WASHINGTON (NNS) -- During his first podcast released April 21, Vice Adm. Mark Ferguson takes a look back at his first year as Chief of Naval Personnel.
"It's been a very, very successful year and individuals are choosing to stay Navy," said Ferguson. "We have made 100 percent of our recruiting goals, and we are seeing retention across the force anywhere between 3 to 5 percent above our goals."
Several programs and initiatives highlighted in the podcast help explain the Navy's ability to recruit and retain quality personnel including its dedication to support Sailors and their families and programs that focus on mental and physical health and readiness such as Safe Harbor.
"We are on the path to success," said Ferguson. "We monitor a myriad of metrics and surveys of the force [concerning] their quality of life, compensation, access to health care, morale and support of their leadership.
"In all those areas, Sailors are indicating great satisfaction with the quality of the service and their gratitude in being able to serve their nation," said Ferguson.
Looking to the future, Ferguson emphasizes becoming a Top 50 employer as ranked by Fortune 500 magazine. Efforts designed to achieve this goal include strengthening diversity programs and life-work integration initiatives.
Ferguson believes strengthening the support of Sailors and families by tailoring programs to meet the demand allows the Navy to retain its very best talent.
"I am in awe of their performance, their enthusiasm and sacrifice they and their families make in service to their nation, said Ferguson."
To listen to the full podcast, visit http://www.navy.mil/media/audio/cnp/cnppodcast.htm.
For more news from the Chief of Naval Personnel, visit www.navy.mil/local/cnp.