MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. --
More than 30 sailors began their Induction training here, Aug. 5 to earn the fouled anchors that symbolize the rank of chief petty officer.
Induction is the third phase of a year-long training process first class petty officers are put through and signifies the rightful passage into the rank. The training also implements Navy ethos and core values in every sailor.
The sailors are put through various tests and activities to prepare them for the responsibilities of a chief. Activities include fund raising, community involvement, physical training and the pinning of their anchors onto their uniform. Selectees are tested mentally, physically, personally and professionally. They learn what their limits are and how to surpass them with assistance from current chief petty officers participating in the training.
“The title chief petty officer, carries with it responsibilities and privileges no other armed force in the world grants enlisted people,” said retired Admiral Frank B. Kelso II. “Chiefs have routinely sought out greater challenges and assumed more responsibility.”
The grade of chief petty officer was established on April 1, 1893 to replace petty officers in acting appointments to fill vacancies in ships’ crews.
“They [chief petty officers] prove their worth every day and continue to meet great challenges and endure adversity to protect our nation's interests,” said Kelso.
The sailors will pin on their anchors at the conclusion of Induction training, Sept. 16th.