Category: Career

Congratulations, CPO Selects; Now Earn This

Congratulations to all those selected for advancement to Chief Petty Officer. This is our most important milestone achievement in enlisted advancement, and you should be incredibly proud of all you have accomplished.

Chief Petty Officer Selection Results

The Navy you have grown up in will look very different to you six weeks from now — what you’ve done to demonstrate your readiness for this responsibility will be different from how you apply your skills as a member of the Chief’s Mess. Take some time to reflect on all who have had a hand in raising you to be the outstanding leaders you have become — everyone who has ever advocated for you, empowered you, trained, taught or developed you put you in this position, at the precipice of a new way of life. In moments of difficulty, someone put an arm around your shoulder and reinforced your confidence; in moments of sadness, someone consoled you; in moments of great achievement, someone celebrated with you, because no one succeeds alone – you led your team to victory. The investment in you is almost immeasurable, as it is too great to be captured in terms of dollars and cents or a simple quantification of time. Recognizing that is important, because it highlights your sacred duty to learn how the Chief’s Mess operates, how we transcend the sum of our parts to make the Navy better as a whole — to network and share, and to build winning teams so that we prevail in combat.

Over the next several weeks you will be elated, and you will be saddened and frustrated — you will experience the immense joy of success, and the desolate pain of failure.  All of these will build you, will make you stronger, and are required of our cadre of senior technical experts who make the Navy run. Chief Petty Officer Initiation is a refined syllabus of comprehensive and thoughtful events, constructed and woven together to carefully transform our top performing First Class Petty Officers into basically-trained Chief Petty Officers. You will learn to better and more thoroughly evaluate problems, make difficult decisions more easily, share difficult news and speak truth to power more readily and, most importantly, build teams ready to fight and win in combat. 

Laying the Keel 2.0

This is not the beginning of the end; it is the end of the beginning.  You will learn and grow — as you already have — for the remainder of your time in the Navy. Including my own, this is my 21st CPO Initiation, and I still learn something every day. You are not in this alone; the roughly 36,000 active duty and reserve Chief Petty Officers, supported by nearly 500,000 living veterans of the Navy who are also duly initiated members of the Mess, are all emotionally invested in bringing you into the Mess the right way. We will set the bar for you and clearly delineate the high standards required for you as a member of the Mess. I am confident that you will rise to the occasion and demonstrate to the Chiefs that you are ready, and on that day I look forward to clasping your hand and welcoming you as a brother or sister in arms.  

My charge to you is that you go into this training “all-in.” The debt you are about to incur to the Chiefs who will finish your initial training, along with all of those mentioned above that contributed to your success, is a debt that can never be repaid. You must seize this new and exciting opportunity to lead — and forever strive to “earn this.”   

Congratulations!

– MCPON Russell Smith

2019 Personnel and Policy Changes

Whether you’re looking for your next billet, upcoming exam requirements or you’re curious if you can apply pay grades or just wondering about policy concerning family needs, this blog is for you.

We’re compiling personnel and policy announcements made during 2019 to help Sailors and their families find important career information.

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Click the categories below for announcements presented in reverse chronological order.

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CAREER

CIVILIANS

EDUCATION

EXAMS

HEALTH

PERFORMANCE

RELOCATION

RESERVES

SPOUSES/FAMILY

TECH TOOLS

UNIFORMS

 

Follow this page for updates.

CAREER

Navy Announces FY20 Senior Enlisted Advancement-to-Position Selection Board

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) — Active duty senior enlisted Sailors looking for their next billet in a higher paygrade will soon have the opportunity to get a jump on the process thanks to the Advancement-to-Position (A2P) selection board, the Navy announced July 17. Read more on Navy.mil

Navy Accepts Continuous Applications for Enlisted Women in Submarines

WASHINGTON (NNS) — The Navy is now continuously accepting applications for female enlisted Sailors in pay grades E1-E8 to convert to Submarine Force non-nuclear trained ratings, as announced in NAVADMIN 159/19, July 15. Read more on Navy.mil

Do You Want to be a Career Recruiter?

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) — The Navy announced the convening of the Career Recruiter Force (CRF) selection board to allow select enlisted Sailors to serve as Navy recruiters in NAVADMIN 139/19, June 25. Read more on Navy.mil

Navy Launches Advancement-to-Position Program

WASHINGTON (NNS) — Navy announced the creation of a program with an advancement incentive to fill priority recruiter and recruit division commander (RDC) billets June 3, in NAVADMIN 122/19. Read more on Navy.mil

Meritorious Advancement Program Gains a Season, Quotas Increase

WASHINGTON (NNS) — The Navy released the calendar year (CY) 2019 Meritorious Advancement Program (MAP) plan, Feb. 8, in NAVADMIN 031/19, announcing the transition from one to two MAP seasons and increasing quotas in a continuing effort to empower command triads to recognize their most highly-talented Sailors through immediate advancement. Read more on Navy.mil

FY19-20 Tours with Industry Applicants Sought

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) — Navy announced Feb. 7 that select Sailors can apply to participate in the Secretary of the Navy Tours with Industry (SNTWI) program. Read more on Navy.mil

