A Senior Chief Petty Officer I had the opportunity to work with during a CPO Selectee training day once asked a Selectee when did he (or she) become a Chief Petty Officer.
” I was selected this year, Senior Chief.”
“Do you know when I became a Chief Petty Officer, Selectee?”, he then asked.
“When I decided to act and take responsibility as a Chief Petty Officer. I simply waited for the uniform to catch up.”
The article here honors the example and sacrifice of SEAL operator Michael Monsoor, whose example will be remembered in his namesake naval vessel and her crew.