NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- Chief of Naval Personnel (CNP) Vice Adm. John C. Harvey Jr. met with 50 command master chiefs (CMDCM) at the Vista Point Center, Coral Sea Room on Naval Station Norfolk, during his first fleet visit, Aug. 4.
Harvey spoke to the group of CMDCMs to explain recent policies, initiatives and to listen to their concerns.
"The master chiefs represent this extraordinary wealth of talent of experience and hands-on development of our Sailors," said Harvey.
Harvey discussed the Navy's future mission on recruiting new Sailors to create what he calls "generational diversity" throughout the Navy.
"Our recruiting battle is going after those 'millennials,' which is a group that approaches life differently than we baby boomers do," he said, referring to people born in or after the year 1982.
"This concept of service for this millennial generation is extremely strong and dedicated," he continued, "the idea that 'there is something out there that I want to do that is bigger than me and larger than myself.'"
Harvey went on to talk about sea-shore rotations in an effort to make a proper balance between family and professional readiness.
"We have to think responsibly to make sure our units are ready sooner and maintained ready longer for this very unpredictable world that we live in," he said, "where one month you are doing [Hurricane] Katrina, another month the tsunami, Lebanese evacuation and searching for anti-piracy operations off the coast of Somalia."
Command master chiefs left the meeting having learned new plans of operation and information to give back to their Sailors and how these will affect the future of the Navy.
"The changing demographics not only across our Navy but across the nation, and how that is going to affect how we look at our educational and recruiting processes to prepare our Sailors for the future," said Command Master Chief Scott Benning of Naval Station Norfolk.
"We're always in need to know where we stand and where we're going," said Command Master Chief Ricky Parker of Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Group. "I feel very confident that we, as master chiefs, are able to hear this often and frequent enough to get out in terms of doing our part to make it a reality."
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