NAPLES, Italy (NNS) -- Chief of Naval Personnel, Vice Adm. Bill Moran, visited Naval Support Activity (NSA) Naples, Italy, July 16, addressing base personnel on critical Navy topics including advancement, pay and uniform changes.
As the Chief of Naval Personnel (CNP), Moran is responsible to the Chief of Naval Operations for the Navy's manpower readiness.
"I am really proud of what you are doing," said Moran. "This is not easy to work, it takes cool heads and a lot of thought to be successful--its great to finally get out and see it for real and have the opportunity to talk to you."
Moran re-emphasized Naples' vital importance in ensuring the overall success of the Navy, and that the naval station is currently a primary focus due to the Forward-Deployed Naval Forces and NATO Ballistic Missile Defense program.
Sailors also listened to Moran speak about advancement opportunities, which affects all Sailors, and the biannual fleet-wide Navy advancement cycles.
"We are still above our historic norms for advancement cycles in the fleet and we expect to stay there in September," said Moran. "Some rates go up and some rates go down and this is just a typical curve of the Navy advancement opportunity. More important than numbers or rates, we are trying our best to keep all of the rating advancement opportunities balanced and that takes a lot of effort and a lot of understanding.
Moran stated the reason the advancement cycle ticked down four percent was due to the retention of more Sailors. Moran also said he wanted to ensure that young Sailors don't have to stand in line and wait to advance and if they are truly performing, they deserve to advance.
Moran informed Sailors about uniform changes. Some of these include the upcoming change ball caps to be worn with the Navy working uniform (NWU).
Moran also mentioned current testing of a new lightweight version of the NWU. The feedback received about the new lightweight uniforms has been optimistic according to Moran, who was wearing the prototype uniform.
"When we are done with the wear test, we are going to take all of the lessons we've learned and incorporate those changes," said Moran.
Moran was very grateful to have the opportunity to speak to NSA Naples Sailors and articulated his appreciation for their service.
"Whatever time you spend in the uniform is valuable to the nation and valuable to us and I thank you for serving whatever length of time you do. I am very proud of you whether you serve 20 years or whether you serve five years. It is all important to us.
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