By NAVY OFFICE OF COMMUNITY OUTREACH
LINCOLN PARK – Navy Chief Boatswain’s Mate Joshua Carrell from Lincoln Park recently was promoted to chief petty officer, an accomplishment that only one in five eligible sailors achieve each year.
Chief Carrell, a 2007 Lincoln Park High School graduate, is serving at Naval Station Norfolk.
“It is a great honor to be selected to chief petty officer of the United States Navy,” Carrell said. “It means hard work, dedication and patience. I have learned a lot of things from many people in my life all of which has gotten me to this point and I thank each and every one of you.”
Achieving the title of ‘navy chief’ is a major honor and milestone. According to Navy Personnel Command, there are only 8.5 percent of sailors currently serving at the chief petty officer rank.
To be selected for this promotion, sailors must be a petty officer 1st class, and successfully navigate through two qualifying factors: a job-based exam and a selection review board. A sailor’s record can only proceed to the review board after they score high enough on the exam.
Once the exam is passed, their records are reviewed by a panel of senior navy leaders who meet for six weeks to determine if the individuals meet the standards for selection as a chief petty officer. A sailor’s performance is evaluated for at least five years, and each sailor attributes different experiences for their selection.
“I feel that always staying open minded and listening got me a long way,” Carrell said.
During the ceremony, the honored sailors invite friends and family members to pin on the two gold anchors that adorn the newly appointed chiefs’ uniforms, while the sailor’s sponsor places the combination cover on their heads.
“Special thanks to all my friends from ‘LP’ for always supporting me with this decision,” Carrell said.