Navy personnel chief committed to increasing avenues for sailor feedback
MANAMA, Bahrain — The Navy’s brass heard “loud and clear” that sailors felt broadsided by the rollout a month ago of the enlisted modernization plan — which included the elimination of ratings titles — and they didn’t feel they were given enough say, the chief of naval personnel said Tuesday.
Since the Navy’s Enlisted Rating Modernization plan was announced in late September — to a lot of criticism across the fleet — Vice Adm. Robert Burke and fleet leadership have been soliciting feedback from sailors on how to implement these changes.
During a visit to U.S. 5th Fleet this week, Burke said feedback from sailors is being taken into account. One idea he is finding worth greater consideration is more closely tailoring advancement exams to a sailor’s specific skill sets — the Navy Enlisted Classifications — rather than the broader occupational specialty. Such a change could potentially improve sailors’ prospects for promotion.
“That’s kind of a fleet-borne idea that’s really starting to appeal to me and making a lot of sense to give us the flexibility that we want to advance people on their skills,” Burke said.
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