posted on Dec, 10 2004 @ 09:10 AM
The Navy has announced plans for institutionalizing a Professional Military Education (PME) Continuum that integrates advanced education,
Navy-specific professional military education (NPME) , joint processional military education (JPME) and leadership development. By 2009, the PME will
require all E-7's competing for E-8 to have at least an Associates Degree, and by 2013 anyone competing for E-9 will have to have a Bachelor's
Degree. Sailors interested in earning their Associates or Bachelor's degree can get free information from military-friendly schools at Military.com.
WASHINGTON — Enlisted sailors may have to hit the books if they want to reach the highest ranks.
A new Navy military education policy, which in part guides professional development for all sailors, outlines general goals for emphasizing continuing
education courses and college-level degrees for all enlisted personnel.
Ed Barker, spokesman for the Naval Education and Training Command, said officials hope by 2010 to mandate associate and bachelor’s degrees for sailors
advancing to senior ranks, though no specific timetables or benchmarks have been set.
“The goal is to tell a young [sailor] now that if he plans to make senior chief, he should include education,” he said. “There is going to come a time
when, if you don’t have that degree, it could hurt you.”
In announcing the education proposals last month, Vice Adm. Alfred G. Harms Jr. said higher education is essential for enlisted servicemen “to better
prepare them to operate tomorrow’s fleet” and to ensure they are prepared to take over leadership roles in the Navy.
Currently servicemen being promoted to the highest enlisted ranks must graduate from the Navy’s Senior Enlisted Academy in Rhode Island. Air Force
Senior Master Sgt. David Egermier, spokesman for the academy, said the proposed rule change likely would not affect operations there, since most of
their courses are specialized military management lessons.