Legalman 2nd Class Malisha Eley, U.S. Naval Academy Commandant Legalman, was advanced to Legalman 1st Class and pinned by Vice Adm. Ted Carter, the superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy, in a promotion ceremony July 5. Eley was one of three Sailors selected for advancement under the Inaugural Meritorious Advancement Program (MAP) for U.S. Naval Academy. In 2015, MAP replaced the Command Advancement Program (CAP).
MAP authorizes commanding officers to advance eligible personnel in paygrades E-3 through E-5 to the next higher paygrade. The program gives commands greater ability to better shape their workforce by developing and rewarding top performing Sailors. Eley, a native of Yorktown, Va., provides legal support to approx. 4,500 midshipmen and 300 staff members as the sole command Legalman at the U.S. Naval Academy.
"This honor to me is merely a reflection of all the guidance and mentorship I have received from leaders who saw my potential and pushed me until it became a reality," said Eley.