31 May '17, 3am

'Initiation' is back: MCPON ends officialdom's 14-year ban on using the term for chiefs' training

Navy chief selects can once again be "initiated" into the mess. The Navy’s top enlisted sailor has made it OK to refer to the process of making new chief petty officers as an "initiation," ending 14 years of official taboo for the term once closely associated with hazing and sophomoric pranks. There's no official name change — administratively, the six-week training program will continue to be referred to as CPO-365 Phase II — but in releasing his 2018 guidance, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (SG/IW) Steven Giordano made it clear with his words that use of the word “initiation” is back. “We are initiating new chief petty officers, and providing a roadmap for people to be successful in life — whatever the course,” Giordano wrote in his letter accompanying the official guidance that was made public Tuesday. In a move that is likely to be popular with the deckplates, ...

Full article: https://www.navytimes.com/articles/initiation-is-back-nav...

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