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Navy Chain Of Command

US Navy Chain Of Command

During your time at Navy boot camp you will be required to know your Navy Chain Of Command (COC). During inspections your instructor will come up to you and ask something like… “Who is the Chief of Naval Operations?” ….It would be really helpful to know the answer.

This page was updated February 19, 2015. If there is a change for one of these command positions and it has not been updated, please email, or visit the Contact us page.



President of the United States


The Honorable Barack Obama


Vice President of the United States


The Honorable Joseph Biden


Secretary of Defense (SECDEF)


The Honorable Ashton Carter


Secretary of Navy (SECNAV)


The Honorable Ray Mabus


Chief of Naval Operations (CNO)


Adm Jonathan Greenert


Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON)


MCPON (AW/NAC) Mike Stevens


Chief of Naval Personnel (CNP)



Force Master Chief of Navy Personnel (CNP)


FORCM (SW/AW/EXW) Leland E. Moore


Naval Education And Training Command Commander


Rear Admiral Michael S. White


-NETC Force Master Chief Petty Officer


FORCM (AW/SW) Jon Port


Naval Service Training Command Commander


Rear Admiral Richard A. Brown, USN


-NSTC Command Master Chief Petty Officer


CMDCM (SW/AW) Leon R. Walker, Jr


Recruit Training Command Commanding Officer


CAPT W. Douglas Pfeifle


Recruit Training Command Command Master Chief


CMDCM(AW/SW) Matt Laing


Recruit Training Command (XO, RTC) Executive Officer


CDR Kertreck Brooks

The rest of the Chain Of Command is learned upon arrival at Recruit Training Command. These positions include: Military Training Director, Fleet Commander, Fleet Leading Chief Petty Officer, Ships Officer, Ships Leading Chief Petty Officer and 3 or more Recruit Division Commanders (RDC’s).