting force,” said Cmdr. David Fields, Stennis’ operations officer. “Every sailor will be challenged and every weapons system will be tested.”

The strike group Sailors have been executing a very rigorous training schedule to certify for their upcoming deployment. They have come out of the shipyards, completed sea trials and tailored ships training availabilities to arrive at this point in their training where they are ready to work together as a strike group.

“The training milestones leading up to COMPTUEX/JTFEX saw exceptional coordination and cooperation between the multiple warfighting staffs, squadrons and ships,” said Capt. Robert Chadwick, commander, Destroyer Squadron 21. “That same coordination and cooperation will certainly be required during COMPTUEX/JTFEX, but our Sailors have prepared well and are ready to execute at a high level as we take this important step toward our deployment.”
The Sailors participating in the exercise will be evaluated by the staff of Carrier Strike Group 15, and when all the scenarios are complete Commander U.S. Third Fleet will certify JCSSG is ready for deployment.

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Story by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonathan Jiang

PACIFIC OCEAN – There are more than 3,000 Sailors assigned to USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), all with unique backgrounds and different life experiences. They come together aboard a U.S. Navy ship and find common ground.

However some Sailors, like Operations Specialist (OS) Seaman Jonathon Garrison and Air Traffic Controller (AC) Airman Apprentice Tyler Garrison, from Tigard, Ore., are more similar than others. These brothers are identical twins stationed aboard Stennis.

“[Being a twin is] hard to describe,” said Tyler. “It’s like you have a best friend that you hate with a burning passion, but you love him all the same.”

The brothers anticipated spending the duration of their Navy careers apart until a string of coincidences sent them both to Stennis.

Both brothers entered the delayed entry program together but intentionally left for Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill., at separate times. Jonathon left three weeks before Tyler. There was a period of overlap when the brothers would see each other on Sundays at church.

“It was funny when my brother graduated,” said Tyler. “Everyone from my division ran up to him and said, ‘Garrison, why do you have your 8-point [cover] on? What are you doing?'”

After boot camp Jonathon stayed at Great Lakes for AC “A” school while Tyler went to Pensacola, Fla. for OS “A” School. The period they were at their schools was the longest time they had been apart. Aside from leave, the brothers weren’t planning on seeing each other any time soon.

“I had orders to Bahrain to do anti-piracy on USS Thunderbolt (PC-12),” said Jonathon. “But I didn’t pass the second class swim test so they pulled my orders and put me on hold.”

After three months, Jonathon finally received a call from a detailer. He was going to Stennis.

When he called his mother to tell her the good news, she had news for him too. Tyler already had orders to the same ship.

The brothers reunited in February 2015.

“You get friends throughout life,” said Tyler, “but when you have a twin brother, you don’t have to go searching for a friend because you always have one.”

Together again, Jonathon and Tyler hang out with each other and their friends while in port. Underway, things are different. Both have different jobs and not as much time to spend together, but still manage to squeeze it in when they can.

They have differing personalities and interests, but they also share overlapping hobbies. Tyler prefers computers, while Jonathon enjoys working with his hands. Both like playing videogames and just chilling out.

Eventually Tyler plans to put in a package for the Seaman to Admiral program. It’s been his dream to be a pilot after seeing a jet on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier at five years old.

“It’s pretty much been planes since then for him,” said Jonathon.

Jonathon is keeping his options open, considering a future as an officer or a chief.

“[Jonathon’s] always been a natural leader, compared to me,” said Tyler. “He kind of stepped into the leadership role as the oldest and helped my mom a lot while she transitioned between being a stay-at-home mom to having to find a job.”

While they’re together now, their paths will eventually diverge again, taking them separate places.

