Modernize the Personnel System
"We want more flexibility," said Burke. "Things like the career intermission program (CIP), graduate education opportunities, initial four-year degree opportunities, tours with the industry, and meritorious advancement program."
Burke said he wants Sailors to have choices and he wants more transparency in the process; giving more power to commands to promote talent in their commands through MAP, allowing Sailors to take a break from their career to pursue family or a career through CIP, and even giving Sailors more options when it comes to the detailing process.
We want to make the detailing process transparent and flexible and market based. Kind of like a LinkedIn approach to detailing in order to help match the right talent to the right job. We envision someday where folks will interact with the detailers on their personal mobile devices." - Vice Adm. Robert Burke
Modernize the Training Process
This group of initiatives is called ready, relevant learning. It's about getting the right training to the right Sailor at the right time.
"We kind of front load the training with A and C schools for most rates," said Burke. "However, folks don't necessarily need that C school training during their first sea tour, a lot of folks get out after that first sea tour, so we've trained them and we don't get to use it, but the flip side of that for the individuals who do stay in is they go back to sea and the combat systems have changed and they're not up to speed on the new stuff. It might be advantageous to break up blocks of training throughout their careers, so that as a Sailor comes back for a second and third tour, they are getting updated training for the systems they are operating."
This category not only deals with the type of training Sailors are getting, but the manner in which they get it.
"There is an entire science of how people learn," said Burke. "Different people learn differently, but what we do know is that classroom training and Power Point slides sometimes are the least effective methods. So it's about getting away from that. More hands on stuff. More reps and sets to build confidence and get comfortable with what folks are doing and we are bringing more technology to bear to help us with those."
Burke is also looking into more App training where applicable.