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How to get promoted to Chief Petty Officer Coast Guard Promotion to E-7 Chief Petty Officer

A Chief Petty Officer is a Chief Petty Officer in the United States Coast Guard at DoD paygrade E-7. This page describes how the Coast Guard determines who is eligible for the promotion list to Chief Petty Officer.

Advancement from Petty Officer First Class to Chief Petty Officer is a very important step in the career of any enlisted Coast Guardsman. To qualify, the PO1 undergoes a year-long induction into the new role, known from 2013 as "CPO 365". Time in Service (TIS), superior examination and evaluation scores, and the passing of specialty examinations all contribute to advancement. Like less senior advancements, candidates compete for a limited number of job openings, or "billets". Unlike advancement to petty officer posts, however, the candidates are subjected to review by peers who sit on a selection board. Proven leadership qualities are essential.

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