Navy commands across the seas last week pinned about 4,600 sailors selected for E-7 to the rank of a chief petty officer.
The pinning ceremony is the culmination of a six-week intense training program to prepare selected sailors for their new responsibilities as senior noncommissioned officers.
In the Navy, the rank of E-7 carries unique and additional responsibilities and privileges that do not appear in print, but exist because of 200 years of naval heritage.
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