The Navy needs 2,000 civilians to deal with its ship maintenance backlog and even more if the fleet size increases.
The Navy plans on hiring for work in shipyards now that it has funds to maintain its fleet.
The Navy’s 2018 budget request includes a billion more dollars and a thousand new employees to help the service dig out of an ongoing ship maintenance backlog. Trouble is, the Navy’s current training regimen for new depot maintenance workers takes about five years before they’re ready to work, and officials say they need to find ways to speed that process up.
The Navy wants sailors to phone home less when it comes to fixing ships, and instead be more self-sufficient.
Senate Armed Services Member Tim Kaine says the Navy needs a plan for the shipbuilding and repair workforce.
Amid “battle for talent” in the military’s maintenance facilities, officials press for a relaxation of restrictions on hiring civilians