WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. Robert Burke participated in a manpower panel as part of the 2018 Sea-Air-Space exposition in Oxon Hill, Maryland, Apr. 10.
Burke, and other panel participants representing the U.S. maritime services, discussed future force manning requirements and challenges for recruiting and retaining talented people at the event held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center.
"We are growing our Navy into the Navy that the nation needs," said Burke. "That means we will be adding just over 21,000 people in about five years. That's a significant manpower addition in a very short amount of time."
Burke highlighted systematic changes the service has made to attract talent to the Navy's ranks in a competitive job market, and to maintain the force's end strength to meet the needs of a growing fleet.
"Under Adm. Moran, we designed the program called Sailor 2025," said Burke. "Today it's about 45 initiatives aimed at providing Sailors with the transparency, the choices and the flexibility that they deserve and really demand from any job."
Burke discussed the wholesale transformation of the Navy's Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education (MPT&E) enterprise to a "customer-centric, service first organization" for Sailors and their families. The transformation includes upgrading personnel systems and processes in order to provide a convenient and user-friendly experience for personnel and career management transactions, by leveraging technological advances. Sailors and their families can expect to see these changes in coming years.
"Later this year, we are looking to roll out mobile hand-held device personnel, pay and eventually career management services that mirror today's commercial banking institutions and insurance companies," said Burke. "The mobile version will not be able to do everything the online system can initially, but over time all systems will be fully functional and integrated. We are committed to giving our Sailors and their families what they deserve, in terms of service."
Other manpower panel participants included Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Michael Rocco, deputy commandant for manpower and reserve affairs, Coast Guard Rear Adm. William Kelly, assistant commandant for human resources, and Dr. Sashi Kumar, deputy associate administrator and national coordinator for maritime education and training for the Maritime Administration.
Jared Serbu, deputy editor and Department of Defense reporter for Federal News Radio, moderated the panel.
Sea-Air-Space is an annual event, hosted by the Navy League of the United States, which facilitates an educational and innovative maritime-based forum for members of the U.S. defense industrial base, private-sector and military and civilian leaders.
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