Even a great first class petty officer should never be considered a suitable substitute for a CPO. When the job calls for a CPO, anchor up, Chief, and get the job done. Take that stellar first class petty officer with you, while you’re at it, and show her or him how it’s done.
Some argue that a CPO Academy would be more useful than CPO initiation (Season of Pride/ Transition) in developing Chiefs. But, based on personal experience, I think a better case can be made for Chiefs simply reasserting the role of their mess.
More than 30 years ago, I began my life as a Sailor being raised by Navy Chiefs. By most accounts, they did a good job. I would not have progressed from seaman recruit to captain without strong CPO leadership at every level—from my division Chiefs to my Command Master Chiefs. I needed course corrections at every paygrade.
Fortunately, there was always a strong CPO to provide the necessary guidance. I have 100 percent confidence that today’s CPOs are even better equipped to provide this guidance to our Sailors and junior officers.
From: Anchor Up, Chiefs! - Reset The Mess
By: Captain Mike Lambert