MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- The "StayNAVY" Web site boasts some fresh changes, and anyone who surfs into www.staynavy.navy.mil after June 3 will notice the makeover.
The most obvious change to the Web site is the overall aesthetic appearance, featuring new colors, a new layout, new icons and logos.
"We cleaned it up, made it easier to read, and easier to download," said Mark Oldfield, program manager for the StayNAVY Web site. "We wanted to make an eye-pleasing site that provides important information to Sailors in a timely manner."
Approximately 5,500 naval officers, enlisted service members, and Navy families view the Web site each day, and now each community has a personalized section of the Web site. These sections contain tools and information pertinent to each group, which will make site navigation easier than before. For example, the "Family" page contains information about family support services, relocation, housing and employment. The "Officer" page includes data on leadership and promotion, while the "Enlisted" page offers advancement advice and guidelines for commissioning programs. Site visitors can also use the new site map or search engine to find the page they need.
"We set it up so the information visitors are looking for is personalized to them," said Oldfield of the new layout and design.
In addition to informational pages, the Web site offers updated career management tools from the previous site and introduces a few new tools as well. Sailors can still access the popular pay and compensation calculator, view and update their professional records online, and research new duty assignments just as they did before. The upgrade to the site provides updated and improved versions of those tools. The "Sailor Advocacy Squawkbox" is also found on the front page, which allows Sailors to communicate with their detailers.
The compilation of the tools on the StayNAVY site allows Sailors and their families the power to investigate career opportunities, provides open avenues of communications and delivers the answers necessary to make informed career decisions, according to Oldfield.
"We believe it is important to meet the needs of Navy people and their families," he added. "By doing this, it will make an impact on their lives and career choices."
Some of the new additions to the StayNAVY page include a link to the newly christened "Customer Service Center," a "Sponsor Request" tool, and a "News Flash" link. Sailors can use the Customer Service Center link to e-mail their questions. The Sponsor Request tool helps Sailors contact their gaining commands to set up a sponsor. The News Flash link on the StayNAVY Web site connects Sailors to the latest breaking stories on current Navy issues.
"Retention is a complete family decision," said Oldfield. "We're trying to get information not only to Sailors, but their families as well."
To view the updated StayNAVY Web site, visit www.staynavy.navy.mil. For more news about the Center for Career Development, go to the CCD NewsStand page at www.news.navy.mil/local/ccd/.