NAVAL STATION ROTA, Spain (NNS) -- The admiral and fleet master chief responsible for manpower in the Navy spoke with Naval Station Rota, Spain, Sailors about advancement, manning and changes in Navy uniforms during multiple all hands calls, July 17 and 18.
Chief of Naval Personnel (CNP) Vice Adm. Bill Moran and Fleet Master Chief April Beldo visited Sailors aboard USS Ross (DDG 71), dined with service members, visited the installation and addressed rumors and concerns from all ranks during the question and answer sessions and radio interviews.
"We're trying to stabilize advancement across the rates," said Moran. "As you know better than I do, there are some rates in the Navy where you have one-hundred percent opportunity to advance. The next advancement cycle could drop down to single digits. That kind of wild swing in advancement is not healthy for us as a Navy. We're trying to flatten those curves and become a little bit more predictable for each rate."
In addition to advancement, Moran dispelled rumors circulating throughout the Navy, specifically the retirement program and benefits.
"There are a lot of rumors and innuendo out there about your benefits," said Moran. "We are not getting rid of your retirement program. There is absolutely no intent or plan to change your retirement plan if you stay in for 20 years. Nothing's changing. Tricare, medical benefits, none of that is changing for active duty members at all. When you read about it and it sounds like they're cutting this or cutting that, we're not cutting anything for active duty members."
Beldo also answered questions and dispelled rumors about CPO 365 being a "fad" for the Navy.
"CPO 365 is not going anywhere. We will always look to make things better and build upon a great product that we started with," said Beldo. "As far as somebody thinking, is just a fad, is this going to go away? Absolutely not. We all agree that CPO 365 is setting up our leaders for success for the future and we'll move to make it better, but it's not going away."
Moran spoke about new Navy uniforms, such as a new service dress blue uniform for females, a new service dress blue uniform for males, and the approval of commanding officers to allow their Sailors to wear command ball caps with Navy working uniforms (NWU), officially due to take effect Sept. 1. Additionally, he addressed Sailors' concerns about new uniforms while wearing a new lightweight NWU uniform being tested across the fleet.
"It's basically the type III greens that we have dyed blue. That's the make-up of this uniform. We know the Sailors like the Type IIIs, that comfort level and wear," said Moran. "Now we're doing this with a version of the NWU Is to see if that will hold up to the stresses of the cleaning systems both ashore and at sea. It is lighter. It is more breathable and the feedback we're getting from the three-hundred-fifty Sailors testing this is that they like it."
During his visit, Moran reiterated how vital Rota is concerning the overall success of the Navy and that the naval station is a primary focus right now due to the Forward Deployed Naval Forces (FDNF) and NATO Ballistic Missile Defense program.
"Two ships in Rota now, two more coming next year, so that will be the total footprint of four ships with the crews and their families forward deployed over here," said Moran. "That's a big deal for the United States Navy and it's an even bigger deal for the United States and Spain. We have to be good neighbors and take care of each other. And from everything I've seen so far, you're doing a great job. Keep that up."
The CNP is responsible to the chief of naval operations for the Navy's manpower readiness. Dual-titled, CNP also serves as deputy chief of naval operations (manpower, personnel, training education/N1) and oversees the Bureau of Naval Personnel, Navy Personnel Command, and the Navy Manpower Analysis Center.
CNP's conglomerate serves as the single resource for all strategy and resource policies concerning manpower and training program matters.
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