The CNO's tough new rules for screening skippers


Seeking to cut the tally of fired commanders whose behavior has embarrassed the service and raised questions about how they were selected for the service’s most prestigious positions, the Navy’s top officer has tightened the standards for command and ordered a pilot study of an evaluation that allows sailors to rate their own bosses.

The end goal is officers better suited for command.

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jon Greenert spelled out his plan in a June 4 instruction that overhauls the command screening process and applies it fleetwide. By June 4, 2013, every new CO will have to go through all the rigors of this new process, according to the instruction.

The Navy wants to put its “best and most qualified people” in command, Vice Adm. Scott Van Buskirk, chief of naval personnel, told Navy Times in an interview. “This cuts across all our communities and puts some great standards in play for the whole Navy to utilize.”

To see the full details of the plan — including new requirements for fleet-up COs and the pilot study where sailors will rate their bosses —  pick up a Navy Times at your newsstand this week. Or subscribe here.


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