Navy will have 25,000 fewer sailors by 2007.With retention rates at an all-time high, the U.S. Navy is trying to figure out how to go about downsizing (1) Converting mainframe and mini-based systems to client/server LANs.
(2) To reduce equipment and associated costs by switching to a less-expensive system.
(jargon) downsizing its ranks by 25,000 people while simultaneously upgrading sailors' skills.
The cutbacks are to be accomplished by 2007, said Chief of Naval Operations chief of naval operations
n. pl. chiefs of naval operations Abbr. CNO
The ranking officer of the U.S. Navy, responsible to the secretary of the Navy and to the President. Adm. Vernon Clark.
Clark has embraced the notion that quality matters more than quantity, especially given the sophistication so·phis·ti·cate
v. so·phis·ti·cat·ed, so·phis·ti·cat·ing, so·phis·ti·cates
1. To cause to become less natural, especially to make less naive and more worldly.
2. of current weapon systems and the expanding use of technology throughout the fleet.
The timing for the cutbacks favors the Navy, which is experiencing an unusually high retention rate for officers and enlisted sailors SAILORS. Seamen, mariners. Vide Mariners; Seamen; Shipping Articles. .
"One of my biggest problems now is that retention is too high," Clark told a Washington, D.C., gathering hosted by Government Executive magazine.
Even though the Navy has about 377,000 people on active duty (55,000 officers, 317,000 enlisted and 4,200 midshipmen), the service's workforce adds up to more than 900,000, including reserves, Department of the Navy civilians and contractors. Personnel costs are eating up more than 65 percent of the Navy's $119 billion budget, Clark said. He estimated that for every 10,000 people cut, the Navy saves $1.2 billion. And for every sailor Person who navigates ships or assists in the conduct, maintenance, or service of ships.
Sailors have historically received special treatment under the law because of the nature of their work. who is replaced by a civilian, the savings add to about $10,000.
Without giving specifics, Clark said he expects to launch "pilot programs" designed to draw down the force and to retain the most qualified individuals, particularly the more experienced enlisted sailors who have acquired valuable skills.
Growing numbers of enlisted personnel will be moved to more senior positions now reserved for officers, said Clark. "The lines between officers and enlisted structure will blur," he noted. "This will be a really good thing."
Specialized sailors will have more job security than "non-rated" people, he added. "We are focusing on job content." Sailors who don't have a designated specialty are more likely to be cut.
But Clark cautioned that the Navy plans to carefully study options before rushing to fire people. "This is not a 'slash and burn' drill," he said. One of the areas that will receive more scrutiny is the replacement of active-duty sailors with civilians or contractors.
Adm. Michael G. Mullen, vice chief of naval operations The Vice Chief of Naval Operations (VCNO) is the top deputy to the Chief of Naval Operations, in the United States Navy. Appointed by the President of the United States under authority of an act of March 5, 1948 (62 Stat. 67). , said the Navy must get used to seeing more civilian crews aboard ships. That is not a new concept, by any means, he noted. The Military Sealift Command A major command of the US Navy, and the US Transportation Command's component command responsible for designated common-user sealift transportation services to deploy, employ, sustain, and redeploy US forces on a global basis. Also called MSC. See also transportation component command. has employed civilian crews for many decades.
But he acknowledged a cultural tendency within the Navy to not treat civilian crews with the same respect that active-duty sailors receive. "Sometimes the reaction is as if you are inviting the enemy to be the crew," Mullen told a recent National Defense Industrial Association conference. "We've had civilians on combatant ships A combatant ship is a naval ship designed primarily to go "into harm's way".
A combatant ship is armed with offensive weaponry, although the ship and its weapons may be employed in offensive or defensive roles. forever."