No Ordinary Day, Flag Writers Get the Job Done

There are speeches to write, naval correspondence on your desk to be edited and travel plans to be scheduled. Days are a balancing act between meticulously scheduled events and last-minute changes, but no day is ever the same as the one before. It’s a fast-paced environment at times, but you have what it takes. Why? Because you are a Navy flag writer. Read more on Navy.mil

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CIVILIANS

U.S. Fleet Forces Command Kicks Off Navy Civilian Acculturation Program

NORFOLK (NNS) — The Chief of Navy Operations (CNO) announced the rollout of the Navy Civilian Acculturation Program (NCAP) in NAVADMIN 158/19 July 15, providing details of a new orientation program that is now available for newly hired civilians with no prior experience or background in the Navy. NCAP is designed to provide the Navy’s newest employees exposure and familiarization to naval culture to enable them to better integrate into the organization. Read more on Navy.mil

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EDUCATION

Post-9/11 GI Bill Education Benefits Transfer Deadline Extended for Members with 16 Years of Service

WASHINGTON (NNS) — The deadline for Sailors who have over 16 years of service to transfer their Post-9/11 GI Bill education benefits to dependents has been extended to Jan. 12, 2020 based on recently revised guidance issued by the Department of Defense (DoD). Read more on Navy.mil

Navy Implements Change to Education Program Announcements

WASHINGTON (NNS) — The Navy announced that education program information, application processes and deadlines will be announced through personalized notifications to eligible Sailors in NAVADMIN 106/19, May 10. Read more on Navy.mil

Department of the Navy Announces New Education Initiatives

WASHINGTON (NNS) — The Department of the Navy (DoN) released its Education for Seapower report Feb. 12, along with the Secretary of the Navy’s action memorandum providing the way forward for the new education initiatives for the department. Read more on Navy.mil

DoD Announces Post-9/11 GI Bill Education Benefits Transfer Exception

WASHINGTON (NNS) — The Department of Defense (DoD) has granted a temporary exception to policy to allow select service members to transfer their Post-9/11 GI Bill education benefits to dependents until July 12, 2019. Read more on Navy.mil

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EXAMS

More Ways to Complete Professional Military Knowledge Eligibility Exam

PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) — Sailors eligible for advancement to paygrades E-4/5/6/7 can now complete their Professional Military Knowledge Eligibility Exam (PMK-EE) requirements anytime, anywhere in the world, through a self-service app announced in NAVADMIN 140/19, June 26. Read more on Navy.mil

Mobile App Lets Sailors Prepare for and Take Advancement Exams

WASHINGTON (NNS) — The Navy’s Professional Military Knowledge Eligibility Exam (PMK-EE) mobile application conveniently allows Sailors to prepare for and complete these exams, which they must pass to advance through the E4/5/6/7 paygrades. Read more on Navy.mil

Going Digital: MyNavy Portal Introduces Advancement Dashboard for Enlisted Sailors

WASHINGTON (NNS) — It just got a lot easier for Sailors preparing for the Navy-wide Advancement Exam (NWAE) with the roll-out of the Advancement Dashboard on MyNavy Portal (MNP), March 8. Read more on Navy.mil

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HEALTH

Navy Announces Expansion of Urinalysis Testing Program

WASHINGTON (NNS) — Navy announced that the Department of Defense has expanded its ability to conduct random drug testing for manufactured opiate drugs June 3, in NAVADMIN 125/19. Read more on Navy.mil

Navy Announces Universal Training Precautions for Physical Exercise

WASHINGTON (NNS) — Navy released NAVADMIN 108/19, May 10, alerting Sailors and command leadership of the importance of universal training precautions (UTP) to reduce the risk of exercise-related collapse and death during physical exercise, to include the Physical Readiness Test (PRT) and command physical training. Read more on Navy.mil

Navy Updates Medical Waiver Process

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (NNS) — U.S. Navy surgeon general Vice Adm. Forrest Faison, on behalf of the Department of the Navy (DoN), instituted a new policy regarding the medical waiver process. The changes were officially signed Feb. 15, and impacts all applicants, with greater emphasis on enlisted to officer commissioning programs. Read more on Navy.mil

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PERFORMANCE

June 2019 SRB and Pay for Performance Pilot Update Announced

WASHINGTON (NNS) — The Navy updated the Selective Reenlistment Bonus (SRB) award plan for Active Component and Full Time Support Sailors and announced the continuation of an incentivized performance program in NAVADMIN 129/19, released June 11. Read more on Navy.mil

Enlisted Supervisor Retention Pay Update Announced

WASHINGTON (NNS) — The Navy updated Enlisted Supervisor Retention Pay (ESRP) award levels for senior active-duty nuclear-trained Sailors in NAVADMIN 085/19, released April 8. Read more on Navy.mil

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RELOCATION

Navy Modernizing PCS Move Process

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) — Continuing efforts to improve the Permanent Change of Station (PCS) experience for Sailors and their families, the Navy is launching the MyPCS Mobile app July 17. Read more on Navy.mil

Navy Announces Spouse Licensure and Certification Reimbursement Policy

WASHINGTON (NNS) — As part of ongoing Navy Family Framework efforts to expand and improve the experience for spouses, Navy announced Sailors may be reimbursed up to 500 dollars for state licensure and certification costs of a spouse arising from relocation to another state due to a permanent change of station (PCS) move in NAVADMIN 134/19, June 24. Read more on Navy.mil

