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Recruitment/Retention
"I want to continue to make sure that we provide for our families and for our Sailors in ways that are going to make them want to not only be attracted to the Navy, but come into the Navy and stay in the Navy. And were working very, very hard to continuing to improve things like housing and childcare and making sure that the medical care that we have is the best that anyone can have. " (April 24, 2009)
"And where we are now with regard to our professionalism and the standards that exist in the Navy, its pretty extraordinary. I have been doing this for a long time and I maintain I serve in the best Navy today that Ive ever served in. " (April 14, 2009)
"We are hiring and we still seek the very best young men and women that this nation has to offer. And as you know, I very much want the Navy to be known throughout the land as a Top 50 employer and for young people to see the Navy, aspire to be in the Navy, and to come into the Navy." (March 20, 2009)
"Recruiting and retention is key. We are living in a time where it is very attractive to come into the military and stay in the military. But Im not going to take that for granted because weve all seen the cycles in the course of our careers. And we have to put in place the policies, the procedures, the environments for young men and women in this country to be attracted to the Navy, to come into the Navy and then stay in the Navy. We are committed to doing that." (February 20, 2009)
"Once you find the Navy, the world opens up. We give our young men and women more authority. We allow them to exercise more initiative than any other organization with which Im familiar. When you look at the young men and women who serve today and what they do and what we entrust them with, it is absolutely inspiring. " ()
"One of the things I think very few people realize is that since 9/11, 51 percent of my Navy is new. To me, this is a statement that young men and women in our country are still committed to service and still committed to going out and making a difference around the world. " ()
"One of the things I think very few people realize is that since 9/11, 51 percent of my Navy is new. To me, this is a statement that young men and women in our country are still committed to service and still committed to going out and making a difference around the world. Once you find the Navy, the world opens up. We give our young men and women more authority. We allow them to exercise more initiative than any other organization with which Im familiar. When you look at the young men and women who serve today and what they do and what we entrust them with, it is absolutely inspiring. " ()
"Now is the time we have to start looking at those policies, those initiatives that can attract, recruit and retain the leadership and the military that this nation will look at [in the future] and see itself and have confidence in." (3 July 2008)
"Every day young men and women who wear this uniform, the cloth of our nation, are doing things that many only dream of. They're diving to the depths of the ocean, they're flying high-performance airplanes, theyre operating nuclear reactors on our aircraft carriers and on our submarines. They're doing the most advanced information technology. All of these things are what the Navy is and what it's about." (NSBE Speech 20 March 08)
"To me the biggest challenge is to make the young people of our country aware of the opportunities and the excitement that exists in the United States Navy. The term that I use is that we have to make it possible for young people, diverse young people, to find the Navy. Because once you find the Navy, the future explodes." (19 February 2008)
"I am committed to ensuring that we, as a Navy, are going to be one of the best places for a young person to start their career. We must all think and work as an organization to attract, recruit and retain our Nation's best and brightest now and in the future. " (22 December 2007)
"I think as you go around and as you visit our Navy and our Sailors, you will see an environment where dignity and respect is maintained at the highest levels and the diversity that we enjoy is pretty extraordinary. (July 21 2009)" ()
"SRBs are really important in our Navy and personnel programs because what they do is allow us to provide the incentives for those who want to stay in the navy- particularly in critical ratings with NECs to take advantage of this incentive and be able to continue to serve and at the same time derive the benefits that come from the SRB. (September 09 2009)" ()
"We could be unmanned in a ship, airplane or submarine and make it happen, but people are what make it happen. And one of the things that has been very important to me over these last couple years is to ensure that we are able to attract, recruit and retain the young men and women of America. " (October 21, 2009)

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