Navy responds to criticism of changes to enlisted ratings system

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The Navy has responded to criticism about changes to its enlisted ratings system, saying they will allow sailors more flexibility in advancement, duty station choices and civilian-credentialing opportunities.  Alana Langdon/U.S. Navy
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The Navy has responded to criticism about changes to its enlisted ratings system, saying they will allow sailors more flexibility in advancement, duty station choices and civilian-credentialing opportunities. Alana Langdon/U.S. Navy

Navy responds to criticism of changes to enlisted ratings system

by: Tyler Hlavac | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: October 18, 2016

The Navy has released a timeline for its Enlisted Rating Modernization plan, which led to widespread confusion about how it would be implemented, emphasizing that changes will be phased in gradually over a number of years.

“While there is rarely a right or perfect time to roll out a plan as significant and ambitious as this rating modernization effort, I firmly believe this change needs to occur, and now is the right time to do so,” Vice Adm. Robert Burke, chief of Naval Personnel, said in a statement Sunday.

The Navy’s plan to implement these changes is a six-phase approach. Since it announced the changes late last month, the Navy has begun to implement phase one, which includes identifying cross-community occupation opportunities, career field groupings and developing links to civilian career fields.

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