Force Stabilization Measures Taken Carefully, CNO Says

Story Number: NNS090612-15Release Date: 6/12/2009 4:40:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Rebekah Blowers, Chief of Naval Operations Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The chief of naval operations (CNO) recorded a podcast June 11 to continue his conversation with the fleet about force stabilization.

Adm. Gary Roughead, CNO, discussed changes in the selective reenlistment bonus (SRB) program, special duty assignment pay (SDAP) program and an update on permanent change of station (PCS) moves. The purpose of the podcast was to assure Sailors and their families that the Navy is taking the rights steps to size, stabilize and structure the force now and in the future.

"What we do with regard to our pay and bonuses and special duty assignment pays is to make sure that we retain the very best Sailors with the right skills that our Navy needs today and will need in the future. It's to keep the force balanced with the right seniority, the right experience and the right skill sets. And it's also to focus on performance and advancing the careers of our top performers," Roughead said.

CNO referenced the SRB NAVADMIN 176/09 released June 10, as well as the SDAP program, PCS moves and several other related messages available at

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Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Gary Roughead discusses summer safety issues in an interview with Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Rebekah Blowers.
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June 6, 2008
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