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RESERVES

Navy Updates Mobilization Deferment Policy for Selected Reserve Affiliation

WASHINGTON (NNS) — The Navy announced updates to the mobilization deferment policy for Sailors and veterans of other military services who choose to affiliate with the Selected Reserve (SELRES) in NAVADMIN 145/19, July 1. Read more on Navy.mil

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SPOUSES/FAMILY

Navy Announces Spouse Licensure and Certification Reimbursement Policy

WASHINGTON (NNS) — As part of ongoing Navy Family Framework efforts to expand and improve the experience for spouses, Navy announced Sailors may be reimbursed up to 500 dollars for state licensure and certification costs of a spouse arising from relocation to another state due to a permanent change of station (PCS) move in NAVADMIN 134/19, June 24. Read more on Navy.mil

Service Secretaries Tackle Employment Challenges for Overseas Spouses

WASHINGTON (NNS) — All three military service secretaries signed a memorandum today to jointly explore how military spouses can find employment and sustain careers at overseas bases. Read more on Navy.mil

MyNavy Family App Focuses on Stronger Families and Fleet

WASHINGTON (NNS) — Navy families navigating military life can now find support by downloading the MyNavy Family application which was released in the days leading up to Military Spouse Appreciation Day, May 10. The free app can be found in the Navy App Locker, https://applocker.navy.mil. Read more on Navy.mil

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TECH TOOLS

New Uniform Mobile App Has New Name, Guidance

ARLINGTON, Va. (NNS) — One of the more popular mobile applications the Navy has is the OPNAV Uniform Regulations app released in October 2017. Just like your worn out uniforms, the app needed updated. With a new name and more information, the OPNAV Uniform Regulations is now MyNavy UNIFORMS which hit app stores, July 18. Read more on Navy.mil

MyNavy Family App Offers One-Stop Shop for Various Needs

WASHINGTON (NNS) — From military installation searches to special family needs, relocation and retirement, the MyNavy Family mobile application is a one-stop shop for Navy spouses and Sailors’ families, combining official information from more than 22 websites. Read more on Navy.mil

Navy Announces Officer Photo Electronic Submission Capability

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) — Officers now have another way to submit their official photographs to their Official Military Personnel File (OMPF), Navy leaders said May 13. Read more on Navy.mil

CONUS Sailors Have New Leave Scheduling Tool

WASHINGTON (NNS) — The Navy launched an “eLeave” self-service tool capability within MyNavy Portal (MNP) Jan. 17, which allows CONUS-based Sailors to manage their ordinary leave using MNP. Read more on Navy.mil

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UNIFORMS

New Uniform Mobile App Has New Name, New Guidance

ARLINGTON, Va. (NNS) — One of the more popular mobile applications the Navy has is the OPNAV Uniform Regulations app released in October 2017. Just like your worn out uniforms, the app needed updated. With a new name and more information, the OPNAV Uniform Regulations is now MyNavy UNIFORMS which hit app stores, July 18. Read more on Navy.mil

Navy Uniform Policy Update Announced

WASHINGTON (NNS) — The Navy announced updates to uniform policy, grooming standards, uniform item availability and mandatory possession dates for new uniform items in NAVADMIN 075/19, released March 25. Read more on Navy.mil

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Rating Modernization: Navy Credentialing (COOL)

By Rear Adm. John Nowell
Director of Military Personnel, Plans and Policies

Rating modernization is the future of growing the workforce in the Navy. In August, we released NAVADMIN 196/18 that provided an update on those four lines of effort and this is the fifth of a total of five blog posts that talk about the updates to rating modernization. We also have a series of six rating modernization podcasts that mirror the blogs we will be sharing with you.

Want a quick overview of COOL? Watch the 60-second video.

Want to get the Navy COOL app? Look for it on the Google Play store or iTunes.

Educational tools and applications available to Sailors for download include final multiple score (FMS), credentialing opportunities online (Navy COOL), Center for Language, Regional Expertise and Culture, and Navy College Program. (U.S. Navy graphic by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brittany N. Tobin/Released)
Educational tools and applications available to Sailors for download include final multiple score (FMS), credentialing opportunities online (Navy COOL), Center for Language, Regional Expertise and Culture, and Navy College Program. (U.S. Navy graphic by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brittany N. Tobin/Released)

 

Navy Credentialing Opportunities Online is a credentialing-assistance program for Sailors and DOD civilians to obtain licenses and certifications to validate their knowledge and experience and open doors to new opportunities in the Navy and in the civilian community.

This is important because obtaining credentials — certifications and licenses — shows that you meet certain professional and technical standards of many civilian jobs. The Navy has made credentials part of its workforce professionalization, so getting certified can help you in your Navy career while you’re still in service.

Navy Credentialing Opportunities Online currently funds over 2,700 certificates/licenses with opportunities for Sailors in every rating. Navy COOL recently reduced the minimum service remaining on a Sailor’s enlistment contract to earn credentials from 12 to six months, and expanded opportunity for Sailors to earn credentials mapped to an academic degree, on/off-duty training, Navy Reservist’s civilian occupation or many technical education certificates. Additionally, there are more opportunities for Sailors to maximize their Navy training and qualifications toward attainment of U.S. Coast Guard licenses, to include funding the Transportation Worker Identification Card.

