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Chief Petty Officer Gabriel Martinez, a boatswain's mate, has his new cover place on his head during a chief petty officer pinning ceremony at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. Navy commands world-wide pinned about 4,600 sailors selected for E-7 last week to the rank of a chief petty officer.
Chief Petty Officer Gabriel Martinez, a boatswain's mate, has his new cover place on his head during a chief petty officer pinning ceremony at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. Navy commands world-wide pinned about 4,600 sailors selected for E-7 last week to the rank of a chief petty officer. (Eric Dietrich/U.S. Navy)
Chief Petty Officer Gabriel Martinez, a boatswain's mate, has his new cover place on his head during a chief petty officer pinning ceremony at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. Navy commands world-wide pinned about 4,600 sailors selected for E-7 last week to the rank of a chief petty officer.
Chief Petty Officer Gabriel Martinez, a boatswain's mate, has his new cover place on his head during a chief petty officer pinning ceremony at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. Navy commands world-wide pinned about 4,600 sailors selected for E-7 last week to the rank of a chief petty officer. (Eric Dietrich/U.S. Navy)
Chief selectees from USS Mahan sing "Anchors Away" as they march to their pinning ceremony held at the end of the pier in Norfolk, Va., on Sept. 13, 2013 .
Chief selectees from USS Mahan sing "Anchors Away" as they march to their pinning ceremony held at the end of the pier in Norfolk, Va., on Sept. 13, 2013 . (Courtesy of the U.S. Navy)

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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