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    Navy Top Admiral Nominee Asked About Promotion Holds, Social Issues at Confirmation Hearing

    Navy Top Admiral Nominee Asked About Promotion Holds, Social Issues at Confirmation Hearing

    The woman who could become the Navy's next top admiral offered insight into the effects of Sen. Tommy Tuberville's hold on promotions, and even conceded to personal impacts at her Senate confirmation hearing Thursday.

    In response to questions by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Adm. Lisa Franchetti, who has been tapped to be the chief of naval operations, said that the hold on promotions will take years to recover from. Franchetti became acting CNO in August and must still be confirmed to the position by a Senate vote.

    “I think just at the three-star level it would take about three to four months to move all of the people around,” Franchetti said, before adding that “it will take years to recover from the promotions — if confirmed — for the promotion delays we would see forward.”

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    According to a Defense Department document provided to Warren, the Pentagon said its estimate is “nominally five years to return to normal” since the hold has meant all the officers are starting their “time-in-grade counters later than planned.”

    The counters affect when an officer will be eligible for their next promotion, which in turn can affect what jobs they are eligible to hold.

    “This could increase to six or seven years if the hold remains in place through [2024],” the document adds.

    Franchetti said that “as we continue to not have…

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