Chief Petty Officer Charge Books

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Project by woodgraver posted 08-26-2013 04:01 AM 4078 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A group of Navy Chief Petty Officer “selectees” approached me to help them finish their charge books. The front was simple, the back took a little more work to cut the art pieces and get them aligned so when you stacked the five books together they would make one image. A little over 2 hours on the laser engraving machine, then some walnut stain (oak is not a very good wood for engraving with a laser).

-- Jim Pyle, Woodgravers, belfair, WA,

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#2 posted 08-26-2013 07:22 AM

Looks good, however not the sort of book I would want to feature in!!

-- Regards Rob

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#3 posted 08-26-2013 08:10 AM


Looks like you’re getting the hang of the engraver. One day I’ll get one of those. Thanks for supporting the selectees this season.

-- Bennie Woods, USS FRANK CABLE, GUAM

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#4 posted 08-26-2013 12:00 PM

Since they’re all guilty…you should just engrave GUILTY on the covers!

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#5 posted 08-26-2013 05:11 PM

You should an insult to the CMC’s mother….on the bottom!

Looks good~

-- Ride hard or go home~

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#6 posted 08-26-2013 09:07 PM


Perhaps you don’t know the significance and use of the US Navy’s CPO Charge Book…

Advancement to the rank of Chief Petty Officer is considered to be the most significant promotion in an enlisted sailor’s career. The competition is fierce and selection for this promotion is an honor. Those selected must go through an “initiation” process which has certain traditional elements. One of those elements is that the personnel selected for advancement spend a couple of weeks undergoing “friendly” hazing from those who already hold the rank of CPO. Selectees are required to carry a “charge book” at all times. Any current Chief can review the book at any time and may, if so inclined, add specific charges in the book alleging “misconduct” by the prospective CPO. During the formal initiation ceremony, the charges are read in a “court” environment and the guilty are judged and sentenced to appropriate punishment.

The charge book is a significant document and most of us old CPO’s still hold on to ours and treasure the memories.

(Henry Cumbie, EMC (SW), USN Ret)

-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#7 posted 08-26-2013 09:18 PM

No, I have no idea what the Chief’s initiation is about :) I put my anchors on in 1994, and you are correct…I still have my charge book. Not nearly as nice as these selectees, but then I was at sea for the period leading up to the initiation…so had to make do with what we had on board.


-- Jim Pyle, Woodgravers, belfair, WA,

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#8 posted 08-27-2013 12:42 AM

Apologies HerbC and to those who are in or hold the book, A Charge Book in the Aust ARMY is a naughty boys book.
Held by the units RSM and CSMs
Meaning if you screwed up and it warranted a Military Charge it was in you go watch your fingers!

-- Regards Rob

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#9 posted 08-27-2013 12:18 PM

Woodgraver: As a retired YNCM (SS), I admire the great handy work and the infamous Charge Book. On our last move, the movers saw fit to make mine disappear. I cannot print the thoughts that ran through my mind. Anyway, great looking cover and back.

-- DonB

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