Navy offering promotions to those willing to take “tough” jobs

Hospital Corpsman, 3rd Class, Jennifer Rooney, is pinned by her grandfather, John Rooney, United States Navy Korean War veteran, in a ceremony Sept. 20, 2019, after she was immediately promoted through the Meritorious Promotion Program. Jennifer was also pinned by her father, Robert Rooney, also a Navy veteran of 20 years, making her a third generation Sailor.

The US Navy is willing to promote individuals willing to transfer to select jobs within the force, creating an Active Duty Enlistment Advancement-to-Position program.

Known as A2P, the program will allow Second Class Petty Officers the chance to make E-6 if they are willing to carry out specific jobs in select locales.

Vice Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Robert Burke announced in April that he was looking for “hard-charging” sailors willing to take tough jobs in tough places in exchange for a promotion opportunity.

While the billets have yet to be finalized, it is believed there will be around 15 billets available to allow Sailors to move up in exchange for a little sacrifice.

“The primary consideration will be to fill E-6 billets in ratings where there are large numbers of unfilled E-6 billets and sufficient E-5s available for detailing to support advancement without adversely affecting the Navy’s ability to also fill priority E-5 billets,” Navy Personnel Command detailer Commander Chris Stillion told

In order to apply, Sailors must be active-duty E-5s who are approaching rotation and current on E-6 advancement examinations, as well as be qualified enough to fill the billet.

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