Effective immediately, getting bumped up a paygrade for taking orders to hard-to-fill jobs is here to stay. Called “Advancement-to-Position” or A2P, the program was first announced as a pilot program for junior sailors in April. Navy officials are now saying those tests were so successful they’ve made the idea a permanent program.
Manpower and Personnel
Now, back by popular demand of sailors is the historic Torpedoman’s Mate rating title and badge — but apparently only in the submarine force. The title has been absent for submariners since 1995 when the community decided to call sailors who manage torpedo’s and their related gear Machinist’s Mate (Weapons) or MMW.
The Navy’s experiment with online exams is gaining steam. Aided in part by a mobile application the Navy is now qualifying sailors for advancement through a new military knowledge exam that can be taken on smart devices such as tablets and smartphones — without needing a Navy computer. It’s a concept the service would love to expand on in the future.