Navy personnel chief committed to increasing avenues for sailor feedback

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Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. Robert Burke talks with E6 and below about new personnel initiatives like the Navy Enlisted Ratings Modernization Plan and Sailor 2025 at an All Hands Call at Naval Support Activity Bahrain on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016.  Chris Church/Stars and Stripes
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Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. Robert Burke talks with E6 and below about new personnel initiatives like the Navy Enlisted Ratings Modernization Plan and Sailor 2025 at an All Hands Call at Naval Support Activity Bahrain on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016. Chris Church/Stars and Stripes

Navy personnel chief committed to increasing avenues for sailor feedback

by: Chris Church | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: November 02, 2016

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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