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    The Navy’s Top Enlisted Sailor Is Targeting Hazing to Combat Leadership Problems

    The Navy's Top Enlisted Sailor Is Targeting Hazing to Combat Leadership Problems

    The Navy's top enlisted sailor — the master chief petty officer of the Navy (MCPON) — has set his sights on making changes to one of the most closely held traditions of chief petty officer ranks: the initiation.

    In an interview with .com at his Pentagon office Friday, James Honea, the 16th MCPON, explained that he wants to tackle “counterfeit behaviors” among his fellow chief petty officers — collectively known as the Chief's Mess — and among his hopes is that the induction of chief petty officers becomes a far less onerous and time-consuming tradition.

    While Honea's efforts to change some aspects of the chiefs' traditions is not new, the fact that they are being done as part of a broader attempt to address “organizational drift” and “mediocre leadership” — phrases Honea used in a letter published Aug. 16 — shows how seriously the Navy is taking the problems.

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    Honea, who took the top enlisted job last year as the Navy faced continued problems with suicide and tainted water on ships, promised to be an advocate for sailors and their families. He sees his work in the mess and refining the process of transforming petty officers into chiefs as part of that mission.

    “This first year's focus has been about chief petty officers because … I think we're the focal point and they're the ones we're dependent on the most,” Honea said in the…

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