Story by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christian B. Martinez
NAVAL AIR STATION NORTH ISLAND -USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) successfully completed its Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) evaluation, July 23.
The crew earned an INSURV figure of merit score of 88 percent-the highest achieved by an aircraft carrier in five years, according to Lt. Cmdr. Todd Nelson, Stennis’ INSURV officer.
“Since the last Stennis deployment in 2013, over 3,000 amazing Sailors completed a 16-month dry docked maintenance period, sea trials, multiple carrier qualification underway periods and a tailored ship’s training availability to ready both ship and crew for return to the fleet,” said Capt. Mike Wettlaufer, Stennis’ commanding officer. “Over the past year, we have also been ramping up for INSURV by expanding knowledge and capability to maintain, operate, sustain and repair our ship. I could not be more proud of their accomplishments.”
“The focus and effort put forth to execute this vital evolution is eye watering and a testament to the strength, character and readiness of this crew as we prepare for our final pre-deployment training and certification.”
Approximately 200 officers, enlisted Sailors and civilian technical inspectors administered the evaluation, which officially began July 21 at 4 a.m. Stennis’ INSURV team organized a schedule of events containing information on demonstration teams and inspection times, covering a broad spectrum of equipment, spaces and ship systems to be thoroughly examined.
“INSURV is one of the most rigorous and comprehensive inspections the crew will face; they have met the challenge head-on,” said Senior Chief Engineman Robert Zantow, one of Stennis’ assigned INSURV coordinators, from Gillette, Wyo. “Sailors from every department on the ship have coordinated with each other to prepare the ship for this test. From the planning stages more than a year ago to carrying out the inspection itself, the John C. Stennis Sailors-from the commanding officer down to the most junior fireman aboard the ship-have worked together to get Stennis ready.”
Inspectors evaluated 473 line items from the INSURV schedule of events over the course of three days.
“Preparing for INSURV was a complete change of lifestyle where you not only have to learn your rate but the ship as a whole,” said Aviation Maintenance Administrationman 3rd Class Loren Hilton, from Albany, Ore. “It was very rewarding to see the fruits of our teamwork coming together even though we are all from different workcenters with vastly different lifestyles. Those perspectives are what helped us be successful during INSURV.”
INSURV has been around for more than a century. In 1882, Congress established a law that stated a Board of Naval Officers would inspect every Navy ship and report to the Secretary of the Navy on its fitness for service. Inspections have been performed ever since, assessing ships at their birth, every five to six years following, and for their end-of-life surveys. As a result, Sailors received a deeper knowledge of Navy standards required for deployment as ship designs evolved over time.
Now that INSURV is complete, Stennis is scheduled to participate in Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) with the John C. Stennis Strike Group.
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Story by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christian B. Martinez

NAVAL AIR STATION NORTH ISLAND, Calif. – Rain drizzled upon the flight deck as Capt. Mike Wettlaufer, USS John C. Stennis’ (CVN 74) commanding officer, promoted 29 Sailors through the Meritorious Advancement Program (MAP) during an all hands call, July 18.

Inclement weather and rolling thunder did little to dampen the spirits of the newly-advanced third, second and first class petty officers, who assumed their rank and pay immediately after the ceremony.

“The Sailors selected for advancement demonstrated consistently high standards, positive attitudes and determination. Their ability to lead shipmates to success clearly indicated they were already serving at the next level and earned the opportunity for more responsibility,” said Wettlaufer. “We know they will continue to expand leadership and technical skills as they strive for excellence in the next phase of their Navy careers.”

The Command Advancement Program, established in 1978, was renamed to MAP in October 2014. MAP allows command leaders to recognize and reward Sailors for their superior job performance. After much review and deliberation, MAP packages are sent to the commanding officer, who advances the top Sailors already performing work at the next paygrade.

“When the Captain actually called my name, words could not even describe how excited I was,” said Logistics Specialist 1st Class Eric Gain, from Post Falls, Idaho. “After so many years of taking exams and doing everything I can to already fill the shoes of a first class petty officer, to be one of the two second classes selected to advance is just amazing.”

Sailors selected for immediate advancement are no longer required to take the advancement exam, freeing up time that would otherwise be used for studying. Instead, that time will be allocated toward learning the responsibilities associated with their new ranks.

“As a third class petty officer I know there will be more duties and leadership opportunities, but I am up for the task,” said Ship’s Serviceman 3rd Class Richard Schenk, from Clio, Mich. “It will be a chance for me to collect more qualifications and become a better, well-rounded Sailor.”

This marks the first occasion where Stennis has promoted Sailors under MAP, which is covered in Navy administrative message (NAVADMIN) 141/15. Commanding officers will set the program’s performance standards by selecting their best Sailors while aligning with the September exam cycle, allowing MAP to be factored in when determining advancement quotas, minimizing over promotion and ensuring future advancement opportunities exist.

The MAP season, from July 1 to September 30, is the only time when commands can meritoriously advance eligible Sailors.


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