MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (NNS) -- The Chief of Supply Corps welcomed the new logistics specialist (LS) rating and highlighted its benefits for fleet operations and the development of the Navy's future force.
"This merger is the first step in our effort to shape the enlisted workforce to support the Navy in the 21st century," said Rear Adm. Mike Lyden, commander, Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) and Chief of Supply Corps.
"Our work processes in the future will require a more broadly trained Sailor who can provide a unique skill set to both our Navy warfighters and the joint warfighters. By combining these two ratings, we will lay the groundwork for future readiness and greatly enhance the career opportunity for all Sailors in the LS rating."
Merging the postal clerk and storekeeper ratings will give the PCs a viable career path, broader skill set, and increased advancement opportunity with no adverse effect on the SKs, according to Command Master Chief (SW) James A. Collins, master chief petty officer of the supply community.
The SK Sailors will also benefit with a broader skill set and greater diversity in both sea and shore assignments.
Logistics specialist more accurately describes the knowledge, skills and abilities of the new workforce and further aligns with the joint force, said Lyden.
"This alignment is critical to the future of our supply Sailors as they have proven critical in the Global War on Terrorism," he added.
NAVSUP's primary mission is to provide U.S. naval forces with quality supplies and services. With headquarters in Mechanicsburg, Pa., and employing a diverse, worldwide workforce of more than 25,500 military and civilian personnel, NAVSUP oversees logistics programs in the areas of supply operations, conventional ordnance, contracting, resale, fuel, transportation, and security assistance. In addition, NAVSUP is responsible for quality of life issues for our naval forces, including food service, postal services, Navy Exchanges, and movement of household goods.
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