Oh, you have a star on top of yours, or perhaps two stars! Well bully for you! I’m glad the numbers worked out in your favor, and I’m happy your paycheck got a little bigger, but that’s all that happened, Shipmate. You didn’t suddenly become wiser, or better otherwise, than your contemporaries, so be careful not to let the stars fool you into thinking you’ve risen above the fouled-anchor (PERIOD!) definition of a Chief. Say this again: “A Chief is a Chief, and the fouled anchor represents a Chief.” If, about now, you’re thinking “I earned this promotion over my peers” —if any of those I’s survived your transition, if you don’t genuinely have an attitude of simply being grateful that the numbers worked out for you, then you really missed the mark during your transition. That’s a rhetorical statement, don’t try to defend yourself (because your “I’s” will surely give you away!).
Wise words from a SCPO friend of mine.