By Julie M. Lucas
NAS Jacksonville Public Affairs
More than two dozen Sailors from Naval Air Station Jacksonville (NAS Jax) were advanced in rank Nov. 29 during a frocking ceremony in Hangar 117.
NAS Jax Commanding Officer Capt. Sean Haley and Command Master Chief Jeffery Waters congratulated the newly advanced Sailors and presented each with a frocking letter officially recognizing them for the first time with their new ranks.
Frocking is a Navy tradition that precedes actual advancement. Sailors are then advanced in pay over the course of three cycles throughout the year. The frocking ceremony gives the Sailors the right to wear the uniform and assume the responsibilities of their next rank.
The Navy's frocking practice can be traced back to the early 19th century when the wearing of higher rank before receiving the pay was necessary at times, especially during war to swell the ranks.
The term "frock" originally related to a monk's cloak meaning to invest with priestly office or privilege.
NAS Jax frockees
AO3 Brittany Atkins, AC3 Christopher Baclig, AWO3 Washington Cantos, AO3 Tyler Chaney,  QM3 Cleveland Cone III, AZ3 Mary Cruz, GM3 Megan Guzman, AWO3 Abigail Mckinnon, YN3 Kyla Newman, MA3 Luis Perezportilla, AC3 Peter Rosche, MM3 Sharee Smith, GSM3 Ajsia Turner, AC3 Erica Wike and AS3 Bethany Yoder, CS2 James Babcock, MA2 Raul Carrasquillo, AZ2 Sarah Morris, MA2 Justin Nicholls, AD2 Mackenzie O'Neal, CS2 Brandon Reid, AWO2 Lucas Thomas and AM2 Linden Willingham, AC1 Ryan Maness, AO1 Leroy Ridgeway III, AC1 Chereigne Smith, LS1 Anh Sorenson and AC1 Brittany Walthall.