Command Master Chief Petty Officer
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First referenced in OPNAVINST 1306.2C dated 16 October 1995, the Navy's Command Master Chief (CMC) Program is a valuable asset which stimulates free-flowing communications and ensures the highest standards of professionalism are upheld at all levels within the chain of command. Command Master Chiefs strengthen the chain of command by keeping the Commanding Officer aware of existing or potential situations as well as procedures and practices which affect the mission, readiness, welfare and morale of the Sailors in the command.
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U.S. Navy CMDCM insignia

Background

First referenced in OPNAVINST 1306.2C dated 16 October 1995, the Navy's Command Master Chief (CMC) Program is a valuable asset which stimulates free-flowing communications and ensures the highest standards of professionalism are upheld at all levels within the chain of command. Command Master Chiefs strengthen the chain of command by keeping the Commanding Officer aware of existing or potential situations as well as procedures and practices which affect the mission, readiness, welfare and morale of the Sailors in the command. CMC's are the senior enlisted leaders who report directly to their respective Commanding Officers. They formulate and implement policies concerning morale, welfare, job satisfaction, discipline, utilization and training of Navy personnel. By reporting directly to their Commanding Officer, the CMC's keep their chain of command aware and informed of sensitive and current issues.

All commands with 250 or more enlisted manpower will have a CMC assigned by the Bureau of Personnel. All carrier based Air Wing squadrons, deployable Helicopter Antisubmarine Warfare Light, Helicopter Combat Support, and Maritime Patrol squadrons will have CMC requirement regardless of size due to the complexity of their operations. Those commands that do not have enlisted manpower of 250 shall assign a CMC from within command resources on a collateral duty basis. In the absence of a Master Chief Petty Officer (MCPO), a Senior Chief Petty Officer (SCPO) or Chief Petty Officer (CPO) may be assigned.

United States Navy

A Command Master Chief Petty Officer (CMDCM) is the most senior enlisted
Enlisted rank
An enlisted rank is, in most Militaries, any rank below a commissioned officer or warrant officer. The term can also be inclusive of non-commissioned officers...

 Sailor in a United States Navy
United States Navy
The United States Navy is the naval warfare service branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of the seven uniformed services of the United States. The U.S. Navy is the largest in the world; its battle fleet tonnage is greater than that of the next 13 largest navies combined. The U.S...

 unit. Being the primary liaison between commissioned officers and enlisted sailors, they are an important resource for the commanding officer
Commanding officer
The commanding officer is the officer in command of a military unit. Typically, the commanding officer has ultimate authority over the unit, and is usually given wide latitude to run the unit as he sees fit, within the bounds of military law...

 as his or her senior enlisted advisor
Senior Enlisted Advisor
A Senior Enlisted Advisor in the United States armed forces is the most senior enlisted service member in a unit, and acts as an advisor to the commanding officer. Most units will have a formal billet for the senior enlisted advisor, from a platoon's platoon sergeant to the Senior Enlisted Advisor...

, and are often called upon to gauge morale and battle readiness. In smaller units, this position may be filled by a Command Senior Chief Petty Officer
Senior Chief Petty Officer
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 (CMDCS), a Command Chief Petty Officer
Chief Petty Officer
A chief petty officer is a senior non-commissioned officer in many navies and coast guards.-Canada:"Chief Petty Officer" refers to two ranks in the Canadian Navy...

 (CMDC), or a Master Chief Petty Officer who is not yet a Command Master Chief. The rates Force Master Chief Petty Officer (FORCM) and Fleet Master Chief Petty Officer (FLTCM) are used for larger units such as U.S. Fleet Forces Command
United States Fleet Forces Command
The United States Fleet Forces Command is an Atlantic Ocean theater-level component command of the United States Navy that provides naval resources that are under the operational control of the United States Northern Command...

 FORCM, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command
Navy Expeditionary Combat Command
The Navy Expeditionary Combat Command serves as the single functional command to centrally manage current and future readiness, resources, manning, training and equipping of the United States Navy's 40,000 expeditionary forces who are currently serving in every theater of operation. The NECC was...

