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This week, we spoke with Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education (MPT&E) Fleet Master Chief April Beldo about Career Waypoints (C-Way), and its design to further the careers of Sailors in today’s Navy. Fleet Master Chief Beldo discussed C-Way’s importance to the fleet, how it’s designed to assist Sailors, and her recommendations for Sailors who are applying for reenlistment within C-Way.
“C-Way is an initiative, and a program that we have online that our NCCs (Navy Career Counselors) use to help our Sailors go through their careers. Whether they are able to reenlist in their rating, or whether they have to convert to different ratings, it allows us to make sure that the health of our communities stays stabilized and provides opportunities for advancement.”
MPT&E Fleet Master Chief April Beldo on the importance of C-Way
MC1 Casper: Hello, I’m MC1 Julia Casper, and I’m here to speak with Fleet Master Chief April Beldo about Career Waypoints, better known as C-Way. Master chief, thank you for taking the time to speak with me today.
Fleet Master Chief Beldo: Thanks MC1 for having me. Appreciate it.
MC1 Casper: Could you please tell me why it’s important for Sailors to use C-Way?
Fleet Master Chief Beldo: C-Way is an initiative, and a program that we have online that our NCCs (Navy Career Counselors) use to help our Sailors go through their careers. Whether they are able to reenlist in their rating, or whether they have to convert to different ratings, it allows us to make sure that the health of our communities stays stabilized and provides opportunities for advancement, so it is an important program that we have.
MC1 Casper: How is C-Way designed to help Sailors?
Fleet Master Chief Beldo: What C-Way does for the Sailor, and the Navy, is it allows us to continue watching the health of each rating, the health of the community, and then it provides the Sailor an opportunity to look at jobs that might possibly be available to them if they find themselves in a situation where they have to convert to another rate. So, it shows them all the jobs that are opened, the health of the community of that particular rate, and then the score that they have to have to see if they are qualified for that new rate.
MC1 Casper: What is your recommendation for Sailors who are applying for reenlistment within C-Way?
Fleet Master Chief Beldo: Well, the most important aspect of that is for them to sit down with their LPO, their chief and their career counselor, and put that application in at the 15-month mark. Then anytime any information needs to be updated within their career, for instance, they might have got their warfare pin; new evaluations might have came out; maybe they just completed their physical fitness test; all that information needs to be updated as you get it. We want to make sure our Sailors have the most up-to-date information in C-Way, so when they come up on their looks, we know they are stacking up well against their shipmates.
MC1 Casper: Thank you. For more information about C-Way, check our story on Navy.mil. For the chief of naval personnel, I’m MC1 Julia Casper.