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Talking with Sailors

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A Recap of CNP's World-Wide All Hands Call

The Chief of Naval Personnel, Vice Adm. Bill Moran and Fleet Master Chief April Beldo answered Sailors' questions from around the world during an All Hands Call. Here are some of the highlights.



What steps if any is the Navy going to take to limit PCS moves throughout a Sailor's career?



Our interest is to try to spend as little money as possible in PCS accounts so we can afford to do other things. So moving you less is a good thing, but whatever we are lacking in the Navy in some respects, depending what rate you are and what area you live in, is the sea-shore opportunities that allow to you stay in an area. So we're certainly biased towards fewer moves than more moves but we have to open up opportunities both sea and shore at the major concentration areas to a large degree. In the last two years we added a lot of billets back into those shore opportunities where we would call it operational readiness. Units like ATGs that we took man power away years ago and found outed. That was not good to do, so we brought back a lot of those billets and filled those up. The more we do that we will be able to give the Sailors the opportunity to stay in one location and not PCS as much as in the last five or 10 years.
CNP, Vice Adm. Bill Moran answered Sailors' questions from around the world during an All Hands Call.

The Chief of Naval Personnel, Vice Adm. Bill Moran and Fleet Master Chief April Beldo answered Sailors' questions from around the world during an All Hands Call.



About military BAH, can you provide insight into possible changes that may be coming up for dual military BAH?



We've heard a lot about this from Sailors, when it became known it was considered by congress to eliminate dual BAH. It went through both houses of congress, there was a debate and our understanding in reading the current proposed law for fiscal year 16, it is not included in there, so for at least fiscal year 16, this year, dual BAH remains as it is today.
CNP, Vice Adm. Bill Moran answered Sailors' questions from around the world during an All Hands Call.

The Chief of Naval Personnel, Vice Adm. Bill Moran and Fleet Master Chief April Beldo answered Sailors' questions from around the world during an All Hands Call.


When do you see the Meritorious Advancement Program (MAP) shore take effect?



Ten percent of advancements are done through the MAP program. There are Sailors in this room who are largely shore centric and never get an opportunity to see MAP opportunities out at sea. So we think it's only fair that we include the shore commands and eliminate the timing aspects of this program and then build equity across the shore. But the focus will remain at sea for the foreseeable future. We'll start opening up the valve to answer your question on the shore side.
CNP, Vice Adm. Bill Moran answered Sailors' questions from around the world during an All Hands Call.

The Chief of Naval Personnel, Vice Adm. Bill Moran and Fleet Master Chief April Beldo answered Sailors' questions from around the world during an All Hands Call.


In the foreseeable future, do you see Hazardous duty coming back to 5th Fleet?



No. Hazardous duty pay is governed by the combatant commander through the Secretary of Defense, and it governs all services that are operating in an area.
CNP, Vice Adm. Bill Moran answered Sailors' questions from around the world during an All Hands Call.

The Chief of Naval Personnel, Vice Adm. Bill Moran and Fleet Master Chief April Beldo answered Sailors' questions from around the world during an All Hands Call.


Since we're nearly at end of our one third cut in Seabees, both active duty and reserve component, what's your perspective on short and long term advancement opportunities and duty stations?



We have bottomed out, the force structure cuts on the Seabee force so naturally you would expect that it's going to take some time for the rates to come back to normal levels and we're starting to see that. I'll have a much better insight to share with you after this September advancement cycle results get to me. That will be the next series of data that we get on the Seabee force, but we're trying to do some things that are creative like Bees to Badges for Seabees to get into the MA force. However, every Seabee we come across, they just want to be Seabees and they don't want to change communities. I understand that. It's a great community. If you can hang in there, if you can tolerate the lack of advancement opportunity we've had over the last few years and look forward down the road two, three cycles from now, you will see them come back to normal.
Fleet Master Chief April Beldo took a group photo.

Fleet Master Chief April Beldo took a group photo after she answered Sailors' questions from around the world during an All Hands Call.