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United States Navy: Promotion, Demotion, Desertion and Discharged Policy


United States Navy
Material Reference: Promotion, Demotion, Desertion and Discharged Policy


The promotion scale is used to see the range that an officer can promote to. It also displays what ranks an officer can demote.

Promotion Scale
O-1 --------------------------------- E-4
O-2 --------------------------------- E-6
O-3 --------------------------------- W-2
O-4 --------------------------------- W-3
O-5 --------------------------------- W-5
O-6 --------------------------------- O-1
O-7 --------------------------------- O-2
O-8 --------------------------------- O-3
O-9 --------------------------------- O-4
O-10 --------------------------------- O-5
MCPON --------------------------------- E-4
OPNAV --------------------------------- +1
DCNO --------------------------------- +2
VCNO -------------------------------- O-8
CNO --------------------------------- O-10

The range reflects the promotional and demotional authority of an officer at a given rank.

To promote, it is customary to call the service person to report. While they're reporting the Officer is to say why they are being promoted and give them their new motto (and possibly uniform).

Sailors of the pay grade of W-2+ must be in a rating in order to be promoted. Personnel W-3 and above may only be promoted by their commanding officer (Headquarters, Department of the Navy). However recommendations can be made both internally and externally to these commanding officers for a promotion. If the Sailor under review for a promotion is in more than one rating then both of their commanding officers must sign off on the promotion.

Time in Grade
Flag Grade --------------------------- 5 Months (Minimum)
Field Grade ---------------------------- 3 Months (Minimum)
Company Grade ------------------------- 2 Month (Minimum)
Warrant Officers --------------------------- 4 Weeks (Minimum)
Staff Non-Commissioned Officers ---------------------- 14 - 7 Days (Rating Dependent)
Non-Commissioned Officers ---------------------- 5 - 6 Days
Selectees (CO SEL, WO SEL, SNCO SEL, NCO SEL) ---------- 3 - 4 Days
Enlisted --------------------- 1 - 2 Days

SNCOS with no MOS: 14 Days (Minimum)
SNCOS with 1 MOS: 12 Days (Minimum)
SNCOS with 2 MOS: 10 Days (Minimum)

Special Promotional Policies

Only the CNO/VCNO may promote to O-1 as rights must be given.

A CMDCS/FLTCM must serve for three weeks upon being promoted to a higher rank. If a CMDCS needs to remove himself/herself before their tenure is up they are to receive the rank of E-8.

If a FLTCM need to remove himself/herself before their tenure is up they are to receive the rank of E-9.
A CMDCS/FLTCM can be removed from their position by their Commanding Officer or by the CNO/VCNO upon receiving three consecutive infractions. Exceptions can be made if the CMDCS/FLTCM is receiving a dishonorable discharge.

OPNAV/DCNO may promote personnel who have served their CMDCS/FLTCM terms to the rank of W-2 (CMDCS Only) & W-3 (FLTCM Only). CNO permission required for W-4.

Selectees can only be promoted to a rank by the CNO/VCNO/DCNO MPTE and the leadership of the Naval Personnel Command Leadership (NPC).

From the pay grade of W-2 and above, you must be in a rating in order to be promoted. The CNO/VCNO reserves the right to nullify this rule for special exceptions.

Personnel must be OPNAV/DCNO in order to be promoted to the pay grade of O-7. The CNO/VCNO reserves the right to nullify this rule for personnel who go far above and beyond the call of duty.

Personnel must be CNO/VCNO in order to be promoted to the pay grade of O-9. The CNO/VCNO reserves the right to nullify this rule for personnel who go far above and beyond the call of duty.