 FORCM, U.S. Pacific Fleet
United States Pacific Fleet
The United States Pacific Fleet is a Pacific Ocean theater-level component command of the United States Navy that provides naval resources under the operational control of the United States Pacific Command. Its home port is at Pearl Harbor Naval Base, Hawaii. It is commanded by Admiral Patrick M...

 FLTCM, and Submarine Force U.S. Atlantic Fleet FLTCM.

Submarines

U.S. Navy submarine
Submarine
A submarine is a watercraft capable of independent operation below the surface of the water. It differs from a submersible, which has more limited underwater capability...

s equivalent of a Command Master Chief is known as the "Chief of the Boat
Chief of the boat
Chief of the Boat is an enlisted sailor on board a U.S. Navy submarine or Cyclone Class Coastal Patrol Ships, who serves as the senior enlisted advisor to the commanding officer and executive officer, and assists with matters regarding the good order and discipline of the crew. The Chief of the...

," or "COB". The Chief of the Boat of a submarine has similar duties to that of a Command Master Chief in a surface, aviation, or shore unit.

Insignia

The rate insignia of a Command Master Chief Petty Officer consists of two silver stars, one perched eagle, one silver star taking the place of rating insignia, and one rocker above three chevrons.

United States Coast Guard

Sleeve Collar
U.S. Coast Guard CMC insignia


Like the U.S. Navy, the United States Coast Guard
United States Coast Guard
The United States Coast Guard is a branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of the seven U.S. uniformed services. The Coast Guard is a maritime, military, multi-mission service unique among the military branches for having a maritime law enforcement mission and a federal regulatory agency...

 also utilizes the title and designation of Command Master Chief (CMC). These individuals are also informally referred to as "Gold Badge" due to the insignia they wear. Command Master Chiefs can be so designated either by the Commandant of the Coast Guard
Commandant of the Coast Guard
The Commandant of the United States Coast Guard is the highest ranking member of the United States Coast Guard. The Commandant is normally the only four-star Admiral in the Coast Guard and is appointed for a four-year term by the President of the United States upon confirmation by the United...

 or the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard
Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard
The Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard is a unique non-commissioned rank in the United States Coast Guard.The holder of this rank and post is the senior enlisted member of the U.S...

. One Commandant-designated CMC is located at each Area, each District, both Maintenance and Logistics Commands, Headquarters, the Coast Guard Academy
United States Coast Guard Academy
Founded in 1876, the United States Coast Guard Academy is the military academy of the United States Coast Guard. Located in New London, Connecticut, it is the smallest of the five federal service academies...

, and the Deployable Operations Group
Deployable Operations Group
The Deployable Operations Group is a United States Coast Guard command that provides properly equipped, trained and organized Deployable Specialized Forces to Coast Guard, DHS, DoD and inter-agency operational and tactical commanders...

. One Commandant designated Reserve Command Master Chief (RCMC) is located at each Area, each District, and both Maintenance and Logistics Commands. One MCPOCG designated CMC is located at each Training Center, Coast Guard Recruiting Command, and the Personnel Service Center.

Insignia

The rate insignia of a Command Master Chief Petty Officer consists of two silver stars, one perched eagle, one silver shield taking the place of rating insignia, and one rocker above three chevrons.

See also

  • CPO Command Identification Badge
    CPO Command Identification Badge
    CPO Command Identification Badges are special United States Navy badges which are issued to the most senior Chief Petty Officer in a given commissioned U.S. Navy command. The command may either be a shore or surface unit....

  • Master Chief Petty Officer
    Master Chief Petty Officer
    - Master Chief Petty Officer :U.S. Coast GuardMaster ChiefPetty OfficerCap & Collar deviceU.S. Coast GuardMaster ChiefPetty OfficerinsigniaGood conductRating badgeMaster ChiefPetty OfficerCap & Collar Insignia...

  • Chief of the Boat
    Chief of the boat
    Chief of the Boat is an enlisted sailor on board a U.S. Navy submarine or Cyclone Class Coastal Patrol Ships, who serves as the senior enlisted advisor to the commanding officer and executive officer, and assists with matters regarding the good order and discipline of the crew. The Chief of the...


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