Navy has asked for legislative permission to start some new sailors’ careers at higher ranks. Some with high levels of in-demand skills would potentially start at the level of captain.
Navy and other Defense officials tried, but failed to persuade Congress to make the change as part of the 2017 Defense authorization bill that passed in December. But top Navy personnel officials are lobbying lawmakers to include the language in this year’s bill. It would allow military promotion boards to place officers “of particular merit” at the top of promotion lists, ahead of their peers.
The Navy is testing a new evaluation system that it says will be more objective, deliver greater fidelity in measuring sailors’ performance. The end goal is to use the scores to help inform servicemembers’ compensation packages.
Navy’s personnel IT budget rises by 77 percent in 2018 and is expected to more than double by 2020 to support a “transformation” of the personnel system dubbed Sailor 2025.
The Navy has removed almost all of its departmentwide computer-based training requirements for both sailors and civilians, in favor of more local control by commands. The Air Force has cut its servicewide online training demands in half, with more reductions possibly on the way.
The Navy will no longer discharge sailors who fail its physical fitness assessment, and is cancelling early-out programs that let sailors leave the military voluntarily, steps officials say are required by a “growing Navy.”