The answer to the question of why Naruto didn’t become a Chunin yet is simple. He’s not ready yet.
Naruto has had a lot of time to develop over the course of the series, but he’s still a kid. The fact that he wants to be Hokage so badly is great, but it also means that he puts too much stock into his own abilities and doesn’t fully realize what it takes to get there.
He’s had some great successes and some failures, but he doesn’t seem to have learned from either one of them. This is why he keeps trying to run off on his own when he should be working with his team or why he tries to fight enemies who are way more powerful than him.
The instructors at the Academy are aware of this problem, which is why they’re so hard on him during training exercises — they want him to learn how to work as part of a team instead of just relying on himself all the time.
In addition, there’s no real reason for Naruto to be promoted ahead of other students who may actually be more qualified for it right now (namely Sasuke). There’s no rule that says only one person can become a Chunin each year — if everyone were in line with their performance.
Last modified: September 21, 2022