Congressional Testimony Sets Groundwork for Personnel Programs in 2010

Story Number: NNS090605-02Release Date: 6/5/2009 12:48:00 PM
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From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Recently, the chief of naval personnel (CNP) reported to Congress that the Navy will continue on its current path to ensure recruitment and retention of top performers.

For the second consecutive year, the Navy will end the fiscal year above the statutory end-strength limit to meet global demands. The Navy will also sustain current deployment dwell times to minimize stress on the force, departing from the reduction of force strategy adhered to in previous years.

"Our stabilization efforts have been directed at sustaining a high-quality force able to respond to new mission areas within our fiscal authorities," said Vice Adm. Mark Ferguson, CNP.

Looking ahead, the 2010 naval personnel budget request sustains reenlistment bonus programs at the 2009 level. It also increases funding for family support programs; Safe Harbor's wounded, ill and injured programs; and supports building resilience and fostering a culture that encourages Sailors to seek help in response to stress, Ferguson testified.

The Navy also plans to continue to offer its current compensation benefits and flexible career opportunities, highlighting training and education initiatives.

"Education and training are strategic investments in our future, and we remain committed to supporting the personal and professional development of our Sailors across their careers," said Ferguson. "We feel the budget request balances our education and training requirement and includes growth in important new mission areas, such as cyber-warfare, language and culture."

Ferguson also plans to continue monitoring programs and trends to ensure the force is adequately compensated for their service to the nation.

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Builder 2nd Class Mark Somsel, a crewmember from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11 cuts a piece of two 2x4 to be used for the construction of a Southwest Asia (SWA) Hut.
Official U.S. Navy file photo of Builder 2nd Class Mark Somsel, a crewmember from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11 Air Detachment Afghanistan, working on a construction project at Kandahar Airf Field, Afghanistan. The chief of naval personnel is committed to ensuring Sailors like Somsel are adequately compensated, recruited and retained. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jeffrey R. Militzer/Released)
May 5, 2009
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