These opportunities are highlighted in a dedicated “USCG National Maritime Center (NMC) Credentialing” tab for ratings with applicable USCG license alignment on the Navy COOL website.

SOUDA BAY, Greece (Feb. 15, 2018) David Adkins, an instructor for the Navy Credentialing Opportunities On-Line (COOL) program, talks to from Naval Support Activity (NSA) Souda Bay about the Navy Cool website on board NSA Souda Bay. (U.S. Navy photo by Joel Diller/Released)
SOUDA BAY, Greece (Feb. 15, 2018) David Adkins, an instructor for the Navy Credentialing Opportunities On-Line (COOL) program, talks to from Naval Support Activity (NSA) Souda Bay about the Navy Cool website on board NSA Souda Bay. (U.S. Navy photo by Joel Diller/Released)

 

Sailors will be able to convert their military training records, billet assignment history and other credentialing data to a compatible civilian resume by the end of Fiscal Year 2019. Using those standardized data, Sailors can easily research information on civilian and federal occupations mapped to their ratings.

So, how do you get a credential? To get COOL, take these easy steps:

  • Find and select related credentials. Select credentials and determine your eligibility by using the “find” feature and “checking your eligibility” feature.
  • Complete voucher and apply. Complete the voucher request for the exam or maintenance fee.
  • Get credential. Navy COOL is not a credentialing organization. Contact the credentialing organization or test vendor to schedule and take the exam.
  • Report results to Navy COOL. Once you’ve taken the appropriate exam or have met requirements for re-certification, you are ready to report your results to COOL and other agencies.

For questions, contact Navy COOL via the website’s online feedback form or live chat features or speak with a Navy COOL advisor at 850-452-6683/6664 or email navycool@navy.mil.

Don’t forget to check out our podcasts! We have a series of six Rating Modernization podcasts that accompany this blog series.

Editor’s note: Sailor 2025 is the Navy’s program to more effectively recruit, develop, manage, reward and retain the force of tomorrow. It consists of approximately 45 living, breathing initiatives and is built on a framework of three pillars — a modern personnel system, a career learning continuum and career readiness.

Rating Modernization: Advancement Process

By Rear Adm. John Nowell

Rating Modernization is the future of the growing workforce in the Navy. In August we released NAVADMIN 196/18 which provided an update on those four lines of effort and this is the fourth of a total of five blog posts that will talk about the updates to Rating Modernization. We also have a series of six Rating Modernization podcasts that mirror the blogs we will be sharing with you.

Last year we gave commands the ability to reinstate an E3 Sailor to E4 who had been awarded NJP, after a six month waiting period. We also eliminated E4 advancement exams for 20 ratings where Sailors auto-advance, which helps to reduce administrative burden.

BELL GARDENS, Calif. (Feb. 10, 2019) Reserve component Sailors assigned to Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) Los Angeles take advancement exams in the drill hall at NOSC Los Angeles.  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Pyoung K. Yi/Released)

Then, late in 2017, Navy senior enlisted leaders completed the first phase of the Advancement Exam Readiness Review (AERR) testing bank improvement plan by drafting advancement exam questions that match current and relevant rating-specific technical requirements with the hands-on, real-world knowledge and experience needed in the fleet.

The establishment of the Professional Military Knowledge Eligibility Exam (PMK-EE) focuses the Navy Wide Advancement Exam (NWAE) on occupational knowledge and will serve as an eligibility requirement for advancement to pay grades E4/5/6/7.  PMK-EE will be delivered electronically, and will be available via the MyNavyPortal (MNP) website beginning in October 2018.

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PEARL HARBOR (Jan. 16, 2019) Sailors review promotional materials for the MyNavy Career Development Symposium at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Matthew Riggs/Released)

The online Enlisted Advancement Worksheet (EAW), will automate the manual advancement processes and enable Sailors to review their worksheets before the exam and take charge of their advancement records. An EAW pilot, available through the Navy Standard Integrated Personnel System (NSIPS), will be implemented with the Active Duty and Reserve spring 2019 advancement cycles.

The Senior Enlisted Advancement to Vacancy (A2V) pilot was announced in June and will fill senior chief petty officer and master chief petty officer priority billets using a spot advancement incentive, and will lead enlisted advancement modernization for exceptional Sailors in all pay grades with critical NECs in the future.

Don’t forget to check out our podcasts! We have a series of six Rating Modernization podcasts that accompany this blog series.

Editor’s note: Sailor 2025 is the Navy’s program to more effectively recruit, develop, manage, reward and retain the force of tomorrow. It consists of approximately 45 living, breathing initiatives and is built on a framework of three pillars – a modern personnel system, a career learning continuum and career readiness.

Rating Modernization: Marketplace Force Management

By Rear Adm. John Nowell
Director of Military Personnel, Plans and Policies

Rating Modernization is the future of the growing workforce in the Navy. In August, we released NAVADMIN 196/18 that provided an update on those four lines of effort and this is the third of a total of five blog posts that will talk about the updates to Rating Modernization. We also have a series of six Rating Modernization podcasts that mirror the blogs we will be sharing with you.

