A Chief Petty Officer in the United States Navy is the official title given to the E-7 rank. While ranks up to E-6 are considered enlisted men, a Chief Petty Officer is an officer's rank. E-6-ranked enlisted men must apply for the position and are required to have 13 years of experience. Intense testing is followed by a review by higher-ranking officers who determine whether the application is accepted or denied.
A Chief Petty Officer has several administrative responsibilities, including the handling of duty rosters for the men. Duty rosters list jobs that need to be undertaken daily, the person responsible and the shift in which it will be performed. Chief Petty Officers evaluate the level and quality of daily work. When there is a large workload, it falls to Chief Petty Officers to delegate and prioritise. Chief Petty Officers also review the quality of work performed by other petty officers below them in the chain of command.
The Master Chief of The Navy (MCPON) states that Chief Petty Officers are expected to provide an excellent example for other members of the Navy to follow. The MCPON also states that these officers are responsible for overseeing the development of sailor skills and putting those skills to use for the betterment of the Navy, as well as developing the skills of lower-ranking officers and helping enlisted sailors meet their full potentials.
Chief Petty Officers are not split between technical specialists and military specialists, as are officers in other branches of the military. Technical specialists are individuals with a specific technical skill, such as computers or engineering. Military specialists focus on combat, tactics and specific combat-oriented skills. In the Navy, Chief Petty Officers are expected to be proficient at both. During a combat situation, each Chief Petty Officer is expected to thoroughly understand where he are expected to be, who he is commanding, and what additional duties he has if casualties are taken. In addition to their own combat duties, Chief Petty Officers are also expected to know the responsibilities of other officers in case command needs to be transferred.