MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- The chief of Navy Reserve and Navy Reserve force master chief met with senior enlisted Reserve leaders from across the fleet at the Reserve Command Master Chief Continuum in Millington, Tenn., Oct. 16-19.
"The purpose of this continuum is to gather senior enlisted leaders from across the Reserve force for training and discussion on the latest personnel policies and programs which will enable our leaders to better guide and advise their Sailors," said FORCM (AW) Chris Wheeler, Navy Reserve force master chief. "It's very important we're all working from the same playbook."
The Reserve Command Master Chief Continuum demonstrates the Navy's commitment to keep Reserve Sailors mission ready.
"I think we are more ready, we are more relevant and we're more aligned to the active component than we've ever been before," said Vice Adm. Robin R. Braun, chief of Navy Reserve, and Navy Reserve force commander. Braun said she attributes this to the work of the Reserves since 9/11, with Reserve Sailors filling more than 65,000 mobilizations since then. Currently there are nearly 5,000 Reserve Sailors mobilized throughout the fleet in places like Afghanistan and Horn of Africa and this training keeps their enlisted leaders up to speed on personnel programs that impact Reservists.
The integration of Reserve Sailors has resulted in record high level of readiness and synergy with the active component that Reserve leaders must maintain, according to Braun.
"It is incumbent on all of us as leaders to make sure that our Sailors are getting what they need; putting together drill weekends that are meaningful and getting good training for our Sailors so that they want to stay in the Reserve component," said Braun. "Right now, retention is very good and I want to continue that trend."
Braun spoke to continuum participants about her priorities for the Navy Reserve including readiness and retention of Reserve Sailors and recruitment of Sailors from the active component.
Two important initiatives discussed during the training to address recruitment and retention were Continuum of Service and implementation of Fleet Fleet Rating Identification Engine (RIDE) in the Reserve Force.
Continuum of Service gives Reserve Sailors the ability to transition more easily from active duty to Reserve and back again as they balance their military and civilian careers.
Fleet RIDE is an online career management tool used by career counselors to determine which available ratings enlisted Sailors best qualify for. The Navy Reserve is using this tool to provide enhanced career opportunities for Sailors and to help meet manning needs to the fleet.
Other topics included advancement and selection board briefs, Reserve community management, retirement and separations and the Safe Harbor program.
"This was important training for our leaders," said Wheeler. "Now they can take this information back to our Sailors on the deck plates and make sure they understand the way ahead."
According to Wheeler, today's Reserve Sailors are critical to the Navy executing the global daily warfighting mission. More than 100,000 Sailors serve in the Reserves as either Selected Reservists, Full Time Support or Individual Ready Reserve.
For more information about Reserve affiliation contact a command career counselor and visit the Navy Personnel Command web site at www.npc.navy.mil.
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