Driven by the urgent requirement to update and modernize personnel systems, we explored procedures to expand career fields in order to transform enlisted force community and career management in the future.

PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 15, 2019) Aviation Structural Mechanic 2nd Class Itzel Samaniego, from Nogales, Arizona, paints a cowling for an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 14 in the hangar bay aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jarrod A. Schad/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 15, 2019) Aviation Structural Mechanic 2nd Class Itzel Samaniego, from Nogales, Arizona, paints a cowling for an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 14 in the hangar bay aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jarrod A. Schad/Released)

 

The new marketplace will better balance needs of the Navy with the desires of the Sailor. Several pilot efforts focused on comparing rating skill sets, training requirements and billet availability were conducted in 2017. These pilots compared yeoman/personnel specialist and damage controlman/hull maintenance technician to determine viability and the appropriate inputs and possible components for building a future marketplace where some rating billets may be interchangeable.

A new “Navy Detailing Marketplace” is currently under development, through which the foundational elements of an automated personnel management system will tie Sailor enlistment directly to negotiations for a billet, which will then allow Sailors to reenlist or extend for that billet assignment. The marketplace will be a single system that uses the new NEC construct to better represent your qualifications, experience, and performance in the form of a resume.

MUARA, Brunei (Feb. 15, 2019) Culinary Specialist 1st Class Angelo Davo, left, and Quartermaster Seaman Joshua Davis, both from San Diego, stand watch as a bearing takers aboard the Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship USS Chief (MCM 14) as the ship transits to Muara Naval Base. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jordan Crouch/Released)

The “Sailor Resume” function will be available in the future under “My Record” on MyNavy Portal (MNP). Starting in Fiscal Year 2019, you will be able to view the advertised billets for which you are qualified. A resume will be generated that includes: ASVAB scores, security clearance status, worldwide deployability, qualifications, evaluations, NECs earned, education degrees and training certifications. Ultimately, the resume function will provide the ability to better match Sailors to billets.

One idea being explored in the marketplace is the ability to compare billets side-by-side, which will provide timely information to Sailors while they are considering their options for billets.

Representatives from Navy Personnel Command, U.S. Fleet Forces Command and the Bureau of Naval Personnel are working collaboratively to conduct a Marketplace Detailing “war game” for the rating of aerographers mate. This war game will engage more than 70 Sailors in a real world setting. The simulated exercise will use actual billets and Sailors to study the marketplace concepts and make improvements as necessary. The intended outcome is a detailing process which is easier to understand, transparent and gives Sailors more control in the assignment decision process by displaying more billet options and providing incentives for selecting high-priority billets, which meet the operational priority of the fleet.

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Feb. 4, 2019) Electrician’s Mate 1st class William Gaillard, from Easley, South Carolina, prepares for a loss of pitch control exercise in main engine room two aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Bainbridge (DDG 96) during a composite training unit exercise. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jason Waite/Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (Feb. 4, 2019) Electrician’s Mate 1st class William Gaillard, from Easley, South Carolina, prepares for a loss of pitch control exercise in main engine room two aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Bainbridge (DDG 96) during a composite training unit exercise. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jason Waite/Released)

Examples of incentives under consideration include multiple tour details, incentive pay, advance-to-vacancy billets and educational opportunities. One example of multiple tours bundled into a single detailing transaction could be a guaranteed sea duty assignment in the same geographic area following a shore duty assignment, specifically in fleet concentration areas such as Lemoore and other similar type locations. Integrating these detailing incentives through the marketplace platform will provide opportunities for geo-stability to Sailors and their family while meeting the priorities of the fleet.

Additionally, the functional marketplace will be used by Sailors to transition between the active and reserve components and to apply for rating conversions. Sailors with training and special skills will have a more agile conversion process that leverages the Sailor resume and Marketplace Detailing data to inform them of where their skills best fit in the Navy. The same tools will enable detailers to better harness those unique skill sets possessed by certain Sailors to fill critical jobs.

Don’t forget to check out our podcasts! We have a series of six Rating Modernization podcasts that accompany this blog series.

Editor’s note: Sailor 2025 is the Navy’s program to more effectively recruit, develop, manage, reward and retain the force of tomorrow. It consists of approximately 45 living, breathing initiatives and is built on a framework of three pillars – a modern personnel system, a career learning continuum and career readiness.

MCPON Testifies to Congress, Advocates for Quality of Life Resources

The following is Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Russell Smith’s oral testimony as delivered to the House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies, during a hearing on Quality of Life in the Military on Feb. 7, 2019.

Good morning, Chairwoman Wasserman-Schultz, Ranking Member Carter and distinguished members of this subcommittee, I am honored to appear before you today on behalf of the enlisted men and women of the United States Navy, to discuss some of the most significant issues affecting the quality of life of our dedicated 324,000 enlisted Sailors, officers and their families. It is my honor to represent Sailors deployed around the world. They defend our American freedom, opportunity and families of all walks of life.

We appreciate the solemn privilege we have as stewards of the public trust, and shoulder the responsibility to carefully manage and wisely obligate the resources the American public entrusts to us as their stewards. The Navy the Nation Needs demands much from us in this era of great power competition. We must become stronger, faster and effectively build better teams to compete and win in the high-end war-fight at sea.

