Chief Petty Officer
Chief Petty Officer (abbrev: CPO) is an enlisted paygrade within the Royal Manticoran Navy, the Grayson Space Navy, and the Republic of Haven Navy. It holds the equivalent military paygrade of E-7 within The Royal Manticoran Navy: The Official Honor Harrington Fan Association, Inc. and is not only very experienced in their specialty, but has achieved a command responsibility, becoming the right-hand of the supervising officer. A chief petty officer is referred to by their rank, but also by their rate. So a Steward who earned their rocker would be called "Chief," but also "Chief Steward."
In peacetime, a Chief Petty Officer would have served at least eleven years, with 36 months Time in Grade. However, since there are a limited number of vacancies, there is a competitive test to determine who can be promoted, and they need to be approved before the Chief Petty Officer Promotion Board. The Grayson Space Navy uniform is blue with silver stripes. The Royal Manticoran Navy is black and the color of the stripes change depending on the specialty of the spacer.
If the spacer has completed their Advanced Naval Non-Commissioned Officer Exam, and served as an Petty Officer 1st Class for thirteen months Time in Grade, they are promoted to this rank. If someone is appointed to the position of Ship's Bosun, they are brevetted to this rank. It is the highest rank a ship's captain can appoint a spacer to.
- E-7 equivalents from other branches of The Royal Manticoran Navy: The Official Honor Harrington Fan Association, Inc.: