MCPON's message on CPO 365
The CPO 365 program is a three phase, year round training cycle. The first phase runs from mid September till the "Board Eligible" test results are released. The second phase is from board results to Chief selection results, and the third phase is what is commonly referred to as "Induction", it is the 6 week training to turn First classes into Chiefs.
Phase one is the time to lay out the groundwork for what the following years CPO 365 will include. During this time the Chiefs will work with the First class Petty Officer's (FCPO) in different events such as training, team building, and general mentorship.It is the Command Master Chiefs(CMC) program and the CMC is ultimately responsible for the success of the program.
Phase two begins when the results from the January CPO exam are released, usually in mid March, this phase builds on what was already established from phase one. The focus is on board eligible FCPOs and further preparing them for duty as a Chief. It is in this phase when commands will start a Chiefs in Training program (CIT). CIT consists of small groups of FCPO's (8-12) and two/three Chiefs as mentors. The groups are tasked with different assignments to include community service to going thru a complete mock eval cycle, from drafting to ranking to debriefing. The idea of CIT is to train the FCPO's in concepts that Chiefs deal with on a daily basis and sharpen those skills in the FCPO's.
The third phase is induction. This is a time honored military tradition performed by the Chiefs mess. Think military excellence and fraternity brotherhood mixed into one. I am not a Chief and can not speak on what happens during these six weeks, but I hope to one day be able to say I am a initiated Chief Petty Officer.
MCPON's CPO365 message