GREAT LAKES, Ill. (Oct. 9, 2018) Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Russell Smith congratulates recruits during a capping ceremony inside USS Trayer (BST 21) at Recruit Training Command. Trayer, more commonly referred to as "Battle Stations," is the crucible event that recruits must pass prior to graduation, testing their knowledge and skills in basic seamanship, damage control, firefighting and emergency response procedures. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Spencer Fling/Released)

While we currently have the most capable ships and leading edge technology, our greatest edge in battle against any determined adversary will always be the asymmetric advantage that is provided by our people — the extraordinary talent and equity I have the honor of representing today. With that in mind, there are three specific areas I would like to discuss, that from my fleet engagements and numerous conversations with Sailors, I know are foremost on their minds.

First, family readiness and care. As the Chief of Naval Operations says, “a stronger family equals a stronger fleet.” One common thread I hear at every fleet visit among Sailors in all paygrades is accessibility to affordable and quality child care. A lot of people have tried to bin this and call it a women’s issue. It’s not. We have single fathers, single mothers and dual-working couples. I call this a family issue. Lack of available and affordable child care is a national issue for our generation. For our Navy, it is a critical readiness issue.

Second, infrastructure. As the Secretary of the Navy says, “infrastructure equals readiness.” Infrastructure directly supports ongoing missions and traditional roles of training and housing for Sailors, civilians and families. The condition of many Navy facilities impacts Sailors’ quality of life and their ability to train. Providing first-rate infrastructure contributes to a sharper focus on the mission.

And third, our Sailor 2025 program and initiatives. This is the most critical effort we’ve undertaken in the Navy since the turn of the 20th century to modernize and prioritize talent and innovation — to take our Navy beyond our competition and continue to be the best in the world. These initiatives effectively allow us to recruit, develop, manage, reward and retain talent in our force. Many administrative systems and programs were outdated, overly bureaucratic and riddled with administrative distractions that took time away from warfighters. Sailor 2025 efforts will return time and opportunity to units, allowing leaders to focus on tactical skills and warfighting readiness. Under Sailor 2025, we are empowering our Sailors.

PHILIPPINE SEA (Feb. 6, 2019) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Kaylee Boudreau, from Pahrump, Nevada, launches an F-35B Lightning II aircraft attached to the F-35B detachment of the “Flying Tigers” of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 262 (Reinforced), from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) during a visit, board, search and seizure drill. Wasp, flagship of the Wasp Amphibious Ready Group, with embarked 31st MEU, is operating in the Indo-Pacific region to enhance interoperability with partners and serve as a ready-response force for any type of contingency. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Sean Galbreath/Released)

It is crucial that we make the shift from bureaucratic roadblocks to innovative highways. Harvesting innovation means reimagining traditional workflows to maximize efficiency, leveraging ideas that will give us a competitive edge, and developing a more agile workforce empowered to achieve excellence in everything we do and prevail in the maritime battlespace when called upon.

Through sustained commitment and continued investment in removing distractions, and to improving training and quality of life, we will ensure our greatest advantage — our Sailors — are ready for the fight. We appreciate the continuing efforts of Congress to ensure we have all that we need to fight and win. We have and will continue to improve fleet readiness and quality of life for our Sailors and their families, while remaining responsible stewards of taxpayer resources entrusted to our care. Thank you for your steadfast support for the men and women of the United States Navy.

Rating Modernization: Career Fields

By Rear Adm. John Nowell
Director of Military Personnel, Plans and Policies

Rating Modernization is the future of the growing workforce in the Navy. In August, we released NAVADMIN 196/18 that provided an update on those four lines of effort and this is the second of a total of five blog posts that will talk about the updates to Rating Modernization. We also have a series of six Rating Modernization podcasts that mirror the blogs we will be sharing with you.

The alignment of Navy ratings into 23 career fields and 12 broad communities has provided a foundation for future development of more flexible and sustainable career paths for Sailors.

INDIAN OCEAN (Feb. 3, 2019) Aviation Electronics Mate 3rd Class Hao Wu cleans mechanics on an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 14 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Skyler Okerman/Released)
INDIAN OCEAN (Feb. 3, 2019) Aviation Electronics Mate 3rd Class Hao Wu cleans mechanics on an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 14 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Skyler Okerman/Released)

 

As we transfer to Block Learning, the Navy has revised the Navy Enlisted Classification (NEC) construct that organizes NECs according to their career fields. In October 2017 as well as March and June of 2018, three groups of over 850 NECs were successfully converted to a new construct.

Moving forward, the Rating Modernization working group will complete the commonality matrix, which links similar ratings and job codes. This matrix is a tool that will provide the ability to analyze similarities across ratings, skill sets, training curricula, credentials and other relevant factors. This capability will help both Sailors and Navy leadership identify opportunities for improving the transparency, flexibility and sustainability of enlisted career paths.

Within the career fields line of effort, we are providing Sailors with more choices, flexibility and transparency with career decisions. We broadened career fields by linking together ratings with similar skills to eventually allow Sailors to move laterally in a way they have never been able to before. This is a win-win situation. The Sailor has greater choices and transparency in negotiating for orders, ability to influence training and increase their promotion opportunities. And, all of this affords the Navy greater flexibility in assigning those highly-trained and talented personnel to critical billets. Not only will these changes improve our personnel and billet management processes to assign the right individual to the right job, but it will ultimately provide us the ability to train and repurpose elements of our force to meet a rapidly changing world.

MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Jan. 18, 2019) Intelligence Specialist 1st Class Daniel Zinnikas works at a console aboard the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Arlington (LPD 24). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brandon Parker/Released)
MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Jan. 18, 2019) Intelligence Specialist 1st Class Daniel Zinnikas works at a console aboard the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Arlington (LPD 24). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brandon Parker/Released)

A new way we are delivering training to Sailors in order to improve learning, reduce knowledge atrophy and provide training at the point and location of need is called Ready Relevant Learning. Under this new construct, Sailors will be given training in “blocks” rather than all at once upon entering the Navy. So, a Sailor who decides to move between career fields may have the need for additional training required to succeed in that field. The “gap” in knowledge in the new rating will be mitigated by blocks of learning.

The revised NEC construct is made up of four alpha-numeric characters which are organized into the 12 communities and 23 career fields. This new construct provides a foundation for wider career development opportunities in combination with other Rating Modernization and Sailor 2025 initiatives. The first digit of the new NEC code will be based on a Sailor’s community and identify the individual’s respective career field. The second and third digits will be unique alpha-numeric identifiers developed by the Navy Manpower Analysis Center. The fourth digit will represent how many blocks of training remain for a Sailor, or if the NEC code is not yet part of blocked training. Sailors will also see the further modernization of NEC structures to reflect levels of proficiency and experience associated with a particular skill.

A new assessment tool under development is the Commonality Matrix. The Commonality Matrix will help Sailors, career counselors, and decision makers have a better understanding for the expected knowledge, overlapping skill sets, and shared training requirements among various ratings, billets and jobs. The Commonality Matrix is an enormously important tool to the Rating Modernization lines of effort and is aimed at improving career flexibility, assignment transparency, and greater opportunities for training and credentialing. At its core, the Navy is taking a data-driven approach to make clearer the extent of the commonality of work that Sailors are performing today. When we have a clearer understanding of the work requirements, we can design better career paths.

NORFOLK (Jan. 24, 2019) Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Austin Otto, right, and Master-at-Arms 3rd Class Brady Williams participate in a simulated active shooter drill as part of antiterrorism training aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Joseph A.D. Phillips/Released)
NORFOLK (Jan. 24, 2019) Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Austin Otto, right, and Master-at-Arms 3rd Class Brady Williams participate in a simulated active shooter drill as part of antiterrorism training aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Joseph A.D. Phillips/Released)

Don’t forget to check out our podcasts! We have a series of six Rating Modernization podcasts that accompany this blog series.

Editor’s note: Sailor 2025 is the Navy’s program to more effectively recruit, develop, manage, reward and retain the force of tomorrow. It consists of approximately 45 living, breathing initiatives and is built on a framework of three pillars – a modern personnel system, a career learning continuum and career readiness.

Closing the Gap Between Decision Makers, Detailers, and the Deckplates

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Sarah Villegas
Deputy Communications Director, Office of the MCPON

Detailers and the “people who make policies” are coming to a waterfront near you.

The Chief of Naval Personnel and Navy Personnel Command are bringing brass and decision makers to fleet concentration areas for Career Development Symposiums. Both commands are charged with manning, training and retaining the fleet. Part of their job is to make sure Sailors are ready for the roles and responsibilities they’re filling throughout the Navy.

PEARL HARBOR (Jan. 16, 2019) Sailors review promotional materials for the MyNavy Career Development Symposium at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Matthew Riggs/Released)

Got a question as to why you don’t seem to get the billets you want? Curious as to how the new eval systems will look and impact your chances to promote? Here’s your chance to get answers to your questions and provide feedback on how we can better improve the ways we retain and manage talent within the force.

As we continue to grow to be the Navy the Nation Needs, it’s critical that we keep the best and brightest on our team. In an effort to meet that goal and improve quality of life and communication, leadership is making rounds to exchange ideas and dialogue on how we can best meet that — to bring you into the fold.

 

Detailers from several communities are joining in on the “roadshow” to provide face-to-face interaction and information on Sailor 2025 initiatives. Many PACT (Professional Apprenticeship Career Tracks) Sailors  even receive their rating designations at CDS, making it a one-stop shop for career enhancement. The point is to bring it all to the warfighter on the waterfront.

The Navy’s detailing process is continuing to evolve by placing Sailors with the right skill sets in the right place at the right time, regardless of source rate. What does that mean for you? If you’ve got the right qualifications, degree or technical training in a particular field, the Navy is looking to leverage your talent and potentially give you the opportunity to chase the dream job you’re most passionate about.

During a recent visit to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, leadership fielded questions and suggestions as to how they can better support Sailors with “common sense solutions.” Vice Adm. Robert Burke, chief of Naval Personnel, reminded Sailors that many of these solutions are on the way and take time, because they affect so many layers of our Navy – whether it’s policy, current manning needs or mission sets, but they always welcome feedback and insight from all levels of leadership and ranks across the Navy.

PEARL HARBOR (Jan. 17, 2019) Sailors, assigned to USS Halsey (DDG 97), pose for a photo at the Pearl Harbor Career Development Symposium. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Sarah Villegas/Released)

 

Ready to have your voice heard and take charge of your career? Visit the NPC Facebook or Twitter to find out when CDS is coming to your area and where you can submit questions, comments, and concerns because it’s your career and your Navy.

“Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability…”
– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

Here’s where the Navy is giving you permission to dream. Your innovative ideas and solutions on improving our Navy are welcomed and encouraged.

 

PEARL HARBOR (Jan. 17, 2019) Fire Controlman (Aegis) 2nd Class Nashawanda Ferguson pose for a photo at the Pearl Harbor Career Development Symposium. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Sarah Villegas/Released)

 

Rating Modernization: What’s new with it? A lot!

By Rear Adm. John Nowell
Director, Military Personnel, Plans and Policies

Have you heard about rating modernization? Do you know what it is and why we are doing it?

Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. Robert Burke presented Rating Modernization to Congress in 2018. The first pillar [of Sailor 2025] is a wholesale modernization of our entire personnel system. We are creating flexible policies and additional career choices, and empowering commanding officers with tools to retain the best and brightest Sailors. We have already implemented programs, including the Meritorious Advancement Program, increased credentialing and graduate education opportunities, and tours with industry. We are also working to expand “Detailing Marketplace” pilot initiatives, overhaul the performance evaluation system, modernize delivery and tailoring of advancement examinations in conjunction with a rating modernization effort, and working to achieve greater permeability between the active and Reserve components.

OKINAWA, Japan (Jan. 17, 2019) Utilitiesman 1st Class Joshua Poirier, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 3, and Sailors assigned to Commander, Fleet Activities Okinawa tenant commands, take the Navy-wide chief petty officer advancement exam onboard Camp Shields in Okinawa, Japan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Lopez/Released)

 

Ultimately, rating modernization is all about bringing our personnel systems and the processes that we use into the 21st century. We are modernizing our rating system to redefine enlisted career fields, improve talent management and our detailing processes, offer Sailors more career choices and expand their professional development opportunity. We started this effort back in December 2016 to modernize our ratings in a way that had never been done before, and it was long overdue.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (July 24, 2018) Damage Controlman 2nd Class Ruben Venegas, assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), demonstrates features of the Carrier-Advanced Reconfigurable Training Systems (C-ARTS) simulator at the Cape Henry Associates corporate office. C-ARTS is a mobile learning environment that uses virtual reality as a training mechanism to simulate real-life scenarios, providing support for the realization of the Navy’s Ready, Relevant Learning as part of the Sailor 2025 initiative. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Alan Lewis/Released)
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (July 24, 2018) Damage Controlman 2nd Class Ruben Venegas, assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), demonstrates features of the Carrier-Advanced Reconfigurable Training Systems (C-ARTS) simulator at the Cape Henry Associates corporate office. C-ARTS is a mobile learning environment that uses virtual reality as a training mechanism to simulate real-life scenarios, providing support for the realization of the Navy’s Ready, Relevant Learning as part of the Sailor 2025 initiative. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Alan Lewis/Released)

By joining rating modernization with the transformation of our enlisted personnel business processes, we’re going to provide our Sailors better talent management in career flexibility and the more relevant training they’re going to need for their next job. And it’s also going to add to their resume the widely recognized credentials that translate both within the Navy as well as to the civilian work force.

In the military, we tend to develop campaign plans that have lines of effort, so we developed a campaign plan for rating modernization with four key lines of effort: enlisted career fields, marketplace detailing, the advancement process and credentialing. When you combine these lines of effort, they support a long list of Sailor 2025 initiatives that will redefine Navy’s career fields and improve our talent management and the detailing process. As I mentioned, it will offer more career choices and more flexibility to our Sailors. But make no mistake, we’re doing this because the Navy has to do it because it’s going to help increase our fleet readiness, it’s going to make us more sustainable in the future where resources will continue to be scarce, and it’s going to help us with our fit.

Rating modernization is the future of the growing workforce in the Navy. In August, we released NAVADMIN 196/18 that provided an update on those four lines of effort. This is the first of a total of five blogs that will talk about the updates to rating modernization. The remaining four blogs will each zero in on one of the lines of effort to give you a little more clarity on what all these updates mean for you. We also have a series of six rating modernization podcasts that mirror the blogs we will be sharing with you.

Editor’s note: Sailor 2025 is the Navy’s program to more effectively recruit, develop, manage, reward and retain the force of tomorrow. It consists of approximately 45 living, breathing initiatives and is built on a framework of three pillars – a modern personnel system, a career learning continuum and career readiness.

SAN DIEGO (June 1, 2018) Sailors, selected for advancement to petty officer 2nd class, stand in formation during a frocking ceremony aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class William Sykes)

Weekly Wire Rundown: Sailor Early Return To Sea, Blended Retirement System Reminder, FY-18 Chief Quotas

The Weekly Wire Rundown is a weekly video blog from the Office of the Chief of Naval Personnel, highlighting the top stories affecting Sailors and their families. The video compliments the print edition of the @USNPeople Weekly Wire, which you can subscribe to by e-mailing usnpeople.fct@navy.mil. It can also be downloaded at www.navy.mil/cnp. We welcome any question and feedback on personnel matters or how to make this product better serve Sailors and their families.

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