ROTA, Spain (NNS) -- Vice Adm. Gerald Hoewing, Chief of Naval Personnel (CNP), had the opportunity to talk to and answer questions from personnel ranging from junior officers to junior enlisted, during his visit at Naval Station (NS) Rota Jan. 24 and 25.
During the two-day visit, Hoewing expressed how important NS Rota's mission was and delivered a message of pride from the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) to the Sailors.
"This naval station is absolutely spectacular and is an important hub for logistics in Iraq and the Med (Mediterranean Sea). The CNO is proud of what you've all been doing," Hoewing said during an all hands call with area Sailors.
Hoewing discussed several topics with the Sailors, including pay raises, manpower and Sea Warrior 21.
Hoewing told the Sailors that the recent rise in military pay shows how much America supports it U.S. service members.
"This year, we had a three-and-a-half-percent pay raise average across the board, and pay has risen an average of 20 percent since Sept. 11, along with substantial benefit and housing increases," said Hoewing. "That's because of the commitment of a grateful nation to people in uniform. It's a great time, because our nation appreciates the hard work that we're doing right now and recognizes the sacrifices our Sailors, Soldiers, Airmen and Marines make, and is very grateful for it."
As for the Navy, the CNP talked about the human capital strategy and the Navy's mission to become more efficient by properly manning the fleet, allowing Sailors to accomplish their missions.
"The number one priority is the human capital strategy for the 21st century. We want to make sure every job in the Navy has a part in the mission and that the mission is being accomplished," he explained. "We want to get enough people on the job so that Sailors can go home at the end of the day. We want shops manned at 107 percent so Sailors can be free to do training, attend schools and have the opportunity for valuable time off."
Hoewing said that merging ratings will help boost advancement and provide more opportunities for Sailors in overmanned ratings in particular, while reducing redundant training and school houses.
"I think we've only scratched the surface of rating mergers - there's going to be many of them," he said.
Hoewing also gave an overview of the Sea Warrior program. Sea Warrior is made up of the job assignment and selection system (JASS) and the Five Vector Model (5VM) on the Navy Knowledge Online (NKO) Web site. He sees Sea Warrior as the means of future of job selection in the Navy.
"As of about two months ago," said Hoewing, "Sailors are able to link to the JASS job assignment and selection system, which shows the job opportunities and requisitions for the future. You can literally select a job out there, link to the Web site of that command to take a look at what the housing lists are like or what MWR (Morale, Welfare and Recreation) programs are available - all those sorts of things. Then you could go back to your Five-vector model, which will show you where it would move you up the ladder on your Five Vector Model, improving your opportunity to promote or serve in other areas in your own growth and development plan."
This is the first step in the process of changing how the jobs are selected in the Navy.
"In the summer, Sea Warrior will be in its final interim state. Commands will have the opportunity to review Sailors' resumes when you apply for a job, something that they have never been able to do," explained Hoewing. "We believe that both Sailors and commands ought to have an input. We will be able to take a look at Sailors' knowledge, skills and abilities within the 5VM, and the knowledge, skills and abilities required to complete the tasks in the job assignment and selection system, and we can figure out the best-tailored package to provide the appropriate proof of development and training to help you apply for that job and be successful when you get there. That's what Sea Warrior is all about, the power of choice."
Hoewing stressed the importance of staying informed, whether through NKO or by communicating with the chain of command. He said it is important that Sailors track these changes for themselves and their subordinates using the tools available so they don't get left behind.
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