Command Senior Enlisted Leaders (CSELs) provide leadership and mentorship to the Navy and advise commanders and COs in partnership with the deputy, chief of staff, and/or executive officer. They participate in formulating and implementing policies concerning morale, welfare, job satisfaction, discipline, utilization, and training of Navy enlisted personnel, as well as dissemination and promotion of command policy and matters that support mission accomplishment. They uphold and enforce the highest standards of professionalism and integrity, while enhancing active communication at all levels of command through the Department of the Navy. CSELs report directly to their respective commander or CO, advising and providing input and advice in matters affecting operational mission success, operational readiness, manning, and training of all Sailors, as well as providing input to the formulation, implementation, and execution of policies concerning the culture of excellence to include the morale, welfare, job satisfaction, discipline, and support to families.
What They Do
By reporting directly to their Commanders, the FLTMCs, FORMCs, CMDMCs, and CMDCSs keep their chain of command aware and informed of sensitive and current issues. Authority and responsibilities of a Fleet, Force, CNO-Directed, or Command Master Chief/Command Senior Chief/Chief of the Boat shall include, but are not limited to the following:
- Maintain and promote effectiveness and efficiency of the chain of command.
- Assist Commander/Commanding Officer in all matters pertaining to welfare, health, job satisfaction, morale, utilization, and training of enlisted personnel in order to promote traditional standards of good order and discipline.
- Advise Commander/Commanding Officer on formulation and implementation of changes in policy pertaining to enlisted personnel.
- Attend meetings as directed by Commander/Commanding Officer to keep apprised of current issues and provide a representative enlisted input.
- Participate in ceremonies honoring command members including all reenlistment and award ceremonies.
- When appropriate, represent or accompany Commander/Commanding Officer to official functions, inspections, and conferences.
- Participate in receptions and hosting of official visitors to the command.
- Upon invitation, and as approved by the Commander/Commanding Officer, represent the command and the Navy at community and civic functions.
- Other duties include chairing, coordinating, monitoring of, and participating in the following:
- Command orientation/indoctrination division.
- Command sponsor program.
- CPO/PO indoctrination courses.
- Enlisted warfare qualifications program.
- Professional development board.
- Command retention team.
- Awards board (considering enlisted personnel).
- CPO initiations.
- Sailor of the Month/Quarter/Year programs.
- President of CPO Mess (Afloat).
- Family programs, OMBUDSMAN, family service center liaison.
- Family Advocacy Program.
- Bachelor Enlisted Quarters (BEQ) program.
- Commissary and Navy exchange advisory boards.
- General mess and ship's store advisory boards.
- Humanitarian reassignment/hardship discharge screening boards.
- Command physical readiness program.
- Recreation advisory boards.
- Command disciplinary review board.
- Career Information Program Management.
- Command Managed Equal Opportunity (CMEO) Program.
- Command Assessment Team.
- Command Training Team.
- Command Meritorious Advancement Program.
- Single Sailor Programs.
CSELs work in a variety of climates at sea and ashore, including, but not limited to surface vessels (DDG, CG, LPD, LHA, CVN, etc), submarine (SSN, SSBN, SSGN), shore (Learning Centers, Squadrons, Sub Support Units, RTC, etc), and joint commands (MARDIV, MAW, MLG, MEPS, etc).
Refer to most current OPNAVINST 1306.2 series and NAVADMIN CMC/CSC call for CSEL rating entry requirements.