MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- Chief of Naval Personnel (CNP) Vice Adm. Bill Moran met with all hands at Navy Personnel Command to discuss manning and other important issues facing the Navy, Dec. 17.
The CNP began his briefing by commending the officers, enlisted detailers, enlisted community managers and Navy Personnel Command support personnel for their diligence and hard work during a year of challenges.
This was his first opportunity to address the Millington commands in person since taking the reigns as CNP in August.
"[This] was a tough year. Furloughs, sequestration, delayed deployments-I have gratitude for all you do, especially in a year like this-your work is making a difference across the Fleet," Moran said.
During his remarks, Moran discussed the recognized need for greater predictability in deployment schedules, training and detailing.
"We have to balance stability in the lives of our Sailors and families, with the need for our Navy to be forward, out operating, providing deterrents, providing presence," Moran said.
The demands of the Fleet drives adjustments to detailing policies to assign skilled Sailors where they're needed, sometimes with little lead time.
"People are both our most precious resource and our most expensive resource," said Moran. We strive to achieve balanced manning policies that give Sailors some predictability, while meeting our mission needs - all at a tenable cost."
Moran continued by speaking about the concerns he was hearing from Sailors around the fleet concerning rumors about possible changes to pay and benefits. He said it was his job to do the "myth-busting" necessary to reduce anxiety and ensure correct information was being shared.
"We're not cutting anybody's retirement," said Moran. "We're not cutting anybody's pay. We're not cutting anything. What we are doing is slowing the growth we've had, the extraordinary growth we've had, in all those things going forward."
However, Moran said, changes for the retirement plans of Sailors who will serve in the future are being discussed.
CNP allowed time for questions from Navy Personnel Command's military and civilian staff, and separately spoke with each Millington department from the newly realigned PSD managers to the selection board teams. He expressed a desire to know what issues they encounter and welcomed their suggestions.
"This issue of manning and the multiple IT systems involved is a tough one," said Moran. "I realize the critical role each of you plays in manning the Navy and shaping our future. We must continue to put polices in place that address economic issues. The great work you do allows me to articulate these issues to SECNAV and other leaders."
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