WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Chief of Naval Personnel, Vice Adm. Robert Burke visited Sailors stationed at Naval Station Everett and Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Dec. 11-12.
Burke spoke with Sailors during several All Hands Calls about Sailor 2025 initiatives and personnel changes such as High Year Tenure and the Physical Readiness policy, and took questions from Sailors.
"In 2017, we worked to lay the foundation of Sailor 2025," said Burke. "Next year we will start building the framework and get the systems in place that are more aligned with how people conduct personnel business in the 21st century. This means we will be more agile and customer centric."
Burke outlined the three pillars of Sailor 2025, highlighting how the Navy is overhauling its personnel system, institutionalizing Ready Relevant Learning and transforming career readiness, so Sailors have the tools and knowledge to succeed, and achieve their personal and professional goals.
"These pillars are key to Sailor 2025, and our future Navy and its workforce. We owe you and your families' better quality service to ensure you have a better quality of life. You are our customers and our most valuable asset. We want you to stay Navy and make the most of your career," said Burke.
Burke noted that by optimizing our processes, the U.S. Navy is better positioned to recruit, train and retain the force of tomorrow.
"Visiting Sailors, conducting All Hands Calls to talk about what we are doing, getting their feedback is critical to how we move forward and operationalize our personnel programs and initiatives," said Burke. "We need to retool our personnel systems and process because right now, they are too complex and not user-friendly. We are in a war for talent. If Sailors or their families have a difficult time resolving pay issues or simply trying to update a personnel form, but can't navigate through the website, we are doing them a disservice. To recruit and retain, we have make sure our Sailors and future Sailors they know we have their best interests in mind."
Burke also welcomed back Sailors stationed aboard USS Kidd (DDG 100) and USS Shoup (DDG 86) who recently returned from deployment as part of the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group, and had the opportunity to have lunch with NAS Whidbey Island Sailors of the Year.
Sailor 2025 is comprised of nearly 45 initiatives to improve and modernize personnel management and training systems to more effectively recruit, develop, manage, reward, and retain the force of tomorrow. It is focused on empowering Sailors, updating policies, procedures, and operating systems, and providing the right training at the right time in the right way to ensure Sailors are ready for the Fleet. Sailor 2025 is organized into three main lines of effort, specifically Personnel System Modernization, Ready Relevant Learning and Career Readiness.
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