The command senior chief insignia.

The command senior chief insignia. (National Defense University)

The U.S. Navy has established a command senior chief rate designed to give senior enlisted personnel additional leadership experience, the Navy announced.

The new rating “strengthens the command leadership triad and provides our very best senior chiefs increased responsibilities in this rating while enabling greater levels of experience as they advance through the ranks,” Fleet Master Chief April Beldo, fleet master chief for Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education, was quoted as saying in a Navy news release.

The new rating also creates a specific career path to command master chief, a Navy personnel spokesman said, and should help stabilize manning and reduce manning gaps for senior enlisted leaders in the fleet.

Like command master chiefs, command senior chiefs are to be the senior enlisted advisers at their commands. One of their major duties is ensuring the personal and professional well-being of enlisted personnel and advising their commanding officers of matters involving the enlisted force.

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