30 Sep '16, 5pm

The Navy dumped its time-honored job titles and the decision incited widespread outrage

NAVAL STATION NORFOLK, Va. — The Navy's top officer met a skeptical audience here Thursday as he told them why every sailor in attendance was being stripped of the rating title that had defined their jobs and identities. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson said this radical change was only the start of a career overhaul that would yield them more opportunities and better chances to get civilian jobs after the service. “What we’ve come up with is a plan for you to be certified in multiple ratings that — Navy Occupational Specialities,” Richardson said. “This buys you a tremendous amount of flexibility, not only in assignments, but in advancement. This will give you the opportunity to advance in more than one specialty.” The buzz had already begun earlier in the day as the news echoed across the service: Every sailor would now be known as a chief petty officer, pe...

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