WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Competing against Fortune 500 companies, the U.S. Navy earned 15 national awards in 2010 for workforce management, training, diversity and life-work balance.
Representing a significant increase in the second year of efforts to showcase the Navy as an employer of choice, this year's award winners come from both large and small commands, as well as units in the United States and overseas.
"These awards confirm something I have known throughout my service - that our Navy is dedicated to improving the lives of our Sailors," said Vice Adm. Mark Ferguson, chief of naval personnel. "The commands and programs receiving these awards highlight a small fraction of the policies and programs Navy employs to attract, train and retain the nation's best and brightest."
Fiscal year 2010 began with the Navy winning Workforce Management Magazine's Optimas Award in "General Excellence." As the first in the Department of Defense and the second government agency to win the award in 19 years, the Navy joined past winners such as Google, Hewlett-Packard and AT&T. By providing competitive pay, flexible career options and innovative programs such as Credentialing Opportunities Online and assignment incentive pay, the Navy has established itself as a leader in workforce management.
In the area of training, the Navy took home eight separate awards in 2010, including entering Training Magazine's "Top 125" list at number 17, the second highest initial entry in that award's history. Some of the Navy training programs nationally recognized in 2010 include Professional Apprenticeship Career Tracks, Voluntary Education and Language Skills, Regional Expertise and Cultural Awareness. Each of these programs represent Navy's goal of providing Sailors with the training and skills needed to be successful during their military careers and beyond.
"Education and training opportunities are some of the most important factors Sailors take into account when deciding to join the Navy," explained Mr. Scott Lutterloh, director, Training and Education Division. "Our goal is to provide the best and most flexible opportunities for our workforce to gain the expertise needed to prepare them for the challenges of today and tomorrow."
The Navy was also honored in 2010 as an organization that is dedicated to diversity. Diversity Inc. Magazine recognized the Navy in March 2010 as a top federal agency for excellence in leadership commitment, human capital, communications and diversity.
Also in March 2010, the Association of Diversity Councils selected the Navy as the eighth Best Diversity Council in the United States. In April 2010, Diversity/Careers in Engineering and Information Technology Magazine described the Navy as a forward looking company that values and supports diversity in the technical workforce. Finally, in May 2010 BDPA.com and WorkplaceDiversity.com declared Navy was one of 14 companies excelling in community outreach, diversity recruiting programs and for promoting significant numbers of African Americans into the information technology management ranks.
"The awards reflect Navy's goal of providing the fleet with the best training, flexible work environments and a talented and diverse workforce. Looking to the future, we must continue to excel in these areas in order to be an employer of choice and compete with the civilian market for the nation's best talent," said Ferguson.
For more information on Navy's "Top 50" awards program, visit http://www.npc.navy.mil/AboutUs/BUPERS/Top50/.
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