On April 1, 1893, Navy General Order 409 established the rank of Chief Petty Officer. Today, the CPO ranks (E-7 through E-9 on the payscale) are generally considered the backbone of the Navy – senior enlisted men and women who combine their technical experience and leadership skill to execute the Navy’s myriad missions.
For young junior officers, who supervise and at the same time learn from their chiefs, there’s really only one way to approach things:
The junior enlisted who work for the chiefs might be a little more ambivalent:
Happy 123rd Birthday, Chiefs!