Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Wyatt L. Anthony, USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Public Affairs
NORFOLK (May 28, 2014) Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 12 frocked three Sailors to their new pay-grade during a ceremony held in the foc’sle aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), May 28.
Frocked Sailors receive the right to wear the insignia and assume the responsibilities of their next pay grade but do not receive pay of their new grade until actually promoted. CSG 12 frocked one Sailor to second class petty officer, and two Sailors to first class petty officer.
“It feels great to achieve something of this magnitude,” said newly frocked Yeoman 1st Class Andrew Rice. “After putting in all of the time and studying, it’s amazing to see the outcome of all of the hard work.”
Sailors put in hours of work and studying in order to advance to the next pay-grade. For Sailors who advanced, it brings forth great pride.
“I think getting advanced requires a lot of personal push to become more knowledgeable,” said newly frocked Operations Specialist 2nd Class James Stanley. “I read up on all of my [bibliographies] and gathered a lot of in rate knowledge by integrating throughout the ship.”
Operationally, the commander of CSG 12 oversees the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group, serving as Immediate Superior in Command for USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71); Carrier Air Wing ONE (CVW 1); Destroyer Squadron TWO (CDS 2); and assigned destroyers, USS NORMANDY (CG 60) and USS VICKSBURG (CG 69). CSG 12 exercises oversight of unit level and integrated phase training and overall operational readiness for the entire Strike Group.
The Navy has used the term frocking throughout its history, but frocking was not officially referred to as part of an advancement policy until published in the Bureau of Naval Personnel Manual in 1974.
Those Sailors who did not advance this cycle, or were not eligible to take the advancement exam, will have a chance to take it in September of 2014. Sailors looking to add a chevron on their collar can find study material at https://www.nko.navy.mil.