CNO kills rule forcing chiefs to get degrees


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May 5, 2007

Thousands of chiefs can now rest easy. In a stunning reversal of policy, Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Mike Mullen has rescinded the nearly 2-year-old policy requiring chiefs have an associate degree to compete for advancement to E-8 in 2010.

“Times have changed since we developed the requirement two years ago,” Mullen said in a message to fleet leaders Thursday, a copy of which was obtained by Navy Times. “OpTempo and new expeditionary missions now make it impracticable.”...


Sailors attend a Program Afloat for College Education class in American government this April aboard the amphibious assault ship Boxer. The chief of naval operations has rescinded a requirement that those seeking to advance to senior chief have an associate degree.