WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Gary Roughead released a podcast about the Navy's adjustments in force stabilization March 23.
The Navy has been bringing down the size of its force for several years, CNO said, at a rate of about 10,000 Sailors a year. The Navy's goal for fiscal year 2009 is to reduce the force by approximately 3,000 more Sailors.
"We began to see that the economy is causing different behavior on the part of the force. Our retention is extremely high; we're continuing to retain great Sailors. We are not seeing the attrition, or people leaving the Navy, in the numbers that we have in the past, and I really do believe that that's being driven by the economy," Roughead said.
CNO emphasized that with that change in behavior, and the Navy's goal of leveling off the force, they are making some adjustments to force stabilization to achieve a balanced force in terms of seniority, skills and experience. He emphasized that the Navy's focus is on performance and that the careers of top performers will be safeguarded.
Roughead assures his listeners that the Navy is still hiring, and that it is taking the right steps to size and shape the force for now and in the future.
"I would just like to assure everyone that we are doing these force shaping measures very thoughtfully, very carefully and with an eye on making sure that we remain the best Navy in the world," Roughead said. "We'll continue to keep the Navy informed of the changes and how it affects programs and policies so that our Sailors know what's going on."
To listen to the CNO's podcast, visit www.navy.mil/navydata/cnoPlay.asp?id=3127
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