FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. (NNS) -- The Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) joined Sailors from across the fleet to host a worldwide Navy birthday all hands call Oct. 7 at Defense Media Activity, Fort George G. Meade, Maryland.
Adm. Jonathan Greenert and MCPON (AW/NAC) Mike Stevens spoke about retirement, CPO 365, uniform changes, sea duty, and other Navy topics with a live studio audience, as well as Sailors from around the world via satellite and social media.
"The centerpiece of what we do today, and what we continue to do, is sea duty," said Greenert. "We've made some changes accordingly. It's arduous duty for many, and that's why we've increased sea pay this year. Deployments have increased some and we should acknowledge that -- and we have recently with hardship duty pay."
The Navy leaders started the show by reenlisting 14 Sailors with their families and command leadership on hand. Then Sailors from Norfolk, San Diego, ships at sea, and even the International Space Station were able to ask questions via live satellite, phone calls, and prerecorded messages.
One of the first questions asked involved redesigning basic training.
"We review the curriculum for boot camp all the time," said Greenert. "We look at: what do we want in the character of a Sailor, what do we want in the ethical nature of the Sailor, what are we missing in the fleet, and we've got to strive to get that in there today. So it's about unit, not self."
"We're always looking for opportunities to get better," said Stevens. "One of the things we're doing at RTC right now, in December, we will start to issue a portable, mobile, wireless device to our new recruits. We're going to start with about 200 Sailors -- they'll get these devices and all the paperwork and manuals are going to be downloaded so that everything they need is ready and available all the time."
Additionally, Stevens offered some guidance to a Sailor from Guam who asked for career advice.
"It's about three things, and it's about doing these three things with excellence," said Stevens. "Number one: it's working hard, every single day, regardless of the task that you're assigned. It's about doing your very best, every time you're assigned a task."
"Number two: stay out of trouble," added Stevens. "You can work hard, you can do the right thing for many, many years, but you could get in trouble one time, and you can compromise all that hard work."
"Number three I believe to be the most important of all," said Stevens. "Be a good and decent person. Be a good and decent person to yourself, to your family, and to your shipmates and never to forget to always treat one another with dignity and respect."
This year's theme for the Navy birthday is, "Thanking Those Who Support Us."
"We should know that successes that we've achieved, we have not achieved alone. And we couldn't do what we do unless we have the assistance from our family, from our friends, from our communities, from industry, and the organizations that support our Sailors," said Greenert.
The CNO and MCPON closed the ceremony by cutting a Navy birthday cake with the youngest Sailor in the room, using a cutlass from the early 1800s attributed to Admiral David G. Farragut, the first admiral in the U.S. Navy.
To watch the recorded Navy Birthday All Hands Call, visit http://www.navy.mil/viewvideo.asp?id=19876