By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Cody Hendrix,
USS Ronald Reagan Public Affairs
YOKOSUKA, Japan – Smiles are bright and eyes are glistening as Sailors stand in line for the chance to shake hands with leadership and take on duties of the next rank.
The U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) advanced 192 Sailors to the next pay grade during a frocking ceremony, June 2.
Ronald Reagan’s commanding officer Capt. Buzz Donnelly personally congratulated these Sailors and presented their frocking letters.
“192 Sailors – that is exceptional,” said Donnelly. “It didn’t happen by accident. There’s a lot of hard work and perseverance that goes into maintaining a clear objective and making sure you accomplish it.”
Frocked Sailors have the right to wear the uniform and assume the responsibilities of the next pay grade.
“Listen to your chiefs, seek out answers for yourself and study as you do your job daily,” said Personnel Specialist 1st Class David Phaxayseng, from Shoreline, Washington. Phaxayseng eanred first class petty officer in four years of Naval service. “These all helped me get to where I am today.”
Master-at-Arms 3rd Class Christian Flores, from Los Angeles, attributed his recent success to hard work and patience during a year-and-a-half of service.
“I came into the Navy as an E-1, so finally making petty officer is an amazing feeling,” said Flores.
Frocking is a term for a commissioned or non-commissioned officer selected for promotion wearing the insignia of the higher grade before the official date of promotion. The Navy has used the term “frocking” throughout its history, but it was not officially referred to in advancement policies until 1974 in the Bureau of Naval Personnel Manual.
The Navy provides advancement exams twice a year for those who wish to add chevrons next cycle.