Magazines' Readers Name Navy Top Employer


Story Number: NNS090407-03Release Date: 4/7/2009 4:33:00 PM
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By Lt. Cmdr. Elizabeth Zimmermann, Navy Diversity Directorate

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Readers of four magazines recently named the Navy as one of the top 20 government agencies they would most like to work for or believe offer the best environment for minority employees.

Career magazines 'Minority Engineer' and 'Woman Engineer' - for both entry-level and professional engineers - 'Workforce Diversity for Engineering and IT Professionals,' and 'Equal Opportunity' - for minority graduates - placed these agencies on par with the top 50 private-sector companies named for 2009.

"We strive to keep the Navy an employer of choice," said Rear Adm. Dan Holloway, director of the Navy's Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education Policy division. "It's gratifying to know that young people and professionals across the nation see the Navy as a progressive and fulfilling organization to work for."

As a key component of the nation's defense program, the Navy must be flexible and quick to respond to changing conditions across the globe. Diversity of ideas, experience and education is necessary to maintain a strong Navy total force, as well as the relevance of that force to the nation.

"I echo the CNO (chief of naval operations) when I say that it is imperative that when our nation looks at its Navy, it should see itself reflected back," said Holloway. "A diverse force is critical to our continued execution of the maritime strategy. When the readers of these magazines chose the Navy as a top 20 government agency, they were noting, with approval, the diverse environment we nurture."

These acknowledgements continue a growing list of accolades the Navy has achieved for its ongoing efforts to attract, recruit, develop and retain a diverse total force. Recent recognition includes the March 2009 selection of the Navy's Strategic Diversity Working Group as one of the top 15 organizational diversity councils in the country - recognizing its vision and contribution to the Navy's ability to effectively support the nation's maritime strategy. Also in 2009, the Navy received two awards and two citations from the American Society for Training and Development for "Excellence in Practice," noting accomplishments in areas such as career development and managing change.

"We are a top 50 organization," said Holloway. "It's good to be getting credit for the terrific work of our Sailors and civilians. This is only the beginning though - we will continue to work to ensure each individual achieves his or her personal and professional potential and ideally, stays Navy for life."

For more information on the Navy's Diversity Program visit: http://www.npc.navy.mil/CommandSupport/Diversity/.

For more news from Chief of Naval Personnel - Diversity Directorate, visit www.navy.mil/local/cnp-diversity/.

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