SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Global Logistics Support (GLS) supported more than 300 Sailors exploring government employment during the "Shipmates to Workmates" job fair at Naval Base Coronado Feb. 9.
The job program links Sailors, most of whom are anticipating leaving the Navy due to Enlisted Retention Board (ERB) results, with Department of Navy (DON) agencies seeking the kinds of skills and experiences the Sailors represent.
Record-high retention and low attrition among active duty Sailors for 31 specific ratings, manned at more than 103 percent, prompted the creation of the ERB. The purpose of ERB is to balance the force in terms of seniority, experience and skills, and to improve overall advancement opportunity.
"Shipmates to Workmates" maximizes the skills Sailors have with opportunities and needs that exist throughout the DoN. It's one way the Navy is communicating to Sailors that, force balancing notwithstanding, their skills are still valuable and marketable, according to Joe Bernardo, director, NAVSUP GLS workforce management division.
"There is a lot of skill, talent and enthusiasm in these Sailors and we want them to know that we're interested in exploring a future with them, if we can," Bernardo said.
Sailors attracted by the NAVSUP GLS booth said they were eager to look into alternatives in employment that capitalized on the skills they learned and developed in the Navy.
"I'm just here to see what the Navy is offering in terms of future employment," said Aviation Warfare Systems Operator (Mechanical) 1st Class Josh Glennon. "No one likes to be told it's time to go home, but at least they're offering these opportunities. There has been a lot of assistance to ensure there is a safety net."
Lt. Jasmine Gough sought the NAVSUP GLS booth.
"I just love logistics," Gough said. "I don't know, I think I'm a geek for numbers, supply chain management."
The former supply corps school student said she has always gravitated toward logistics.
"If you know what you like, if you know your calling, then that's what you look for," Gough said.
That's the shared hope of coordinators of "Shipmates to Workmates" and the Sailors seeking employment opportunities.
"It's just another way of looking for opportunities no matter what happens in life," said Personnel Specialist 1st Class Manuel Delgado. "I received word from the ERB around Thanksgiving. About the same time, our extended family experienced a tragedy and that's when I told myself, 'I'm young, healthy and have healthy kids. I have a lot to be thankful for.' I already have a job opportunity, so this is great."
As of Jan. 10, 2012, 2,942 Sailors were in a "not selected for retention" status. These Sailors must separate from the Navy no later than Sept. 1, 2012 unless operational waiver approved for later separation date (up to 90 days later).
Representatives from NAVSUP Global Logistics Support included Joe Bernardo, Chachi Gorman and Anthony Goodwin. From NAVSUP FLC San Diego were Linda Willis, Jeffrey Allen and Margie Hontucan.
Comprised of more than 5,700 military and civilian logistics professionals, contractors and foreign nationals, NAVSUP GLS operates as a single cohesive team providing global logistics services from 110 locations worldwide.
A component of the Naval Supply Systems Command, headquartered in Mechanicsburg, Pa., NAVSUP GLS is part of a worldwide network of more than 22,500 military and civilian personnel providing combat capability through logistics.
For more information about transition benefits visit the Transition Assistance Web Page available under the Hot Links section of the Navy Personnel Command at www.npc.navy.mil or contact the NPC customer service center at CSCmailbox@navy.mil or 1-866-U-ASK-NPC.
More information on ERB transition assistance can be found on the NPC Web page at http://www.public.navy.mil/bupers-npc/boards/ERB/Pages/TransitionInfo.aspx.
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