Demotions are used as disciplinary action in the United States Navy (USN). Demotions are used as the last resort. The following policy dictates proper actions:

1st Offense: Warning
2nd Offense: Dishonorable Discharge

1st Offense: Warning
2nd Offense: Temporary Demotion
3rd Offense: Permanent Demotion
4th Offense: Dishonorable Discharge

Certain offenses may bypass the system. Officer's may only demote within their range. They may also only demote within their branch. All Offenses outside of range require screenshot evidence and submission as a Incident Information Report which is sent to the DCNO OPS/NAVINSGEN. All demotions are subject to reversal by the CNO/VCNO/DNS.

All demotions must follow the protocols of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) and sufficient evidence must be provided at any time by the demoting officer if the demotion goes under review. Commanding Officers hold the right to demote any of their own personnel for failure to follow through with their duties.

Infractions are a formal system implemented into the United States Navy (USN) Staff Non-Commissioned Officer leadership roles. For the entire NCO leadership term, infractions can be placed in order to reprimand any CMDCS/FLTCM acting on behalf of the legislation that would otherwise not have the power to demote that NCO. Any officer with a range of W-4 and above is warranted to infract any senior NCO leadership role for an inappropriate act of emission or omission.

Infractions can be appealed to the Naval Inspector General in the form of an Complaints Form. The DCNO OPSNAVINSGEN have the power to nullify any infraction as does the CNO/VCNO/DNS. Upon receiving three consecutive infractions, the CMDCS/FLTCM in question will face a review by the CNO/VCNO/DNS who will decide if said NCO should be removed from their position and if further disciplinary action shall be taken. If an NCO is removed from their position, they will be relegated to one rank below their respective leadership position.


To be discharged, is to no longer be a part of active service within the U.S. Navy.

Honorable Discharges

To receive an honorable discharge, must be at least the rank of E-3, and post a resignation thread on the resignation board. A service person must also leave honorably to receive an honorable discharge. This means you can't leave to avoid a disciplinary action. If you want to be reinstated, the CNO/VCNO/DNS/DCNO MPTE/CNP/DCNP are all able to reinstate you. You must wait a minimum of 2 Weeks or you will be given a 1 rank demotion.

Personnel who have received honorable discharge may return to the United States Navy (USN) as long as the following conditions apply:
- Have been gone for over a month.
- Have not done actions harmful to the U.S. Navy or any of its allies.
- Have not joined an enemy military.
- Have not been labeled as NEVER REHIRE

In order for personnel to be eligible for an Honorable Discharge, the person must post a resignation on the appropriate board for their own resignation. Personnel are not allowed to post a resignation for someone else, unless there is a physical inability to do so (i.e. not registered on the forums, not appropriately masked). All personnel who have a resignation posted through a friend will receive a Dishonorable Discharge in lieu of the requested Honorable Discharge. Similarly, all personnel posting for another will face consequences in accordance with the demotion policy.

Senior Executive Committee Discharges

If you are a member of the Headquarters, Department of the Navy (HQDON) you must send a written notification to the CNO/VCNO stating that you will be leaving. Failure to abide by this will result in a termination and a dishonorable discharge. This policy may be nullified by the CNO/VCNO for extenuating circumstances.

Dishonorable Discharges

There are many reasons to receive a dishonorable discharge, but any personnel that have been, are not allowed back. Officer's may dishonorably discharge any personnel within their range with sufficient reason. USN Personnel O-1 + have privileges to dishonorably Discharge E-1 to E-3 personnel in any branch. Only the CNO/VCNO/DCNO OPS/NAVINSGEN may fire personnel O-1+, all discharges must be filled correctly by an Incident Information Report sent to the DCNO OPS/NAVINSGEN. Personnel may only be able to return if the discharge is overturned or pardoned by the NO/VCNO/DNS/DCNO OPS/NAVINSGEN. Reinstatement to ranks vary depending on the severity and at the discretion of the CNO/VCNO/DNS/DCNO MPTE.


Personnel of the pay grades E-4 - O-10 are labeled as deserters if they are absent from Habbo and/or the forums for seven or more days without taking leave or light duty. Deserters may return at a one rank demotion.
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